Did you know that we have a thriving, artistry-driven pottery community in Sagada led by women? Or that those on-trend cottage-core basket-weave lamps you spot everywhere from luxury resorts to Pinterest mood boards are very likely to be designed and woven in the Visayas?
Likha 2, an artisan exhibition and project by First Lady Louise Araneta Marcos, gathers artists and craftsmen from all over the country in the shell craft, basketry, pottery, woodwork, batis, weavers, jewelry, and stone-carving industries, celebrating them together with some of the country’s most esteemed textile weavers.
While Likha highlighted weavers in its first edition, including a wider range of talent in the second edition in time for the 125th Philippine Independence, the weekend is only the beginning.
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During the opening, the First Lady said, “This is in keeping with the words of my husband, President Ferdinand Romualdez Marcos, during the State of the Nation Address last year when he said, ‘The creativity of the Filipinos is world-class.’ We excel in arts and culture and everything Filipino.”
Department of Tourism Secretary Christina Frasco echoes the First Lady’s sentiments: “Likha 2 highlights the work of love of our artisans and artists all over the Philippines. The Filipino brand is fully reflected in the work of our local communities that proudly herald to the world to tell the Filipino story.”
Balay ni Atong's Al Valenciano worked with the First Lady and has been instrumental in gathering this diversity of talent, rarely gathered in one place, as in Likha. He notes that participants are not only able to showcase their wares at Likha; artisans from all over the Philippines—some have traveled away from their far-flung homes for the first time just for this event—are finally able to gather, talk, shop, as well as find commonality in their shared experiences. There’s no gatekeeping here—Likha is a community where everyone can learn from each other.
“Our Likha initiative is a work in progress,” the First Lady promises, announcing the upcoming Likha 3, 4, 5, and 6 soon. If Likha 2 is any indication, the First Lady is off to a great start.
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