Department of TourismThe Department of Tourism (DOT)-Region 12 recently awarded the Lamlifew Village Museum and Blaan School of Living Traditions in Sarangani the Best in Tourism Product: Heritage Conservation at the first SOX Awards.
The DOT launched the SOX Awards not only to boost the tourism industry of the region but also to celebrate the rich culture, tradition and heritage of South Cotabato, Cotabato City, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani and General Santos City.
The Lamlifew Tribal Women’s Association, the people’s organization that takes care of the Lamlifew Museum, is one of the communities of Bantay Kalikasan, the environment arm of ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation Inc.
Dubbed “dream weavers,” the Blaan women weave tabih, a traditional ikat-dyed fabric. This native fabric and the weaving skills of Blaan women make their creations marvelous. Most of their designs are based on their dreams.
Through the financial support of Sen. Manny Pacquiao, Bantay Kalikasan and the local government of Sarangani put up a multipurpose center, a weaving center, weaving implements and a cafeteria for a complete tourism experience of the place. The local government has launched the Sulong Sarangani program in partnership with Bantay Kalikasan to showcase the unique culture and extraordinary skills of the tribe.
Situated in the municipality of Malungon in Sarangani, Lamlifew is one of the many communities of Bantay Kalikasan nationwide. Bantay Kalikasan endeavors to create model communities that live harmoniously with nature through environmentally-sustainable livelihood programs.