Sta. Lucia Is GLF 2019 Champ [ Monday, 16th of December 2019 | 8 months ago ]
Barangay Sta. Lucia bested 11 other barangays in the City of San Fernando in this year’s edition of Giant Lantern Festival, clinching the most coveted championship title for the “biggest, brightest, and most colorful Christmas event in the country.”
This victory of Sta. Lucia marked the end of its five-year title drought in the competition, as its last placement was way back in 2013 when it copped the second runner-up.
The competition was held on December 14, 2019 at Robinsons Starmills Pampanga.
The village’s lantern was made by 36-year-old Byron Bondoc, who has been in the industry for 16 years now. Bondoc was able to craft his entry with the help of village chief Herman Quiwa, head electrician Joseph Salac, and rotor maker Allen Joseph Quiwa.
According to Bondoc, the winning 20-foot lantern had about 10,000 bulbs with colors ranging from orange, yellow, blue, dark green, apple green, light yellow, and dark blue.
It also wowed the public with the Holy Family image at the center of the lantern which was revealed at the middle of the entry’s performance.
Sta. Lucia was able to bring home P150,000 cash prize and trophy. Calulut, Del Pilar, and Sindalan were adjudged as runners-up in the competition, bringing home cash prizes and trophies, as well.
Leading the GLF 2019 awarding rites were Mayor Edwin “EdSa” Santiago, Pampanga Third District Representative Aurelio “Dong” Gonzales, Jr., Governor Dennis “Delta” Pineda, and GLF 2019 Executive Committee Chairperson Agnes Romero.
In his speech, Santiago said that the GLF is a venue where Fernandinos are able to celebrate their brilliant artistry and craftsmanship.
“Malaking parte ang GLF sa buhay ng mga Fernandinos. Ito yung pagkakataon na naipapamalas nila ang angking galing sa artistry at craftsmanship, sa pamamagitan ng paggawa ng mga higanteng parol at masaya tayo na nasa ika-111 taon na ito ngayon,” he said.
The city mayor also extended his gratitude, on behalf of the City Government of San Fernando, to its partners citing, “Thank you also to our steadfast partners in this wonderful event. Without each one of us, the impossible will remain as it is, but because we come together as one, we have achieved excellence and made a memorable occasion.”
Meanwhile, the winners for the GLF-related competitions, including décor competitions of villages and commercial establishments were also given recognition.
Safer Village was named as winner for the Inter-village Christmas Décor Competition, alongside Pilar Village and Villa Victoria Subdivision.
The winners for the Inter-Commercial Establishment Christmas Décor Competition were Coca-Cola Beverages, Inc. (Champion), Bale Capampangan (second place), and Pepsi-Cola Beverages Philippines, Inc. (third place).
The GLF also features giant lantern exhibitions in different parts of the city which started on December 15 until January 1, 2020.
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