FORESTAR is a combination of two words: Forest and Star
Forest that creates wealth for our nation as the cradle of life which are rich not just of timber that we use to build houses, create furniture and produce paper but as a source of non-timber forest products (NTFPs) such as fruits, seeds, vegetables, honey, and medicinal plants, resins, essences, bamboo, rattan, palms, and grasses, among others.
Star that symbolizes the miraculous sign that guided the three kings to travel to Bethlehem to see the birth of the infant Jesus for which we celebrate as Christmas Day.
As we celebrate the holiday season, the Forest Management Bureau seeks to introduce and promote NTFPs to people, especially the students, to appreciate the importance of various resources that we get from our forests which we can turn into something useful and beautiful like the parols.
As Christmas season approaches, the spirit of love and giving can be felt everywhere. Traditionally, Christmas in the Philippines is widely known for its extravagant, creative and innovative “parol” that uses innovative and indigenous materials. In this regard, the resourceful participants who have taken their part in this prestigious contest for a cause have conceptualized a uniquely Filipino which reflects the core values of the Filipinos.
The materials that have been used in making this “Parol de Belenismo” is inspired and centered in commemorating the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ Jesus in Betlehem and celebrating the spirit of Christmas convivially. Read more
Our amazing parol is inspired by a Filipino traditional star-shaped Christmas lantern. It is mainly made up of recycled materials such as bilao made up of bamboo, styro, coconut tree leaves, pebbles, fruits of the betle nut tree, sinamay, and egg shells. Since Parol has been an iconic symbol of the Filipino Christmas tradition, we made sure that it will symbolize the light and hope of every Filipino.
We use bamboo out of recycled bilao for our framework, likewise the star at the center is also made of bamboo. We decorated it using the flowers of the euphorbia milii plant and painted it with silver to preserve the flowers. Read more
Bituin na nagnining-ning, yan ang makikita natin sa aming parol. Pero huwag ninyong tignan ang panlabas na anyo kundi tignan din ang nakatagong aral sa likod nito. Kawayan, banig, bao, tahong, bato yan ang mga kagamitang ginamit naming para sa parol na ito. Napakasimpleng mga bagay na hindi napapansin at natatapon lang natin. Pero di ba ang mga magagandang bagay ay nagsisimula sa simple at maliliit na bagay? Iba’t ibang kulay ang makikita sa parol namin, kumikinang-kinang pa diba? Dahil ang mga ito ay sumisimbolo sa pagiging mapayapa at kasaganahan ng ating bansa.Read more
It’s been a tradition for us Filipinos to have Christmas parol hanging in our houses, streets, buildings, almost everywhere. Whether if it’s big or small, affordable or costly, self-made or bought, whatever it was made, whether it was made of recyclable materials as long as we had it, we will show it off because these things make Christmas spirit spread and feel even more.
At this moment, an opportunity came for us to create a Christmas parol ourselves using only recyclable materials. Using a broken big umbrella, used plastic cups, plastic utensils, straws Styrofoam, garlands, metallic foil and ribbons, glitters, and paint for enhancements, we come up with a very resourceful parol. We first dissected the big umbrella for us to use its skeleton for the star. Read more
Lantern Making Procedure:
The name of the parol we made is Parol de Andromeda. Our parol followed the design of a star. Its height and width is 4 feet. We chose the star shape because it is one of the requirements of the contest. In the construction of our parol, we all used the recyclable materials found in our school’s canteen and garbage storage area. Some materials also came from students’ trash bins. Some of those material were used spoon and forks, plastic cups, plastic bottles (mineral water, C2, soft drinks), dried leaves of a mango tree planted in our school, scattered bamboo sticks in the school’s construction site, and thrown chicken feathers. Read more
Isang kumikislap at nagniningning na talang nagsisilbing tanglaw sa daang tungo sa kagubuatan. Isang talanag mayroong apat na talampakang taas at apat na talampakang lapad. Ito’y tila isang bituing nakasabit sa isang walong talampakang kahoy na pinalamutian ng mga mumunting ipa. Isang parol na magpapabago sa ating pagtingin sa mga materyales na non-timber at siyang magpapatangkilik ng mga kapwa nating Pilipino sa nabanggit na produkto. Binubuo ng pinagtagpi-tagping rattan na siyang mas nagpatingkad pa sa kaakitan ng kumikinang-kinang na parol.Read more
Made Primarily from plastic spoons, the forestar signifies a star that shines to bring plentiful blessings this Merry Christmas – a spoonful Christmas, indeed.
Using the materials that aren’t made from timber products or products that came from forest, our team together with the guidance of our adviser thought of ways to accomplish the forestar project. Since our options were limited from paper and wood materials, we agreed on using plastic products – plastic spoons concept. Read more