Mayor Macario Napulan and Vice Mayor Leonardo Naldoza of Miag-ao, Iloilo
International fashion designer and father of modern hablon Nono Palmos with Iloilo’s Bad Boy of Fashion Bo Parcon and Nooni Ybiernas of Philippine Tatler
The cute and lovely candidates of Little Miss Hablon of Miag-ao
Members of Iloilo Young Designers Council: Franco Malay, DJohn clement, Jet Salcedo, Mike Sorilla and Doddie Vril Tan
It was Sunday and sunny – good reasons for a road trip to Miag-ao, Iloilo. Mayor MACARIO NAPULAN and Vice Mayor LEONARDO NALDOZA invited designers, journalists and bloggers to a press con at the Municipal Session Hall to promote the 2nd Hablon Festival on Sept. 3 to 6, 2015.
According to the two officials, Miag-ao is not only famous for its UNESCO Heritage Church but also for its hablon, a woven fabric.
The strong demand for hablon products here and abroad has prompted the municipality to support and promote its weaving industry. It not only opened an opportunity for younger women to stay in Miag-ao; it also continued the age-old tradition of loom weaving.
Internationally known Ilonggo designer NONO PALMOS is working with local weavers to create modern and colorful designs with a mix of indigenous and imported threads.
Thus, the annual Hablon Festival!
Enjoying our welcome snacks with Mayor Macario Napulan of Miag-ao, Iloilo
Bloggers Kathy Villalon, Antoine Greg Flores, Raymart Escopel of Panay News, Apple Ochon and Nonoy Taclino
Russell Patino, Kathy Brunner and Gretchen Legara of CREAM Magazine
“Hablon is having its renaissance,” enthused Mayor MACARIO NAPULAN.
Hablon is the fabric of choice for the upcoming APEC.
At the press con, the sixteen cute and lovely candidates of Little Miss Hablon 2015 were also introduced. The kiddie personality pageant will highlight the 2nd Hablon Festival. They are PRINCESS ASHLEY NCOLE MOLLENIDO, MARIA ALEXY CALAOR, ZIREA JANE NOFUETO, JULIA AIKO AÑASCO, TRACY CLODETH MANDE, LEIYAN LORANE FANDAGANI, ARIELLE GWEN CARALDE, PATRICE CYMBELINE DALISAY, SAMANTHA AVIENE MORANO, ALEXANDRA MARIE JOY GAVAYERON, FRNACINE JOY MUZONES, MARIA AINA BRILLANTES, JULIANNE MARIE NAMO, MICHAELA DYNA HERNAEZ, AILEEN LEE GRACE PARIOLO and HAZEA ZHINEL SAMPOLLO.
Other activities of the festival include an agro-trade fair, food kiosks, games, color dance, live bands, logo making contest for the tri-centennial celebration in 2016, float parade, hablon-making contest, fashion shows and documentary film showing on hablon.
Yours truly poses before a weaving loom.
A weaver does her work in Brgy. Indag-an Weaving Center and Multipurpose Cooperative
The artistry and intricacy of hablon-making
Aprés a sumptuous lunch of native fare, the designers, journalists and bloggers were given a tour of the weaving centers in Brgys. Indag-an and Valencia by Vice Mayor LEONARDO NALDOZA and fashion designer NONO PALMOS. There, everyone was awed at the artistry and intricacy of the age-old hablon-making!
Three-in-one hablon dolls
Customary photo op before the façade of Miag-ao Church: yours truly, Franco Malay, DJohn Clement, Jet Salcedo, Nono Palmos, Bo Parcon, Mike Sorilla, Doddie Vril Tan, Nonoi Ybiernas and Zedrick Señeres
A visit to the souvenir delighted everyone who all went home with complimentary goodies from the local government of Miag-ao.
Rightfully so, the visit was not complete without the customary photo op before the façade of the world-famous Miag-ao Church! (Photos by Ray Tabafunda)
Sweet mango slices
Baybaye with chocolate dip