Our Programs:

MANLILIKHA presents a comprehensive approach in its projects through programs that compliment each other in its conservation and developmental goals.

Research: investigative approach in collecting quantitative and qualitative data on crafts, to aid crafts development and cultural industry market studies nationwide; studies designed towards the building of a national crafts database and advancement of a National Policy on Philippine Crafts.  

Ifugao weaver Virginia Cabigat.

M'ranao Blacksmithing community at Tugaya,. Lanao del Sur.

Ilokano damilian Dina Agonoy of San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte.

Education:  exhibitions, fora, and use of new media to promote artisans and their works to explore new markets, engage the local public towards fostering support for local crafts traditions and instilling national pride; emphasis on the role of artisans and their crafts in relation to socio-cultural and economic development.

An exhibition on Artisans of Philippine Traditional Craft conceptualized and initiated in 2005 by now MASN founding members.

Forum organized and participated in 2005 by now MASN founding members.

Crafts Development:  training in design innovation and business management for artisans; implementation of appropriate development plans for specific crafts practices in the country in consideration of heritage preservation.  

Master weaver Aida Fernandez

 demonstrates the use of the pedal loom.

MASN member looks around the weaver's workshop.

Manang Aida shows her catalogue of textile designs.

Crafts-in-New-Markets:  assisting craftworks break through new markets, here or abroad; exploring marketing strategies that put a premium on both the aesthetic and functional, as well as cultural value of craftworks.

Crafts products of traditional and contemporary origins on display at an international event.

Human Development: outreach service projects in crafts-making communities; training in personal management; serves as groundwork for partnership with artisanal communities in disadvantaged conditions.

In pursuit of practicing their crafts, artisans also confront problems from poor health services to poor working conditions, and in some cases risking security threats due to military conflicts that affect other artisanal communities,

MASN members with Matiyayao Kinggingan and his family atop the Banaue rice terraces.

Open firing at San Nicolas Ilocos Norte exposes potters from extreme heat. Long-sleeves shirts and cloth covering their faces serves as protection

Brass casting center in Tugaya Lanao del Sur, site of some encounters between the military and the MILF.

Network-building among local government units, socio-civic groups, heritage practitioners, advocates, and the business sector.

MASN members has established contacts in past projects before the founding of MASN. With a more comprehensive approach in implementing projects for the benefits of Filipino artisans and Philippine crafts, a more broader partnership is needed.

MASN member with Ifugao brass smiths Tarzan and Elsie Kimmayong and Lily Beyer-Luglug.

MASN members with artisans and heritage advocate Dr. Matthew Santamaria.

MASN member with then MSU-Aga Khan Museum director Macmod Maguindanao, Coun.Lindy Limbona and Ali Macarambon with brass smiths of Tugaya.