Bangle bracelets

Utzurrum: Tatsulok Collection at HoliCOW

SPECIAL GUESTS. From left to right: Filip Inna Founder and Designer, Lenora Luisa Cabili, HoliCOW Director PH Kae Batiquin, Marlinda Angbetic-Tan, Designer Natalia Lagdameo, MaGNA CMGN Solutions Inc. President Marylou Ngo-Ang, Al Valenciano of Balay ni Atong and HoliCOW PH co-founder Debbie Palao.

AL VALENCIANO.  The owner and founder of Balay ni Atong with his wares.

AL VALENCIANO. The owner and founder of Balay ni Atong with his wares.

LENORA LUISA CABILI.  The founder and designer of Filip Inna with her fine piña yarn kimonas and other products.

LENORA LUISA CABILI. The founder and designer of Filip Inna with her fine piña yarn kimonas and other products.

Natalia Lagdameo.  The designer and her signature creation, the Giniling bangles.

Natalia Lagdameo. The designer and her signature creation, the Giniling bangles.

Art for authenticity and tradition, why not?

Organized by the Holistic Coalition of the Willing (HoliCOW) and MaGNA CMGN Solutions Inc., their event aimed to showcase products inspired by the know-how of various Indigenous communities and peoples.

The event? “TATSULOK sa Cebu”, a lifestyle pop-up showcasing three unique artists, each with their exclusive creations and designs: Balay Ni Atong, with Al Valenciano’s silk scarves and other embroidered pieces; Filip+Inna’s contemporary Filipiniana outfits and bags by Lenora Luisa Cabili and vintage and vintage jewelry by Natalia Lagdameo.

Kae Batiquin, Head of HoliCOW, said, “Our relationship with these designers dates back to 2018, when we hosted their first pop-up. We are happy to see them again, as they bring curated pieces for the Cebu crowd. Individually, their designs celebrate and elevate the work of Filipino artisans throughout the Philippines.

Debbie Palao, furniture designer and co-founder of HoliCOW, said, “Most importantly, our products are designed with authenticity and durability in mind. HoliCOW will always be there for our many pleas.

In the background, Valenciano de Balay ni Atong researched traditional textiles for museums and worked with communities in the Ilocos region to learn how these are woven. He then sold finished products to friends.

Once the research is complete, he again assists the weavers with marketing, this time with a professional touch: directing them to colors and designs based on tradition. Al also exports unique handmade pieces to specialty shops. He was also recognized for his innovations in preserving sustainable silkworm cultivation to produce exquisite silk fiber.

Filip + Inna founder and designer, Cabili, once a Bayanihan dancer, has been exposed to the country’s indigenous tribes and Mindanao groups like the Maranao, Bagobo, Yakan, T-boli, etc. as well as piña weavers from Visayan, Mangyan in Mindoro, embroiderers from Taal and Lemery in Batangas, Lumban in Laguna etc.

“We target traditional culture with these tribes and try to incorporate contemporary style into their clothing,” she said.

And with her love for fashion, she wanted to create something different.

Indeed, its Filip+Inna collection includes Pinay-inspired pieces like kimonas, camisas, ternos, rugs and saya, all produced from its Lake Sebu weaving center.

Meanwhile, Natalia Lagdameo was already an avid collector of heirloom pieces like colonias and tambourines. It would restore the undamaged items to their original format.

“With pieces that are no longer whole, I redesign them as new using old components. My jewelry is inspired by ancient and heritage Filipino designs in brass and embellished with precious to semi-precious stones,” she said .

Lagdameo’s best-selling designs are the Giniling bracelets, thin gold-plated brass bracelets worn in layers on the forearm by the indigenous group of the Cordillera region. Most of its communities are based in the Cordilleras to the north. They work with modern parts designed by her and made in the traditional way of sand casting and box casting for brass parts.

She hopes to move the project forward into the future so that the younger generation can learn the craft etc.

What a noble ideal! Good luck to everyone.