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Filipino Christmas Decors

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There is no winter or snow in the Philippines at Christmas time. There are very few pine trees. There is no traditional Yule log or fetching of the pine sprigs from the woods. And Santa Claus, though visible in displays and believed by most Filipino children to exist, seldom comes bearing gifts.

Even without snow or pine trees, there's no doubt it's Christmasin the Philippines. Filipino Christmas decorations are abundant and beautiful.

The bamboo parol (pah-role), or star lantern, is the symbol of Christmas in the Philippines, representing the guiding light, the star of Bethlehem. It emits a warmth unparalleled among holiday adornments and is unique to the Philippines.

Filipinos enjoy decorating their homes not only with star lanterns but also with all sorts of Christmas decors. Brightly colored buntings or streamers are hung inside and out. Often, Christmas cards that illustrate scenes in the Philippines are pinned on red and green ribbons. The cards are then hung in the sala, or living room, for all to enjoy. Candles and wreaths are also common adornments. Recently, Filipinos have begun choosing wreaths and other decorations made with local native materials rather than those patterned after western designs. And many houses, particularly those in the urban areas are strung with tiny multi-colored lights both inside and out. Most Filipinos think that decorating their homes for the Christmas holidays is a must.

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Nothing can beat Filipino Christmas decors. Iba talaga ang pinoy. :thumbs:


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Nothing can beat Filipino Christmas decors. Iba talaga ang pinoy. :thumbs:

correct ate riza :thumbs:

miss u pinas (L)


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iba talaga ang xmas sa pinas!!! :star:


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iba talaga ang xmas sa pinas!!! :star:

iba rin ang simoy ng hangin pag disyembre na (F)

paskong pasko (L)


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05-01-2012 --- Oath scheduled/ Oath Letter Sent

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05-17-2012 --- I-130 Sent

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10-12-2012 --- Mailed AOS

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11-16-2012 --- Case Complete

11-27-2012 --- Received interview schedule via email

11-05-2012 --- Early Medical day 1

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01-03-2013 --- Interview- APRROVED!

01-10-2013 --- VISA Received

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iba talaga ang xmas sa pinas!!! :star:

iba rin ang simoy ng hangin pag disyembre na (F)

paskong pasko (L)

:star:


09/28/08-green card received

1-751

07/02/10-mailed it 2day

07/06/10-they received my application forms

07/13/10-received notice receipt(gc extended for one year)

07/28/10-received biometric appointment

09/23/10 GC approved!!!

9/26/20 Gota pproval notice

10/01/10 GC receivedd

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I never knew how much love my heart could hold until my son called me "MOMMY."

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Speaking of....is there anywhere one can purchase a Filipino parol in the US? Would want to hang one on the porch.


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You can buy at www.starrystarry.com this is abs-cbn website, The prices are $139.99 and $ 159.99, it is very nice lanterns. i bought one it is free delivery.

Speaking of....is there anywhere one can purchase a Filipino parol in the US? Would want to hang one on the porch.

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Here is our Filipino X Mass Decor.

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Speaking of....is there anywhere one can purchase a Filipino parol in the US? Would want to hang one on the porch.

maybe we could make one, even just an old style parol :) I'm trying to remember how to make that star made of kawayan then wrap it in yellow plastic (hehe i forgot how you call it) uhm then put japanese paper on it (we made that as a xmas project when i was in elementary).. hhmm i think i'm inspired to do it and it's gonna be fun :star:


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