|Author||Reynaldo G. Alejandro|
|Marla Yotoko Chorengel|
Christmas in the Philippines is like no other in the world. Its months-long celebration is colorful, exuberant and excessive - so typical of a Philippine fiesta.
The Pasko season enlivens every Filipino home with the traditional parol (star-shaped lantern), belen (nativity creche), Christmas trees, wreaths, and a myriad of yuletide ornaments.
By night, it transforms the country into a glittering panorama of lights.
It also showcases Filipino artistry, innovativeness, and craftsmanship through Christmas decor that rivals the best in the world.
Philippine Christmas: Art and Form highlights the well-loved symbols of Pasko: the parol, the belen, the Christmas tree, lights, decor and ornaments, and tablescapes.
These symbols provide the form of our native Christmas while the art is found in the designs, colors and materials that - despite foreign influences and ever-changing trends - transform these basic icons into uniquely Pinoy expressions of Christmas.
Glimpse into homes decked with Christmas cheer. Enter churches warm with lantern-glow and hushed with reverence for the Child Jesus.
Stroll along streets and avenues; walk through parks, residential subdivisions, business districts, and shopping malls ablaze with lights for the season.
Admire holiday tables around which families lovingly gather. Take pride in Philippine-made trimmings and ornaments creatively fashioned from indigenous materials.
Pasko, arty and fanciful is indeed a feast for the eyes. Maligayang Pasko!
Island Graphics Corporation.
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