Qing Travels: The 2016 Giant Lantern Festival Media Tour


It is a great privilege to be a Kapampangan, it is not just I am in at the Food Capital of the Philippines but also in the home of Giant Lanterns. December is the month when the Christmas Capital of the Philippines will be lightened with colorful lanterns. It is also the month that I am excited to witness the Giant Lantern Festival, "The Biggest, Brightest and Most Colorful Christmas in the Country". 



We were invited to the GLF media tour and I had a lot of fun, first is we had an amazing Calesa Tour in the heritage district of San Fernando with the FEST Pampanga (Fernandino Student Tour guides). It is a great way to re-discover San Fernando through historic places around San Fernando. 


This is the Arzobispado De Pampanga (Chancery), San Jose, San Fernando, Pampanga. It is currently owned by the Arzobispado De Pampanga (Chancery). It was designed by architect Fernando H. Ocampo and was completed in the mid-1930s.


Hizon-Singian House, one of the ancestral house clustered along Consunji Street. Other ancestral houses are Henson-Hizon House, Lazatin House, Consunji House, Tabacalera House, and Santos-Hizon House. Our last stop is the Old San Fernando Train Station with a rich history to tell.







Historically, the old train station was the site of a stopping place for Filipino and American prisoners of war during the Bataan death march in 1942. It is now a historical landmark in San Fernando, Pampanga and it is the most preserved train station. As you enter the place you can see clearly that every brick of wall can tell an interesting history of the Philippines. Now, the station is a museum with many historical artifacts. 




Ending the Calesa Tour with LBS pancit and freshly baked cheese bread.


The highlight od the tour is probably visiting Rolren Lantern Factory in Del Pilar. Kong Rolan shared the birth of parol (lantern). He also shared how Kapampangan lanterns are different from other lanterns. Kapampangan lantern has four basic parts which are the (starting from the inner part)  Tambor, Siko Siko, Palimbun and Puntetas. 


This is lamps made from capiz and woods. 




Lantern showroom.


The much awaited Giant Lantern Festival 2016 will on December 17, 2016, at Robinsons Starmills Pampanga. 
See you there!

Your stray kid,
Qing

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