Ilocos Christmas & Parol Making Contest

It’s always pleasant to come home during the most important and meaningful Holiday of the year.

Ilocos Norte Provincial Capitol Christmas Decor 2009

After 2-years, I have to spend Christmas and New Year again, in Ilocos. Everytime I come home, there is always something new waiting to be discovered and re-discovered.

Ilocos Norte Provincial Capitol

This Christmas, I spent some time at the Provincial Capitol and its vicinity to take some images of the local Christmas ornamentation. I was impressed with the Parol Making Contest of the Province among the different municipalities using indigenous local materials and products.

The "Sinking Beltower" of Laoag City

Some have been worn out when I had the chance to see the display. However, they were [still] very interesting to look at. It makes you appreciate your culture more and realize the brilliance and creativity of Ilocano’s.

Christmas Tree of Ilocos Norte

The Municipality of Banna got the highest honors for this year and a discerning scrutiny of the entry makes you wonder how much time and talent were poured on details.

The Parol of Banna. By day...

...and at night

Details of the Parol entry from Banna

I have uploaded the different Parol entries [and their intricate details] in MY FLICKR – See it here.

“Naimbag a Paskua yo amin Apo…!!! :)

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7 Responses to Ilocos Christmas & Parol Making Contest

  1. rico rizardo says:

    great night to everyone… i was invited to design the whole thing of the latern of Banna, despite the busy schedule in school, i put an extra time in designing the lantern of our barangay, since we competed first in the municipal level. Our lantern emerged as the winner in our own town and luckily, gathered the grand prize in the provincial level.

    The materials used was accidentally saw by Lea, Kag. Kibs and her partner in the wilderness of Banna, it’s called “Kamkampilan” and we haven’t researched on the taxonomy of it, but I believe that it belongs to the family of “ipil-ipil”

    Though the competition was almost half year ago, its so exciting to think about the new design that we’re playing in our minds. We believe that other municipalities are going to imitate the whole idea but we’re very sure that they will be suprised again in our entry, if God permits, for the Ilocos Norte Lantern Festival.

    I’m from Banna. I’m proud that we won the grand price after some negatives comments from the other municipalities but we believe in our selves that the competition was fairly judge. Our lantern speaked, that is.

    congratulations to my co-designer and the brgy. kagawads who offered their help. Our ever supporting Mayor. Keep believing and supporting to the Banna talents. We are so hungry of competitions!

    thank you for posting, our winning lantern in your website… thank you for the recognition…

  2. lea says:

    hello.. I am the co-designer of the winning parol in the recent Ilocos Norte Lantern Festival.. I am very flattered that you have decided to post in on your site because we really worked hard on it. Infact it took us more than 3 weeks to create it because all of the materials used except for the mongo were glued one at a time. Thank you for appreciating our lantern because in a way.. its also like appreciating nature itself.

    • Constantine says:

      Great job! I wonder what will be your theme for this year to defend your title? :) Good luck!

      • ricz says:

        i’m inviting everyone to witness another spectacular municipal lantern making contest here in Banna, Ilocos Norte… It’s gonna be more exciting and mores to see than before… Hurry book now and fly to Ilocos Norte…. This gonna be on december 16, 2011 in the afternoon… Jaz 36kms travel from laoag… jejeje… comexa…!

      • ricz says:

        only few more days left and yet, our parol is nt yt over… jajaja…. same team with ms. lea, hope for the best ading… gudluck…

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