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Parols — A Filipino Christmas Tradition »
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 Parols — A Filipino Christmas Tradition

The parol is the symbol of the Filipino Christmas spirit. Traditionally made of thin bamboo covered with colored cellophane or rice paper, this star-shaped lantern represents the guiding light of the Star of Bethlehem. It is the light that brings joy, hope and love. Throughout the Christmas season (which begins as early as November), parols can be found hanging everywhere, in homes, schools, offices, shopping malls, etc. Parol making is a traditional folk craft taught to children at a very early age.

Here’s instructions for a modified-for-kids version of the parol.
(From Born in Our Heart Blog – Wendy Cushing)

Materials:


  • Five 1/2" wide x 15-18" long strips of oak tag or thin cardboard (cereal boxes work great)
  • Stapler
  • Glue (school glue)
  • Large sheets of colored tissue paper, rice paper, or colored cellophane
  • Scissors
  • Paper punch
  • Yarn/fishing wire
  • Paper cutter

  1. Cut five 1/2" wide, 15-18" long strips of oak tag, or you can cut up a cereal box. It works just as well. You can make the strips longer than 18" if you want bigger parols, too. If you’ve got a paper cutter or access to one, this job will be much quicker.
  2. After you’ve cut up the strips, assemble them into the shape of a star and glue them together at each meeting point, including where the strips meet in the center of the star. This is harder than it sounds, because the strips like to slip all over the place. Your life will be easier if you staple them.
  3. Choose two colors of tissue paper for the two sides of your star. Spread glue thinly and evenly over one side of the star. It’s really important that you only put down a thin layer of glue. Otherwise the tissue paper will rip and/or your star will take forever to dry. Lay your first sheet of tissue paper down over the star. Gently smooth over the glue. Allow to set. DO NOT CUT PAPER YET.
  4. Flip star over and repeat on the other side.
  5. When glue is dry, cut right alongside star frame to remove excess tissue paper.
  6. Now you’re ready for some tassels.

  7. To make simple tassels, take two 2' long x 4" wide strip of tissue paper and from the bottom cut fringe. Do not cut all the way through the paper.
  8. Once you’ve cut the fringe, fold the paper over onto itself multiple times, flattened down the top and staple at the top. Repeat with the other strip to create another tassel. You should have two full, fluffy tassels.
  9. Punch a hole at the top of your tassel above the staple.
  10. Punch a single hole in the bottom two points of the star.
  11. Attach the tassels to the star with a short strand of yarn.
  12. Punch a hole in the top of the star and attach fishing wire or more yarn to hang Parol in window or from ceiling.
  13. When the sun shines through, you’ll see a lovely blend of your two tissue paper colors.

 Ask RemitHome: Remittance Rewards & Multiple Recipient Transactions

Question: How does your Remittance Rewards Program work with Multiple Recipient Transactions? Do I get Bonus Points for every recipient in the transaction?

Answer: Yes. Under RemitHome’s Remittance Rewards Program, you earn a Bonus Point for each recipient in a multiple-recipient transaction. Once you have accumulated at least 5 Bonus Points, you can redeem them for Fee Rewards. Using 5 Bonus Points gets you a $5 Fee Reward, which is automatically applied to reduce the fee on your next transfer.

Earning a Bonus Point for each recipient is particularly meaningful around Christmas and New Year’s, when many RemitHome members send money to different family members. In our December 2008 newsletter, we even showed how to use a multiple-recipient transaction to send five Christmas gifts for under $100.

Sending Money to One Recipient

Say you would normally send money to your mother for Christmas. A one-time Philippine Peso transfer would cost $10, and you would earn 1 Bonus Point.

Sending Money to Two Recipients in One Transaction

If instead of sending money only to your mother, you send money to your niece as well in the same transaction, the fee per recipient is only $8 and you earn 2 Bonus Points.

So, sending money to your niece as well as your mother would cost $16 ($8 per recipient x
2 recipients), only $6 more than sending to your mother alone. And you would earn an extra Bonus Point, because you have an extra recipient.

Note that your two recipients in the multiple recipient transaction can live in different parts of the Philippines, receive different amounts, and receive money using different delivery methods. Click here for more detailed example of a multiple recipient transactions.


If you need assistance in setting up a Multiple Recipient Transaction, please call RemitHome Customer Service at 1-800-919-0787, Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM, Pacific Time (California), or email us at customerservice@remithome.com. To see how many Bonus Points you’ve earned, simply login to your RemitHome account and go to the My Rewards page. If you have questions about Bonus Points or Fee Rewards, please contact us.


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