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A Filipina pineapple and silk weaver explaining to a student how a loom works

Master weavers from the Philippines doing embroidery demonstrations using pineapple and silk thread.

Hawaiʻi‘s cultural ties with the Philippines will be celebrated September 17 to November 17 at various public events at Hamilton Library on the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa campus.

The Hibla ng Lahing Filipino Traveling Exhibition is viewable at the Hamilton Bridge Gallery from September 17 to November 17 on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 10 p.m.

A lecture series will be held from September 18–21 from 10 a.m. to noon in Hamilton room 301. For more details, contact Elena Clariza, UH Philippine Studies librarian, at mclariza@hawaii.edu.

There will be weaving demonstrations from September 18–21 in two locations in Hamilton Library from 2–5 p.m. at the Bridge Gallery (standing room only). Watch and converse with traditional weaving experts Ursulita Marte dela Cruz and Libradita D. Damondon from Kalibo, Aklan.

Embroidery workshops are set for 2–5 p.m. in Hamilton Library room 301 led by Lilian Teresita R. del Valle and Joan D. Monedo, embroiderers from Lumban, Laguna.

“This is a rare opportunity to learn about Philippine heritage and culture up close,” says Clariza. “This exhibit is timely and relevant because it responds to the growing interest in Philippine culture, as attested by the 25 percent increase in the number of students taking Filipino, Ilokano and Philippine studies related courses. It will be of great interest to the larger Filipino community here in Hawaiʻi.”

The events are being held in collaboration with the National Museum of the Philippines, the Office of Philippines Senator Loren Legarda, the Philippine Consulate General in Honolulu and the UH Center for Philippine Studies in the School of Pacific and Asian Studies.

The traveling exhibition was previously in Washington, D.C., and New York.

For more information, see the Hamilton Library website.

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