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Giant Lantern Festival

Top 10 Christmas Attractions in the Philippines

Wonderful World of Dolphins with the Sea Lions Show. Located at Metrowalk Commercial Complex in Ortigas Center, Pasig City. It features two bottlenose dolphins, named Tutti and Frutti including Jello and Jumbo, a father-and-son team of sea lions.

Holiday Musical Shows at the Araneta Coliseum. One of the most anticipated Christmas event in Manila and is also an annual treat for the whole family. Children and adult alike enjoy shows like International Circus, Disney on Ice and World on Ice which features different Disney and cartoon characters.

The Giant Lantern Festival is an annual festival held in December (Saturday before Christmas Eve) in The City of San Fernando in the Philippines. The festival features a competition of giant lanterns. Because of the popularity of the festival, the city has been nicknamed the “Christmas Capital of the Philippines”.

The first lantern festival was held to honor President Manuel L. Quezon. At that time, Quezon made Arayat his rest area and converted Mount Arayat into a tourist resort. As a show of gratitude to Quezon, the people of San Fer- nando held a Christmas lantern contest to honor the first family. Quezon himself donated the prize for his lantern contest, which was personally awarded to the winner by First Lady Aurora Aragon Quezon.

In the years that followed, more innovations were introduced to the giant lanterns. Colored plastics replaced traditional papel de hapon. Large steel barrels called rotors also substituted the hand-controlled switches to manipulate the lights. And lanterns have grown in size, ap- proximately 20-feet today, and illuminated by about 3,500 to 5,000 light...

Casa Santa Museum. A house filled with over 2,000 internationally recognized Santa Claus collection located at San Jose Extension, Brgy. San Isidro, Antipolo, Rizal This museum houses a vast assortment of Santa Claus from Santa blankets to a chess- board with Santa figurines and Swarovski crystal Santa Clauses. Life-size moving versions of “Mr. and Mrs. Santa” welcome visitors by singing Christmas carols.

Global Fun Carnival. The newest amusement park in the Philippines which is located near SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City. It is a European-style carnival that features the latest world-class games and rides in the world, with most of its rides coming from Italy and Germany. It is one of the two carnivals in Asia that showcases the “Booster”. . .

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