By Nikka Garriga
MANDALUYONG CITY, METRO MANILA— Time to get the Christmas tree out of the closet and gather the family to decorate the house for the holiday season.
And if you’re looking to add a unique and even Filipino touch to your Christmas decors, here’s a few items we’ve found recently made by local entrepreneurs who produce various types of ornaments:
1. Nativity sets from Alriver Export. A Filipino’s Christmas is never complete without a display of the “belen” or Nativity scene. From life-sized to miniature versions, Alriver specializes in handmade nativity sets from P300 to P450 and above depending on the size and design.
2. Lanterns from RolRen’s. Apart from the good food, a visit to Pampanga becomes a must during the holiday seasons for its Christmas lanterns. Rolren’s, managed by proprietress Renita and lantern maker Rolando Quiambao, hail from the very province that these traditional decors built and has been in the business for over a decade. Their lanterns start at P450 for the smallest to P2, 700.
3. Snow tablets from CD Handicrafts. What Filipinos may not have every Christmas such as holly and snow, we make up for it in our choice of creative decors. CD Handicrafts is a Rizal-based enterprise that produces holiday and houseware pieces made from fiber glass and polyresin. Among their array of merchandise include Santa Claus display tiles called snow tablets priced at P250 each, bells and other hanging ornaments in different shapes at P50 each.
4. Hand-painted egg decors from Decorio Egg Crafts. Easter eggs can also be used or recycled to add extra color to your Christmas decorations. Mercy Florencio and her team of skilled local artists hand paint egg shells with colors and intricate designs inspired by a Russian art form called pysanky. The labor-intensive process of making each piece makesDecorio’s unique egg decors quite pricey at P350 per item while their special ostrich egg decor sells for P3,500.
5. Angel tree ornaments from USWAG. The sinamay fiber is not only applicable for indigenous textile but also for handicrafts and decorative pieces. The women and local communities of the Albay-based United Stakeholders Working to Achieve Growth(USWAG) makes angel tree decors using strands of dyed sinamay and corn husks.
Aside from providing a means of livelihood, every piece of this handmade item helps the association in the skills development of its members and other income-generating enterprises.
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