Governor Imelda ‘Angging’ Quibranza-Dimaporo is earnestly wanting to preserve and sustain the unique cultural heritage of the Maranao in the Province of Lanao del Norte. With this, the Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte in partnership with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and the active contribution of Paglingkawas Women Federation (PAWFED), a nonprofit organization, has designated a place inside the Pasalubong Center to promote the Maranao Weaving Tradition in the land of beauty and bounty, and showcases the traditional handloom weaving device used to create blankets and will also serve as a hub for the younger generations to learn this intricate and beautiful handcrafting technique, as well as appreciate the history and continue the rich and colorful Maranao tradition in the coming years.

On August 4, 2020, Governor Angging visited the Pasalubong Center and greeted by PAWFED Chairperson Blenda M. Desierto together with the members of ISLAHIYYAH Association from the Municipality of Poona Piagapo, to personally see the traditional weaving device and witnessed the demonstration of one of the members weaving a blanket made from Inaul fabric.

This endeavor primarily aims to develop cloth weaving production and help local weavers of Poona Piagapo to increase their livelihood skills capabilities in traditional weaving and create viable and sustainable business opportunities within their community.

The Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte and the Department of Labor and Employment together with Paglingkawas Women Federation will do its best to provide necessary assistance in order to increase the production of local weavers by providing an advance or highly technical cloth weaving machine and other equipment, including technical assistance through product design development and enhancement training on cloth weaving, as well as to conduct basic entrepreneurial skills for local weavers, and provide start-up capital and training facilities for the local weavers.

Governor Angging was happy and proud that the traditional weaving was preserved and continued in the Municipality of Poona Piagapo and being handed down for the next generation to carry on such an amazing and fascinating Maranao cultural heritage. PIO-LDN