In the vernacular, the word “likha” means creation. It is one of the most beautiful words in Filipino, showcasing the population’s inclination for creativity and expertise in craftsmanship. It is a fitting title for an initiative that aims to keep our traditional industries alive while providing a platform for their proper recognition.
In February of this year, the first iteration of LIKHA showcased weavers from all over the country with the aim to equip them with the knowledge and skills needed to improve and become more marketable. Now, for its second run, which coincides with the 125th anniversary of Philippine Independence, guests were treated to an expanded showcase, featuring not only traditional fabric weaving but also other craft industries.
Artisans working on wood and stone carvings, basket weaving, jewelry making, pottery, and even floral artistry were present at the event. The inclusion of these crafts aims to provide a comprehensive platform for communication, innovation, and co-creation, thereby enriching the local Filipino crafts scene. “We excel in arts, culture, and everything Filipino,” said First Lady Louise Araneta-Marcos.
Members of the diplomatic corps, government officials, artisans, stakeholders, and opinion leaders from the art and retail scene were also present at the opening. The First Lady called the initiative a work in progress and expressed hope for continued support in its future iterations, ensuring that the artisans remain at the forefront.
Beyond its celebration of artistry and craftsmanship, LIKHA also holds a larger vision for the local economy and aspires to compete in the global market. By showcasing the immense talent and skills of Filipino craftsmen, LIKHA seeks to bolster the local economy and create opportunities for growth.
Visitors to LIKHA 2 can look forward to immersing themselves in the rich culture and traditions of the Philippines as interpreted through the artistic lens of the country’s multi-talented craftsmen. The event will be held at SMX Aura – Convention Center, Doors will be open to the public from 10 am to 7 pm, allowing ample time to explore the captivating exhibits and engage with the artisans behind them.
As LIKHA 2 brings together the best of Filipino craftsmanship under one roof, it invites everyone to discover and appreciate the intricacies of traditional arts, supporting the preservation of cultural heritage while embracing the boundless potential for growth and innovation in the modern era. This is a great opportunity to experience the country’s creative spirit and witness firsthand the remarkable creativity that continues to shape the Filipino crafts landscape.