There are quite a lot of indications that you have landed the Philippines on its busiest season ever: the holidays.
A parade of enormous Christmas lanterns, mellow holiday carols, and a bumper to bumper traffic caused by year-end sales in malls have always been present during Christmas season. While these scenes may have temporarily vanished due to the looming threats of COVID-19, it didn't stop many Filipino neighbourhoods from decorating their areas with unique items.
In this article, Tatler lists some of the things you can find in every Pinoy home this Christmas.
1. Parol or Christmas lantern
The bright and shining lights of the Filipino parol or Christmas lantern is everywhere during the holiday season. These decors, which vary in colours and sizes, are put up in front of houses or along the roads as designs. For many families, the star of the parol symbolises the star of Bethlehem that guided the Three Kings to the manger of baby Jesus.
Tatler Trivia: The parol’s traditional simple design may be credited to Francisco Estanislao, an artisan from the province of Pampanga, who crafted a five-pointed paper star lantern in 1908.