FILIPINO HANDICRAFTS. Last year, we decided to decorate our Christmas tree with small baskets, miniature brooms, sepak takrao balls, wooden wind chimes, bulol idols, stars made from translucent capiz and other similar objects available in handicraft stores under Quezon Bridge.
ILALIM NG TULAY. Honey-combed under this steel and concrete bridge are stores filled from floor to ceiling with local crafts made from indigenous materials. These handicrafts were sourced from various tribal and cultural communities throughout the country.
TRADITIONAL HANDICRAFTS. Our country has a long tradition of producing handicrafts made from natural materials. Blessed with rich natural resources, people from the different cultural communities discovered how to fashion useful and beautiful things out of wood, bamboo, rattan, abaca, coconut shells, capiz, shells, and object abundant in nature.
Skills in basket weaving, wood carving, shells craft, and the technology in using different hand tools to create local crafts were developed and passed on to different generations.
PRACTICAL SOUVENIRS. In Filipino homes, local handicrafts are both functional and decorative. We use the versatile walis ting-ting to sweep away the dried leaves from our garden. We prefer to use baskets that come in different sizes, shapes, and color in holding fruits and root crops than placing them in plastic food containers.
WORLD-CLASS. The Philippines is one of the world’s leading producers of handicrafts. Locally hand-made crafts are admired world-wide for their versatility, beauty and quality.
To meet the demand of modern living, makers of handicrafts fashioned them into functional and practical items like lamp shades, picture frames, paper weights, key chains. They are also use as souvenirs for weddings and corporate give-away.
SAVES OUR HERITAGE. Patronizing local handicraft encourages tribal and cultural communities to produce more. In that way we preserve and promote our cultural heritage.
EPILOGUE. To get hold of these beautiful and exquisite local craft, the handicraft store under the bridge in Quiapo is the place to be.