A showcase of Negrense artistry

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

A ROOM divider made of shells from Molocaboc Island in Sagay City, lamps made of residual part of coco wood that was used in the construction of houses for Yolanda survivors in Panay, religious items made of driftwood from Yolanda-hit communities, and a lighted wall art made of shells from Bantayan, a badly damaged island of Cebu.

These are some of the beautiful and intricate designs made by members of the Association of Negros Producers (ANP) on exhibit at the 24th Bulawan Awards that opened yesterday at Robinsons Place Bacolod.

More than 80 product designs by ANP members are competing in this year’s Bulawan Awards whose trophies are made of stone cast that was originally curved from a limestone in Sagay, another area badly hit by Yolanda.


Jojo Vito, ANP vice president for marketing and chairman of the 2014 Bulawan Awards, said the awards, with the theme, "Smile Beyond Borders," will choose the best and the most creative product designs that used indigenous materials from Yolanda-stricken areas.

“The Bulawan Awards is aimed at creating not only visually pleasing stories just like our products but stories with social relevance. For this year we have encouraged our members to develop products using materials from Yolanda-stricken communities so that we will be able to help people from these communities, being our suppliers. With this we can tell stories beyond Yolanda: stories of hope and stories which will build lives,” Vito said at the opening rites.

ANP members were some of those who promptly responded to the Yolanda victims. Many ANP members tapped the survivors as subcontractors and suppliers, and even taught them basic skills to start their own livelihood.

The Bulawan Awards of ANP is an annual product design and competition which recognizes outstanding products by its members. It is designed to encourage ingenuity, creativity and commitment in terms of product innovation, packaging and the development of new market-driven products that are competitive in both domestic and international markets.

There will be winners for each of the 12 categories namely, pastries, confectionary, deli, health and wellness, table tops or gifts, home furnishing, furniture, luminary, bags and footwear, garments, jewelry and accessories, and novelty.

Aside from the these winners, special awards will also be given for the Best in Design Excellence, Best in Craftsmanship, Best in Visual Impact, and Best in the Use of Indigenous Material from Yolanda-stricken area.

The winners will be announced at the closing rites on Sunday, July 27, at 3 p.m.

Meanwhile, these Bulawan entries will also be exhibited and sold at the Negros Trade Fair on September 23-28 at the Glorietta mall in Makati City.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on July 24, 2014.


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