Pinoy artisans take pride in their different masterpieces that are made of bamboo, rattan, and other materials. For Edmund Rojo of Barangay Rizal, Buenavista, Guimaras, making miniature boats is his specialty.
Wooden handicrafts are a staple in every Filipino household. You cannot deny the fact that almost every Filipino house has this giant spoon and fork hanging on their walls, or the Bahay Kubo miniature placed on the telephone stand.
In a Facebook post, July 26, 2021. Panay News has noticed the unique artwork of Rojo: miniature boats that he made.
Rojo sells his miniature boats from PHP 1,200 to PHP 6,500, featuring intricate designs, from the little windows and the miniature decks, Edmund’s work is a perfect display for every Filipino’s humble home.
He peddled from his hometown to Iloilo city hoping for someone to appreciate and purchase his work.
Edmund’s story is indeed a true depiction of supporting local craftsmen and products.
In different sizes, he defied the rainy weather and endured the cold long walks around the city to come home to his family to be able to provide for their daily needs.
Aside from Iloilo, Edmund’s miniature arcs have also seen the streets of Cebu and other provinces.
Guimaras is known for its Manggahan Festival where the city celebrates its abundance of sweet mangoes. Guimaras is one of the islands of Panay, located beside the island of Negros.
Filipinos never miss buying these incredible works of art as a souvenir or mainly just to accessorize and exhibit a little bit of Filipino culture in their homes. From penholders, refrigerator magnets, frames, and jars — it can be anything.
Pinoy wood handicrafts are a symbol of innovativeness, craftsmanship, creativity that Filipinos and people abroad get to enjoy.
Photo Credit: Japhet Fajardo via Panay News | Facebook