There is so much to know about Philippine history, as well as Filipino culture and tradition. One of the most creative ways to pass these stories from one generation to another is through the arts. Recognizing and promoting artists who demonstrate our rich cultural heritage through their chosen craft, Tesoro’s, home of quality Filipino handicrafts, recently kicked off the event series “Disenyo at Talento.”
“We are after new interpretations, innovative designs that acknowledge and define our Filipino-ness. Tesoro’s seeks to inspire all artisans, and we promise to champion their artistic efforts through publicity – hence the fruition of Disenyo At Talento,” pronounced Group CEO of Tesoro’s Maria Isabel “Beng” Tesoro during the launch held at their renovated branch along Arnaiz Avenue.
To formalize the start of the series, a ribbon cutting ceremony was conducted by the Department of Tourism Regional Director Rebecca Labit, assisted by Philippine Tour Operators Association President of Cesar Cruz. Joining them were Ambassador Romy Manalo (ret.), Alice Tesoro-Guerrero, Beng Tesoro and Atty. Lulu Tesoro-Castañeda.
For the initial salvo, the store showcased Casa San Pablo Clay Storytellers, crafted by former corporate publishing executive-turned-clay artisan An Mercado Alcantara. Her creations mostly reflect the culture and the people of her husband’s birthplace, San Pablo City in Laguna.
“Clay is a very forgiving and charming material,” shared An. “It allows me to portray the history and culture of San Pablo City, or represent everyday life in a lighter way –– the kind of art that is uplifting and has that capacity to speak to the soul,” she added.
An’s favorite subjects include the Virgin Mary in several incarnations. She surrounds these main subjects with storytellers and tablets featuring festive processions and villagers.
From Casa San Pablo, Laguna, Tesoro’s now offers the Clay Storyteller Dolls in all its branches nationwide. Part of the total sales will be donated to the care of abandoned and abused children under the San Francisco Terraces Orphanage. With this, Beng Tesoro shared, “Part of keeping our heritage always refreshed, enriched and renewed is our commitment to constantly uplift and promote the changing Filipino identity. We hope that through ‘Disenyo at Talento’ we can give inspiring local artisans the exposure and support they need so that Filipino culture and heritage will continue to grow and evolve.”
Aside from the Arnaiz Avenue branch in Makati, Tesoro’s has outlets at the following locations: A. Mabini Street in Manila; the Filipiniana section of The Landmark branches in Makati; Bungalow at Plantation Bay Resort and Spa, Mactan Island, Cebu; Golden Bamboo in D’Mall, Boracay, Aklan; NAIA Terminal 1 and Terminal 3 Pre-departure Areas; and the pre-departure areas of the Clark and Boracay International Airports. For more details about the event, contact the Arnaiz Avenue branch in Makati at 887-6285 and 887-6997, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit https://www.tesoros.ph/. Like Tesoro’s official Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/tesoroshandicrafts