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why?..because it's September, the start of Christmastime in the Philippines, because jolly carols are already trickling in the radio stations, because Christmas decorations are now being put up in the malls. The reasons are commercial I suppose but nothing like the "-ber" months to perk up the Philippines from its longstanding economic doldrums and political squabbles.


The traditional Christmas star lantern is called parol and is a long cherished traditional trimming at every home in the Philippines during Christmas, be it made in paper, wood, plastic or she... The most stunning lantern is the one pictured here, Pampanga capiz lantern, which is made of wooden frame, wire skeleton and colored capiz shells, with built in tivoli lights in elaborate dancing, chasing, blinking, synchronizing patterns. Yeah, the US Customs eyed us with interest when we brought this in.


Now in storage, waiting to be displayed this Christmas at Astoria, NY.


more of my Christmas nostalgia at


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Taken on December 19, 2004