LOS ANGELES - It's beginning to look a lot like a Pinoy Christmas in Los Angeles, as the Filipino community lit up Historic Filipinotown with parols.
Throughout the holidays, Temple Street, which runs through historic Filipinotown will fill the night sky with the Philippine lanterns.
"Filipinos have to light up with parols this time. It gives a way a strong connection to the homeland," Bernardo Bernardo, an entertainer and community leader, said.
After a year in where the community had to deal with the pork barrel case and typhoon "Yolanda", the lights are a welcomed sight.
"We are all hurting and crying inside but as Filipinos... We are strong," said Cecile Ramos, Historic Filipinotown Inc President. "This parol lighting will lift up their spirits and for them to know that (after) every darkness there is a silver lining. And just keep on our faith and trust everything will be ok."
The lighting comes as new developments take place in the on going pork probe. The Philippine justice department announced 10 more lawmakers will be charged in the pork barrel scam..
For the community who has been closely following the scam, it's a small holiday wish come true.
"It's good to know that they're getting their act together and charging more people. It will be unequal justice of only some were charged and some were not," said Roman Mosqueda of the US Pinoys for Good Governance.
With the holiday season comes the season of giving.
Ramos added that the community will continue raising funds to help the typhoon victims celebrate Christmas with a traditional noche buena.