Posted by December 20, 2012on
Pasko na naman! Pasko na naman, kaya’t kami ngayo’y naririto… And it’s Christmas time indeed! So off we went to San Fernando Pampanga last December 15 to cover the annual celebration of the San Fernando Pampanga Giant Lantern Festival or locally known as the Ligligan Parul.
The adventure started in Tacloban. From the gateway of the Eastern Visayas, Mervin and I flew to Manila via AirPhil Express. By around lunch time we were already at the NAIA Terminal 3. We hurriedly took a shuttle bound for Pasay Rotonda/MRT.
We then took the 2:00PM Victory Liner bus and dropped off at Robinson’s Starmills which as been the home of the Lgiligan Parul for several years now.
But due the heavy traffic along EDSA, we arrived at the venue at around 4:30PM. First order of the day was to claim our Media IDs. By 5PM we had our lunch/dinner in one.
After the heavy meals, we then went to the ground zero. Everything’s all set. We’re all just waiting for the sun to completely set and start the competitions.
The program said event will start at 6PM. Oh well, we have the Filipino time. And as I had earlier expected, the event started late at around 7:30PM.
When we got inside the venue I asked the usherettes where the Media will be assigned. Just like during my previous Ligligan Parul, I think it’s 2009 or 2010, the media were placed in one small platform at the left, back side of the area.
The media are is not ideal for those who are taking photographs as it was very far. Then suddenly some photographers went to the front area, and sat down at the concrete. We were asked by the security personnel to leave the place as the front area is only for the CLTV 36, a local cable channel in Pampanga. They told us to mode to the sides so that the view of the people behind us will not be obstructed. So we follow. Then a few minutes later, we were asked again to leave the place and go back to the media section. The media section was almost empty. Kasi nga ang pangit ng location!
Then later they allowed us to just sit down in the front. OK. At least I am now comfortable with the monobloc chair.
Then the event finally tarted. one by one the lanterns were it. It was an amazing sight to see ho these humongous lanterns create lovely patterns. The interplay of lights, colors and music is fantastic! The patterns and colors change at every note of music. It’s like a large kaleidoscope changing patterns to the tune of Christmas songs and Kapampangan Holiday Carols.
And just as the lanterns display their wonderful colors, here come the photographers who rushed to the front row. AKALA KO BA BAWAL ANG MEDIA AND PHOTOGRAPHERS IN FRONT?
And the security personnel was not able to control them? Kung kami pinaalis bago mag simula ang show, bakit ngayon hinahayaan na lang nila ito mangyari.
And as what the saying goes, “If you can’t beat them, join them”. So I also went to the front. There right in front of the lanterns. Then one security man asked me to move back. So I told him, I will move back, If you will also ask the rest of the people here to move back.
Hay, ang gulo-gulo. I just hope that next year, the organizers would assign the photographers to be in front and not at the back. Hopefully the system will change next year. Sayang lang ang effort ko sa pag byahe.
Of all the events and festivals I have attended, it is only the Ligligan Parul that places all the Media at the left, back side.
After the Ligligan Parul, I had to rush back to Santa Rosa Laguna to change bag, and fly out of Manila by 6AM for Ozamis City.
Had I known that this is going to happen, I should’ve just stayed at home took a rest before my next flight. Oh well, there’s always room for improvement. There’s always the second chance. We’ll seee next year if this kaguluhan will still be the same.