11th Annual Parol Lantern Festival & Parade! Sat Dec 14, 2013

November 16, 2013 in Performances, Uncategorized


Liwanag para sa Tanan: Enlightenment for All
Saturday, December 14, 2013 | 5pm
Yerba Buena Gardens | Jessie Square 

2013_parol_posterJoin us again for our 11th Year, December 14, 2013! Let’s celebrate a memorable evening of lights and laughter! Our theme for 2013 is “Liwanag para sa Tanan: Enlightenment for All,” celebrating movement towards a better, more inclusive society for everyone, including immigration reform and equal rights for LGBTQ.

5PM: Entertainment & Parol Gallery in Jessie Square
6:15PM: Parade Starts at Yerba Buena Gardens
6:30PM: Music, Gimme Games, and Tala Awards in Jessie Square

Gimme Game prizes from beloved SF stores! Trader Joe’s Gift Bags, Peet’s Coffee and Tea Gift Bag, and Target Gift Certificates!

Note: In case of rain, outdoor activities will be cancelled and the festival will take place in St. Patrick’s Cathedral at 6:30pm.


Hosts: Allan Manalo & Luisa Antonio

Cry Wolffs – electroviolin
Kulintronica – kulintang and electronica
Ukulenny and Dane Hipolito – ukulele and vocals

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Volunteer with us!

We need your help to make this night a success. Sign up now!

Parol in the News (from 2012)

Listen to a story on “The California Report” at KQED

Read a featured story in AsianWeek and at Golden Gate Express

Parol-Making Workshops

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The Bayanihan Community Center (BCC) hosts FREE parol-making workshops Fridays, 5:30-8pm, October 18-December 13 (excluding Friday, November 29).
Join us at 1010 Mission Street @6th (MAP)

Parol-Making Materials

Please note we can only offer ONE free parol per person at the BCC workshops. Additional Parol-making materials for individuals, parade contingents, and workshop sites will ONLY be available for purchase on Fridays during the BCC Parol-Making workshops. Limited stock is available:

  • 12 inch ($6.00 each)
  • 18 inch ($7.00 each)

We highly encourage past festival contingents to re-use parol frames from previous years. Parade contingents should order materials IN ADVANCE of the workshop. Order online or contact us at 415-348-8042 for more information.

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Tala Awards

ALL participating parade contingents are eligible to compete for a highly coveted Tala Award! Judges will score parols based on 1) creativity/innovation, and 2) design/aesthetics. Please remember that you will be asked to arrive early on the day of the parade for judging.

Congratulations to our 2013 Tala Award Grand Prize Winners!
1st Place $500: Veterans Equity Center
2nd Place $100: Canon Kip Senior Center
3rd Place $75: FEC Galing Bata

Contingent Registration & Forms

Register with your group/school/senior center to be a part of our parade! $25 registration fee for all contingents. Payments can be made when registering online or in person at the Bayanihan Community Center, 1010 Mission Street @6th, San Francisco. Contingents will be notified one week in advance if activities will be held in St. Patrick’s Church due to rain/inclement weather.

All contingents participating in this year’s festival & parade must complete TWO FORMS:



If unable to complete the forms online, they may also be submitted in person, by mail, or fax to the Bayanihan Community Center, 1010 Mission Street, Suite B., San Francisco, CA 94103, Fax: 415-974-0349. Emailed forms will not be accepted.