The Tagolwanen Women Weavers from Malaybalay City, Bukidnon, Philippines were named as among the Top 10 social enterprises (SEs) during the recently held BPI Sinag Spark 2021 Awards. The group received cash grants, exclusive mentorship opportunities, and trophies. The awards is the flagship program of BPI Foundation which aims to champion Filipino SEs.
Aside from the P100,000 cash prize, they will also undergo a six-month mentorship program from the pioneering social enterprise incubator Bayan Academy. Through Ayala Land, Inc.’s Alagang Ayala Land program, they can also avail of free leasable space for three to twelve months in any Ayala Malls. On top of that, the BPI Foundation will cover maintenance fees for common areas for a maximum of 10 square meters for the first three months for the Top 10 awardees.
The association was first organized in 2012 and then gradually grew to 25 weavers after a year. As of 2021, there are 80 active women weavers from 6 barangays of Malaybalay City, namely: Can-ayan, Patpat, Kibalabag, Kulaman, Busdi and Caburacanan. The Tagolwanen Women Weavers Association was officially registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission on February 19, 2016. Their showroom is located at Km. 4 Sayre Highway, Barangay Casisang, Malaybalay City, Bukidnon, Philippines.
photos by Tagolwanen Women Weavers and BPI Foundation