(PRESS RELEASE / CCP)
FOR over a century, San Fernando City in Pampanga has been the home of parul sampernandu, a traditional and iconic Filipino lantern, which earned it the title "Christmas Capital of the Philippines."
According to the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), the first parol in San Fernando was created by Kapampangan artisan Francisco Estanislao in 1908. He used bamboo strips for the frame and pasted colorful papel de japon on it. To illuminate the parol, he used kalburo (carbide). His parolbecame popular that other Kampanpangan followed suit. Soon, the parol was used to light paths on the way to Misa de Gallo (dawn masses).
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