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Liwanag para sa tanan: Enlightenment for All

Saturday, December 14, 2013 | 5pm
Yerba Buena Gardens | Jessie Square 

Join us again for our 11th Year, December 14, 2013! Let’s celebrate a memorable evening of lights and laughter! Our theme for 2013 is “Liwanag para sa tanan: Enlightenment for All,” celebrating movement towards a better, more inclusive society for everyone, including immigration reform and equal rights for LGBTQ.

Parol lanterns santa ladies 2Schedule:
5PM: Entertainment & Parol Gallery in Jessie Square
6:15PM: Parade Starts at Yerba Buena Gardens
6:30PM: Music, Gimme Games, and Tala Awards in Jessie Square

Gimme Game prizes from beloved SF stores! (2012 featured prizes from: Trader Joe’s, Starbucks, Mrs. Field’s Cookies, Jamba Juice, Subway, and MORE!)

Note: In case of rain, outdoor activities will be cancelled and the festival will take place in St. Patrick’s Cathedral at 6:30pm.

Performers

Kulintronica – kulintang and electronica
Cry Wolffs – electroviolin
Ukulenny and Dane Hipolito – ukulele and vocals
Chalk art by Paolo Salazar

Volunteer with us!

We need your help to make this night a success. Sign up now!

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)

Parol-Making Workshops

IMG_2432_parol workshop smallThe Bayanihan Community Center (BCC) hosts FREE parol-making workshops Fridays, 5:30-8pm, October 18-December 13 (excluding Friday, November 29).
Join us at 1010 Mission Street @6th (MAP)

Parol-Making Materials

Please note we can only offer ONE free parol per person at the BCC workshops. Additional Parol-making materials for individuals, parade contingents, and workshop sites will ONLY be available for purchase on Fridays during the BCC Parol-Making workshops. Limited stock is available:

  • 12 inch ($6.00 each)
  • 18 inch ($7.00 each)

We highly encourage past festival contingents to re-use parol frames from previous years. Parade contingents should order materials IN ADVANCE of the workshop. Order online or contact us at 415-348-8042 for more information.

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 2013 Tala Award Winners! 

1st Place $500: Veterans Equity Center
2nd Place $100 : Canon Kip Senior Center
3rd Place $75: FEC Galing Bata

Contingent Registration & Forms

Register with your group/school/senior center to be a part of our parade! $25 registration fee for all contingents. Payments can be made when registering online or in person at the Bayanihan Community Center, 1010 Mission Street @6th, San Francisco. Contingents will be notified one week in advance if activities will be held in St. Patrick’s Church due to rain/inclement weather. 

All contingents participating in this year’s festival & parade must complete TWO FORMS:

CONTINGENT REGISTRATION FORM  - Due October 25, 2013

PRODUCTION INFORMATION FORM  – Due November 22, 2013

If unable to complete the forms online, they may also be submitted in person, by mail, or fax to the Bayanihan Community Center, 1010 Mission Street, Suite B., San Francisco, CA 94103, Fax: 415-974-0349. Emailed forms will not be accepted.

18 thoughts on “Parol Lantern Festival & Parade

  1. 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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  3. 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!
      Thanks
      Claire

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  5. 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!

  6. Cherie Kalei Alonzo says:

    Hi,

    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?

      Thanks!

      • 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!

  9. 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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