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Free Parol (Christmas Lantern) Making Workshop on November 18, 2012

FilAm Arts Presents Parol Making Workshop

FilAm ARTS presents the PAROL NG PINOY WORKSHOP in partnership with the Holy Angels Parish Filipino Ministry and Western Union. It will be held from 1:00 to 5:00 pm at Holy Angels Parish in Arcadia, CA at 370 Campus Drive Arcadia, CA 91007. This workshop is going down November 18, 2012 (Sunday) and it is sure to be an extravaganza!

This must attend event is different from all other events in that it will incorporate Pinoy flair! Lucky people of all ages get to dive deeper into what it truly means to be Pinoy by partaking in this Parol activity as a family and community. This workshop is an art session that passes on the craft and revitalizes the cultural folk art form of the parol.

For those who are not familiar with a parol, a simple Wikipedia search reveals that a parol is an ornamental, star-shaped Christmas lantern from the Philippines. It is traditionally made out of bamboo and paper and comes in various sizes and shapes, but generally the basic star pattern remains dominant. The design of the parol evokes the Star of Bethlehem that guided the Three Kings to the manger. It also symbolizes the victory of light over darkness and the Filipinos’ hope and goodwill during the Christmas season.

When asked why is it important to learn about culture thru cultural activities such as this, Katrina Villacisneros, a junior at Arcadia High

Intercultural Parol

School and a youth event volunteer said, “Parol making allows younger generations to learn about their cultural roots not just by story but also by activity. This brings together families and communities. Last year, my non-Filipino friends and I made a multicultural parol which symbolized the ability of various cultures to coexist, meld, and work creatively together.”

One of the event’s partners is the LA Archdiocese Filipino Ministry which also promotes Filipino culture and values. Jo Solomonson, secretary of the said ministry and the President of the Fil-Am Ministry at Holy Name of Mary Church in San Dimas shared, “Such events promote an understanding of inter-generational cultural scripting and is a tool for conversation or dialogue on community issues with the potential to address those needs. We are pleased to see registrants from various parishes and invite more families to participate.”

Register at Pinoy Town Hall

Please register on-line at and for further inquiries, call Pinky Santos at 626-221-9235.

So before thinking twice about attending this FREE workshop (oh did I forget that aside from the free materials, free snacks will also be provided? yum!), I leave you with these famous words from the author of Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury: “Don’t think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It’s self-conscious, and anything self-conscious is lousy. You can’t try to do things. You simply must do things.” So sign-up now and see ya’ll there!







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BIO: MICHAEL WALKER “An amazing new talent that captivates from start to finish.” FROM A RARE COMBINATION OF HUMILITY AND UNDERSTANDING, OUR CLASSIC, TIMELESS ARTIST hails to us from sunny Southern California. Michael Walker is a multi-talented performer who sings, composes, acts, models and hosts private and public events. Michaels shares, “I am artistically inclined, love being creative, and have an outgoing personality. I have been quite a globe trotter since I was young and such experience has provided me with a rich perspective about life and appreciation for diverse cultures. I enjoy sports and practice a healthy, active lifestyle. I revel in intellectual conversations that are provocative and incisive because they reveal people's core and I'm a proponent of authenticity.” Stunningly photogenic with an ethnically ambiguous twist (but of course he is Fil-Am!), he projects well in both print and broadcast gigs. He is Hollywood trained in tv hosting by none other than veteran Marki Costello (who has trained Kelly Osbourne, Cee Lo Green, Kim Kardashian and the like). Michael is also quite proud of his Filipino roots. "I’ve learned to love the Philippines when I lived there for a year. The culture, the people and the places are amazing. I would really like to show that through my work, I can bridge gaps among races and promote peace and unity whatever race, class, sex, religion or belief you are. We are all the same in the eyes of God," this young man believes. Aside from hosting, his passion is his music. He has a beat for the business – literally speaking as well, by making beats from scratch - and has an arresting stage presence. More than that, he has a message. He composes songs that not many hip-pop artists his age write about. He’s constantly promoting peace, unity, self-esteem and environmental preservation in his songs. Michael’s goal is not only to be successful but also to make a make difference through his music. His mixture of musicality, good looks and heart makes for a grand-slam tween and teen-ager’s delight. Although his passion for hosting and music occupies most of his time, he still finds time to volunteer and mentor the youth because he believes in making a difference in the lives of others, especially the disadvantaged. Just to name a few of his community work, he performed and volunteered during the 2010 LA Marathon for American Vets and the 2010 Junior High Academic Decathlon at the LA Convention Center where he rocked the house of over 6,000 screaming pre-teens and teens. In 2011 he was a motivational speaker for the same decathletes at the LA Convention Center, creating anti-poverty awareness along with 90210’s star, Gillian Zinser.

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9 Responses to "Free Parol (Christmas Lantern) Making Workshop on November 18, 2012"

  1. Hermie says:

    i read your article and love it so much. fun n engaging n promotes multiculturalism.

  2. monsieur says:

    very good and cool, thank you for your sharing. hope the event is a success.

  3. Berry says:

    nice site, all posts are very nice and enlightening.

  4. Dionesio says:

    Laudable event that connects us to our roots.

    Great going guys and gals.

    By the way, it says written by Michael Walker but the by-line is Ray Bradbury. A little confusing, I might say.

    1. thanks 4 d positive comments. yes, i wrote the article but the byline is a quote from Ray Bradbury. sorry 4d confusion. m new to this n appreciate d feedback!

      1. made the change already and it looks clearer. got your point and helped me be a better writer. thanks!

  5. wally says:

    I really appreciate your help, it is very useful for community. Thanks.

  6. brescia says:

    Thanks ! Supper Post !!

  7. channel lover says:

    Excellent post. Thanks.