Want something new to give this Christmas? Why not give gifts made from native products such as bags, mats and decors made of hemp or locally known as "abaca".
Abaca thrives in Aklan. Innovations were made out of abaca fabric to suit the demanding supply of the fashion market. Dyed abaca cloths are made into place mats, bags, wall decors, fans, laptop bags and other handicrafts.
According to Aklan governor Carlito S. Marquez, the province of Aklan continues to be one of the country's top 10 abaca producers.
The Aklan abaca fiber production rose by 50.89% in 2011 which reached 1,874,691 kilograms with an estimated value of PhP75M.
Gov. Marquez attributed the rise in abaca production to the financial assistance extended by the provincial government to abaca farmers and the technical services provided by the Fiber Industry Development Authority (FIDA). "To improve our fiber quality, FIDA distributed 22 units of "hagutan" and 56 pieces standardized stripping knives to abaca farmers," he revealed. The venture, which was actively supported by 4,153 abaca farmers from Aklan's seven towns, was able to generate jobs to 8,466 Aklanons.
When in Kalibo, Aklan, don't forget to check out their abaca products. It is a perfect pasalubong for anyone.
Something to look forward to in Aklan is their Piña and Fiber Festival which is celebrated annually every month of April. Year 2013 will be their 14th Piña and Fiber Festival in Kalibo, Aklan.
How to Get There
From Manila, you can fly to Kalibo (estimated cost of Php3,000, round trip, one hour and 10 minutes).
photos/source/reference: pia.gov.ph | aklan.gov.ph | kalibo.org | nscb.gov.ph