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Rediscovering Las Piñas' Parol-Making Tradition

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Las Piñas, hailed as the Parol Capital of the National Capital Region (NCR), boasts a vibrant tradition deeply rooted in the artistry of crafting parols. This longstanding custom traces its origins back to the city's rich heritage, entwined with a culture of creativity nurtured by the natural abundance of bamboo, a signature crop of Las Piñas.

The city's historical tapestry, woven with inventive expressions, includes the renowned Bamboo Organ within the Las Piñas church, a testament to the ingenuity of Laspiñeros. Constructed under the guidance of Padre Diego Cera in 1824, the Bamboo Organ stood as a testament to the community's resourcefulness and artistic prowess.

The evolution of parol-making, a significant facet of Las Piñas' cultural identity, began in the Barrio E. Aldana. Initially crafted from bamboo sticks and Japanese paper, these parols later transformed into the iconic Capiz shell, fiber-glass, abaca, and occasionally, cellophane creations that grace the city's skies during the festive season.

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A rare glimpse into this timeless tradition emerged in 1962, captured through the lens of Mr. William Fabrianic's camera during his travels to Sangley Point, Cavite City. This snapshot of parol-making from yesteryears encapsulates the essence of Las Piñas' artistic heritage, depicting the intricate process and dedication of its craftsmen.

As Las Piñas continues to honor its legacy of creativity and innovation, the parol-making tradition stands as a poignant reminder of the city's deep-rooted cultural heritage, celebrated not just locally but also recognized in historical records and by travelers keen to delve into its storied past.

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