We were invited to Barangay San Jose's Giant Parol entry first test. Seeing the scale of these intricately designed and wired lanterns are conducted is jaw dropping!
We arrived there in the afternoon to see a team of maybe 6 craftsmen put the finishing touches on the cylindrical controllers and wiring of the giant parol. These cylinders are maybe 3-4ft in diameter and at least 5ft long. I remember seeing at least 4 up to 5 to control one parol. The parol at that time was covered in tarp and should be around 2 stories high or 20 Meters. It is an official entry to the San Fernando, Pampanga's Giant Parol Festival, a giant lantern making competition. Entries follow a standard build specification to level the playing field between participating barangays/ communities. This year the city has set that each lantern can only contain a maximum of 8500 bulbs. That translates to 8,500 wires multiplied by the number of concurrent switches.
My last year's post on the Giant Lantern Show in San Fernando
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