Legarda leads successful comeback of National Arts and Crafts Fair

Senate President Pro Tempore Loren Legarda led the effective staging of the National Arts and Crafts Good (NACF) from October 4 to 8, soon after a a few-yr hiatus thanks to the pandemic.

The NACF is a flagship platform that combines entrepreneurship and tradition, showcasing modern day will take on handicrafts these types of as handmade ornaments, handcrafted jewellery, woven apparel, and property décor.

About 200 micro, little, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) from the country’s 17 locations participated in the 2023 NACF, which was held at the SM Megamall’s Megatrade Halls.

DTI Secretary Pascual and Senator Loren Legarda with some of the oldest Filipino artisans

All through her keynote speech, the senator applauded the resilience and creative imagination of the Filipino weavers.

“We ought to continue on to prioritize improving the competitive advantage that lies in the expertise, talents, and ingenuity of the Filipino folks since, with higher assist, we can empower our MSMEs to create work opportunities and lead to our country’s economic growth,” Legarda said.

“Our taking part indigenous peoples and area business people collected in this article currently are residing testaments of our wealthy and vivid heritage. Their operate demonstrates that, inspite of modernity and technological innovation, nothing surpasses the splendor of crafts produced by artisans who pour their hearts and souls into their creations, preserving our traditions and lifestyle,” continued Legarda.

Legarda envisioned and initiated the NACF in 2016 as an celebration committed completely to the country’s preservation of cultural heritage and advertising the financial viability of indigenous arts and crafts.

In advance of the pandemic, the five iterations of the NACF generated total income of Php 114 million for its exhibitors.

The senator also expressed her aid for the MSME sector.

“Today, I reaffirm my unwavering aid for the MSME sector, the protection of the rights of our indigenous peoples, and the marketing of our culture, heritage, artistry, and craftsmanship,” Legarda explained.

She also stressed the relevance of reviving MSMEs and preserving culture and traditions alive for the future generations.

Legarda has devoted considerably of her life’s function to shielding Philippine society and the arts via documentaries, exhibits, and art fairs. She has also authored quite a few bills to even more improve the basis of society and arts in country-developing.