Shooting Colors in the Philippines

February 2015 @ MoC

February 4, 2015 @ PhilippineTextileResearchInstitute

We spent few weeks in Manila this winter, immersing in the Filipino culture, shooting colors and hunting words for our ColorCorpus research. It was good fun and we’ll be back to visit the countryside at some point later. Enjoy!


The Philippine Textile Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (PTRI-DOST) has recently released its new publication, Bahaghari: Colors of the Philippines. The 140-page book contains general information on natural dyes and their plant sources and clear, crisp photos of PTRI-developed naturally dyed tropical fabrics in formal ensemble with a twist of elegance worn by participants and delegates to the 8th ASEAN Science and Technology Week (ASTW) in July 2008, Miss Earth 2007 candidates, and some ramp models. Besides the ASTW, the naturally dyed barongs and dresses jazzed up the Bahaghari Fashion Show at the ASTW dinner held at Hotel Sofitel Philippine Plaza, Manila and gave zest to the pictorial for the book.

Bahaghari: Colors of the Philippines attaches social connotations with each featured color from natural dyes and illustrates the facets of the Filipino culture. PTRI researchers Julius L. Leaño Jr. and Jenice P. Malabanan co-wrote the book.


Date : April 25
Venue : Pinamalayan, Oriental Mindoro
According to an old story, the early settlers of Pinamalayan came from Marinduque. While on their way to Mindoro using their boats, they encountered turbulent weather and lost their direction. They prayed to God Almighty for deliverance and guidance so the weather cleared and a rainbow appeared on the horizon. The crew shouted ipinamalay meaning “it was made known”. They followed the direction of the rainbow and landed at what is now Barangay Lumangbayan and established the first settlement which they named Pinamalayan. The rainbow became the historical landmark of the town. The yearly Bahaghari Festival is a colorful commemoration of the importance of the rainbow in the history of the town of Pinamalayan. The celebration includes a street dancing competition, cultural presentations, religious and cultural activities, products and trade fair. Like the rainbow which rises to give color in the sky after the torrent of rain, the Bahaghari Festival is a reflection of the continuing effort of the people of Pinalamayan that there is truly paradise at the end of the rainbow.

Contact : Office of the Mayor, Pinamalayan, Oriental Mindoro
Telephone No. (043) 284-3146 / 443-1486

Bluer than blue: the revival of Philippine indigo @ Fibre2Fashionindigo dyed pina-seda barong

Philippine indigo (Indigofera tinctoria) is one of the oldest dyes in civilization and one of the most widely used natural dyes in the whole world due to its excellent colorfastness properties. In the Philippines, indigo was once extensively used in the weaving industry including the abel of llocos and the Abrenian fabrics.

The Philippine indigo has been part of the Galleon and Chinese trade in northern Philippines, centuries ago; however, the successful production of cheaper synthetic indigo eased it out of the market and caused its rapid decline not only in the Philippines but also all over the world.

In the Philippines, the former First Lady Amelia “Ming” Ramos initiated the effort to revive indigo dyeing. She became the Patroness of natural dyes and spearheaded the Katutubong Kulay Project of the Katutubong Filipino Foundation in the early 1990’s. The transfer and commercialization of the Philippine Textile Research Institute (PTRI) developed technology on indigo in Abra revived and upgraded the age long tradition of using tayum, the local name of indigo in Abra. In fact, a town in Abra was aptly named Tayum, reportedly because of the abundance of naturally growing indigo in the place. Tayum is where Abra’s Natural Dye Center is located.

Read more at Fibre2Fashion

Ang Alamat ng Bahaghari (The Legend of the Rainbow) @ Behance



Filipino Coconut Jelly Recipe

August 29, 2014 @ FilipinoFoodRecipes

coconut jelly

Recipe for a 600ml and a 250ml capacity mould.


* 500ml water

* 1/2 cup white sugar

* 10g agar agar strands

* 185ml evaporated milk

* 165ml coconut milk

* pandan essence

* pink food colouring

How To Make Filipino Coconut Jelly:

1). Place the water, sugar and agar agar into a pot.  Simmer until the agar agar has dissolved.

2). Add the evaporated milk and coconut milk.  At this stage you can taste it.  You may add more sugar if you like it sweeter.

3). Pour 250ml of the liquid into a bowl and add a drop of the pandan essence.  If your essence is clear in colour, you’ll need to add a drop of green food colouring.  To the rest of the liquid add a drop of pink food colouring. Stir well.

4). Using a sieve, pour the green mixture into a 250ml capacity mould and the pink one into the 600ml capacity mould, again pour over a sieve.  Refrigerate for at least 2 hours to set.

5). When set, remove from the moulds.  You may need to dip it in a some hot water to loosen a little.


Find more recipes at Filipino Foods Recipes

Blue Bustamante

November 14, 2013 @ Rappler

‘Blue Bustamante’ is an effective nostalgia trip to a time of Japanese-styled superheroes and building-sized monsters.

“Blue Bustamante” takes its cue from popular Japanese culture, particularly the sentai television shows of the 80s and early-90s. But despite the film’s charmingly novel premise, Director Miko Livelo’s penchant for odd comedy is the true star of “Blue Bustamante.”

Read  more and watch trailers @ Rappler

Black Denim

May 25, 2013 @ Rappler

Earthy hues of taupe, slate, and olive green were prevalent in JAG’s 2013 Holiday 2013 Collection hosted by Sarah Meier.

The Binibining Pilipinas 2013 winners opened the show donning leathery black leotards under JAG’s Ankle Cut jeans. Overalls made their comeback from the 90s, along with cropped tops, leather pants and tie dye denim.

Styled with slick, straight hair and pumps, the brand delivered a collection for the urban street lover.


Philippines MassKara Festival

October 26, 2010 by Brandon Hoover @ CNNGo


The MassKara Festival is in its 31st year of continued celebration. An idea born from a period of tragedy and crisis, it was seen as a way to unify the people of Bacolod in the face of adversity.

MassKara is combination of two words: mass, meaning many, or multitude, and kara, a Spanish word for face. So MassKara means a mass or multitude of smiling faces.

A quick 50-minute flight from Manila, the island of Negros in the Western Visayas Region is home to Bacolod City. It is known as the City of Smiles, a fact clearly defined by the MassKara Festival’s joyous participants.

The three-week festival culminates on the third week of October in a weekend of parades, dance, celebration, and feasts jaunting down the packed streets of Bacolod.

Hundreds of performers create a cascade of colorful masks, glimmering costumes, and rhythmic dance […]