La Union holds 2nd Sillag Festival

Katerina Francisco

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'Sillag' is an Ilocano word meaning 'moonbeam' or 'illumination from the moon'

ANOTHER COLORFUL FIESTA. The Sillag Festival of Lights in Poro Point, La Union is ongoing until March 10. Photo by Katerina Francisco

MANILA, Philippines – La Union is holding its second Sillag Festival of Lights at the Poro Point Freeport Zone on March 9 to 10.

“Sillag” is an Ilocano word that means “moonbeam” or “illumination from the moon.”

The two-day event features light-inspired activities such as the Sunset Run for Hope, ceremonial lighting of Sillag Village, a pyromusical show and lantern fluvial parade.

With the historic Poro Point lighthouse as the focal point, the festival aims to promote La Union as North Luzon’s beacon for economic development and tourism.

The festival was launched by the Poro Point Management Corporation in partnership with the Bases Conversion and Development Authority, the local government of La Union, and Thunderbird Resorts and Casinos.

Here are Rappler’s photos from Sillag Festival day one (March 9):

SANTORINI-INSPIRED. Thunderbird Resorts, a Sillag Festival partner. Photo by Katerina Francisco

FLUVIAL PARADE. A boat is ready to join one part of the two-day fest. Photo by Katerina Francisco

Photo by Katerina Francisco

Photo by Katerina Francisco

FUN RUN-READY. Participants stretch for the Sunset Run for Hope that had 3K, 5K, and 7K categories. Photo by Ramon Calzado

Photo by Ramon Calzado

Photo by Ramon Calzado

LIGHTS ON. Ceremonial lighting of the Sillag Village by officials of PPMC and BCDA. Photo by Katerina Francisco

GASTRONOMIC EVENT, TOO. The Sillag Village also features a garden show and food fair. Photo by Katerina Francisco

Photo by Katerina Francisco

Photo by Katerina Francisco

The Sillag Festival is ongoing as of writing. Keep posted for more stories and photos only on Rappler. –

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