THE Department of Tourism (DOT) in Region 6 plans to partner with Local Government Units (LGUs) to empower the local weaving industry in Negros Occidental.
This commitment was firmed up during the successful conduct of the Hinablon: an exhibit on Philippine Contemporary Textiles at Nature’s Village Resort, Talisay City, Negros Occidental on February 18, 2019.
Exhibit organizer Sonia Sarrosa said that the Hinablon seeks to revitalize, create and promote an appreciation and respect for Philippine weaving traditions.
Sarrosa also urged everyone to support the Department of Tourism’s thrust to preserve nature, explore culture and experience Philippines with the same accent, beauty and color while promoting and celebrating Negrense’s own cultural identity.
“The Department of Tourism Region VI intends to support the weaving industry in Negros Occidental by partnering and empowering the local government, private sector and most especially weaving associations in the countryside. Our agency will be providing necessary financial and technical support in training young weavers especially women and indigenous groups from Municipalities of Toboso, Valladolid, Bago City and many more so that this timeless tradition may be preserved and would prosper in this modern time,” said DOT-6 Director Atty. Helen J. Catalbas.
According to textile specialist Mara Montelibano, everyone should be aware of their respective cultural traditions and icons in the textile sector. She added that it is exciting to discover the growing industry in Negros Occidental.
Besides the exhibit of local textiles, weaving demonstrations and presentation of products like patadyong, shawl and other fashion accesories by local weavers were also held.
The awardees of Gawad Manlilikha ng Bayan (The National Living Treasures Award) of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) were also featured.
“We should be proud of our own local products and we can show this by wearing clothes made from locally woven textiles. Let us continue our effort in putting these locally-produced clothing in the modern fashion industry,” Catalbas said. (MDO)