Local products, local weaves and all non-food products of Misamis Occidental takes centerstage at the recently concluded #LoveLokal Virtual Fashion Show.
"#Lovelokal is our pet project for Christmas 2020. This is our way to highlight and showcase the products of Misamis Occidental. For our food products, we have come up with the Otop Hub on Wheels at Puregold Ozamiz and in partnership with the Provincial Government, we are also showcasing our food products at the Christmas Village of Tangub City." Johann Dagandara, Otop Hub Operator statement during the show.
"This event is made possible through our partners, DTI Provincial Office, Provincial Tourism Office, our sponsors and of course through our continued passion, dedication and service to our local MSMEs." he added.
Featured during the event were creations from Victor Bersales Tusing and Cielo Cervantes, two known local designers in the province.
Their creations include formal wear for both men and women, Filipiniana and Subanen Inspired designs that maximizes the local abaca weaves in the provinces and featured the local produce of our Subanen weavers.
The entire concept revolves around highlighting the local industry in Misamis Occidental. This includes the development of local textile industry, the weaving communities as well as the collaboration of local designers who will in turn maximize the output these communities are developing.
"I’ve been in the fashion industry for 25 years and when Jeff invited me for this collaboration, I felt so honored to finally maximize and help out our weaving communities in the province" says Fashion Designer Victor Tusing.
"With this collaboration, we were able to encourage our weavers and develop wearable designs that uses our local textile produce." Tusing added.
Products from the province' local weavers were also featured during the show. The bags woven by the Subanen and the baskets made from coco coir by the farmers of Panaon, Misamis Occidental were part of the collection.
"I was part of the development of our local weavers in Tudela and seeing their local weaves as part of our collection today is already a huge milestone for Misamis Occidental." Cielo Cervantes, owner of Senina said during the show.
"Despite the pandemic, our DTI Office and Otop Hub Ozamiz is continuously adding value to every known local product in the province both food and non-food." DTI Provincial Director Jane Marie Tabucan said in a statement.
The #LoveLokal Fashion is available on Facebook at the Otop Philippines Hub Misamis Occidental Page.