Rurungan Sa Tubod Foundation, Puerto Princesa

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The Foundation creates an alternative livelihood for women in the more poverty stricken rural areas of Palawan by teaching piña weaving technology. The Foundation also provides the physical and financial infrastructure for these women to engage in this sustainable art form. This endeavor continues to lead to innovations based on the unique looms and weaving methods used on the Island of Palawan.

The Foundation’s name derives from Palaw’an, the language spoken by the Palaw’an tribe. Rurungan is an indigenous Palawan organizing model. It is a cluster of women, usually related or living in close proximity, that pools their work and resources for craft making, planting and other economic activities. A male member from the tribe, known as the panglima (the mediator), often heads the group. Coincidentally, the Board of Trustees of the Foundation is composed of 4 women and 1 man. Tubod is a local word for “spring”, the source of life-giving water, which sustains and is sustained by ecologically friendly practices.
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  • They had some display at Hue Hotel in Puerto Princesa (beside Robinsons). Then we went to their store/ showroom not far from the hotel. They told us for 1 day they can only weave 1 meter, just...  more »
  • I learned how to weave at Rurungan sa Tubod Foundation. I was there for around five days learning the ropes and staying in tune with the craft and the simple life that Puerto Princesa brings...  more »
  • They have beautifully handwoven textiles and finely finished products in there showroom. If you go during the day, 8:00-6:00 you can visit there workshop and meet the weavers. There is also a restaurant in the same compound to have lunch when you visit during the day. Super worth the visit!
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