Letter From Pampanga

In ‘Christmas Capital’ of the Philippines, giant stars bring hope after dark pandemic years

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Pampanga's San Fernando – dubbed the “Christmas Capital" of the Philippines – has seen a full return to glory for its Giant Lantern Festival after two years of being a streaming-only event.
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PAMPANGA – A cool December breeze blew across the sprawling open-air car park of one of the Philippines’ biggest shopping malls, where 10 larger-than-life Christmas lanterns were set to brighten the skies.

Behind a fence, hundreds gathered in anticipation of their lighting, dispelling the darkness not just of the gathering night but also the pain and fear of the last few years.

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