A creation by Cagayan de Oro’s Patrick Gabutina has just won the grand prize in the Fashion Accessories Professional Category at the 2019 Habi Kadayawan held yesterday at Abreeza Mall in Davao City. Patrick Gabutina’s Purong Bag is inspired by the head dresses of the tribes of Bukidnon and Davao. Purong means head dress in Visayan.

As per Patrick, the bag is made of hinabul, with tikog fringes, leather straps and carved wood. Patrick gave special thanks to Jeanie Palermo, Gangga Ranalan, Monette Sagaral, Marvin Arocho, Jerry Sumangay, Chris Gomez, and to his mentor and mother, Esmerna Uyguangco Gabutina, the inspiration of Tinabuan Arts & Crafts.

The Purong Bag…

Prior to the public presentation, the judges had their closer view of the entries. Patrick is shown explaining his creation.

Cagayan de Oro’s Chris Gomez and Shine Casino also participated in the event.

Watch this video below.

with photos by Patrick Gabutina and Kadayawan sa Davao

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