Thursday, July 21, 2011

Filipino Parols

Among the countries globally, Philippines has variety of Filipino parols all through the nation. These vary, in sizes, used materials, designs and colors as well. The most recorded area in the Philippines of this parol making event, having the largest production of Filipino parols, is in Parañaque, Metro Manila. The Pampanga parol creation is also on the record taste and uniqueness. To all other parts of the country, each has its own beau and glamour, but so far, it is in Metro Manila, which is that record breaking, in terms of volume.

Before, the old way of making the Filipino parol, is with the candle. Now there are these modernized parols. Samples of those are the ELECTRIC PAROL, which has various hues of lights; the COLORED-PLASTIC COVERED PAROL, which is the earliest type of electronic flashing Filipino parol, and the SIMPLE SHAPE PAROL, which is made of CAPIZ. Accordingly, the most tiresome or challenging kind of Filipino parol to make is the one having these shapes, rose, bromeliad, snowflake and sea urchin.

Filipinos are innately imaginative and idealistic of embellishing handicrafts or anything they produce. Thus, even with this parol making, they excel. Filipino parols may be simple for others, but it is good and competitive also for exports and for those other countries’ Christmas parol lanterns.

What is important about this is that, even until now, all of us are practicing and still in one thought of this Filipino parols as our leading Christmas décor and as a sign or remembrance of the past. And as time goes by, Filipino parols are that constructive, more elegantly made, more artistically shaped and that well-presented now a days. For me, the materials of how to make these parols are really enticing, but we should bear in mind that it is not about the materials- it’s about the passion and intentions of making it!

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