Capacity building on traditional handicraft products

Capacity building on traditional handicraft product design enhancement and marketing for indigenous peoples in Lake Sebu, South Cotabato

For decades, many indigenous women and men in Lake Sebu have developed artistic skills and craftsmanship with deep cultural underpinnings and value. These are expressed in the production of traditional arts and crafts the most famous of which are the T'nalak, brassware, embroidery and beadwork.

The Municipality of Lake Sebu, South Cotabato is identified by the Department of Tourism as the most attractive tourist destination in Region 12 because of its natural and cultural resources.

As the tourism industry gained ground in Lake Sebu, various economic activities have emerged such as the establishment of resorts and a wide array of small businesses. The demand for the artisanal products increased and the producers found themselves engaged more in their production and sale as a source of income.