Los Angeles, Ca – Historic Filipinotown Neighborhood Council or HiFinc (a 501C3 corporation) and The Filipino Channel present the 9th annual Christmas Parol Lantern Parade in Historic Filipinotown . Spearheaded by Hifinc President Mrs. Cecilia Ramos, this holiday event will be held on December 2 at 5 pm and it starts and ends at 258 N. Union Avenue in Los Angeles. This year’s Grand Marshalls are 3 highly respected dignitaries: Consul General Adelio Cruz, LA City Council Member Mitch O’ Farrell and Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez.
Originated in the Philippines, the Parol lantern is a symbol of the victory of light over darkness and the Filipinos’ hope and goodwill during the Christmas season. It is an ornamental, star shaped Christmas lantern and is traditionally made out of bamboo and colorful paper and comes in various sizes and shapes. “This idea of bringing this popular holiday décor called Parol to Filipinotown is a celebration of our Filipino Christmas tradition”, Cecilia Ramos says. The parol showcase will be paraded on the streets of Temple and Beverly in Historic Filipinotown. “It brings the Fil-Am community together this holiday season and it is also a reminder that the Filipino Christmas spirit is alive here in Los Angeles, in our own Filipinotown”, she adds. The public is encouraged to participate in the parol contest wherein a cash prize of $500 will be awarded to the most beautiful parol lantern. Judging criteria will be based on originality and creativity.
The Annual Parol Lantern Parade is proudly sponsored by MoneyGram, Miss Philippines USA organization, Island Pacific Supermarket, Asian Journal, Victory Auto Connection and Silver Lake Medical Center. A must-see event for the entire family, Parol Parade is a showcase of the art, culture and the beauty of the Filipino women with the special participation of the beauties of Miss Filipinotown and Miss Philippines USA. For more information, please contact Cecilia Ramos at 213 300-4055 or visit www.historicfilipinotown.org.