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Barangay Dolores Wins Giant Lantern Competition [ Thursday, 28th of December 2017 | 4 months ago ]


For four consecutive years (2014-2017), Barangay Dolores emerged as champion of the Giant Lantern Festival (GLF) in the City of San Fernando.

This year's competition was held Saturday at the Robinsons Starmills. The awarding was led by the city officials headed by Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago and the GLF 2017 Executive Committee headed by Gil Cortez.

The winning barangay's award was received by Captain Vilma Caluag together with lantern maker Teddy Aguilar and his team. Their intricately-designed lantern was filled with a total of 9,800 bulbs that depicted love, freedom and hope.

Barangay San Jose, headed by Captain Loreto Tumang and lantern maker Florante Parilla, emerged as 1st runner up. While, Barangay Del Pilar headed by Captain Jerry Canlas and lantern maker Rolando Quimbao, made it on the top list as second runner up.

In an interview, Mayor "EdSa" said the brightest festival in the city—dubbed as the Home of the Giant Lanterns, draw around 100,000 local and foreign tourists.

"Being the Christmas Capital, we cannot be adequate in bringing the holiday cheers in our place. Together with the colorful lanterns that we are priding ourselves, the event marked the festive Christmas celebration in our city. Thank you to everyone who shared their precious time with us," he added.

During the program, the winners for the different Christmas Décor competitions held this month were also awarded.

The villages that were best decorated were Richtown 2, Saguin which was hailed as champion followed by Mawing Village, Baliti as the 1st runner up and Safer Village, Dolores as the 2nd runner up.

For the Inter-Commercial category, the winners were CGS Solid Aircon & Refrigeration, Lazatin Blvd. (4ft category), Pacla Bldg., McArthur Highway, Dolores (6ft category) and Patient Care, McArthur Highway, Dolores (8ft category).

Government offices in Diosdado Macapagal Government Center also competed in Lantern Parade. The Philippine Postal Corporation won 1st place, followed by Department of Education and Department of Environmental & Natural Resources as 2nd and 3rd placers, respectively.

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