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Parol-Making Workshop in Illinois

23 December 2009—The Philippine Consulate General in Chicago reported that the 4th Annual Parol Making Workshop was held at the St. John Brebeuf Church in Niles, Illinois last December 13.

The workshop was conducted by Art Commissioner of Arlington Heights and renowned Filipino-born artist Fred De Asis.

One hundred participants attended the one-day workshop, some coming from neighboring states of Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin.

Mr. De Asis taught participants how to make the traditional Filipino Christmas ornarnents or parols using thin wooden sticks, tissue paper, rubber bands, glue and other ornaments.

Other activities in the workshop included a brief talk on the parol’s historical tradition and its significance in Filipino culture and Filipino Christmas carols.

There were also raffle draws, freshly-brewed salabat, lots of kakanin, and presents fo children. Tagalog Christmas ballads were rendered by a local band soloist Nina Mae Vidal, and special prizes awarded to the best parol in three age categories

The Christmas parol-making workshop is done annually to promote Filipino Christmas activities and spirit.

It also emphasizes the value of worlking together and helping each other especially during Christmas season.

Source: DFA

Posted: 23 Dec 2009 02:02 AM PST

Filed under: Sorsogon News Updates

MAYON VOLCANO UPDATES – 23 December 2009

Mayon Volcano (13.2576 N, 123.6856 E) continued to show an intense level of activity during the past 24-hour observation period.. Seismic activity remained elevated in number and size as the seismic network detected 1,051 volcanic earthquakes and continuously recorded harmonic tremors. Many of these volcanic earthquakes were recorded at maximum deflection. Sixty six (66) ash explosions were observed during times of good visibility. These explosions produced grayish to light brown ash columns that reached height from 100 to 1000 meters above the summit before drifting towards southwest.

Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) emission rate remained very high and was measured at an average of 6,737 tons per day (t/d) yesterday. Two hundred eighty (280) audible booming and rumbling sounds were intermittently heard for the past 24 hours. Red hot lava also continuously flowed down along the Bonga-Buyuan, Miisi and Lidong gullies.

Alert Level 4 remains hoisted over Mayon Volcano, meaning a hazardous eruption is possible within days. Thus, PHIVOLCS-DOST reiterates that the Extended Danger Zone (EDZ) from the summit of 8-km on the southern sector of the volcano and 7-km on the northern sector should be free from human activity. Areas just outside of this EDZ should prepare for evacuation in the event hazardous explosive eruptions intensify. Active river channels and those perennially identified as lahar prone in the southern sector should also be avoided especially during bad weather conditions or when there is heavy and prolonged rainfall. PHIVOLCS–DOST is closely monitoring Mayon Volcano’s activity and any new significant development will be immediately posted to all concerned.

Source: PHILVOLCS – Mayon Volcano Bulletin 10

23 December 2009 – 0700hrs.

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