Coming from work in Alabang, as I was walking on my way home, a tarpaulin caught my attention. It is the National Furniture & Furnishings Fair 2014.
Out of curiosity and my undying admiration for the love of my fellow men’s artistry and creativity. I entered their facade without any qualms. Whether it is free or not. Fortunately it is free. Whew. (–,)
My eyes welled up with awe when I went out of this exhibit. I did not realized that I have been there for hours. And it was funny I bought some good finds too. I bought a tassel in all the colors that I like that matched my lavender Long champ bag.
I also bought a pink and purple dried starfish from Cebu for my garden.
And lastly I bought a dream catcher in my favorite color(as usual).
Other stuff I found are as follows:
Most of the exhibitors are from the provinces mostly from the Visayas/ Mindanao areas.
Listening from the way they speak, I can easily detect they’re from that region since I stayed in Vismin for a couple of years hopping fr one city to another. Though there are a few booths whose owner hails from my province Laguna. Their accent, I can tell too.
Filipino craftsmanship is definitely undaunted since the time I learned to appreciate Arts. The best thing about it is the support that were given to them to sport the uniqueness of their products.
The exhibit initially I suspected something like the OTOP (One town, one product, Philippines). Well it’s not but still it featured the rich culture of the Filipinos per region and that they are earning from it.An occupation that is very noble.
This table has passed standards to be exported.
Some wood carvings,
and even bags that can be paralleled to brands like Rocio bags (By a Filipina designer – Rocio Olbes), Celestina bags (By Tina Maristela Ocampo), Bea Valdes and Rafe Totengco. Without blinking one would have a hard time distinguishing the known brands from these that are without a name. The patience to finish them intricately.
Since it is the season of Christmas. A lot were themed for the holidays which made the exhibit festive and joyful. =)
I specifically loved those lamps that are made from coconut. Even these wall decors were made from coconuts.
The ingenuity of Filipinos are like gifts that are timeless and sprinkled by God since time immemorial.