Thank you to all of those who made the 12th Annual Parol Lantern Festival & Parade such a success! We will see you at the next one – December, 2015!!

Community Legacy – Pamana sa Komunidad

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Yerba Buena Gardens | Jessie Square | St. Patrick’s Church

Join us for our 12th Year, December 13, 2014! Let’s celebrate a memorable evening of lights and laughter! This year’s theme is “Pamana sa Kommunidad: Community Legacy. It’s about a lasting gift, forward-looking contribution or something that one feels proud to leave behind for the community. The theme coincides with celebrating the Legacy of Filipinos in San Francisco at the upcoming 10 year Anniversary of the Bayanihan Community Center & Filipino Community Center.

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Parol in the News

Listed on Urban Backpaker’s “Best of the Holidays”

Listen to a story on “The California Report” at KQED (from 2012)

Read a featured story in AsianWeek and at Golden Gate Express (from 2012)

Tala Awards

ALL participating parade contingents are eligible to compete for a highly coveted Tala Award! Judges will score parols based on 1) creativity/innovation, and 2) design/aesthetics. Please remember that you will be asked to arrive early on the day of the parade for judging.

Congratulations to our 2014 Tala Award Winners! 

1st Place $500: Canon Kip Senior Center 

2nd Place $100: Tenderloin Filipino American Community Association

3rd Place $75:  Veterans Equity Center

20 thoughts on “Parol Lantern Festival & Parade

  1. Jeff says:

    How can you register to compete for the parol tala awards?


  2. Leah says:

    Is the parade open for anyone to watch? I was told we would need to participate in order to join the parade. How long is the parade for? Thanks.

    • kulblogadmin says:

      Hello Leah!

      All are welcome to come and enjoy the Parade and Festival. Please come on down to Jessie Square starting at 5pm for music, hot chocolate, and to enjoy our gallery of Parol Lanterns. The parade starts at 6pm across the street in Yerba Buena Gardens (visible from Jessie Square). Bring the whole family! Hope to see you there. :)

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  4. teyen says:

    hello! what is that all about? just volunteer?

    • kulblogadmin says:

      Hello Teyen,

      Yes, we definitely need volunteers for our Parol Lantern Festival & Parade! If you can, please sign up to join us by following this link: VOLUNTEER NOW! We need help with directing the parade and clean up. Free hoodies and snacks for volunteering!

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  6. Arlene says:

    Is it too late to purchase the kits…seeing as to how it’s tonight?

    • kulblogadmin says:

      Hello Arlene!

      It really depends on whether or not there are materials left. At this late date, you should call the Bayanihan Community Center directly at one of these two numbers: 415.348.8042 or 415.974.0349. Bernadette Sy or an associate can answer your questions. thanks, and hope to see you at the Parol Lantern Festival & Parade tomorrow!

  7. Cherie Kalei Alonzo says:


    I would also like to purcahse parol making kits for my family. Dec. 7th is not on the request form. Shall we complete the form anyway?

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    • Maria De Guzman says:

      Hello – are the parol-making workshops still open ? If so, which Fridays in December? We are a church group that has been invited by the Diocese of Oakland to participate at the Cathedral of Christ the LIght and we would like to learn from your workshop and purchse the parol making kits. Are they still available?


      • kulblogadmin says:

        Hello Maria,

        I’m so glad that you’re excited about the Parol-Making workshops! Our LAST parol workshop is coming up this Friday, December 7, 5-8pm, at the Bayanihan Community Center, 1010 Mission Street at 6th, San Francisco. If you’re interested in purchasing the parol-making kits, this is your last opportunity! CLICK HERE to visit our parol material request form, and pick up your supplies Friday night during the workshop. Have fun, and see you there!

  10. Lina says:

    Hi! I’d like to bring my son next Oct 5 for the parol making workshop. Do we need to register? is it near civic center bart? Thanks!

    • kulblogadmin says:

      Hey Lina,

      We’re so glad that you and your son will be joining us for the parol excitement. The Parol Workshops will start a bit late this year. The first one is scheduled for October 19. You don’t need to register in advance. Just show up and jump in. The Bayanihan Community Center is between Civic Center BART at Powell. It’s located at 1010 Mission Street, at 6th Street. Enter on the Mission Street side by ringing the bell at the glass doors.

      Thanks, and enjoy!

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