CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The lanterns of this city onceagain are in an international expedition. After wowing Filipino and foreign communities in SanFrancisco, California, the Parul Sampernandu is nowon its way to Vienna, Austria. The San Fernando City Government, through theinitiative of Mayor Oscar Rodriguez, is donating 50San Fernando lanterns to the Philippine Embassy inVienna.
These lanterns will decorate one of the 11trees in the Rathausplatz in the Christkindlmarktgrounds, one of the biggest and most popular Christmasmarkets in Europe. The Vienna Christkindlmarkt runs for six weeks fromthe third weekend of November to Christmas Day. It attracts an estimated three million tourists fromAustria and neighboring countries.
The 50 lanterns donated by the City of San Fernandotogether with another 70 San Fernando manufacturedlanterns are now on the way to Vienna Austria via seafreight. The lanterns are expected to arrive in Vienna on thelast week of October.
This project hopes to promote Philippine culture andto acquaint European visitors with the ingenuity ofPhilippine lanterns, possibly leading to marketopportunities for Philippine exporters.
The Philippine Christmas Tree at the Vienna Christkindlmarkt featuring Pampanga lanterns project was undertaken by the City of San Fernando to promote the lanterns as part of the One Town One Product program and to exhibit good camaraderie towards thePhilippine Embassy in Vienna headed by Ambassador Linglingay Lacanlale, the City of Vienna and Kreitnerand the Filipino community in Austria.
During the incumbency of former Pampanga governor Bren Guaio and largely through the efforts of then tourism secretary Mina Gabor, the San Fernando lantern hadsome exposure in the US and Spain.