It's the custom in the Philippines to display these star lanterns during the Christmas season. They're made of paper and bamboo and usually have a slot in the back where one can insert a light bulb. It represents the star of Bethlehem and is often found hanging from windows in most homes during the holidays.
Fond memories of Christmas in the tropics have been on my mind after spending the better part of 2012 writing Mayon.
I wanted to wish everyone a happy holiday and also to share this link to a lovely review I saw the other day.