by Leslie Ann C. Saulog, DECEMBER 2021
If you light a lantern for another, it will also brighten your way.Anonymous
Christmas is coming and everyone is excited to celebrate this yuletide season. As part of MPT South’s CSR project intending to engage its communities, the Communication and Stakeholder Management with Human Resources and Administration team came up with the innovative idea of having a Parol Making Contest. Filipinos are known to celebrate Christmas with well-lit lanterns and Christmas trees. In this contest, lanterns must be made out of recycled materials.
A set of criteria were established to ensure that there is a basis for judging the entries from several barangays. The pilot project is lucky to have six participants from barangays in the cities of Bacoor and Imus, and participants from the Municipality of Kawit, Cavite.
Beautiful and passionately made lanterns surprised the eyes of the judges and employees as they have seen various styles made out of recycled items. The scores will be 50% from the employees’ poll results and 50% from the Management Committees.
Exciting prizes were given to the deserving winners. The grand prize is 50,000 pesos, second place is 40,000 pesos, third place is 30,000 pesos, and the consolation prize is 5,000 pesos.
On December 2, 2021, the awarding ceremony happened, and Brgy. Talaba II, Bacoor City, was awarded the grand winner with their oyster-inspired lantern. The lantern was made out of Corn Husk, DVD Disc, Plastic Cellophane, Polystyrene (Styrofoam), Tahong Shells.
The second placer is the heroic lantern of Brgy. Aplaya, Kawit, Cavite. The materials that were used are Plastic Bottles, Tahong Shells, Chips Wrapper, Sack, Bottle Cap, Plywood, Used Plastic Spoon, Hula Hoops, Magazines, Used Wire, Hose, Softdrink Cans.
In the third place is barangay Marulas, Kawit, Cavite’s lantern made out of bamboo sticks, tahong and, talaba shells.
“Sana po marami pang mag-participate sa susunod para mas masaya ang Pasko. Kami po ay sumusuporta ng lubos sa inyo. Marami pong salamat sa pamunuan ng Cavitex.”, Brgy. Capt. Abito Mahilac on winning the grand prize of the contest.
It is evident on the faces of the winners that they are very happy with the results, and they all look forward to joining the next lantern-making contest of MPT South. Sharing the joy especially during this Christmas season is priceless and cannot compare to anything else.
About the writer:
Leslie Ann C. Saulog. An encouraged contributor living in the province of Cavite. Okay verbally when telling a story, but writing an article is a different one. Learning and still digging out the writer in me.