A Filipina hailing from Manapla, Negros Occidental was chosen as the country’s awardee for Asean Selections 2017 by the Support Arts and Crafts International Center of Thailand (SACICT) on Thursday.
Christina Gaston, owner of Hacienda Crafts, received the recognition from SACICT chief executive officer Amparwon Pichalai in rites held at Bangkok Arts and Crafts Center in Bangkok, Thailand.
Gaston was nominated by the Design Center of the Philippines.
Among the nine recipients from different Asean countries, Gaston was the only awardee from the Philippines in this year’s recognition with emphasis on innovative craft and basketry.
She said that it is an honor to be alongside the other Asean awardees who are amazing craftsmen, artisans, designers and artists.
She presented her Hacienda Crafts’ Foliage Series of Coconut Twig Leaves, which was adjudged as winner by international panel of judges from Thailand, Korea and Japan.
The Asean Selections program is aimed at fostering the collaboration of crafts in Southeast Asia as well as giving attention to the South East Asia’s craft traditions.
Gaston has urged fellow Filipino producers to preserve and propagate the country’s natural resources to be able to use them for generations to come.
“I am encouraging Filipinos to be proud of our heritage and express it because it is our own,” she said.
“To our Negrense producers, continue to develop excellent products for the world,” she added.
Gaston is also the president of the Association of Negros Producers (ANP).
Support Arts and Crafts International Center of Thailand (SACICT) supports the creation and sale of folk arts and crafts.