Giant Lanterns of San Fernando, Pampanga

It’s a spectacle you should not miss! A showcase of Filipino ingenuity, San Fernando’s giant lanterns never fail to bedazzle the crowd! Watch twelve barangays battle it out with their 18-foot lanterns, each with at least 5,000 light bulbs, on December 16 (this was posted way back in 2006), Saturday, 7 p.m. at SM City Pampanga, City of San Fernando. Check out a previous entry on the festival here.

It’s best to arrive at the venue early. I suggest you park at SM City Pampanga before lunch. Have lunch there, watch a movie or whatever since if you arrive later than that, traffic will start to get bad since over 100,000 people watch the event annually. Also park near the exit since you’ll have a hard time getting out when the event is over. For more information, contact the City Tourism Office at (045) 961-5684.

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