It’s the time of the year again, when the community starts making their parol lanterns and holiday decor to adorn their houses for the yuletide season. In San Francisco, on Saturday, December 10, 2011, the community will be holding the 9th Annual San Francisco Parol Lantern Festival – a must-see event during the holiday season.
    The festival begins with a series of parol lantern-making workshops held at the Bayanihan Community Center and are still going on. Parol workshops are open to the public.
    The parols made during these workshops are then displayed during our anticipated parade & festival held in Yerba Buena Lane, Jessie Square and St. Patrick’s Church. This year, we expect marchers from over 25 local organizations to gather for a lively parade and festival which includes performances, community presentations and the annual Tala Awards for the best parol lanterns.
    This year participating contingents who are vying for the Tala Awards are expected to incorporate the theme - Pagasa/Hope - Bright Visions for our Future - in the design of their parol lanterns and presentation in conjunction with the unveiling of the SoMa Pilipinas, a Filipino Social Heritage Special Use District in San Francisco.
    Each year, the SoMa community showcases the parol lantern - the quintessential Filipino symbol of hope, blessings, luck, peace, and light during the holiday season - and brightens the Jessie Square, Yerba Buena Lane and Mission Street between 3rd and 4th Street.

  • Theme for 2011 Parol Festival:
    Pag-asa: Bright Visions For the Future

    The theme of this year's Parol celebration is "Pag-asa: Bright Visions For the Future. Pagasa is the tagalog word for Hope. What is your hope and your bright visions for the future for yourself, your family, your organization, your community?

  • Parol-Making Workshops

    Want to learn how to make Parol star lanterns? Workshops will be held every Friday in October, November & December at the Bayanihan Community Center, 1010 Mission Street, from 5:30pm to 8:00 in the computer room.
    If you're making a parol for the first time, ther's no charge to make your fist parol. Additional parol supplies are available for a fee. (See the price schedule below) You can also drop by the Parol-making workshops to purchase and pick-up materials.

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  • Parol Kits

    Parol kits includes everything you need to get started building a star lantern: bamboo sticks, twist ties, rubber bands, tissue paper and cellophane. Available colors for cellophane are pink, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, white.

    12-inch Parol
    18-inch Parol
    24-inch Parol
    36-inch Parol
    60-inch Parol


    To order Parol-Making Materials, please click on the link below and fill out the following form. Ordered materials can be picked up Fridays at the Bayanihan, during Workshop hours. Please complete the on-line form prior to picking up the materials.


    Want to sign up to be a volunteer at this years Parol Lantern Festival, just click on the Volunteer button and fill out the form. Volunteers receive a free Parol Lantern Festival Hoodie, but must commit to volunteering for a least 5 hours that day. Volunteers must gather at the Bayanihan Commuity Center on Saturday, December 10, 9am - 10pm, the morning of the Parol Lantern Parade. If you have further questions about volunteer opportunities, email Kris Ongoco. kris@bayanihancc.org

  • Tala Award Winners of 2011

    Grand Prize - Tenderloin Filipino American Community Association

    Second Prize - Veterans Equity Center

    Veteran Equity Center is nonprofit in the South of Market that serves Filipino World War II Veterans, their wives, widows, other Filipino Seniors providing direct service and a place where they can find assistance and a place they can call their second home. "The San Francisco Veterans Equity Center honors the valuable contribution of Filipino American WWII Veterans to freedom and democracy; Provides culturally and linguistically appropriate services and advocates for JUSTICE and EQUITY." This year’s parol was made with the of the "Mano Po" Interns of VEC. Veterans Equity Center

    Third Prize - Manilatown Heritage Foundation

    The mission of Manilatown Heritage Foundation is to promote social and economic justice for Filipinos in America by preserving our history, advocating for equal access, and advancing our arts and culture. Manilatown Heritage Foundation

  • We would like to thank our sponsors
    for the 2011 Parol Festival

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