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Giant Lantern Festival 2023

 Pampanga Food & Heritage Tour 
Celebrate the brightest festival in the Christmas Capital of the Philippines with Culture Shock PH!
The city of San Fernando, Pampanga prides itself as home to a nearly 120-year old tradition of crafting and showcasing Christmas lanterns called parul (Tagalog: parol).

Traditionally made of wood and bamboo cloth, lantern makers soon experimented with using other materials such as capiz shells and the more durable fiberglass. What once were simple lanterns grew into gigantic light structures measuring up to 20 feet in diameter! This is one of the reasons why San Fernando is dubbed the Christmas Capital of the Philippines.
GLF parol making
Whole day

Php 3,500/head, minimum of 10 pax

Tour Highlights
Giant Lantern Museum
Parol-making activity
Atching Lillian Borromeo
Giant Lantern Exhibition

Package inclusions
Round trip transportation
Meals (merienda cena and evening snacks)
Parol-making kit
Giant Lantern Festival exhibition
Souvenir fan

Assembly time and place
11am at Eton Centris, Quezon City

In this tour, you will learn more about the origins of this festival as you visit the Giant Lantern Museum. You will also get to experience designing your own parol following the traditional parts of a giant lantern. Before the tour, you will fill up with sumptuous Kapampangan dishes prepared by a renowned food historian and culinary icon. If luck permits, you might get to meet and chat with operators and technicians who could show you the workings of the giant lanterns before the exhibition starts.

Bring your family and friends and marvel at the Giant Lanterns of San Fernando, Pampanga until January 1, 2024!


Book this trip as a private tour at your preferred date by clicking the Book a private tour button! Please note that for private tours, pax rate is adjusted depending on the total number of participants in the group.

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