Yuchengco Museum Celebrates Women’s Month

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byCassie Cheng

Great women, through time, have helped others become great, bringing their own special power to birth children and innovations, teach, nurture, and develop a whole new generation. Great women are intrinsic to the very fiber of community and society. To mark Women’s Month this March, the Yuchengco Museum is presenting a special project called the Great Women, a showcase of product and design development of lifestyle products by women designers. The exhibits will be on view from March 19 to April 6, 2013.

Great Women exhibit

The highlight of the museum’s celebration of Women’s Month is Great Women: Women Helping Women Up the Value Chain, a showcase of product and packaging design of community-created food products, as well as lifestyle products especially made by women designers who were part of the Great Women Project, a nationwide development plan by ECHOsi Foundation (the nonprofit development arm of retailer ECHOstore Sustainable Lifestyle), the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW), and the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) to help women microentrepreneurs from across the Philippines. The designer showcase includes works by community women with fashion designer Lulu Tan-Gan, product designer and paper artist Tes Pasola, jewelry, home accessories, and furniture designer Ann Pamintuan, fashion designer Lenora Cabili of Filip + Inna, museum curator and artist Jeannie Javelosa, merchandiser and product developer Rambie Lim of Rurungan sa Tubod Foundation, bag designer Renee Patron, jewelry designer Sen Sanchez, and food and product developers Reena Francisco, Zarah Juan, and Lingling King. Great Women: Women Helping Women Up the Value Chain will be on view from March 19 to April 6, 2013.

Lecture on Philippine textile patterns and motifs

One of the featured creative thinkers in Great Women, fashion designer Lenora Cabili of Filip + Inna, will have a special lecture with antiques collector and researcher Floy Quintos on Origins & Translations: Philippine Textile Patterns & Motifs. Quintos will talk about the symbolism and meaning behind the motifs and patterns on ethnic textiles, while Cabili will share her work as a designer reinterpreting and incorporating such traditions in her contemporary fashions created alongside weavers from indigenous communities.

The lecture, which is free with museum admission, will be held on March 23, Saturday, from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. To inquire about or reserve slots for the talk, call (632) 889-1234 or email [email protected].

Faces of the archipelago exhibit

In line with the Great Women exhibit, Canadian photographer Luke Myers will present Faces of the Archipelago, a portfolio of images of Filipino women taken during his travels around the Philippines. Currently based in the Philippines working with CIDA of the Government of Canada, Myers has specially selected photographs he has taken during his development trips around the country. His Women of the Archipelago series attempts to present examples of the wide diversity of cultures, with a focus on women of all ages that coexist peacefully across the more than 7,000 islands that make up the Philippines.

Yuchengco Museum is located at RCBC Plaza, corner Ayala and Sen. Gil J. Puyat Avenues, Makati. Museum hours are Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call (632) 889-1234 or visit www.yuchengcomuseum.org.


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