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05/12/2011: Filipino Community in Guam Holds Annual Parol Contest

Filipino Community in Guam Holds Annual Parol Contest


The Filipino community in Guam held its third annual Christmas Lantern (Parol) Making Contest last Sunday, 04 December 2011, at the Sampaguita Pavilion of Ypao Beach Park.

Organized by the Filipino Community of Guam, the umbrella organization of all Filipino-American associations on the island, the Parol contest aims to encourage Filipino creativity and ingenuity in making the traditional Parol by using non-traditional materials.  The seven official entries this year showcased how the star-shaped lanterns can be reinvented by using materials like achuete husks, onion skin, elbow macaroni and recycled paper and plastic products that are seemingly mundane but were impressively transformed into works of art.

The winning parol was made of recycled foil, cardboard and plastic bulb cases with a Philippine Flag and map designed by Mr. and Mrs. Lucero Carvajal.  The said parol will be donated to the Government of Guam and will be displayed at the office of the Governor.

The Philippine Consulate General joined the festivities by displaying a traditional “Bahay Kubo” made from wood and coconut leaves surrounded by modern lanterns made of capiz shells with intricate designs and lights.  The Bahay Kubo was designed and built by Mr. Joey Lapnawan with the assistance of the Consulate staff.  The Christmas parols made of capiz shells were provided by Shoemart (SM) Guam.END