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Photo Gallery | The Stockton Parol Story Comes Full Circle

In 2003, the Filipino American Development Foundation brought parol (Filipino Star Lantern) workshops to SF to unite and promote Filipino culture. Participants, including myself, created parols for the inaugural Parol Stroll (parade). Note: Parols are displayed in windows at Christmas in the Philippines.

I learned how to make parols to promote Filipino culture in Stockton. The first parol workshop I led was sponsored by the Little Manila Foundation and held at UOP. Since then parol workshops have taken place at the Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS) annual picnic, First Night Stockton, the Haggin Museum, the Stockton Arts and Multicultural Festival, the Podesto Teen Impact Center, the Little Manila Afterschool Program (LMASP) at Edison High, Starlight Night, the Children’s Museum, the Art Flash Mob at DeltaFusion, and Team Charter School. Parols have been displayed on the Miracle Mile and at the Mexican Heritage Center and carried in a Stockton Parol Parade, the DeltaFusion Parade and the Mexican Heritage Center Christmas Posada. Parol how-to demonstrations have reached the San Joaquin County Fair where they were an entry category and the YESS festival (Youth Expressing Sights and Sounds). In addition the Fil-Am Lion’s Club and the Stockton City Council received parols to increase awareness.

This year parol workshops were held at the Little Manila Center and requested by Letty Perez, President of FANHS Stockton Chapter, for the afterschool program at Trinity Presbyterian Church.

Parolmaking has captured my heart and imagination and been one way I give back to Stockton. On Saturday, December 13th my efforts came full circle, my heart bursting with pride, when members of the Little Manila Afterschool Program and the Little Manila Foundation carried parols they made including a large parol entry as the #7 contingent in the 12th annual SF Parol Stroll. It’s time to make a Stockton Parol Parade an annual tradition!!!