VIGAN CITY, Ilocos Sur - Senator Loren Legarda lauded weaving communities in the country for pre¬serving the tradition of weaving as she encouraged local governments to support such initiatives.
Legarda made the statement as she witnessed the turn-over of the Balungis Trading Center, sponsored by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), to the Malapatan Municipal Govern¬ment in Sarangani Province. The event also included the turn-over of handlooms and other weaving materials to the Balungis Women's Association.
To note, the city government of Vigan headed by Mayor Eva Marie Singson- Medina is also extending all -out support to the handlooms weav¬ing of abel - Iloco clothings industry in which this clothings are now well -known all over the world.
"To the members of all weaving communities in the entire country, I laud you for keeping the tradition of weaving alive, for passing on the skill to your children, and for choosing this industry to be part of your daily living. I send commendation to all of you as you continue the tradition of creating world-class garments," she said.
"I also enjoin local governments to support the weaving industry as part of efforts to safeguard our heritage. Together, let us preserve our tradi¬tions and bring our culture into full bloom again," she added.