17/12/2010: FILIPINO COMMUNITY SHOWCASE CREATIVITY WITH THEIR PAROLS
The Filipino-American community held its 8th Annual San Francisco Parol Lantern Festival on December 11, 2010 at the Yerba Buena Lane to parade their renditions of the parol lantern—“the quintessential Filipino symbol of hope, blessings, luck peace, and light during the holiday season.”* Several parols were also displayed at the Jessie Square and St. Patrick’s Church, popular tourist spots in San Francisco.
The Filipino creativity is showcased at the parade.
With the theme Heritage: Let it Shine, the Philippine Consulate General in San Francisco led in the parade, with each Consulate member carrying their individually-made parols.
Consul General and Mrs. Paynor lead the Consulate’s contingent at the parade.
Twenty (20) contingents joined the parade, with the Tenderloin Filipino American Community Association winning the Tala Award for the best parol lantern.
In his remarks during the short program held at St. Patrick’s Church where the parade ended, Consul General Paynor cited how the parol is a Filipino icon of heritage and commended the organizers and the members of the Filipino community in maintaining this tradition in this part of the world.
The event was organized through the Bayanihan Community Center (BCC). Earlier, BCC held a series of parol-making workshops at its office location, the Philippine Consulate, the Exploratorium, the Asian Art Museum and various other sites.
*See the Bayanihan Community Center website at www.bayanihanncc.org/parol2010.html.