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Abaca: Natural Fiber

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Manila hemp, also known as manilla, is a type of fiber obtained from the leaves of the abacá (Musa textilis), a relative of the banana. It is mostly used for pulping for a range of uses, including specialty papers. It was once used mainly to make manila rope, but this is now of minor importance. Manila envelopes and manila paper take their name from this fibre.

Native Handicrafts

Changing times had made organic products to be in demand worldwide, but the artisans and craftsmen who used to make those beautiful crafts as their pastime and livelihood, crafting "salakot," "ongkoy," "uronan", "sagad" and "banig" is already an aging generation.

Pili

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Canarium ovatum, commonly known as pili, is a species of tropical tree belonging to the genus Canarium. It is one of approximately 600 species in the family Burseraceae. Pili are native to maritime Southeast Asia, Papua New Guinea, and Northern Australia. They are commercially cultivated in the Philippines for their edible nuts.

Tiger Grass (Lasa or Sugbo)

The town of Caramoran on the western seaboard of the island reportedly produces tiger grass of commercial volume. Tiger grass is the primary material used for broom making.


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