Baguio City, Kalinga – Gracing the opening program of the Impakabsat Kalinga edition 2022 at Atrium, SM Baguio, Kalinga Representative Allen Jesse Mangaoang expressed pride and support to the local products of the province.
“Impakabsat,”a local term for brotherhood, is an annual trade fair of the Regional Department of Trade and Industry since late 1990s aimed at promoting various products of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in Cordillera region.
Accordingly, “Impakabsat” stands for the 6 provinces in the region namely, Ifugao, Mt. Province, Abra, Kalinga, Apayao, Benguet, and the city of Baguio.
Kalinga products are featured in said exhibition from August 13 to 19.
The event, according to Mangaoang, is an opportune moment to showcase Kalinga culture such as the traditional tattoo and the Kalinga Unoy or Chong-ak rice that the province is well-known for.
“Mambabatok” of Buscalan, Tinglayan
“Mambabatok” or tattoo artists Racquel and Sheryn Sagmayao from Buscalan, Tinglayan are at the mall to share their talents and provide traditional tattoo service. Basic “batok” or tattoo starts at P1,000.
Also being featured in the trade fair are handwoven and naturally-dyed fabrics and apparel, bamboo and woodcrafts, and local foods.
Mangaoang encouraged those in the City to patronize MSME products to assist them in their recovery efforts from impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dubbed as the “backbone of the economy,” MSMEs are among the most affected sector with the restrictions imposed COVID-19 outbreak, even resulting into establishment closure.
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