PH bamboo stars in trade show

TUGUEGARAO CITY: The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) showcased bamboo innovations at the Philippine International Furniture Show (PIFS) 2023 at the SMX Convention Center Manila from March 9 to 11, 2023.

The international event aims to highlight the potential of bamboo as a sustainable and versatile material in furniture and home decor design. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO FROM LEANDER C. DOMINGO

Manilyn Ponce, DTI Region 2 (Cagayan Valley) information officer, said the event under the leadership of DTI Secretary Alfredo Pascual was conducted through the Industry Cluster Enhancement (ICE) Program and the Philippine Bamboo Industry Development Council (PBIDC).

Ponce said the event gathered thousands of furniture and home decor enthusiasts from all over the world adding that the PBIDC’s participation in the PIFS 2023 aims to highlight the potential of bamboo as a sustainable and versatile material in furniture and home decor design.

“With its fast-growing nature and durability, bamboo has been gaining recognition as a sustainable alternative to traditional wood materials,” she said.

Ponce explained that the PBIDC exhibit which is billed as Bamboo Works showcases the versatility and durability of bamboo with handcrafted bamboo furniture, interior furnishings, light fixtures, and furniture-grade and architectural material from leading bamboo enterprises.

These bamboo enterprises include the Cawayan Architectural Products (engineered bamboo milled boards), Northway Arts and Crafts (hand-painted woven bamboo bilao wall d?cor, bamboo storage boxes, bamboo plate chargers), and Kultur Siak (bamboo table-top lamps, bamboo pendant light fixtures).

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The other enterprises are the Seven M Craft Industries (hand-painted bamboo wine holders and organizers, bamboo rustic clocks, bamboo speakers), and Pampanga Furniture Industries Foundation Inc. (bamboo lounge chairs, bamboo center tables, bamboo sculptures, bamboo table and benches set).Ponce said the Bamboo Works pavilion was curated and styled by the renowned product specialist, creative artist, and designer Al Caronan.

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