Check out what’s in store for you at the 2019 National Arts & Crafts Fair
A celebration of the traditional, artisanal, and authentic Filipino crafts, the 2019 National Arts and Crafts Fair is happening on October 24-27 from 10AM to 9PM at the Megatrade Halls of SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City. Admission is absolutely FREE. Themed as the Philippine Artisans Show, this year’s fair showcases a lot of crafts from different parts of the country as well as activities.
Here’s a sneak peek of what’s in store for you in the four-day event.
Exibitors from all regions
There are 277 exhibitors representing every region nationwide who will be showcasing their local products, heritage crafts of Filipino artisans and indigenous materials.
Hibla’t Habi Exhibit
The Philippines is home to superior quality natural fibers and tropical fabrics which are locally-produced and continuously sustained for our local producers and entrepreneurs. Philippine Fiber Industry Development Authority (PhilFIDA) features the country’s natural diners and fabrics, as well as technology developments in their production, processing and utilization, including demonstrations on abaca and bamboo fiber extraction at this year’s National Arts & Crafts Fair.
Natural Textile Pavilion
Visit the Natural Textile Pavilion and discover the latest material developments and innovations on Philippine tropical fabrics geared towards sustainable mainstream fashion. Bamboo textiles using eco-friendly processes, and ready-to-buy cotton/pineapple spun yarns and fabrics will be among the features of this exhibit by the Department of Science and Technology – Philippine Textile Research Institute (DOST-PTRI).
Philippine Forest Honey Showcase
Learn and explore the varieties of Philippine forest honey harvested by indigenous communities. The Philippine Forest Honey Network sustainably harvests honey from different parts of the Philippines while maintaining traditional ways of honey hunting and gathering.
Katahum Kang Antique (The Beautiful Province of Antique)
Weaving the threads of its vibrant heritage, the Province of Antique in Panay Island has a thriving artisan community producing their traditional patadyong, hablon weaves, barrow handicrafts, and others. Antique’s 18 municipalities are well-represented by 30 exhibitors in this year’s fair.
See and be mesmerized by the finest collection of authentic and intricately designed brassware, gongs and bells, woodcraft, and textile products decorated with the Okir motif representing the enduring history, vibrant culture, and exquisite artistry of the Meranao people.
Schools of Living Traditions (SLT)
As part of the daily program, there will be cultural presentations and live demonstrations of the arts, crafts, and practices that are being transmitted by cultural masters to the next generation through community-managed learning programs.
There is also a Coffee Pavilion or the KAPEtirya where you can see a selection of coffee and local blend from all over the country, as well as native delicacies that pair well with coffee.
Balat Kayo Dyan! – A DIY Leathercrafts Workshop
You can join the leather crafts workshop where you can design and create your own leather products with the help of differently-abled workers from Handcrafted by Harl’s — a social enterprise that provides gainful employment to persons with disabilities.
Sulat, Ukit at Burda
Be part of the current revival of Baybayin, the pre-Hispanic script of the Tagalogs. Let experts of Sanghabi render your name in Baybayin on pendants, earrings, and even on your clothes.
Unleash your creativity at the crafter’s nook with Avin Doodles and The Erudite Artist. Learn brush calligraphy and explore ways of expressing your inner self through the art of journaling and mixed media crafting.
Shared Service Facilities (SSF)
Selected beneficiaries of DTI’s SSF program will also be exhibiting at the National Arts & Crafts Fair.
Aside from these, there will also be a daily program of activities focusing on business talks (October 25), arts and crafts activities (October 26), and performing arts (October 27). These are open to the public and are FREE OF CHARGE.
The 2019 National Arts and Crafts Fair is organized by the Department of Trade and Industry’s Bureau of Domestic Trade Promotion (DTI-BDTP) in cooperation with the Regional Operations Group, and with the support from the Office of the Deputy Speaker and Antique Congresswoman Loren Legarda.
For more information, you may contact DTI via email – firstname.lastname@example.org, or call them at (02) 7751-3223/7791-3102. Follow DTI-BDTP on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to get the latest updates.