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Filipino couple brings ‘Christmas spirit’ to UAE with their parols made in Pampanga


A Filipino couple brings the Filipino Christmas spirit to the UAE despite being thousands of miles away from home with their ‘parols’ or lantern made in Pampanga. 

The colorful, crafted with love and aglow with the spirit of the season ‘parol’ are sold by James and Maria Pacheco on their eCommerce business Home Zone UAE. 

The imported lanterns are sold between AED75 to AED600 on the platform. 

Parols come in various designs–from the typical colorful parol to a sophisticated white design. 

The husband-and-wife told The Global Filipino Magazine that they started the business during the height of the global Covid-19 pandemic. 

“We sell home and kitchen organizers. Last year, Hindi kami naka uwi sa Pinas kasi sobrang mahal ng ticket. That’s when the idea of bringing Christmas Lanterns here in the UAE began,” James said. 

On other occasions, the couple joins pop-up markets to reach more potential clients. 

James and Maria, both full-time workers, aim to reach more Filipinos who wish to feel the spirit of Christmas. 

Parols can be bought here:

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