ROBINSONS STARMILLS, home of the two biggest festivals in Pampanga recently held its Tree Lighting Ceremony at the ground level of Robinsons Starmill.
Together with the event is the launch of The Sinukwan Festival and the annual Giant Lantern Festival.
Sinukwan Festival is a week long festival started after the tragic eruption of Mt Pinatubo in 1991, wherein more than a thousand were killed, 1.5 million residents were displaced, while billions worth of public and private infrastructure were damaged by the avalanche of ash and volcanic debris and the mudflows (lahar) that flooded the plains. The festival is one celebration to show the resiliency of the kapampangans.
This year’s Sinukwan Festival will kick off on November 23 at Robinsons Starmills Pampanga with the opening of a trade fair showcasing the best of Kapampangan cuisine, Fashion, arts and crafts and will end on November 30 with a Street Dancing Parade and Interpretative Dance Competition to be participated by various schools in Pampanga.
The much awaited 2019 Giant Lantern Festival Competition shall be held on December 14 at 6pm at the grounds of robinsons Starmills Pampanga.
The new venue prepared by Robinsons Land Corporaiton will be able to accommodate over 100,000 spectators.
There will be 12 barangays participating in this year’s competition. There will also be nightly displays from December 15, 2019 tilll January 1,2020 (except on December 31,2019) at 630pm.
In his speech City of San Fernando Pampanga Mayor Edwin D. Santiago said:”The Christmas Tree Lighting event at robinsons Starmills has become a tradition in the Christmas Capital of the Philippines to signal the start of the Christmas Season in the City. We should thank Robinsons Starmills in bringing Christmas early to our city and for being the venue of our Giant Lantern Festival for 12 years and the Sinukwan Festival for 15 years now.
We thank them for sharing their love and blessings to the less fortunate of the Children’s of Joy foundation for an afternoon of fun, games and gift giving.
Regional Operations Manager of Robinsons Land Corporation Ms. Jodee Paulette Arroyo also added, “supporting these two big festivals in Pampanga is part of the thrust of Robinsons Land Corporaiton (RLC) in promoting cultural heritage to bring in both local and foreign tourists to the province and for the tradition to be passed on to the next generations.”
“I also humbly ask for the assistance of our friends from the media to help us promote these festivals especially with the forthcoming SEA Games, so the Foreign and local tourists can witness and be amazed with our own festivals.
“This is one way of sharing RLove to the people.
“We also thank the city of San Fernando, the Foundaiton for Lingap Kapampangan, Inc, and the Giant Lantern Festival Foundation for entrusting these two big events to RLC and now we can claim that we are the Home of Kapampangan Festivals, not only the Home of the Giant Lantern Festival”