Welcome to The Soma Pilipinas Holiday Celebration of Hope, Light, and Community
“A Gathering OF Lights”
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.
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
Join the parade of lights starting at Jesse Square through Yerba Buena Gardens and then celebrate with everyone at St. Patrick’s Church.
Sayaw sa Ilaw
A community-wide performance inspired by “Pandanggo sa Ilaw”, choreographed by Master Choreographer Sydney Loyola.
Our annual best parol contest. Enter the competition to win $500 for the best hand-made life-size parol lantern!
Artist Commissioned Parols
Amazing parols made by local artists Lynn Bryant, Mel Vera Cruz, Pamela Ybanez, Michael Sacramento, and Robin David.
Live Music Performances
By the American Center for Philippine Arts Rondalla, Autonomous Region, Cry Wolfs, and Joshua Icban and Aimee Amparo.
Over 15 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, and to sample a “Taste of Pilipino Christmas.”
Bayanihan Equity Center
West Bay Pilipino Multi-Service Center
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
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.