IN PHOTOS: 2014 Sillag Festival of Lights, La Union
LA UNION, Philippines – The sky was bright with the lights of La Union.
The Sillag Festival drew thousands of tourists to San Fernando, La Union for the two-day event held March 7 and 8.
This year’s version of the festival highlighted the Sillag Village, where tourists experienced light spectacles on water, land, and air. Illuminated balloons released into the night sky by festivalgoers capped the first day of festivities. The second day saw street dancers with lighted costumes, a lantern parade and pyro musical show.
Several events comprised the activities for this occasion: the lighting of the Sillag Village, Lantern Fluvial Parade, Hope Lanterns, Sunset Run, and street dancing with light adornments.
The lantern parade, which featured decorated boats twinkling brightly against the night sky, represented safe journeys home, while the presence of the Hope Lanterns is said to symbolize anticipation of development in the region. The Sunset Run is all about looking forward to a new day, while the street dance was about showing that people could be a source of lightness and joy to others.
According to a release by the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA), The Poro Point Lighthouse serves was an inspiration for this festival – it’s also said to represent the role of the Poro Point Freeport Zone as a “beacon of development in Northern Luzon.”
The Sillag Festival is named after the Ilocano word “sellag” which means “moonbeam,” or “illumination from the moon."
See photos from the festival here:
All photos by Manman Dejeto/Rappler