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Balik Salig Awards: Celebrating Negrense Craftsmanship

Balik Salig Awards
Handcrafted items made by ex-rebels and residents from conflict-free zones in Negros Occidental were showcased at the inaugural Balik Salig Awards.

Hosted by the Association of Negros Producers (ANP) and the provincial government, the event celebrated Negrense craftsmanship. The competition, featuring artisans from five associations, was part of a four-day event showcasing Negrense products at Ayala Malls Capitol Central.

“Balik Salig” signifies restoring trust in Hiligaynon culture.

Promoting Cultural Heritage and Economic Growth

Through the Balik Salig Awards, artisans from geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas have the opportunity to showcase their cultural heritage and skills. The event not only promotes their handmade products but also aims to open doors to new clients and buyers, contributing to economic growth and sustainability in Negros Occidental.

Using locally available and sustainable materials, participants were encouraged to create products that reflect their communities’ unique identity and cultural heritage. The organizers awarded artisans in various categories, acknowledging their exceptional craftsmanship and dedication to their craft. The event also honored individuals for their commitment and contribution to the craft industry, showcasing stories of resilience and transformation.

Celebrating Innovation and Tradition

The Balik Salig Awards not only recognize outstanding craftsmanship but also celebrate the fusion of innovation and tradition in Negrense handicrafts. From crocheted tikog bags to intricately woven nito hats, each product tells a story of creativity and cultural pride. By blending traditional techniques with contemporary designs, artisans preserve their heritage while adapting to modern tastes.

List of Winners:

  • Best in Bag: Crocheted tikog bag from the municipality of Hinoba-an
  • Best in Mat Weaving: MAHAWA tikog table placemat
  • Best in Home Furnishing: Wooden lechon tray by Rogelio Suetas from CADIWA
  • Best in Hamper: Colored hamper uway basket from Pinoyawan
  • Best in Novelty Souvenir: Nito hats by Ronie De La Cruz from Cadiwa
  • Best in Basket: Banban boat basket by Agripino Cabodillo from BRUFA
  • Special Award for Best in Craftsmanship: CADIWA
  • Recognition for Most Number of Entries: BRUFA
  • Most Dedicated Members: Ronie De La Cruz, Agripino Cabodillo, and Ernie Mordenio from MAHAWA


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Written by Marjo Piedad

Traveler | Foodie | CONTENT EDITOR
📍Cebu, Philippines
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