Heritage Arts and Crafts


Schools of Living Traditions communities


Technical School for Heritage Conservation


Products Developed


From an archipelago with over 7,000 islands, the Philippines is home to a diversity of indigenous communities. Each community lends its color and texture, through its own sense of place and pride as people, as a pixel that comprises the mosaic of the Philippines’ cultural and heritage landscape.

Twelve select indigenous communities under the School of Living Traditions (SLT) project, and Escuela Taller de Filipinas Foundation Inc., a technical school for heritage conservation, celebrate the beauty of the Philippines’ diverse heritage and showcase their respective traditional heritage arts and crafts in a specially-design entrepreneurship development program spearheaded by the DTI-Design Center of the Philippines.



The Ibaloi displayed resourcefulness in the face of a challenge when they invented the Kayabang basket to assist them in transporting food to and from the mountains of Atok, Benguet.

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A non-profit that trains the out-of-school youth of Manila, Escuela Taller de Filipinas Foundation, Inc.

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The women of Agta/Dumagat community are one of the most productive people you’d encounter in life.

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The Aklanons capitalized on the abundant resources of their land to build and thrive in an industry that provided many of their Nanays with hanapbuhay sa bahay.

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No success story comes without sacrifice. The Boholano mat weavers of Cabilao Island in Loon, Bohol

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An old Panay-Bukidnon practice required selection of a binukot, from the female members of the family, to master their epic chants and traditional embroidery.

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Negros Occidental

The Ati community of Sitio Marikudo in Negros Occidental reserves the right to keep the ultimate ingredient to their healing bracelets a secret.

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Agusan Del Sur

Manobo are landowners and farmers. Life can take them anywhere but they would still go back to their land, to their home in Agusan del Sur.

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The Yakans of Basilan are friendly, as evident in the many different people, culture and tradition; they welcomed in the community and embraced as their own.

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Davao Occidental

Fu Monina Arandia, basketry cultural master in Balut Island, is about to lose her eyesight but not her vision to keep the Blaan tradition weaving through the next generation. With a shy smile, she said in their dialect; “Sana ay matulungan ako para makapagturo pa.”

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South Cotabato

Boi Henun dropped her balihi, and from where she picked it up; Lake Sebu came about. Fudalu appears before the dream weavers to teach them patterns. These make the T’nalak weaving of the T’boli community in Lake Sebu, South Cotabato legendarily beautiful.

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