June 19, 2024

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House leader wants Pampanga PH’s Christmas capital

By Justine Rich Talusan

HOUSE  Deputy Speaker and Pampanga Rep. Aurelio “Dong” Gonzales Jr. is pushing for Pampanga to become Christmas Capital of the Philippines.

According to Gonzales, the country is known for having one of the longest Christmas celebrations around the world.

“As soon as September comes, Chistmas lights start to glitter and shine. Parols or lanterns are seen in homes, on streetlights and in the malls for everyone’s merriment,” he said.

“The City of San Fernando in Pampanga is no stranger to this merry occasion. In fact, the city is the place where excellent craftsmen of these parols can be found,” he added.

 In filing House Bill No. 5905, the Pampanga lawmaker said city residents pride themselves as makers of beautiful giant lanterns, showcasing their craftsmanship and creations during their annual “Ligligan Parul” or the Giant Lantern Festival.

 He pointed out that since the 1990s, San Fernando has claimed the  title “Home of the Giant Lanterns.”

“This is due in part to the establishment of the Paskuhan (Christmas) Village, which was inaugurated on December 11, 1990. The first of its kind in Asia, the village is shaped like a giant lantern sprawling on 9.3 hectares of land in the city. It provides visitors the real Philippine Christmas experience year-round,” Gonzales stressed.

He said Paskuhan Village also serves as a venue for the display and sale of locally-manufactured, export-quality products and services.

It likewise features shops, a Christmas museum, food courts, conference facilities and entertainment venues, he said.

International cable television network CNN once recognized San Fernando as “Asia’s Christmas Capital.”      The Pampanga solon added that such international recognition further boosted Pampanga’s thriving Christmas traditions, as well as provided additional livelihood to his fellow Cabalens.

Under the Bill, the province would be declared as the country’s Christmas capital “in recognition of the economic and cultural significance of the lantern-making industry, which has existed for several declares and has been a significant contributor to the economy of the province.”

House Bill No. 5905l has been referred to the Committee on Tourism chaired by Romblon Rep. Eleandro Jesus Madrona.