Antique MSMEs win awards in trade fair
The selling price of a shoulder bag isP350 each, he added. Iris Ellaine Gail Dingcong, officer ofthe Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)-Antique, said the table utensilsmade of bamboo materials won as the “best eco-luxury homestyle” while the“buri” shoulder bag won as the “best eco-luxury fashion and wearables” during acontest which wrapped up last week. “The selling price of a set ofutensils with pouch is P250,” he added. Dingcong added the table utensils weremade by the Sibalom Bamboo Craft Makers Association and the shoulder bag wasmade by the United Group of Weavers. Aside from the shoulder bag, theUnited Group of Weavers, composed of 40 members mostly beneficiaries of thePantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, also makes shoeboxes and mats for theirlivelihood.(With a report from PNA/PN) “I am inspired by the outcome of mynewly innovated table utensils made of bamboo,” said Isaias Fabillo, head ofthe Sibalom Bamboo Craft Makers Association. “The judge chose our entry because itis purely made of natural material,” he said. The set of bamboo utensils in a “buri” pouch won as the best eco-luxury homestyle during the Panublion Trade Fair at a mall in Iloilo City. The utensils were made by the Sibalom Bamboo Craft Makers Association. PNA/ANNABEL CONSUELO J. PETINGLAY SAN JOSE, Antique – Two products fromthe province bagged the top awards during the five-day Panublion Trade Fair ata mall in Iloilo City. Meanwhile, Jhon Wilson Hernaez of theUnited Group of Weavers said the “buri” shoulder bag is a product of theircreativity and the technical assistance they received from DTI-Antique. “I make spoon, fork and table knifewhich I put inside a ‘buri’ pouch,” he added. He said the materials for each set ofutensils cost P100 while the “buri” pouch costs around P50. She said micro small and mediumentrepreneurs (MSMEs) from the different provinces of Western Visayasparticipated in the Punublion Trade Fair organized by the DTI-6. “DTI has taught us a good colorcombination to make our product more attractive,” Hernaez added, saying “buri”is abundant in the mountainous area of Anini-y, Antique.