In the Philippines, where Christmas is celebrated over a much longer season than most other countries...
In the Philippines, where Christmas is celebrated over a much longer season than most other countries...from 16 December to ??? January...week busy putting finishing touches to dozens of decorated lanterns for use in the festive processions. The lanterns, very ornate, and employing intricate electrical circuits for illumination, are a far cry from the old and more familiar candle-burning types used until recent years. Pre-coded drums....turning like crude computers within bamboo frameworks....trigger off complicated circuits to produce constantly varying light patterns. Some lanterns have incorporated religious images and outlines, such as of the Virgin May.
SYNOPSIS: In the province of Pampanga...north of Manila inn the Philippines...local enthusiasts were busy last week putting the finishing touches to elaborate illuminated lanterns which they planned to use in Christmas processions. Intricate electrical circuits on revolving drums, working like wired musical box movements or crude computers, provide changing patterns.
These very ornate lanterns, seen hare during a typical Christmas procession, are a far cry from the much older and more familiar candle-burning types commonly used until recant years. The intricate workings are supported within a carefully-balanced bamboo framework.
In the Philippines, Christmas is celebrated over a much longer season than most other countries. It begins on 16 December and ends on 6 January, after 22 days of fiesta and pageantry.