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Parol Lantern Festival

Tayo Ang Liwanag
WE ARE THE LIGHT

DEC 14, 2019 4p-8p in SOMA PILPINAS, CA

 
 

Welcome to The Soma Pilipinas Holiday Celebration of Hope, Light, and Community

“Tayo Ang Liwanag”
“we are the light”

With this year’s theme, we celebrate the resilience of our leaders, artists, youth and student groups, and our families who have been facing challenges for decades in San Francisco and the Bay Area. 

 
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volunteer

Get involved in the SOMA Pilipinas community for this year's festival

 
 

 Volunteers will receive a commemorative 2019 Parol Lantern Festival hoodie

 
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Parade and Festival

Music, Food, Dance, and Holiday Cheer

 

Celebrate Pilipino Holiday Tradition with
a magical gallery of handmade parol lanternS, performances,
and the Taste of Christmas

The Taste of Pilipino Christmas

Special Pilipino sweets and delicacies!

Parol Stroll

Join the parade of lights starting at Jesse Square through Yerba Buena Gardens and then celebrate with everyone at St. Patrick’s Church.

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Sayaw sa Ilaw

A community-wide performance inspired by “Pandanggo sa Ilaw”, choreographed by Master Choreographer Sydney Loyola.

 
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Tala Awards

Our annual best parol contest. Enter the competition to win $500 for the best hand-made life-size parol lantern!

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Artist Commissioned Parols

Amazing parols made by local artists.

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Live Music Performances

By the American Center for Philippine Arts Rondalla, Autonomous Region, and Cry Wolfs.

 

ROUTE 

Parade contingents gather at Jessie Square and the procession begins at 6pm. The parade loops back at Jessie Square at ~6:30pm for the awards ceremony, live entertainment.

 
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past Contingents

  • USF Kasamahan

  • Bayanihan Equity Center

  • West Bay Pilipino Multi-Service Center

  • UNDSCVRD

  • Filipino Americans in Science Technology Engineering Arts + Math (FASTER)

  • Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA-SF)

  • YOHANA (SOMCAN) + St. Patrick’s Altarservers

  • Migrante SOMA / Tenderloin & Workers Contingent

  • Little Manila Rising

    Canon Kip Senior Center

    Galing Bata Program

    Bindlestiff Studio

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CREATE YOUR OWN PAROL

ADD YOUR LIGHT

 
 

The Parol lantern is the quintessential Filipino HOLIDAY symbol of hope, blessings, luck, peace, and light.

make YOUR OWN Parol lantern

Workshops will be held almost every Friday in October, November & December at the Bayanihan Community Center,
1010 Mission Street, from 5:30pm to 8:00pm.

We can also help you set up lights inside your parol so remember to bring your own lights. We suggest LED Christmas lights for durability and energy-efficiency.