follow that star!!

follow that star!


During Christmas time, among the plentiful yuletide ornaments, it is the Filipino parol or lantern that is  most significant to me.  Apparently, it is said that the grander the parol is  in terms of concept and size, the better looking it is. The star-like ornament’s colorful and complex light choreography pulsating to loud carols excites many of us, and not only the foreign tourists. The parols have made use of different materials, from the sturdy capiz shells to shiny plastic wraps . The evolution of parol making is a testament to the Filipinos’ hand craft skills and the passionate spirit for the season.

But somehow, as I grow a little more mature, I get to appreciate more the austere parols that are even reminiscent of the parols designed decades ago. Usually in one or two color motif, and made out of Japanese paper and bamboo, the simple Filipino lantern gives me a better and more soulful glimpse of what could have happened during the night of our Redeemer’s birth.  Then and  there the mother and the father took turns, cuddling the newborn infant, in the lowly manger where farm animals and the shepherds were privileged witnesses until of course, three wise men from the East followed that bright star, showing and directing  them where the Greatest of all greats had been born in the simplest of surroundings.

Sometimes it is in the plain where understanding becomes brightest and most meaningful.

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