16th Century

Augustinian friars introduced the practice of the procession of patron saints.

1762-1764

British Occupation of the Philippines; La Naval fiesta said to have originated from victory in naval battle where lanterns were lit.

1904

Transfer of Provincial Capital from Bacolor to San Fernando, Pampanga.

1908

First recorded lantern maker from Santa Lucia, San Fernando, Pampanga was Francisco Estanislao, a saltmaker, who made big lanterns from bamboo and coco cloth. (based on oral accounts of the Estanislao - David - Quiwa Family).

1909

Earliest photo of Christmas lantern in a street scene in San Fernando was taken on December 26, 1909. Photo is found in the Luther Parker Collection.

1930

1930 Earliest mention of a lantern festival from “Ing Misyonero”, banua IV, no. 11, “S. Fernando. Iting balen pepatangal na ing masayang pamagmasusi qng Pascung Pangabait ning Miniaclung. Dacal lang barrios ding milutlutan caring premios a biniera caring mangasanting a linternas at gayac qng prosecion. Qng quequeng pamalac ing barrio Del Pilar at St. Nino ilang mangaintularan caring masanting a premios, ulira ding masanting dang linternas at banda de musica. Subali careti mangaintulid ya naman premio ing barrio S. Jose, uling emu bucud ing maranun yang miglayunan carin ing Virgen, nune panaman ding Atlung Ari, epa mibait man ing Nino, miglacbe nala. Mipauna lamo.”

1931

Brgy. Del Pilar joined the lantern festival with brass band music from the Banda 31 of Sasmuan; some historians say that the first lantern competition was organized in honor of Aurora Aragon Quezon, then First Lady of the Philippines.

1932

Based on oral accounts giant lantern entry of Brgy. Del Pilar was the image of Kingkong and was crafted by the parent of a certain Jose Galang from the barangay.

1940s

Severino David, married to Fortunata Estanislao (daughter of Francisco) introduced battery - operated giant lanterns.

1950

Molding of steel wire as frame and was introduced by Mario Datu and Susing Manalang.

1956

Brgy. Sto. Nino was the champion in the Festival.

1957

Rodolfo David was said to have invented the Rotor system, using steel drums to which electric wires are attached using hair pins, a take off from the use of switchboards to manipulate the interplay of lights and music.

1957-1959

Brgy. Sta. Lucia was declared champion under lantern maker Rodolfo David.

1958

Rodolfo David produced new lantern design that defined “parul sampernandu.”

1962

Sta. Lucia was declared as Champion.

1964

San Fernando Lanterns became available for sale to the public, giving birth to the commercial lantern industry.

1975

The Christmas Lantern Contest was co-organized by the Municipality of San Fernando and Department of Tourism Angeles Field Office.

1978-1979

Mayor Armando Biliwang decided to cancel the festival competition because of Martial Law.

1979

Giant Lanterns displayed at the 75th Anniversary of the Philippine Hawaii Commission.

1980

Mayor Amante Bueno and Gov. Estelito Mendoza revived the competition.

1981

Brgy. Del Pilar was the Champion

1982

Brgy. Sta. Lucia was the Champion; Mayor Vicente Macalino standardized the lantern size to a minimum 0f 10 feet and maximum of 11 feet for austerity.

Subsidy of Php5, 000.00 (under Mayor Macalino) was given from the Local Government and Php2, 000.00 from Rotary International.

1983-1991

Brgy. Del Pilar was the Champion

1983

Competition was held on December 23 with Quirino “Boy” Kehyeng as the over-all chairperson. Other members were Romeo Dyoco Jr. as Chairman of the Committee on Rules, Regulations and Awards and Victor Aquino as the Secretary, under the administration of Mayor Virgilio “Baby” Sanchez.

1984

Subsidy from Local Gov’t under Mayor Sanchez was Php20, 000.00 for each lantern.

1985

Competition date was December 21 with Ms. Elynda A. Hipolito as the Chairperson under the administration of Mayor Baby Sanchez, with Mr. Levy Laus as the president of the San Fernando Business Club. Noel David was the chairperson for the Lantern Parade

1986

Competition date was December 22 with Archt. Nestor Mangio as the Chairperson, under the administration of Mayor Paterno Guevarra, with Mr. Levy Laus as the president of the San Fernando Business Club.

1987

Former San Fernando Mayor Virgilio “Baby” Sanchez started producing Capiz lanterns for export markets, with MAKVEL Enterprises; Capiz lanterns which followed the traditional San Fernando design were developed with the assistance of the Design Center of the Philippines.

1987-1988

Giant Lantern Festival Chairman was Ernesto Quiwa.

1988

First fiberglass lanterns were installed at the Pampanga Convention Center.

Local Government subsidy under Mayor Paterno Guevarra was Php55, 000.00 for each barangay.

1989

Giant Lantern displayed at Kunitchiwa Asian Fair, Yokohama, Japan; competition date was December 23 with Alfredo Lagman Jr. as Chairman of the Committee on Ways and Means and Manuel Lingen as the Festival Chairman.

1990

Mayor Paterno Guevarra transferred Giant Lantern Festival venue to Paskuhan Village.

1991

Php25, 000.00 subsidy was given for each lantern from the Department of Tourism. The competition was held on December 22 with Mina Gabor, Vice Chair of the PVFI, as a guest.

1992

San Fernando Giant Lantern exhibited in Seville, Spain for the World Expo.; lantern festival champion was Barangay Dolores.

1993

Giant lantern featured in the Philippine float at the Hollywood Christmas Parade, winning first place.

1994

Competition date was December 23 at the Paskuhan Village. Brgy. Santa Lucia was the champion.

1995

63rd Annual Giant Lantern Festival was held at Paskuhan Village.

1st place Brgy. Malpitik, 2nd place Brgy. Sto. Rosario and 3rd place Brgy. San Juan.

Mina Gabor and Antonio Gonzales were Guests of Honor at that time.

1996

Brgy. Del Pilar won 1st Place at Paskuhan Village, City of San Fernando. Dr. Leticia C. Yap was the GLF Chairperson.

1997

Mel Tiangco urged lighting of lanterns for peace with a Parol for Peace campaign; Brgy. San Felipe was the champion.

1998

Brgy. Del Pilar together with Brgy. San Jose and Brgy. San Felipe stole the title with their 12ft. tall Giant Lantern; subsidy of P35, 000.00 for each barangay from Mayor Reynaldo Aquino.

Millennium Parol was installed at the Rizal Park, Manila

1999

Del Pilar, Sto. Rosario, Sta. Lucia succeeded in getting 1st, 2nd, 3rd place in the Giant Lantern Festival that was held at the Bren Z. Guiao

Complex under the Chairmanship of Mr, Antolin David, President of the Rotary Club of San Fernando on their 50th Anniversary

2000

San Felipe was the Champion this year with lantern maker Eric Quiwa, followed by Brgy. Del Pilar and Brgy. Santa Lucia.

2001

Subsidy given to the barangays was P 70,000.00 each under Mayor Aquino.

Brgy. Del Pilar was the champion, followed by Brgy. San Jose and Santa Lucia. Festival was held at SM City Pampanga (open parking area) for the first time.

2002

Guiness World Record attempt with 105-ft lantern at Robinson’s Starmills Pampanga. Giant Lantern Festival Chairman was Mr. Joey de Leon with Co-chair Engr. Raul Ronquillo

1st Place Brgy. Del Pilar, 2nd Place Dolores and 3rd Place San Felipe.

SM City Pampanga was the venue and Tourism Sec. Richard Gordon was the guest of honor.

2003

Giant Lantern Festival Chairman was Mr. Ivan Henares.with Co-chair Mr. Renato Simbillo. Competition date was December 22 at the SM City Pampanga Amphitheater. Brgy. San Felipe won the 1st Place, followed by Sta. Lucia and San Jose. Subsidy of P 80,000.00 was given to each barangay by the city government.

Lantern displayed at the Taiwan International Lantern Festival in Taipei, Taiwan.

2004

Giant Lantern Festival Chairman was Mr. Frank de Jesus.

Brgy. San Felipe won the first place, followed by Sto. Rosario and San Jose.

Subsidy was P 111,111.11 under Mayor Oscar Rodriguez

2005

Giant Lantern Festival Chairman was Archt. Nestor Mangio.

Brgy. Sto. Rosario won the first place, followed by San Felipe and San Jose.

GLF Competition date was December 17; subsidy was Php111, 000.00.

City of San Fernando participated in the 3rd Annual Parol Lantern Parade organized by Filipino-American Development Foundation in California, USA led by Fernandino Mamerto ‘MC’ Canlas.

2006

Giant Lantern Festival Chairman Archt. Joel David Brgy. San Felipe won the first place, followed by San Pedro and Del Pilar.

Subsidy was P 100,000.00 each, from the City Government and the GLF Comm.

Lantern display at Philippine Consulate in Hawaii for the Centennial of Filipino.

Migration in Hawaii; 12 barangays joined the biggest festival ever.

San Fernando lantern exhibited at Viennese Palmenhaus to commemorate.

60th Anniversary of Philippine-Austrian Diplomatic Relations.

2007

Giant Lantern Festival Chairman was Capt. Boy Pacla.

Brgy. Telabastagan won the first place, followed by San Felipe and San Nicolas;

San Fernando lanterns displayed at The Philippine Christmas tree at the Vienna City Hall Grounds in Austria.

P 125,000.00 subsidy each from the City Government under Mayor Oscar Rodriguez.

2008

Giant lantern Festival held on December 20 at Robinsons Starmills for the first time.

Nine participating barangays: Dolores, Del Pilar, San Jose, San Juan, San Nicolas, Santa Lucia, Santo Nino, San Pedro, Telabastagan.

Brgy. Telabastagan won the first place, followed by Del Pilar and San Nicolas.

P 120,000.00 subsidy each from the City Government and the Festival Committee headed by Mayor Rodriguez and Ms. Corito Panlilio – Lim

2009

Giant Lantern Festival competition held on December 19, 2009 at the Robinsons Starmills Pampanga with nine participating barangays: Dolores, Del Pilar, San Jose, San Juan, San Nicolas, Santa Lucia, Santo Nino, San Pedro, Telabastagan. Subsidy given was P 111,111.11 to each barangay. 5 lanterns had peace designs. San Pedro fielded the first ever giant lantern made of fiberglass resin.

Festival Committee is headed by Dr. Lourdes Javier.

Champion after 17 years was Brgy. Dolores, followed by Brgy. Telabastagan and Brgy. San Jose.

San Fernando lanterns were displayed at the Philippine Consulate in New York and the Lord Mayor’s House in Dublin, Ireland.

2010

Giant Lantern Festival Competition held on December 18,2010 at the Robinsons Starmills. The Festival Committee is headed by Mr. Eddie Chua and Mr. Bong Mah as the Chairpersons with Mayor Rodriguez as the Honorary Chairperson.

Participating barangays are Dolores, Del Pilar, San Jose, San Juan, San Nicolas, Santa Lucia, Santo Nino, San Pedro, Telabastagan. Subsidy given was P 120,000.00 to each barangay. For the first time, lantern size for the competition was 20 ft.

The champion was Brgy. Santa Lucia, followed by Brgy. Dolores and Brgy. San Nicolas.

San Fernando Lanterns were displayed at the Philippine Embassy Grounds in Bangkok, Thailand, the new Philippine Embassy in Dublin, Ireland, the Philippine Consulate in Beijing, China and the Ethnology Museum in Vienna, Austria in partnership with the Philippine Embassy in Vienna.

2011

Giant Lantern Festival Competition is set on December 17, 2011 at the Robinsons Starmills. The Festival Committee is headed by Mr. Alfrito ‘Bong’ Mah and Ms. Ma. Theresa ‘Tess’ Laus as Chairpersons with Mayor Rodriguez as the Honorary Chairpersons.

Participating barangays are Dolores, Santo Nino, Santa Lucia, Del Pilar, San Jose, San Juan, Telabastagan, San Pedro and newcomers Calulut and Del Carmen (after 57 years). Subsidy is P 120,000.00 each barangay.

San Fernando lanterns were made as display at the Cultural Center of the Philippines main façade. Lanterns were also sent to the Philippine Embassy in Moscow, Russia and Bangkok, Thailand.

2012

Giant Lantern Festival Competition is set on December 15, 2012 at the Robinsons Starmills. The Festival Committee is headed by Archt. Yolanda Reyes as Chairperson with Mayor Rodriguez as the Honorary Chairperson.

Participating barangays are Dolores, Santo Nino, Santa Lucia, Del Pilar, San Jose, San Juan, Telabastagan, San Pedro, Calulut, Del Carmen and San Nicolas.

The champion was Brgy. Del Pilar, followed by Brgy. Telabastagan and Brgy. Sta Lucia. Brgy. Del Pilar was also the Texter’s Choice winner.

San Fernando lanterns were displayed during the 1st Lantern Festival at Honolulu, Hawaii. One giant lantern was also displayed at the Good Shepherd Cathedral in Singapore during the Paskong Pinoy 2012, Giant Parol in Singapore on December 1, 2012.

San Fernando lanterns were sent and displayed at the Philippine Embassies and Consulates in Warsaw, Poland, Moscow, Russia, Ottawa, Canada, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Washington DC and New York, USA.

2013

Giant Lantern Festival Competition held at Robinsons Starmills Pampanga under the leadership of the Chairperson Engr. Mariano W. Castro Jr. and Honorary Chairperson Mayor Edwin David Santiago on December 14, 2013.

Champion was Brgy. Telabastagan followed by Del Carmen and Barangay Sta. Lucia.