Thursday, December 7, 2006

Day 23 : Singkaban contest in Plaridel & Singkaban making in Hagonoy

Direk Arman was invited to judge the Singkaban contest in Plaridel, Bulacan. I went with him and I saw the different styles of singkaban, a bamboo arch which is highly designed and decorated.

From there, we went to Hagonoy, Bulacan to join Nikko and Riya for the video-docu shooting of the making of singkaban. Mang Kiko (Francisco Eligio) is the famous singkaban maker of Bulacan. He has workers already who will do the work. I watched and observed how intricately a singkaban is made. It follows a process from cleaning and cutting the bamboo to designing it to putting it up in the singkaban. No wonder that one singkaban could cost up to 20K.