Friday, March 2, 2012

Let Your Dreams Soar | Lantern Festival 2012

It's finally March! How time flies, the past two months of 2012 had been good to me and my family. Despite some mishaps, I can still say that we're quite fortunate with all the blessings we receive daily. First and foremost is the gift of life that the good Lord continuously grace us with everyday and next is the gift of good health and safety which is more than enough to be thankful for. 

Just want to share a long due (again) post, which is a very memorable experience for me.

To welcome 2012 (January 1st), we participated in San Pablo City's First Lantern Festival which was held in SM City San Pablo's Car Park. My enthusiasm to join the event is because I wanted to start as they say the year right and aside from that since this is the city's first, I wanted (and Ceana too) to be part of history. An older cousin's friend was the event organizer's mom, and she was the one who sold me the ticket which is Php 150. The amount included a paper lantern and some brown paper-where we wrote our wishes. 

the event poster, which has the same design as the ticket
 We came to the venue at 5PM, but apparently the actual lighting of the lanterns was scheduled at 8PM. We didn't get bored as there were some performers which included fire dancers, stand up comedians and singers and bands who kept the crowd occupied while waiting for time.
Ceana after a nap-oh the convenience of breastfeeding, anytime, anywhere
My Princess, now smiling and all charged up

excited as the time draws near
At around 7:30, the event organizers had some words and actually gave instructions on the lighting and the setting of the lanterns. We were asked to light our lanterns at the same time then let them float simultaneously at 8PM. One cannot do it alone and will need one or two more to set up and light the lantern, which is also quite symbolic-You can't do everything on your own.

setting up our lantern and sticking the brown paper full of wishes, I  have used  2 papers just for the wishes! and we're getting ready to let it go 
 I of course chose a green lantern
As our lantern drifted up I kissed Ceana while saying a silent prayer. The best word to describe the experience : SURREAL.adj. Having an oddly dreamlike quality; resembling a dream; characterized by fantastic imagery and incongruous juxtapositions (source : www.thefreedictionary.com). I cannot describe what I felt that time as I saw the sky got filled with lanterns of different colors. Many said that the scene was just like one in Tanlged, unfortunately I was not able to see the film that's why I cannot attest to it. The scene was just spectacular. I know that my daughter felt the same way as she gazed up the now brightly-lit up sky.

The photos above were from my cousin's digital camera while the following were grabbed from SM City San Pablo's Facebook Album.


lanterns lighting up the dim sky
















17 charming thoughts:

Faith and Family Reviews said...

How cool and how pretty and fun! Gorgeous photos of you and your family!

Dropping by from Winter Blast....

KM said...

ang saya naman nito! parang Tangled lang ;)

thanks for sharing this over at Happiness Is. see you there for another round of happy posts :)

Mai said...

oh so beautiful! that's one of the reasons why my kids and i love the movie Tangled. we love the floating lanterns. i recommend watching Tangled, it's really a fun movie for kids of all ages.

chubskulit said...

That must be a night to remember. Parang ang say saya while you are looking at the lantern soaring high.

Rosemarie said...

pretty cool, Viting for Pink Friday, please fo visit my share as well at

http://www.pinaysinglemomsnook.info/thanks-god-its-friday/

See you around...

wifetoalineman02 said...

wow! the lanterns are so colorful and very fun :-) Visiting from Happiness is, hope that you can return the visit too.

http://www.jessysadventure.com/2012/02/finally-i-have-an-ipad.html

Chris said...

those are wonderful lanterns! :) i would love to experience this with my kids!

Tetcha said...

What an awesome sight, really beautiful! It must have been really exciting to be part of this momentous event. Visiting back!

wifetoalineman02 said...

love all the pinks, your daughter is adorable :-) Visiting from Pink Fridays, hope that you can return the visit too.

http://www.mommies2ks.com/2012/02/bought-a-gift-for-my-little-girls-classmate.html

Adin B said...

Fun, fun, fun photos! :) Love all the lit lanterns all floating up in the air. Your little one is a cutie! :) Visiting late via CC.

Mai said...

really can't get over the beauty of the lanterns. visiting back for PF.

Sheryl Apuhin said...

wow as in wow!
tingnan mo naman si baby,,ang saya saya at ni mommy na din..
from mommy moments..
http://shengkay.com/2012/03/my-baby-and-my-new-baby.html

Hazel said...

Lovely! I love the colors against the black sky.

Got here from your link on my MM and Happiness post.

cheerful said...

wow, its a great experience and i like to experience it with my family, too! must be fun to be all there and see those lanterns and wishes going up and above! visiting from PF, hope to see you around. thanks and have a great week. :)

Rovie said...

So cool and so colorful. Baby is having a great time too...

Late visit for Happiness Is...

jared's mum said...

love the lanterns, my little man would loved to see those...gaah, the hassle of leaving too far away from the city..

returning the visit via Mommy Moments Happy weekend!:)

Jerla Oh lalala said...

was here paying a visit :D

wow that is way too cool. i remember this lantern from the movie tangled Rapunzel. that is so neat.

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