Payless Christmaskwela celebrates the youth's creativity and camaraderie

Payless Instant Mami continues to share the holiday cheer with the Payless Christmaskwela Giant Parol-Making Contest. Now on its 8th year, the contest showcased the creativity and camaraderie of students from various schools who created Christmas parols out of Payless wrappers.

The colorful and resourceful creations of the 13 finalists from North Luzon brightened up the Yuletide season in the Regional Finals held last December 12 at SM Clark, Pampanga.

Sparked by their love for their favorite instant noodles and the collaboration with their teachers and parents, the students were tasked to collect over 1,500 Payless Instant Mami wrappers to design their giant school parol. They also used other indigenous and recycled materials to create a masterpiece inspired by the theme Liwanag ng Pasko.

After an intensely and exciting judging process, Baguio Central Elementary School was named this year’s Grand Champion and took home the grand prize of P100,000 while Cordon South Elementary School of Isabela and Sta. Rita Elementary School from Zambales were named as the first and second runners-up, and bagged P60,000 and P40,000 worth of school development project funds, respectively.

During the event proper, sampling and selling activations with fun games, raffle draws, and engaging on-stage activities were implemented for the students, teachers, parents, and their families. The event also featured special performances from celebrity guests Rocco Nacino, the Velasco brothers Vince and Daniel, and the Makati Pembo Children’s Choir.

Payless Instant Mami aims to unleash the winner attitude of kids through its “Winner and Batang Payless” campaign. Through one of the campaign’s components, the annual Christmaskwela, Payless Instant Mami taught the Batang Payless to be more than just being Winner Students but also how to be Winner Members of their community through teamwork and cooperation.

The 8th year of the Payless Christmaskwela Giant Parol-Making Contest was implemented in 17 areas nationwide—(15) North Luzon, (1) Visayas/Dumaguete, and (1) Mindanao/Cagayan de Oro.


The Grand Winner Baguio Central Elementary School made use of pine cones and pine needles to create a stunning parol as shown by the school representative.