New York – Young Filipino children and their families attended a parol (lantern) making workshop at the Philippine Center on November 17, 2018 sponsored by the Philippine Consulate General New York in cooperation with the Department of Tourism in New York and the Filipino School at New York and New Jersey. It served as a prelude to the forthcoming parol lighting ceremony and Simbang Gabi sa Konsulado in early December.
Francis Estrada, a visual artist and museum educator at the Museum of Modern Art, and freelance education of Philippine art and culture, led the “Feel Pinas” Parol workshop.
In his welcome remarks, Consul Arman Talbo shared the significance of the parol to Filipino homes during Christmas season which is a representation of the star that appeared in the sky to herald the birth of Jesus Christ.
DOT attache Susan del Mundo said that the Philippines has one of the longest and most lavish displays of parol during the Christmas season, citing the provinces of Pampanga, Sorsogon, and Laguna as major sources of these Christmas lanterns. She announced that the Tourism office will assist in the display of parols in the Center to bring the colorful tradition to Fifth Avenue, Manhattan’s busiest thoroughfare especially during the holiday season.
Venessa Manzano, founder of the Filipino School of New York and New Jersey said that three other workshops will be held in Jersey City, Queens, and Bergen on 8, 9, and 15 December, 2018 respectively. These areas are home to large Filipino-American communities. (Photos and press release by the Philippine Consulate General in New York)