District Highlight: Parol Making with the Filipino Community Center
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Filipino Community Center
The Filipino Community Center would like to celebrate the holidays with you all by making parols, a traditional Philippine Christmas lantern. The history of the parol is considered to have begun during the Spanish colonial period in the Philippines when the Spaniards introduced Christianity to the Filipinos. Outside of its religious meaning, it exemplifies the reign of light over darkness and ingenuity of the Filipino people, as the lantern is always evolving every year. Each year, SOMA Pilipinas, the Filipino cultural district of San Francisco, hosts a Parol Stroll to showcase lanterns and the community organizations that make them.
About Filipino Community Center
Founded in 2004, the Filipino Community Center is dedicated to providing a safe space where Filipino families can access services, receive support, and build community. They foster and develop community empowerment, grassroots leadership, advocacy, and organizing to address the immediate and long term issues of their communities locally, and in the Philippines.
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