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Old Posted Dec 9, 2012, 7:23 PM
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Parul Sampernandu highlights 1st Christmas fest in Hawaii
By Jovi T. De Leon
Sunday, December 9, 2012

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO - A 20-foot giant Parul Sampernandu is currently the highlight of the first-ever Christmas Festival at the newly dedicated “Alay sa Sakada” Lanai of the Philippine Consulate in Honolulu, Hawaii.

The Consulate General of the Philippines in Honolulu said in a statement sent to Sun.Star Pampanga that the giant lantern, courtesy of the City Government of San Fernando headed by Mayor Oscar Rodriguez, is the main feature -- along with smaller Fernandino lanterns -- of the festival.

The grand lighting ceremony was led by no less than Hawaii Lieutenant Governor Brian Schatz and Honolulu Mayor-elect Kirk Caldwell.

The opening ceremonies also gathered 400 of the US state’s most influential community leaders, press and media practitioners, and members of the art, business and academic circles.

“The community marveled at the display of the giant parol at the Consulate’s parking lot, which overlooks the main highway. Those in attendance noted that the parol is perhaps is largest Christmas lantern in Hawaii. Maria Etrata, chair of the Philippine Celebrations Coordinating Committee of Hawaii, the Consulate’s community partner in organizing the festival, observed that the crowd could not contain their excitement over the lighting of the parol and the display of Christmas lanterns, stressing that the ornaments are symbolic of the Filipino Christmas spirit, encapsulating the importance and heart Filipinos put into the Holiday Season,” the statement noted.

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