University Director for Extension Services, Dr. Jorelyn P. Concepcion served as panel reactor and synthesizer for the Nayong Filipino Weaving Summit that commenced on October 19, 2020.
The summit was entitled, “Mga Hibla ng Pamana: A Summit in Weaving as Intangible Cultural Heritage” and it was the first summit designed and conducted by the Research Institute of the Nayong Pilipino Foundation in partnership with HABI The Philippine Textile Council, which caters to conduct research on Philippine cultural heritage.
“The reasons for creating Nayong Pilipino Foundation are still on process of figuring out how to take better care of Philippine cultural heritage, and how to use Philippine heritage to end poverty and create a just and fair society.” said Atty. Kay Malilong-Isberto, NPF.
According to NPF Research Team, they invited Dr. Jorelyn P. Concepcion who recently presented CTU’s program in reviving Hablon in Argao, Cebu, which they found very informative and thought-provoking. They were confident that her input would enrich the discussions in introducing weaving as intangible cultural heritage to business owners involved with weaving communities.
On October 19, 2020, Dr. Concepcion gave synthesized Dr. Norma A. Respicio’s talk. Dr. Respicio addressed the need to recognize textile and weaving as intangible cultural heritage and how intangible heritage should be shared as knowledge, passed from one generation to the next, and recognize as such by the culture bearers.
On October 26, 2021, Dr. Concepcion shared the story of Hinablon sa Cebu, an initiative of University Community Extension to revive the dying handloom weaving industry in the Municipality of Argao, Cebu. The University created “The Hinablon sa Cebu Extension Project” in coordination and collaboration of partner agencies and institutions.
“In our case, we are University and we are moving towards organizing our weavers into a social enterprise where hopefully they have more decision-making power, more control on the different operations of handloom weaving with the dream of hopefully making them independent of the University in the future, so that is our dream for them.” Dr. Concepcion explained.
The University Director for Extension Services has been playing an essential role in the revival of Hablon in Argao, Cebu. Dr. Concepcion manages and supervises the operations of three fabrication laboratories. The program Argao Hablon had numerous citations including Government Best Practice, a 2019 Presidential Citation, a 2019 JCI Metro Cebu Uptown Certificate for recognition for collaboration in community. – Joe-an Astelette A. Jumao-as