MANDALUYONG CITY – On 04 October 2023, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Fred Pascual boasted the valuable contribution of textile artisans in developing Filipino craftsmanship during the 2023 National Arts and Crafts Fair held at Megatrade Hall. The trade and industry chief emphasized that artisans and craftsmen are significant aspects in encouraging the Filipinos’ creativity and showcasing the diverse culture of the Philippines.

Secretary Pascual said, “The DTI remains committed to providing support, resources, and opportunities to help our indigenous communities and artisans showcase their talents in our country and on the global stage.”

He stressed that through a whole-of-government approach and collaboration with the private sector, Filipino creatives are encouraged to soar to greater heights with enabling guidelines in place. The DTI chief also added that developing Filipino artisans will enable the creative industry to pursue innovation and sustainability.

The Trade and Industry Secretary further underscored that the Philippines is known to be home to diverse cultures and skilled artisans who are beginning to be in the spotlight. With this, he encouraged participants to explore the exhibitors’ booths and unique settings, engage in insightful discussions, and be inspired by the craftsmanship on display.

Highlighting the strength of the industry in strengthening the Philippine economy, he stressed, “As we navigate the challenges and opportunities of the future, let us come together, artisans and enthusiasts alike, to ensure that the legacy of Philippine arts and crafts continues to thrive and evolve. Together, we can illuminate new pathways for innovation, sustainability, and inclusivity in this dynamic industry. By patronizing our MSMEs and exhibitors, they would rise above challenges, generate more revenues, and contribute significantly to our economy.”

The National Arts and Crafts Fair is aimed to fortify ties with artisans and enthusiasts to ensure that the Philippine arts and crafts legacy continues to thrive and evolve. The fair also encouraged micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) and exhibitors to rise above challenges, generate more revenues, and sustain their profound economic presence.

Envisioned by Honorable Senator Legarda and implemented in 2016, the National Arts and Crafts Fair has become a platform for creativity and craftsmanship among Filipinos until its three-year absence due to the pandemic. The event also showcased the country’s rich culture and heritage through an exhibition of traditional and indigenous textiles and a wide range of artisanal products from different Philippine indigenous communities and microenterprises. ♦

Date of release: 06 October 2023