LOS ANGELES.(NOV,3, 2014)- People from various walks of life went to Holy Angels Catholic Church in Arcadia on November 2nd to participate in star-lantern making, a folk tradition so close to the hearts of Filipinos. The workshop is held annually that calls to all those who wish to learn about the cultural heritage of Filipinos; why they do what they do and how these activities mold them to be who they are. This workshop signals Advent preparations prior to Christmas. Pinoy Town Hall, in partnership with the Archdiocese of Los Angeles Filipino Ministry, have also gained community support. These donors include but are not limited to: Western Union, Wells Fargo, Philippine National Bank, Mango Tours, SQUID Printing, XYZ Global Express, Pilipino Workers Center, Super Hat Mario, Ishkater Media, Vessels of Mary/Hope For Children Foundation, Holy Angels Filipino Ministry, Kababayan Today, Fil-Am Arts, Reflections of Asia, Californila, Filipino Community of Carson, Fil-Am TV, Curbside Cravings, Eskwela Kultura, Chaaste Family Market, Velara, Farmers Insurance Group, Royale Business Club, Asian Journal, and Brotherhood of Christian Businessmen and Professionals.
First time star-lantern makers Hazel and Jason Sanchez from San Lorenzo Ruiz Parish in Walnut shared an opinion,” This is really a wonderful experience for our family. It brought back many memories when we were growing up in the Philippines; when everyone enjoy time together, doing something that is special at Christmas time. Parol-making brings everyone together. We would like to learn how to make these star lanterns so that we can share it with our five-year old daughter. She is here with us so that she would know how it is like to work together as one; a value we want her to have as she continues to grow.” Gina Lozares from St. Norbert Church in the City of Orange added: ” I wish that we have workshops like these in Orange County. This is my first time too to join in parol star lantern workshop. It is fun. The people are warm and friendly. It is a joyful occasion. Everyone is having a great time while we also listen to native folk songs. Perhaps, in the future, the activity will be introduced in our Diocese. ” UCLA Prof. Nenita Pambid-Domigo stated,” Parol-making is one exciting activity that unites families. It is a contribution we shared with many countries. Parol-making is uniquely Filipino. The star lantern has become a recognizable Christmas ornament for Filipinos not only in the Philippines but also in any nation where there is a Filipino community.”
A second workshop will be held on Saturday, November 15th at St. Philomena Church Hall (21900 S. Main Street, Carson, CA 90745) from 10:00 AM- 4:00 PM. All are invited to attend and become part of this wonderful activity. Pinoy Town Hall’s Global Head Malou Villacisneros shared,” The goal of these workshops is to bring diverse communities together to celebrate faith traditions so true to Filipinos. By working on a parol star lantern, one can thoughtfully say that each point in every star gives hope and light to a world that has become more cynical. Our intent is to bring love and joy to life!” An Do, Branch Manager and VP of Wells Fargo Bank in Arcadia added,” It is good to know that there are activities like this that welcomes neighborhood business partnerships as well. It is neat to see various gifts and talents of everyone shared in the making of star lanterns. Thank you for inviting us.”
The highlight of Parol Star Lantern Workshops will be held at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels (555 West Temple Street, Los Angeles) at the Annual Celebration of “Simbang Gabi” organized by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles Filipino Ministry where a hundred plus parol star lanterns will be in procession prior to the Liturgy at 6:30 PM. The principal celebrant is Archbishop Jose H. Gomez.
For further information, please call:
Malou Villacisneros (818) 641-8718 firstname.lastname@example.org
Jo Solomonson (626) 627-6672 email@example.com
About the writer:
Jo Solomonson is the President of Filipino Catholics of Holy Name of Mary in San Dimas. She also directs Vessel of Mary Liturgical/Cultural Dance Group. She is the Assistant Coordinator for San Gabriel Region Simbang Gabi 2014.