MANLILIKHA Artisans’ Support Network steadily but surely keeps the cause of preserving the country’s heritage of traditional crafts-making in its endeavors throughout the years. It continuously seeks ways and means to promote traditional crafts and its makers by mounting cultural exhibitions around crafts collections and by engaging the participation of contemporary artists. It explores avenues to market crafts and thus aid the artisans in distributing their products. MANLILIKHA carries out its objectives with only a handful of dedicated individuals.

Manlilikha in 2014


The Smithsonian’s Summer Institute in Museum Anthropology application season is now open. A great opportunity to conduct research with the resources  of the Anthropology Department objects collection of the National Museum of Natural History, the National Anthropological Archives, and the Smithsonian Institution Archives, SIMA invites graduate students enrolled in a U.S. graduate program in Anthropology, Folklore Studies and related fields to a four-week intense training course in museum collections-based research.  For details, follow the link:

Manlilikha in 2013

MANLILIKHA publishes in University of Malaya’s journal

TiraiPanggung, one of University of Malaya’s academic journals publishes an article authored by MASN founders Michael J.M. Munoz and Carmita Eliza Icasiano. Titled “100 Katao 100 Taka: an Exercise and Example of Traditional-Contemporary Engagement”, the articlepresents a typology of creative processes as a result of the interventions by the project’s participating artists.  These creative processes are marked by hybridity, arising from the fact that the participating artists originate from a wide gamut of artistic backgrounds, philosophical orientations, and exposures to diverse disciplines.  Read the article here


MANLILIKHA co-founder pursues studies on Philippine crafts in the U.S.

MASN co-founder Carmita Eliza Icasiano received a Fulbright scholarship to carry out doctoral studies in the State University of New York at Binghamton.  Her research project involves a study of the history of Philippine ethnographic objects in holdings in the United States.



Manlilikha in 2012


MANLILIKHA Artisans’ Support Network joined Miriam College Grade School in celebrating the February Arts Month last 2 and 3 February 2012 at the Our Lady Seat of Wisdom Hall of Miriam College Grade School campus. Titled "Ani ng Sining", the celebration included an exhibition of student art projects from Grades 1 to 7, an ice carving demonstration, and various art and crafts booths. MANLILIKHA displayed its collection of Ifugao fabrics, basketry, woodcarving, Ilocos pottery and Paete taka. Video documentation of Ifugao tie-dye cloth making and metalcraft-making played beside the booth to complement the display. The gradeschool children swarmed MANLILIKHA’s booth, where affordable crafts were available. The crowd favorite was easily the plain taka horse. It was the most coveted craft of those two days by students and teachers alike.

Manlilikha in 2011

MASN holds first medical mission in Ifugao

June 4, 2011 saw the first medical mission MASN organized at the Banaue View Inn in Banaue, Ifugao.  Families and members of LAB Weavers' Association were the primary beneficiaries, which totalled 77 patients that day.  MASN thanks volunteer-doctors Raquel Cainap, Aeris Nacion, and Nelia Adoremos, and team members Danielle Leonardo, Nathalie Wong and Paula Tanada.  Drug donors were Pfizer Philippines, Phil-Chinese Charitable Association, Karen del Castillo-Tumbaga, Maria Virginia Pabustan, Mary Kaye Alquiza and Dr. Renato Peralta . The mission was spiced up by a visit to the Banaue Rice Terraces and Batad Rice Terraces.

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Manlilikha in 2010


MASN holds research session with Ifugao weavers

MASN President Mitzie Icasiano conducted the second phase of her Ifugao textile motifs research last Dec 28, 2010--the first phase of which was carried out in US museums through a grant from the Asian Cultural Council last year.  Held at the Banaue View Inn, the day-long activity was attended by two generations of Ifugao ikat weavers.   The session aimed to communicate to the weavers the research findings of Icasiano from the collections of museums in the US, with a view to restoring the forgotten motifs into the weavers' new textile creations.

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MASN President Carmita Eliza J. Icasiano successfully completed her 2 month-research on Ifugao textile motifs in various museums in the US which was made possible through a grant from the Asian Cultural Council.  

Textile specimens included those from the  Fowler Museum (Los Angeles, CA), Smithsonian Museum (Washington, DC), American Museum of Natural History (NY), and the Peabody Museums of Harvard University (Cambridge, MA) and Yale University (New Haven, CT). The fabrics were acquired from the early 1900s to 1970s by prominent anthropologists, among them Morris K. Jesup, H. O. Beyer, and Harold Conklin, whom Ms. Icasiano was fortunate enough to have met.

photos by Mitzie Icasiano, Jennifer Quiambao

Manlilikha in 2009



An exhibition, mounted by MASN in 2009, featuring the Ifugao binudbudan or traditional tie-dyeing weaving technique and the textile collection of the Asian Center of the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City. The Ifugao binudbudan exhibition highlights Project Kinuttiyan, the weaving of a ceremonial death blanket by members of LAB Weavers’ Association based in Ifugao. UGNAYAN stresses the criss-crossing currents in Asian crafts-making, reflective of cultural exchanges and influence in the region. UGNAYAN is at the GT-Hall of Wisdom, Asian Center, Guerrero corner Magsaysay Streets, UP Diliman, QC. 

LAB (Lugo, Amganad, Banaue) WEAVERS’ ASSOCIATON

A newly-organized association of weavers in the towns of Lugo, Amganad, and Banaue in Ifugao undertakes the weaving of a death blanket, called kinuttiyan, as an initial project. Project Kinuttiyan highlights the value of keeping the binudbudan (tie-dyeing) weaving heritage and the skill of traditional Ifugao weavers. LAB Weavers’ Associaton was formed to consolidate weavers’ efforts and create a venue to find gainful endeavors and seek markets for their textiles to support themselves and their families. LAB is headed by Benita Balangtu and Lily Beyer Luglug. To contact LAB, email

photos by Mitzie Icasiano, Michael Muñoz and So Yun

MASN commissions the fabrication of 5 traditional dalagang bukid takaan.

 Following through with the post-exhibition objectives of the 100 KATAO, 100 TAKA, Manlilikha commissions the fabrication of the takaan to be used by Nora Cadawas and artisans under her supervision. 

These batch of takaan are now in use and the moulded taka-pieces are now sold in Paete and neighboring towns.


Read more about  the project 100 Katao 100 Taka, and check out our photos!

Opening Program          Exhibition

Behind the Scenes       Press Articles 1, 2


Participate in our POST-AUCTION FUNDRAISER. You can still purchase any of the taka pieces in stock. Click on the link below. 

* Taka Price List *

The exhibition book documents the 100 Taka pieces of the 100 participants. Shown on the open copy is the work of National Artist for Visual Arts, Abdulmari Asia Imao.