MANILA, Philippines – About 100 participants attended a workshop on parol making in Illinois, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs.
In a report to DFA, the Philippine Consulate General in Chicago said the 4th Annual Parol Making Workshop was conducted by Art Commissioner of Arlington Heights and renowned artist, Fred De Asis.
Some of the participants were from neighboring states of Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin.
During the one-day workshop, participants learned to make traditional Filipino Christmas lanterns or parols with the use of thin wooden sticks, tissue paper, rubber bands, glue and other ornaments.
Other activities in the workshop included a brief talk on the parol’s historical tradition and its significance in Filipino culture and Filipino Christmas carols.
Aside from the workshop and raffle draws, organizers of the event also offered freshly-brewed salabat, kakanin and presents for children.
Tagalog Christmas ballads were rendered by local band soloist Nina Mae Vidal, and special prizes awarded to the best parol in three age categories
The Christmas parol-making workshop is done annually to promote Filipino Christmas activities and spirit. It also emphasizes the value of working together and helping each other especially during Christmas season.