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Parol-making contests highlight Filcom’s Christmas celebration

27 December 2021

By The SUN 

A simple parol design by Sowers won the top prize in St Joseph's contest

Filipinos in Hong Kong again showed their creativity this Christmas season by making parol out of recycled materials and entering them in several contests that revealed how waste can be turned into works of art.

At the St. Joseph’s Church in Central, a parol-making contest that started on Dec. 2 attracted 53 entries made of discarded materials such as plastic spoons, drinking straws, shopping bags, styrofoam plates, and so on.


Arcy Barbado, contest organizer and coordinator of the Filipino Catholic Group at the church, said all the parols will be hung on the walls of the church until the Three Kings celebration on January 6.

During masses on Christmas Day, the winning entries were announced by organizers, led by entry no. 29 from the Sowers Community as champion. It was made out of green, red and yellow sheets of paper, cut and layered to make a wreath with a hand-drawn nativity scene in the middle.

Members of the Sowers Community group gather in front of their winning entry

The four other winners, in the absence of immediate identification of their owners, were announced only as entries no. 28A, 17, 2, and 23. Special prizes were also given to 20 entries: 45, 24A, 1, 30, 16, 7A, 18, 5, 10, 13, 40A, 27, 20A, 21, 27A, 25, 42, 15, 27A, 41.

The identities of the winning contestants will be announced by Jan. 6 after the groups that submitted them have come forward, said Barbado, who has been organizing the contest for several years now.


The selection of winners was done on Dec 19 by the six judges: Fr. Paul Chen, Fr Joseph Tan, both SVD, and four church community coordinators: Delia Sulit of Prayer Group, Emma dela Torre of Sowers Community, Jasby Pardilla of Apostleship of Prayer, and Mildred Ganaden of Legion of Mary.

Some of the entries in the St Joseph's parol-making contest

Meanwhile, the Filipino Friends in Hong Kong also organized a parol-making contest for the 19th straight year, with the final judging being held on Dec 26 beside City Hall in Central.

Lead organizer Nick Ivan said the group’s Christmas celebration was also a fund-raising event for the victims of typhoon Odette in the Philippines.

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Of the 11 entries in this year’s contest, the one submitted by the Association of Concerned Filipinos in Hong Kong (Acfil) was declared as Champion. In second place was the entry of the Mission Movers Hong Kong, while the one from Filipino Migrant Workers Union GPO was third.

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Consolation prizes were awarded to the entries from Huanduan Organization and the Filipino Migrants Association.

The Holy Family in Acfil's winning entry is shrouded in disposable face masks

Acfil’s winning entry showed the Nativity scene amid the sun’s rays depicted with rolls of rolled-up aluminum foil. Inside a realistic-looking miniature manger the Holy Family was skillfully shrouded in what turned out to be disposable masks.

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The other entries came from Filipino Lesbians Organizations HK, Migrante Pier, FMWU City Hall, FMWU Chater Road, Cuyapo OFW Association, and the Villanueva family.

The other winners in FilFriend's contest

Filipino Friends, which was formed in 1999, had as its theme for this year’s celebration the role of the parol or Christmas lantern in bringing fresh hopes to migrant workers and their families amid the pandemic. (“Parol sa Panahon ng Pandemya, Liwanag ng Pagkakaisa Upang Itaguyod ang Bagong Pag-asa ng Migrante at Ating Pamilya).

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