Cordillera Bamboo Day

The celebration of the Cordilleras Bamboo Day is a testament to the strong cultural ties the people of the Cordillera region have with bamboo. Bamboo has long been an important part of their lives, and the festival is an opportunity to showcase its many uses and benefits. From construction materials to musical instruments, bamboo is an integral part of the Cordillera community.

One of the highlights of the Cordilleras Bamboo Day is the bamboo products fair. Here, local artisans and entrepreneurs display their bamboo-based products, ranging from furniture and decor to fashion accessories and personal care products. Visitors can purchase these unique and eco-friendly products and learn about the process of making them.

Another important aspect of the Cordilleras Bamboo Day is the educational component. Workshops and seminars are held to educate the community about the benefits of bamboo, its various uses, and how it can be integrated into their daily lives. Experts in the field share their knowledge and experience, making the event an excellent opportunity for learning and growth.

In conclusion, the Cordilleras Bamboo Day is an important event in the Cordillera community. It celebrates the versatility and cultural significance of bamboo and raises awareness about its many benefits. By showcasing the many uses of bamboo and educating the community about its potential, the Cordilleras Bamboo Day helps to preserve this valuable resource for future generations.

Our team’s experience

Community sharing took place soon after the final performance. Participants gathered in a circle, introduced themselves, and shared their knowledge of and experiences with bamboo. Among the participants were BMI users, whose main issue with BMIs was bukbok or powderpost beetle attacks. After Ms. Jocelyn Guadalupe of the UPD Project 1 team explained that the study of BMIs is integrated in the current Department of Education (DepEd) K–12 Curriculum, she shared how the BMI that was supposed to be distributed to schools rotted away at the storage facility of the supplier. In response, the FPRDI BMI Program Leader Ms. Aralyn L. Quintos gave a brief background on the program, stressing its efforts in identifying effective bamboo preservation techniques.

Another issue that surfaced was the fact that harvesting bamboo, even that which you planted yourself, requires the acquisition of permits from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. This apparently lengthens the production process, discouraging craftsmen and BMI makers alike. Participants pointed out that bamboo is a grass and is unprotected. Thus, it should not require such permits.