Baguio City, Philippines – If you happen to be around Baguio town for the Panagbenga Festival craze, don’t miss the chance to check out the best products of micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) from Kalinga and Ifugao being featured at the Atrium of SM City Baguio.
As part of the three-week long IMPAKABSAT: Cordillera’s Best at the Flowerfest, the two province’s best furniture, woodcrafts, woven products, and food items are showcased from February 24 up to March 3.
Now in its 11th year, IMPAKABSAT which stands for Cordillera’s six provinces namely, Ifugao, Mountain Province, Abra, Kalinga, Apayao, Benguet, and Baguio City, and completed with the Ilocano term “kabsat” meaning brother or sister, is an annual event of the regional Department of Trade and Industry aimed at boosting the local MSMEs’ income.
Acknowledging that MSMEs are agents of poverty reduction, the department has been collaborating with its partner agencies for the conduct of the trade fair.
IMPAKABSAT: Cordillera’s Best at the Flowerfest
The ceremonial beating of the gongs led by Regional Director Juliet Lucas of DTI-Cordillera signaled the formal opening of IMPAKABSAT: Cordillera’s Best at the Flowerfest which likewise celebrates the Cordilleran craftsmanship and entrepreneurship.
Abra and Mountain Province first displayed their local products from February 10 – 16 followed by Apayao, Benguet, and Baguio City on February 17 – 23 then Kalinga and Ifugao up to March 03.
The 13 exhibitors from the Kalinga and Ifugao offer products representing their cultures such as their traditional weaving styles, beads and other accessories, local coffee, heirloom rice, and fruit and vegetable-based products, among other ingenious commodities.
Locals and tourists can also get to experience Kalinga’s traditional tattoo called “Batok”, also known to others as “Fatek/ Burik/ Tatak/ Batek/ Patik” which involves marking the skin by hand-tapping the ink with sharp wood or bone.
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