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Local Industries and Business Opportunities: Aklan Province Islands Philippines


page 1... Local Industries and Business Opportunities: Aklan Province Islands Philippines

List of some manufacturers in the province...

Although primarily an agricultural province, Aklan has good potentials for development in the manufacturing industry sector. The priority industries identified for promotion are looms weaving, gifts and house wares, metal craft and cut flowers, food processing, clay-based and furniture.

Loom weaving in Aklan includes raffia, abaca (sinamay) and piña weaving:

Pina Weaving: Aklan Province Islands PhilippinesPiña weaving – Piña used is of the local variety with long and spiny leaves. Woven at Brgys. New Buswang, Old Buswang, Bakhaw Sur and Bakhaw Norte, Kalibo, Banga, Balete, Lezo and Malinao. Aklan knotted piña fibers come from Banga, Balete, Madalag, Lezo and Libacao. There are approximately 200 weavers engaged in piña weaving. Lately, piña weaving blended with silk is being produced in Kalibo, Aklan.

Raffia – weaving is the major source of livelihood in Brgy. Magpag-ong, Batan and some areas in New Washington, Aklan. There are approximately 250 loom weavers engaged in this activity. Market is in Manila through traders.

Sinamay – Banga is the center of production, Madalag, Libacao, Lezo and Makato are also producing in limited capacity. Sinamay is used for bag linings and placemats. Closely woven sinamay (pinukpok na abaca) is being used by fashion designers/couturiers as barong material. There are 2,000 sinamay weavers province wide as of 1992.

Gifts and House ware remains to be a top priority because of its potential in the export market. Raw materials such as piña, abaca, rattan splits, buri palms and nito are abundant in the locality. These materials are he basic inputs of the gifts and house wares manufacturing firms. The sector has a total of 42 producers as of June 1993 of which 6 are exporters, 3 direct and 3 indirect. Some products produced by GTH producers are buri mats, abaca slippers, nito and buri bags and baskets. Christmas decorations and handmade paper and paper products.

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Philippines Cuisine History and Influences

During the pre-Hispanic era in the Philippines, the preferred Austronesian methods for food preparation were boiling, steaming and roasting. The ingredients for common dishes were obtained from locally raised livestock. These ranged from kalabaw (water buffaloes), baka (cows), manok (chickens) and baboy (pigs) to various kinds of fish and seafood. More details at Philippines Cuisine History and Influences

Northern Philippine Cuisine

For festive occasions, people band together and prepare more sophisticated dishes. Tables are often laden with expensive and labor-intensive treats requiring hours of preparation. In Filipino celebrations, lechón (also spelled litson) serves as the centerpiece of the dinner table. It is usually a whole roasted pig, but suckling pigs (lechonillo, or lechon de leche) or cattle calves (lechong baka) can also be prepared in place of the popular adult pig.

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