Good Morning Blog-Readers!
If you visit the markets and out-of-the-way village areas in the Philippines, you will be lucky enough to witness the impressive creativity of the Philippine people.
Hand-carved lamps, chairs, lizards, masks, and necklaces are only a few of the items available as keepsakes of your visit here.
One group of people in particular, the Ifugao, have been globally hailed as among the best in wood carving.
The art of Ifugao handcarving has been passed down from generation to generation, and the largest living village today can be found on Asin road, on the way to Baguio City.
The 1st Pa-ot Festival in Tadiangan, Benguet took place last May 22-24, and was a spectacular festival showcasing the Ifugao people’s innate ability for producing beautiful, intricate carvings.
There was also a native wine-making & tasting event, cultural dance & song clinic, backstrap weaving contest, broom-making clinics, and rattan weaving demonstrations.
Traditionally, Bulul sculptures were used for ceremonies centered on healing & rice production…the statues were highly prized and represented ancestors, guardian gods & spirits.
Today, many different items are carved, and not only just out of wood…sometimes stone is used.
Here at White Chocolate Hills Resort, if you look carefully, you can see that we have quite a few hand-carved masks and statues…keeping this lovely art alive is vitally important, and each unique piece has cultural value and significance.
If you have the chance to stop by Malatapay Market, there is a souvenir shop run by three brothers that know the art of hand-carving, and create amazingly detailed pieces for sale at very affordable prices.
Tell them we sent you!