CAN-AVID, Eastern Samar– The lantern festival being observed in this town returned, two years after a hiatus due to the pandemic caused by coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
The festival, held last December 9 was participated by all the 28 barangays of the town.
A giant Christmas tree was also lighted up at the town plaza with the lanterns were also on display and along the national highway.
All the Christmas lanterns were made of recyclable and indigenous materials, Mayor Vilma Germino said.
Major requirement of the giant lantern festival is for the entry to use recyclable and indigenous materials in support to the local government unit’s solid waste management program according to Mayor Vilma Germino.
The winning giant Christmas lantern will receive P150,000 cash prize and additional P150,000 worth of barangay project for 1st prize; P100,000 cash prize with P100,000 worth of brgy project for second prize; and P70,000 cash prize with P70,000 worth of project.
Runners-up will receive P20,000 cash prize with P50,000 worth of barangay project.
Winners are to be declared on Dec.29 with the display of the lanterns to end on January 1.
(ROEL T. AMAZONA)