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Cotabato City Philippines Travel

Cotabato City: The Traditional Way of Brassware Making

The brassware tradition of Cotabato City
The brassware tradition of Cotabato City

Many would be familiar with the ancient musical instrument kulintang, consisting of rows of graduated pots laid horizontally in ascending pitch. We admire at its sound that have graced cultural presentations, yet are we aware of how it was made? Kulintang, gongs and even the elaborate designs of a Muslim jar are brasswares popularly made in Mindanao, particularly the oldest city in the region, Cotabato City. I visited Baranggay Kalanganan for the Cotabato Maguindanao Brassware Association Incorporated to see how a community painstakingly continues an age-old tradition, dating back to the Sultanate days, of making high quality brassware.

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Bagan: The Lacquer Ware Tradition of Myinkaba

A lady inside a lacquerware workshop
A lady inside a lacquerware workshop

By this time, I had been used to the constant nagging of vendors. Initially they would eye you like a prey, ask where you are from, then give some trivia about the place or temple you are visiting, even accompany you around and finally ask to look at their wares without obligation to buy. On my way out from Nan Paya, I encountered this young persistent girl who tried to sell her lacquerware. I did look at the items she’s selling but decided not to buy the pair of owls (man and woman) that interested me that I found so expensive at 8000 kyat. As I head to the steps she was pleading. Telling me it would be good luck if I’ll be her first customer. She followed me to the exit with a face almost in tears.

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Baguio: Art and Nature fuse at BenCab Museum

Bencab Museum Contemporary Art Gallery

BenCab Museum Contemporary Art Gallery

National Artist Benedicto Cabrera, popularly known as BenCab made another milestone landmark when he built a Museum in his beloved town of Baguio. The BenCab Museum recently opened early this year and I had the chance to see the place. Never did I expect that a museum along Asin road in Baguio could be one of the best museums in the country I’ve been. It’s simply an art and nature fusion haven.

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General

Christmas Doodle

Christmas Doodle

Did a quick doodle with color pencils here. It was for our Kris Kringle the other day at our office. The theme was “something you made by hand“, so I did this very quick doodle for my “baby”.

Today’s our company Christmas party and I was asked to be one of the Emcees. Arrgh! I really just want to be on the sidelines and eat and just take pictures. Anyways I hope I can pull this off, it’s just a small gathering anyways. Advance Merry Christmas!

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General

Ferdz Folio

Ferdz Folio

It would seem I have been having trouble with the Sparm Karma plugin in WordPress, which produces some error when making a comment. Switched back to Akismet for now until I could figure out the problem so comments are ok again. Damn those Spam Robots!

Anyways, I was inspired by Sir Jeff of Dubai Chronicles to do my own digital portfolio. Actually it’s also because I got job interviews ahead because I’m thinking of switching jobs. And I thought it’s high time I update my portfolio so I spent much of my long weekend doing this. So if there are any creative openings you know please email me 🙂

You can check out my Portfolio here. It’s around 2mb.

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General

State of Emergency editorial

Editorial State of Emergency

Did a quick doodle with a gel-o pen for the next issue of Philippine Mabuhay News. It’s what I thought of what’s happening right now with the media under the “State of Emergency“.

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General Ilocos Sur

Pinagburnayan

National Artist Fidel Go

National Artist, Fidel Antiporda Go

Looking into my handy street map and a list of places to go, we trodded along the streets of Vigan to see more of the place. Well upper north of Vigan we stumbled upon Pinagburnayan. And what perfect timing as National Folk Artist, Fidel Antiporda Go, was about to give a demonstration on making a Burnay Jar. Interesting seeing the process, from taking a clay, molding it first, a dash of sand before putting it on a potter’s wheel where it is manually operated by a foot. Shaping it depends on your hands and fingers. After these clay jars are shaped, they are put on fire in a kiln. Though there are many jars being oven-ized, not all are well made. If there are like 100 jars in a dragon shaped kiln only about 10 would be well made.

Burnay Jars

A sea of jars

Ilocos is the home of these burnay jars which preseded spanish times. The Chinese introduced these jars in the pre-colonial times as an all weather storage for their products during which they shipped around other countries. For Ilocanos, they use these jars to ferment fish sauce, vinigar and “Basi”, their local wine. They bury these jars underground to seal out air for perfect fermentation.