Philippine Giant Lantern Joins Xiamen’s Lantern Festival

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The Philippines has a long and rich tradition of making lighted lanterns, especially in the shape of a star. This tradition is deeply rooted in the Christian faith of many Filipinos.

The star shape of the lantern is made to commemorate the “Star of Bethlehem”, which Christians believe appeared in the skies to mark the birth of Jesus Christ, the Messiah, who was prophesied to become the redeemer of the world.

The star-shaped lighted lantern is therefore one of the most beloved and cherished symbols of the Christmas celebration in the Philippines.

Although star-shaped lanterns are made throughout the Philippines, nowhere in the country has the tradition of lantern-making been taken to greater heights than in the City of San Fernando in the province of Pampanga located in northern Philippines, where it is known as the Parul Sampernandu.

Making the lantern with the form and patterns that is now associated with the City of San Fernando officially began in 1908 with Francisco Estanislao of Barangay (Town) Santa Lucia as the acknowledged pioneer.

Battery-operated lanterns came in the 1940s and molding of steel wire frames was introduced in the 1950s. San Fernando lanterns became a commercial industry when San Fernando lanterns became available for sale to the public in the 1960s.

Through the years, lanterns of San Fernando continue to amaze people with its elaborate designs and intricate lighting from all over the world, including Austria, Spain, Taiwan, and the United States.

And with the full support of local leaders who value the preservation of culture, the tradition of lantern making lives on and is now being shared for the first time with the people of Xiamen and Fujian.

The Philippine giant lantern entered in the Xiamen Lantern Festival measures 6.1 meters in diameter. It is lighted by 1,200 bulbs and 2,250 meters of electrical wiring. It can be viewed at the Festival Grounds in Jimei from 2 to 14 February 2014.

菲律宾巨型花灯亮相厦门元宵灯会

菲律宾在花灯制作方面具有悠久且丰富的传统,尤其是制作星形花灯。该传统源自于菲律宾人的基督教信仰。

制作星形灯笼是为了纪念圣诞星,基督徒们相信出现在天空中的圣诞星是为了纪念耶稣基督的诞生,他被预言是救世主。

点亮的星形灯笼被当成是菲律宾圣诞庆典中最受人喜爱和珍贵的象征。

虽然菲律宾全国各地都在制作灯笼,但是没有哪个地方制作的灯笼会高于菲律宾北部邦板牙省的圣弗南多市制作的灯笼,这是一个以制作巨型花灯而闻名的城市。

圣弗南多市制作各式各样花灯的历史可追溯到1908年,当时桑塔露西亚镇的圣佛兰西斯科.艾斯塔尼斯劳被认为是创始人。

以电池供电的花灯问鼎于二十世纪四十年代,二十世纪五十年代人们开始使用成型的钢丝支架。二十世纪六十年代,当圣弗南多市的花灯可以公开出售时,其花灯便成为一种商业产业。

这些年来,圣弗南多市的花灯以其精美的设计和纷繁的灯光技术让来自世界各地的人们惊叹不已,其中包括来自奥地利、西班牙、台湾、和美国的友人。

在当地重视文化传承的领导的大力支持下,灯笼制作的传统工艺得以保留,并且有机会来到厦门向福建人民及厦门人民首次亮相。

此次亮相厦门元宵灯会的菲律宾巨型灯笼,其直径为6.1米,由1,200个灯泡和2,250米长的电线制作而成。欢迎各位于2014年2月2日(正月除三)至2014年2月14日(正月十四)期间前往厦门元宵灯会观赏菲律宾巨型灯笼。

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