Biggest Lantern of Hope brings joy, fun to crowd

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO — This year’s Biggest Lantern of Hope lighting is literally the biggest one yet, as a kaleidoscope of colors lit up the night sky above the Sky Ranch at the SM City Pampanga on Dec. 1.

The biggest and tallest ferris wheel in the Philippines transformed into a 200-feet lantern, as lights and music complemented each other during a 10-minute fireworks display.

–Photo by Ric Gonzales

The lighting of the biggest lantern of Hope, also known as the Pampanga Eye, was also attended by 22 candidates of the Mutya Ning Kapampangan followed by a gift-giving to 80 kids belonging to the Autism Society of the Philippines in Pampanga.
–Photo by Ric Gonzales

Also in attendance were Department of Tourism- Central Luzon head Carolina Uy and 3rd District Board Member Rosve Henson, along with SM City Pampanga officials led by Engr. Junias Eusebio, assistant vice president for North Luzon IV and mall manager Aaron Montenegro.

Family gathering
The event has managed to gather some 20,000 to 30,000 spectators from as far as as Nueva Ecija, Bulacan and Tarlac.

To watch the lighting of the Pampanga Eye has become a tradition for some families, which is a perfect kick-off to start the Holiday festivities.

SM City Pampanga started lighting up the giant ferris wheel in 2015, which is the mall’s way of spreading the spirit of hope this Yuletide season. According to SM City Pampanga PR manager Rain Cervantes, the event also seeks to provide mall goers from all walks of life a chance to see fireworks and light displays with family and friends.

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