The Goethe-Institut welcomes you to attend TAHANAN – HOLIDAY CELEBRATION UNDER THE STARS

Join us and artist Jaana Baker for an evening of music “under the stars” and celebrate the holiday season with a bit of Filipino flair! Enjoy the low-light ambience of TAHANAN – HOME IS WHERE YOUR PARÓL IS as you listen to live music by Rondalla Club of Los Angeles (RCLA), playing both traditional Filipino music and contemporary holiday favorites with Filipino instruments.
RCLA continues to be the face of rondalla music in Southern California, performing at countless festivals and cultural events. Characterized by a signature, highly improvised style, each RCLA performance is a unique musical conversation.

RSVP required. Light refreshments will be provided.

7:00 PM – Welcoming
7:10 – 7:45 PM – Performance: Rondalla Club of Los Angeles
9:00 PM – End of event

Presented within the context of the exhibition Tahanan: Home Is Where Your Paról as part of the Neighborhood Interpretive Center.

“Tahanan,” the Tagalog word for “home,” can be anywhere for millions of Filipinos around the world: whether in the Philippines, the United States, or the many other countries to which they have immigrated. With immigration comes feelings of fear and displacement, and immigrants often embrace old traditions to help overcome adversity and feel closer to their heritage.

For Filipinos, one of those traditions is the paról—ornamental stars that are hung near the front of the home, to be seen by visitors and passers-by. Not only have they become a symbol for the Christmas season, but also a symbol of solidarity in the Filipino community. The paról connects them through shared experience and signals, “A Filipino lives here.” Whether homemade or store-bought, it’s a tradition that Filipino immigrants have brought with them into the diaspora—a relic of their upbringing that makes their adoptive countries feel more like home.

This holiday season, artist Jaana Baker transforms the exhibition space of the Goethe-Institut Los Angeles into a colorful, illuminated celebration of the Filipino-American experience with her large-scale installation “Tahanan: Home Is Where Your Paról Is.”

Jaana Baker is multi-disciplinary artist based in Southern California. She works primarily as a painter and photographer, but her work also delves into installation and soft sculpture. She earned her B.F.A. in Drawing and Painting from California State University Fullerton. In 2021, she won the coveted solo show spot at the Brea Gallery’s “Made in California” exhibit, where she exhibited “Poppies and Sampaguitas,” a body of work which focused on exploring her identity as a Filipino-American woman. In addition to her work in the fine arts, Jaana is also a published illustrator and photographer, and loves to design textile patterns for her online shop. She also loves plein air painting, and she considers it an integral part of her art practice.

Currently, she is working from her studio in the arts district in Santa Ana, California.

The exhibition can be viewed during events and at the following times:

During Office Hours: November 2nd, 2023 – January 12th, 2024

Tuesdays–Thursdays: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Fridays: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

NOTE: The Goethe-Institut will be closed on November 10th in observance of Veteran’s Day and November 23rd – 24th for Thanksgiving.

Public transport is possible with the red line to MacArthur Park/Westlake stop. Using carpool or ride-share options are appreciated.

Free, secure parking is available at Metro/Retail parking structure located at

674 S. Westlake Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90057

Tahanan: Home Is Where Your Paról is presented as part of the Neighborhood Interpretive Center, a hyperlocal initiative of cultural programs that focus on and uplift the MacArthur Park/Westlake neighborhood and surrounding areas.

When: Friday, December 15th from 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Goethe-Institut Los Angeles Project Space, 1901 W. 7th St. Suite AB Los Angeles, CA 90057

For more information and to reserve a spot for free, please click here