Baguio Chronicle: Woodcrafting Street in Benguet


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“When you sculpt, just breathe like a tree and follow its lines.”
-tip from an Igorot craftsman-

After a whole day tour at the BenCab Museum, we decided to walk instead of taking taxi back to Baguio proper if only to catch the sunset panorama in this side of town. We then discovered that the street going to the highway in Brgy. Tadiangan is a stretch of wood-crafting shops for domestic and export distribution. How come I missed this from the jeepney window on our way here?

Chatting with the locals, we learned that the Mondiguing family is popular in the industry of ebony (kamagong) and hardwood. I had the instant katribu feeling that everyone in this community has the bloodline of a craftsman. As I delved upon it, I can’t help but be proud of the Filipino talent. Indeed, we have raw materials and hardworking people but then again, for local industries to reach its full bloom, we need a sincere and pro-people government.

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About Joanna Lerio

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