Seven-foot Philippine parol shines bright in LA’s Grand Park

LOS ANGELES — It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Downtown Los Angeles, where Grand Park kicked off its Second Annual Winter Glow celebration, featuring lights and interactive art installations throughout the 6-acre public space.

The star of this year’s holiday display is a 6-foot-9 inch Philippine Christmas lantern, or parol — designed by local Fil-Am artists Lakandiwa DeLeon of Kidlat Woodworks, and Alfie Ebejo known in the community as “Alfienumeric.”

“It’s a little scary because you have to produce something that rises to level of everything else here because you’ve got a lot of amazing sculptures here but I think we were trying to focus on something that was just us that we felt comfortable with that we were expressing who we were and that we were size or shape whatever came out,” said De Leon.

“You’re making a parol but can you pay homage to Los Angeles so we’re like we gotta represent the diverse communities of Los Angeles but also make it fundamentally Pinoy, like how do you do that. The process was very fun,” said Ebojo.

And while people can enjoy these art installations that represent various cultures, they’re also treated to international music, including Filipino songs, curated by Joel Quizon.

 “I’m really grateful to do that and pull from my experience as a filipino immigrant so it’s not just Filipino music but it kind of represents the theme of life and aspects of light and the healing aspect.”

Winter Glow at Grand Park is free and open to the public.

The lights will turn on nightly from 5PM till 10PM when the park closes every night until Christmas Day.

On January 31st, the park will kick off 2020 with its annual New Years’ Eve countdown celebration.

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