ABS-CBNNews.com reports that President Benigno Aquino III recently signed Proclamation No. 313, which declares January of every year as Philippine Tropical Fabrics Month. According to the report, this is in keeping with the government’s desire to "promote the use of indigenous fibers in the country."
The report revealed that Aquino has assigned the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) to prepare for the celebration. This will be highlighted by a fashion show featuring local fibers.
Curiously enough, the fashion show, dubbed as "Bagong Habi, Salinlahi: Cutting-edge Philippine Textiles," will be held on February 8 at the InterContinental Manila hotel in Makati City. The report did not explain how an event that’s supposed to mark a celebration held in January ended up getting scheduled in February.
In any case, the report noted that "among the fibers to be featured are abel of Ilocos Norte, hablon of Iloilo, inaul of Maguindanao, as well as saluyot, water hyacinth, and maguey developed by the DOST’s Philippine Textile Research Institute (DOST-PTRI)."
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