Woven wonders and accessories from South Cotabato, Davao del Sur, Ilocos Norte, Sarangani, and Cordillera were recently showcased at the Hinabing Buhay: Living Traditions of Weaving and Embroidery at the SM Megamall Fashion Hall. The exhibit also had a later run at the Podium, where shoppers had the rare opportunity to view and purchase exquisite fabrics.
A joint project of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, the Likhaan Resource Center, and SM Megamall, the exhibit curated by socialist realist painter Edgar “Egai” T. Fernandez, highlights traditional artists, their works, materials, and the process of creating the crafts that give emphasis on the legacy, experiences, and ingenious knowledge of traditional artists.
Commissioner Dr. Emmanuel Franco Calairo of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines graced the event launch along with NHCP’s OIC Executive Director Carminda R. Arevalo, OIC Deputy Executive Director for Administration Rosario V. Sapitan, Chief of Historic Sites & Education Division Gina C. Batuhan and Chief of Materials, Research & Conservation Division Lie Zar Montilla. They were welcomed by SM Megamall Mall Manager Brian So.
The launch, which also featured weaving demonstrations, showcased the Filipino’s amazing talent with a performance by the Kamerchor Manila, who won the top Grand Prix prize in the recently concluded Queen of the Adriatic Sea International Festival and Competition in Italy, and spoken poetry by actor, RR Cagalingan.
Three dance groups then took center stage with a contemporary dance performance from Tanghalang Bagong Sibol, folk dances from Marikina Dance Guild, and a hip-hop moves from FCPC Baliktanaw. Moreover, Adelaida Ahaddas, a Yakan from Basilan Province, conducted a weaving demo during the launch.
Hinabing Buhay: Living Traditions of Weaving and Embroidery is one of the many exciting cultural projects at SM Megamall.