The next time you are in Bulusan be sure to take with you one or two of these buri hats woven by women in Barangay Mabuhay in Bulusan. With this souvenir craft you will be carrying back home with you the gregarious nature of the weavers. The women weaving these colorful and natural colored buri hats are always full of life and laughter as they banter with each other while doing the weaving chores. I discovered this while I was on my way to Miligabiga beach where the actual trek begins here in the central part of Barangay Mabuhay.
Mabuhay which means a place full of life in our dialect is literally teeming with life any time of the day. The word ‘mabuhay’ is also an iconic word in the Philippines as a warm greeting and a toast to a zestful life. In Bulusan however especially for Mabuhay locals, it is a word which is better lived than said.
The buri palm weavers best exemplify this life. The vibrancy of the women brushed on me the short time I was there. Zest is contagious!
Photos: Alma P. Gamil
Bulusan, Sorsogon, Philippines