Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Hibla Exhibition Makes its Last Asian Stop this Year in Singapore

Posted on Wednesday, 18 September 2019 

Ambassador Joseph Del Mar Yap (center) together with the members of the diplomatic corps, Embassy personnel, and representatives of the National Museum of the Philippines during the special showcase of the Hibla Exhibition organized for the diplomatic corps at the Lim Hak Tai Gallery on 04 September 2019 (Photo: National Museum of the Philippines)

17 September 2019 – In collaboration with the National Museum of the Philippines (NMP), the Office of Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda, the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA), and the Textile and Fashion Federation Singapore (TaFF), the Philippine Embassy in Singapore successfully organized the Hibla ng Lahing Filipino Traveling Exhibition: Pina-Seda (Pineapple Silk Cloths from the Tropics).

Singapore is the 11th stop in the Hibla Exhibition’s international tour and the last one in Asia for this year. Since 2017, the exhibition has been to London, Lisbon, Madrid, Frankfurt, Washington, DC, New York, Hawaii, Tokyo, Bangkok, Prague and San Francisco.

The Hibla Exhibition, which will run until 06 October 2019 at NAFA’s Lim Hak Tai Gallery, showcases the Philippines’ traditional textiles, namely the Pina-Seda, while celebrating the country’s indigenous artistry and heritage.

The event also forms part of the 50th anniversary this year of the establishment of PH-SG diplomatic relations.

Aside from the exhibition materials on display at the Lim Hak Tai Gallery, demonstrations, lectures, and workshops were conducted by experts from NMP, embroiderers from Lumban, Laguna, and weavers from Balete, Aklan to make it a more interactive and hands-on educational experience for the public.

Left: Dr. Ana Maria Theresa P. Labrador, Deputy Director General of the National Museum of the Philippines, delivers her welcome remarks during the official opening the Hibla Exhibition at the Lim Hak Tai Gallery on 29 August 2019. Right: Ms. Raquel Eliserio of Balete, Aklan provides a demonstration of the weaving of pina-seda using a traditional loom. (Photo: National Museum of the Philippines)

The official launch of the exhibit on 29 August 2019 was graced by Dr. Ana Maria Theresa P. Labrador (NMP Deputy Director General), Consul General Adrian Bernie C. Candolada, Dr. Bridget Tracy Tan (Director, NAFA Institute of Southeast Asian Arts and Art Galleries), and Ms. Pia Jane Hermora (representative of Deputy Speaker Legarda).

Left: Mr. Carlo Eliserio of Balete, Aklan demonstrates the scraping process to collect the fibers from a pina leaf during the networking event hosted by the Textile and Fashion Federation Singapore (TaFF) at the Cocoon Space in the afternoon of 30 August 2019. Right: Participants attending the free embroidery workshop hosted by TaFF at the Cocoon Space in the morning of 30 August 2019. (Photo: National Museum of the Philippines)

TaFF then hosted an embroidery workshop and networking event on 30 August 2019 at the Cocoon Space that was attended by members of TaFF from Singapore’s fashion and textile industry, as well as members of the Filipino community. The networking event even showcased a live demonstration of the scraping of a pineapple leaf to show how the fibers are collected to produce a pina-seda fabric.

Ambassador Joseph Del Mar Yap also hosted a special showcase for the diplomatic corps at the Lim Hak Tai Gallery on 04 September 2019, where guests were given a guided tour and demonstrations of the weaving and embroidery followed by a simple reception.

NAFA also hosted several lectures, workshops and demonstrations for its students from various disciplines, including fashion and interior design. END

NAFA students attending one of the lectures conducted by NMP as part of the corollary activities of the Hibla Exhibition. (Photo: National Museum of the Philippines)