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Cordillera art and culture take centre stage in HK trade fair

25 June 2024

Young kids show great interest in Cathy Ekid's demonstration of Cordillera weaving

Two events highlighted the participation of creative enterprises from the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) in the recently-concluded International Culture, Tourism and Intangible Cultural Heritage Exhibition at the AsiaWorld-Expo (AWE) in Hong Kong.

The first was the Philippine weaving demonstration held on June 22, which caught the interest of many visitors to the fair, including young children.

The second, held the following day, was a presentation that traced the Chinese influence in the artistic heritage of the Cordilleras. Philippine representatives staged the  Cordillera dance and were joined onstage by other exhibitors at the fair.


Both events which drew large crowds, were held on the main stage of Hall 3 at AWE.

The Philippine participation in the three-day fair was organized by the Philippine Trade and Investment Center – Hong Kong (PTIC-HK) through its head, Vice Consul Robert Mabalot, Jr. The DTI-Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), the Philippine Consulate General in Hong Kong and Pasa-Kalye Creatives lent support.

Mabalot (in white shirt) with the delegates to the art and trade fair

During the three-day fair, a Philippine booth manned by nine Cordillera representatives showcased the artworks, accessories, apparel and other products of at least 35 Filipino artists and businesses in the creative industry.

According to PTIC, the Philippine participation helped put the country on the map as a prime source of creative goods and services.

“By actively engaging in cultural events like this, the PTIC-HK aims to foster strategic partnerships and connections with key players in the global creative industry sector, said the center.

The 4-paneled Philippine booth showcased the best of Cordillera art and crafts

According to PTIC, thousands of pesos worth of goods were sold by the participating Cordillera businesses during the art and trade fair, and at least one Chinese businessman expressed keen interest in the products displayed.

For more information about the ICTICHE 2024, please visit their official website or contact the PTIC-HK at Or its official Facebook page, PTIC-HK.

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