The Department of Tourism’s (DOT) Philippine Harvest returns this weekend from November 29 to December 1, 2019, featuring the proud province of Antique and the breath-taking Antique designs.
Antique Takes Center Stage as Philippine Harvest returns at Central Square
“For this edition of Philippine Harvest, the spotlight will be put on our indigenous textile. These fabrics made from cotton, piña, and abaca are important part of our farmers’ harvest alongside the crops and livestock,” shared DOT Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat.
More than ten weaving associations will parade the famous patadyong or multi-functional wrap-around cloth made of cotton blends in plaid pattern as well as handwoven scarves, shawls, bags, t-shirts, shoes, hand-painted pillows, bariw and banig bags, place mats, carpets, hot pods, table runners, embroidered products, and accessories at the joint DOT-SSI Group, Inc. initiative.
The following headline the featured textile and handicraft artisan groups of the province.
- Bagtason Loomweavers Association Inc.,
- Sab-ong Local Artists,
- Al Bin Souvenirs,
- Jeff de Asis Souvenirs,
- Tibiao Active Weavers and Knotters Association,
- Malabor Abaca Pina Weavers Association,
- Sto. Rosario Multi-Purpose Cooperative,
- Antique Development Foundation Inc.,
- San Pedro Embroidery,
- Buri Handicraft Association,
- Centro Este Development Association,
- Association of Differently Abled Persons-Antique, and
- Produkto Puro Antikenyo
“Part of our sustainable tourism advocacy is supporting local artisans, protecting heirloom traditions, and preserving our rich heritage for the future generations to come,” added Secretary Puyat.
Apart from Antique designs, they also have a variety of delicacies. Not to be outdone, Antique’s food exhibitors including Laua-an Multi-purpose Cooperative, Ariana’s Coco Products, Enriqueta’s, Bulolacao-Calooy-Tulatula-Sikap Organization, 2Ms, Camp Eufre Farmers Association, Esparar Multi-Purpose Cooperative, and Stone Cave United La-Union Farmers Association will bring local products ranging from muscovado sugar, candies, virgin coconut oil products, roasted coffee, peanuts, taro chips, sweet potato chips, ginger, turmeric, squash, monggo, kadyos, batwan, corn, gabi, canton squash, to moringga powders.
Other selected exhibitors with a wide selection of products and produce will also be joining the fair. This, alongside the bounty of the province of Antique. Visitors can enjoy a variety of kakanin, vegan food products, local coffee, organic fruits and vegetables, artisanal tuyo, and gourmet salted egg, among others.
SSI Group Inc., President Anton Huang reiterates, “Our continuous support towards the Department of Tourism’s (DOT) initiatives has brought much awareness about the Philippines’ best produce. For this leg, our decision to highlight the handicraft industry encourages patronizing local goods and further enhances the shopping experience of our loyal consumers.”
Visit the three-day fair starting November 29 to December 1, 2019. Get a closer look at one of Western Visayas’ pride, Antique.
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This is a press release distributed by Visions & Expressions.
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