12 November

In search of what to do with what we have

My recent trip to Cagayan de Oro yielded the discovery of this book, published by the Bureau of Domestic Trade under the Department of Trade and Industry.  A truckload of thanks to Rhyan Casino of Dire Husi–who not only accompanied me to different craft sources and enterprises, but who also got me on the trail […]

6 November

Palaspas is to the Philippines as Origami is to Japan

And with the end of that weekend’s workshop came a persistent thought–“Why can’t the palaspas be to the Philippines as origami is to Japan?” This was born from one of Elmer’s statements during the workshop.  Apparently, he had studied origami in Japan, and was impressed with how widespread and easily accessible origami techniques and instructional […]

28 October

And we stalk your neighborhood for…

Palm leaves.  Coconut leaves, to be exact. If you recognize the neighborhood in the background of the photo above (and if you live in the area), then you can rest assured that at least some of your neighbors actually stop to help strangers (when asked), and that some of them are willing to share meat […]