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Filipino group to hold Christmas-lantern contest

THE United Filipino Organization will hold a Christmas-lantern contest during its Paskong Pinoy or Filipino Christmas program on Dec. 17 at the Marianas Business Plaza.

UFO president Marlon Regaton said registration for the contest, which is open to everyone, is now ongoing.

“The main objective of the contest is to encourage organizations and individuals to celebrate one of the most popular symbols of Christmas displayed in Philippine homes, offices, buildings and streets during the holiday season,” he said. The contest will allow participants to showcase their artistic skills, he added.

An entry could be a five-pointed star, he said, adding that the frame could be of bamboo or other material, and the covering might be paper or any other materials including recycled or indigenous materials.

Regaton said the lantern must be hand-made and created on Saipan

“No commercially produced lanterns will be accepted in the contest, such as those made of capiz shells manufactured in the Philippines.”

The lantern must be no less than a foot in diameter and no greater than three feet across, excluding the tassels or tail, Regaton said.

The lantern should be designed so it may be hung or attached to a pole that can be carried, he added.

He said the entries will be judged based on originality, workmanship, relevance to the Christmas celebration, presentation and overall appearance.

Regaton said all entries must be available for judging by 10 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 17, at the event venue.

Participants may pick up their entries at the end of the activity at 9 p.m., he added.

First prize is $150, second prize, $100, and third prize, $75. All participants will receive a certificate of participation.

The registration fee is $10 and is non-refundable.

The registration form should be submitted no later than 6 p.m. Dec. 11, 2017 at KWAW-FM which is located at the Marianas Printing building on Beach Road, San Jose.