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