Buntal Hat festival launched in Baliuag Bulacan
Loud cheers reverberated at the event center of SM City Baliuag mall here as members of the municipal council took the ramp to showcase their town’s distinct product — the world’s famous “Buntal hat” — during the launching of “Buntal Festival” Wednesday afternoon.
Baliuag community affairs and tourism officer Rosie Bautista thanked the members of the Sangguniang Bayan for participating in the Buntal hat fashion show where they acted as models of the different types of Buntal hat, a native headwear made from the fiber of the Buri palm.
Bautista, who is one of the pioneers and leading Buntal hat makers in Baliuag, also said local weavers made a giant Buntal hat which can be viewed at the entrance of the mall’s event center.
She also said that mall goers can walk down memory lane through an exhibit dubbed as “The History of Buntal Hat Weaving in Baliuag” which showcases a photo story on the origin of the first Buntal hat that dates back in the year 1910.
It also features the step-by-step guide in making an open brim Buntal hat and the native tools used by local folks in making the hand-woven hat.
Provincial administrator Jim Valerio said the event is one way of promoting one of Bulacan’s major cottage industries and at the same time aims to relive the rich tradition of weaving Buntal hat which has become a popular trademark of this town.
He said that local tourism and livelihood opportunities are among the major thrusts of Gov. Wilhelmino Sy-Alvarado and the provincial government of Bulacan.
He added that the “Buntal Festival” shows the unique craftsmanship of the Bulakenyos and its rich cultural heritage.
Jo Clemente, technical consultant of Bulacan Tourism Council, said the “Buntal Festival” is one of the colorful May time events in Bulacan.
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