COMMUNITY: Parol – the star of Filipino Christmas




This is the  “parol”    (lantern)   that won the hearts of many in the recently   concluded  Filipino Christmas (“Paskong Pinoy”)  event in Winnipeg.


“Parol”  or   farol in Spanish,  is the star-shaped   ornament  usually  hanging by the windows of   Filipino families.  For believers,   it symbolizes  the  Star of Bethlehem  that guided the  Three  Kings to the manger where  Baby  Jesus was born.


The bragging rights of  the winning  parol  is owned by SHERRY ANTAZO DE GUZMAN.


Sherry spent $20 dollars to come up with this winning piece of art.


“Most of  my  materials were brought from thrift store or second hand shops.   Shells,  abaca strings, seeds of split green and yellow peas, red beans, crochet coffee table mats and   embroidered handkerchiefs, ” Sherry shared.


This is not  Sherry’s first time to join  a parol-making contest.   Back in 2014,  this mother of two from Angono, Rizal, Philippines  first  tried to join the contest  hosted by  Manitoba Filipino Street  Festival (MFSF).   Her  entry  made it to  the third place.



Third placer parol at the 1st MFSF Parol-making held last 2014



Earlier  this year,  November 2016,   Sherry joined the  2nd  MFSF  parol-making again.  Her parol got the second place this time.    She made use  of  shells from old  jewelries and edges of books.




Sherry and her 2nd placer Parol at MFSF 2nd parol-making held last November 2016



Sherry  has a  natural inclination and love  for art and design.  But  what  makes her work   even  more unique?   Her  passion   to make use  of   recycled materials.


This summer of 2016,   Sherry came out of her shell   (no pun intended) and  leveled up  (also  literally).


She co-designed a gown made of recycled materials  that was   used on the runway   for the street  festival  beauty queen  search.




Shania Guevarra Carino @ the Seach for MFSF 2016 Queen runway wearing gown made of recycled materials co-designed by Sherry



Just recently, on  “Paskong Pinoy sa Canada” at the RBC Convention Centre,    Sherry’s   inner  drive   and artistry  was again  put to life.


Using  shells  again as  primary material,  Sherry  added lights to  her  parol as an attraction.   She spent 50 hours   of work and made use of    50 percent  indigenous and 50 percent recycled papers.


Along  side Sherry’s parol,  four other  lovely handcrafted  parols were   displayed for public voting.


Each has its own beauty, relevance and charm.   I honestly  could not make a pick.   I love them all !



The lovely parols competing @ the “Paskong Pinoy sa Canada” held at RBC Convention Centre on Dec 17, 2016 sponsored by Asian Community Guide.




Sherry’s parol was my daughter’s favorite when I asked her to stand beside the Parol she likes best



After  weeks  of display,   Sherry’s   sea shells parol  was  voted most popular. She went home with  $500 dollars  prize.




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