Kids and parents alike create their own Philippine lanterns on “Philippines Day” held at the KID Museum on 08 December 2019.

09 December 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C.– Over 300 visitors composed of families with young children participated in the first-ever “Philippines Day and Ligligan Parul” held at the KID Museum on 08 December 2019 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Ligligan Parul or Festival of Light is an annual festival held in mid-December in the City of San Fernando Pampanga, Philippines that feature a competition of giant lanterns to welcome the Christmas season.

Kids were introduced to the Philippine lantern and were given materials to create and design their own lanterns that they could bring home with them. They likewise participated in crafts making and textile projects featuring the Philippine tarsier, parawboat, and tigmamanukan (fairy bluebird).

A set of fun and interactive activities also added entertainment for the eager kids, including Filipino macaroni salad-making demonstration, lumpia shanghai (fried egg rolls) food tasting, Filipino folktales interactive storytelling, and Tinikling bamboo dance presentation.

“As we celebrate the Christmas season, we are proud to impart unique Filipino traditions, which will help foster stronger bonds within Filipino-American families and communities. This is what the holiday season is really all about,” said Ambassador Jose Manuel G. Romualdez in a statement.

The pioneer event was made possible through collaboration with the Filipino Young Professionals of Washington DC (FYPDC) and Mabuhay Inc. Both organizations contributed time, manpower, and resources beginning from the planning stages of the event up until the execution during the program day itself.

FYPDC led the food demonstration and storytelling session, while Mabuhay Inc. led the tinikling dance presentation and a 2nd storytelling session. ###

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Kids listen intently to the Filipino macaroni salad food demonstration led by Danielle Peterson of FYPDC.

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Ms. Mencie Hairston of Mabuhay Inc. tells the story of ‘Why Filipinos love Christmas’ to kids during the 2nd storytelling session at Philippines day in KID museum on 08 December 2019.

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Mabuhay dance group performs “Tinikling Bamboo dance” during Philippines day held on 08 December 2019 at KID museum.

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Group photo.(Front row L-R) FYPDC officers – VP At-Large JP Abon, President Aggie, Serrame, VP of Membership Carolina Ramirez, and Treasurer Joseph Javier; (Standing L-R) Philippine Embassy Press & Information Attaché Lia Macadangdang, KID Museum Maker Educator Dya Ishak, Mabuhay Inc’s Yolanda Dela Cuesta and Mencie Hairston, Philippine Embassy Vice Consul Darell Artates, Philippine Embassy Cultural Attaché Lalie Gavino, KID Museum Maker Educator Cori Leyden-Sussler, and Philippine Embassy Cultural Assistant Maya Cruz.