• Theme for 2016 Parol Festival:
    SoMa Pilipinas: Bring Our Culture to Light

    Join us again for our 14th Year, December 10, 2016! Let’s celebrate a memorable evening of lights and laughter! Our theme for 2016 is SoMa Pilipinas: Bring Our Culture to Light. How does your parol design and performance relate to SoMa Pilipinas? How do you bring your Culture to Light? How do you celebrate or showcase your culture?



    It’s the time of the year again, when the community starts making their parol lanterns and holiday decor to adorn their houses for the yuletide season. In San Francisco, on Saturday, December 10, 2016, the community will be holding the 14th Annual San Francisco Parol Lantern Festival – a must-see event during the holiday season.
    The festival begins with a series of parol lantern-making workshops held at the Bayanihan Community Center and are still going on. Parol workshops are open to the public.
    The parols made during these workshops are then displayed during our anticipated parade & festival held in Yerba Buena Lane, Jessie Square and St. Patrick’s Church. This year, we expect marchers from over 25 local organizations to gather for a lively parade and festival which includes performances, community presentations and the annual Tala Awards for the best parol lanterns.
    This year participating contingents who are vying for the Tala Awards are expected to incorporate the theme - SoMa Pilipinas: Bring Our Culture to Light - in the design of their parol lanterns and presentation in conjunction with San Francisco's newest Filipino Cultural District, SoMa Pilipinas.
    Each year, the SoMa community showcases the parol lantern - the quintessential Filipino symbol of hope, blessings, luck, peace, and light during the holiday season - and brightens the Jessie Square, Yerba Buena Lane and Mission Street between 3rd and 4th Street.

  • Parol-Making Workshops

    Want to learn how to make Parol star lanterns? 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.
    If you're making a parol for the first time, there's no charge to make your fist parol. Additional parol supplies are available for a fee. (See the price schedule below) You can also drop by the Parol-making workshops to purchase and pick-up materials.

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  • Parol Kits

    Parol kits includes everything you need to get started building a star lantern: bamboo sticks, twist ties, rubber bands, tissue paper and cellophane. Available colors for cellophane are pink, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, white.

    To order Parol-Making Materials, please click on the Material Request Form button on the left hand side of the page and fill out the following form. Ordered materials can be picked up Fridays at the Bayanihan, during Workshop hours. Please complete the on-line form prior to picking up the materials.

    12-inch Parol
    18-inch Parol



    Want to sign up to be a volunteer at this years Parol Lantern Festival, just click on the Volunteer button and fill out the form. Volunteers receive a free Parol Lantern Festival Hoodie, but must commit to volunteering for a least 5 hours that day. Volunteers must gather at the Bayanihan Community Center on Saturday, December 10, 9am - 10pm, the morning of the Parol Lantern Parade. If you have further questions about volunteer opportunities, email Bernadette Sy. parolsf@gmail.com

  • Tala Award Categories (new for 2016)

    Representation of Theme
    Student Organization
    Best Overall

  • Tala Award Winners of 2015

    Grand Prize - Galing Bata After School Program

    Second Prize - Canon Kip Senior Center

    Third Prize - Veterans Equity Center

  • Parol Headlines from 2012

    Listen to a story on “The California Report” at KQED

    Read a featured story in AsianWeek and at Golden Gate Express

  • We would like to thank our sponsors
    for the 2015 Parol Festival

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