Text by Euden Valdez; Photos courtesy of KKHC, RAK Ph Mountaineers
NO matter how far-flung or neglected they are, the Philippines’ indigenous peoples (IPs) are also the most skillful artisans — if we must call them — when it comes to their traditional crafts.
From textiles to accessories to house ware, these many items showcase cultures unique to different tribes. And essential in making of these are their strong, meticulous and patient hands.
Envisioned to empower IPs with a sense of pride and dignity in their handicrafts through a sustainable, social enterprise, Katutubong Kamay Handicrafts Co. (KKHC) was established.
Behind it are two enterprising and inspiring Filipinas, Churchille Montealto and Maereen Olayta, who when given the chance to uplift the lives of an IP community in Visayas, did not hesitate to take it.
“Katutubong Kamay Handicrafts Co started in 2015 when we discovered an IP community, a group of Aeta (Ati) located at Sitio Kati-Kati in Brgy. San Miguel, Jordan in Guimaras province. We saw the ingenuity they put in their crafts and understood that it can be translated into a business opportunity for the community,” Olayta told this author.
It was from here that KKHC became a profit-oriented, society-centered enterprise with IP communities as partner-beneficiaries who will craft fashionable and marketable handmade accessories.
With the intervention of KKHC, the women Aeta of Sitio Kati-Kati started creating the Maruyog Charms. This became the enterprise’s first brand featuring bracelets made from locally sourced stones like diamante negra, salindugok, panaming, tagupapay and amigos, each with different meanings. Other indigenous materials like handwoven hablon and lana, as well as the all-organic coconut oil complete the 100-percent handmade accessory.
WHEN traveling, losing important travel documents, money and credit cards, and mobile devices is devastating so being street smart is always a MUST.
But what if we can travel without worrying from theft?
Fellow travelers rejoice because there is Pacsafe, a travel gear brand developed by two Australian travelers and aimed at addressing this very concern.
Let's take a closer look at the technologies that make Pacsafe bags the “safest and securest” in the market:
First developed in 1998 when Pacsafe was founded, the eXomesh is made of flexible stainless steel mesh that forms an impenetrable barricade against thieves. This simple means more slashing of bags! Incorporated on almost all Pacsafe products, the inner lining is best maximized in backpacks. Imagine walking around without the need to watch out for your back. (Pun intended)
Text by Euden Valdez; Photos by Alex Delos Santos
“WE like to consider ourselves as strong, empowered women,” said Jessa Belle Garibay of herself and Karina May Reyes-Antonio.
No doubt they are!
As co-founders of Centre for Sustainability PH Inc. (CS), both women led the establishment of Cleopatra’s Needle Forest Reserve as a critical habitat. Located in Puerto Princesa City, this 41,000 hectare, bio-diverse forest is home to some of Palawan’s endemic species, as well as the last remaining members of the indigenous Batak tribe.
On February 22, Jessa and Karina took a break from their work in Puerto Princesa City and shared their inspiring stories as women in environmental conservation at R.O.X.’s series of talks dubbed “Outdoor Guide.”
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CULTURE defines and enriches us as Filipinos. And now more than ever, must we try harder to understand appreciate our culture.
There is one place to be, an institution in and a beacon of Filipino culture. This is no less than the Culutral Center of the Philippines, which has prepared another outstanding performance season this 2018.
Be awed, be inspired and be there.
From productions from its resident companies (the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, Ballet Philippines, Philippine Ballet Theatre, Tanghalang Pilipino, Ramon Obusan Folkloric Group, Bayanihan Philippine National Folk Dance Company, UST Symphony Orchestra, National Music Competitions for Young Artists, and the Philippine Madrigal Singers) to film festivals, art exhibits, collaborations and celebrations, here are 18 things you should not miss!
Marking its 49th anniversary, the CCP will have a year of celebrations.
The Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, the center's resident orchestra company, will celebrate its 45th anniversary with a concert featuring classical masterpieces under the baton of its music director Yoshikazu Fukumura, as well as outreach concerts and performances all over the Philippines.
Both the Saturday Group and Philippine Arts Educators will celebrate their 50th anniversary with respective exhibits this coming March. In May, the Association of Pinoy printmakers will hold an exhibition for their 50th anniversary.
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WHAT is Filipino culture? What makes it distinct and vital?
A new television documentary series will attempt to answer these important questions.
Premiering on February 17, 5:45 p.m. at GMA News TV is “Buhay na Buhay,” an eight-part special series produced by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) through Business Unusual Media Solutions (BUMS) Inc., with the support of the Office of Senator Loren Legarda.
THE Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra welcomes the new year with a fifth concert for its 35th season. Billed "Romancing the Classics," it takes place on January 19, 8 pm at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (Main Theater) of the Cultural Center of the Philippines.
Under the baton of Maestro Herminigildo Ranera, the PPO will perform Manuel Maramba OSB’s Symphony Ode “La Naval,” Ferdinand David’s Trombone Concertino in E-flat, and Peter Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No.6 in B minor “Pathetique.”
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FOR over a century, San Fernando City in Pampanga has been the home of parul sampernandu, a traditional and iconic Filipino lantern, which earned it the title "Christmas Capital of the Philippines."
According to the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), the first parol in San Fernando was created by Kapampangan artisan Francisco Estanislao in 1908. He used bamboo strips for the frame and pasted colorful papel de japon on it. To illuminate the parol, he used kalburo (carbide). His parolbecame popular that other Kampanpangan followed suit. Soon, the parol was used to light paths on the way to Misa de Gallo (dawn masses).
By Euden Valdez
BECAUSE of the Philippines’ rich history, diverse influences and unique cultures, its art is as equally rich, diverse and unique.
This is what ManilArt has been showcasing since its first outing in 2009, a time when the modern-day Philippine art revolution was just beginning.
As it opens its ninth edition come October 12, the international art fair portrays the role of Philippine art in expanding the artistic frontiers of Southeast Asia, said the National Commission on Culture and Arts in a press statement.
Text and Photos by Euden Valdez
TICKETS to concerts of famous, foreign musical acts are pricey (if not overpriced) for many reasons. There's the grand stage set-up with pyrotechnics and lighting effects, the different costume changes, the many back-up dancers/singers, the state-of-the-art musical instruments and sound engineers, and all the other logistics. Most importantly, there's the much-awaited idols, like Madonna, Coldplay, Britney Spears, Chris Botti and Sting, etc. All had VIP tickets ranging from P20,000 to P60,000.
This is the formula of a sold-out and entertaining concert in westernized, colonized Philippines.
But what about a concert in an intimate venue where guests can cozily enjoy music (while sipping beer, yeah). A concert stripped down of all elaborate designs, props and back-ups. A concert featuring ethnic instruments that are part of our culture. A concert revealing our identity as Filipinos through indigenous music and ingenious lyrics.
This, on the other hand, is the formula of Joey Ayala's "Mandiriwa" concert held last September 18 at the Music Museum.
Text and Photos by Euden Valdez
DIRECTED by veteran music video director Treb Monteras 2nd, scored by South Border frontman Jay Durias, and topbilled by today’s most in-demand hip-hop artist Abra.
One would easily think that “Respeto” is film about music, particularly the fliptop scene and how the underdog rapper makes his way to the top of the underground world—as is said in its synopsis.
But watching it proved otherwise because all those were secondary to the film’s bigger picture, deeper message and powerful portrayals.
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