- Posted December 5, 2011 by
Manila, Philippines, Philippines
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Parol or Lantern is an iconic symbol of Filipino Christmas.
It is made of bamboo strips and covered by colored Japanese paper, crepe paper, plastic and other recycled materials. The original form of lantern is a five-pointed star with two decorative tails. Nowadays, it evolves in different designs and materials. It usually comes in various sizes.
As a traditional Christmas decoration in the Philippines, lantern is as important as the Christmas tree. In other countries where there are Filipino communities, they adapt the use of lantern and celebrate annual Lantern festival. In the Philippines, the annual lantern competition and festival is held in Pampanga.
Merlinda Tabora is a lantern maker since 1995. She has raised her kids and has sent them to school through this business. She starts making lantern as early as September. The prices of these traditional lanterns vary from P30 to P125 per piece.
Parol does not only brighten the Filipino Christmas, but it serves as an inspiration to Filipino ingenuity.