Ligligan Parul: Pampanga’s Giant Lanterns as Political and Cultural Thought


  • Dominique Angela M. Juntado Far Eastern University


Giant Lantern Festival, San Fernando, Political Anthropology, Ligligan Parul, Regional Culture


This ethnographic piece establishes a political-cultural vista of lantern makers and the thought processes going into the craft. It presents the premise that Pampanga’s long history of the practice and selfless development of the Parul craft is reflective of Kapampangan ethnicity, history, and medium for political-cultural thought. It begins with an inquiry into how the giant lantern is expressive of the traits of the Kapampangan; language informs this study’s interpretation of the Kapampangan-ness of the lantern. Secondly, it explores the prospect of the giant lantern displaying metaphors for political-cultural expression and storytelling.
The research is set on a Geertzian-flavored symbolic & interpretive anthropological framework where understanding another culture is perennially an activity of interpretation; this involves determining explications behind cultural acts through situating events in a particular cultural actor’s motives, values, and intentions.

Author Biography

Dominique Angela M. Juntado, Far Eastern University

The author has two degrees in Political Science from the University of Santo Tomas. She has earned her doctorate in Social & Cultural Anthropology from the University of the Philippines Diliman. Her research interests range from political culture & theory and heritage studies. Her research passions involve educational entertainment (with emphasis on the interactive and video games), ‘playable’ research, and meditative gameplay. She is presently a facilitator at Far Eastern University Manila.




How to Cite

Juntado, D. A. “Ligligan Parul: Pampanga’s Giant Lanterns As Political and Cultural Thought”. TALA: An Online Journal of History, vol. 2, no. 2, Dec. 2019,