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Legarda: Buri Mat Weavers from Romblon Featured at the National Museum

July 23, 2015

The third installment of the 2015 Weaving Demonstrations of the National Museum in partnership with Senator Loren Legarda will be held this weekend—July 25-26, 2015.

Senator Legarda invites everyone to view and observe buri mat weavers from Banton, Romblon featuring weavers Marilyn Delgado, Ilyn Fabonan and Fanny Forfieda. They will be joined by Deogracias Faminiano, Jr., President of Asi Studies for Culture and the Arts in Romblon, and Decoroso Fadri who will give informal lectures.

“These weaving demonstrations allow us to look into our rich culture and tradition. This is also a chance to interact with local weavers and a way of supporting their livelihood,” Legarda said.

The weaving demonstrations can be viewed from 11:00 am to 12:00 nn and 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm at the Reception Room, 4th Floor, National Museum of Anthropology (formerly Museum of the Filipino People), Old Finance Building, Rizal Park, Manila.

In the past weeks, mat and basket weavers from Marinduque and Oriental Mindoro showcased their weaving techniques. The last installment will happen on August 1 and 2, and will feature weavers from Palawan.

Legarda also encouraged visitors of the museum to go to the various galleries—the Hibla ng Lahing Filipino textile gallery, Baybayin gallery, and the Rice, Biodiversity and Climate Change exhibit—all of which were joint projects of Legarda and the National Museum.

In 2014, textile weavers from the Cordillera Region, Panay Island and Mindanao showcased their weaving traditions at the National Museum as part of the Senator Loren Legarda Lecture Series on Philippine Traditional Textiles and Indigenous Knowledge organized by the Senator and the National Museum since 2012.