The Rurungan Sa Tubod Foundation, Inc. (RSTFI) will start weaving classes for tourists in May as part of tour packages in Puerto Princesa.
Rosal Lim, business development director of Rurungan sa Tubod said Friday that the foundation is planning to have two tours as an avenue for sharing local products to tourists visiting the city.
“Basically, we are trying to share our story as an organization that innovates so parang magkakaroon kami ng dalawang klaseng tours sana in the next two months ma-lau-launch namin,” Lim said.
The tours will be classified into Walk Through, which is half-a-day, and the “Extensive Type,” which is one day and will offer the basics of weaving and the finishing of products.
The tours will be offered to travel agencies as the foundation wants to highlight the beauty of crafts made by the communities they are helping and are collaborating with in the southern part of Palawan.
“I-offer namin siya sa mga tour agencies… kasi we want more inland tours, more activities sa Puerto Princesa kasi feeling namin nawawala na ‘yong mga turista sa Puerto Princesa. Hindi na sila nag-stay ng matagal dito. Iniisip namin what does Puerto Princesa have that El Nido and Port Barton don’t necessarily have yet and one of it is our crafts,” she said.
The head weaver of the foundation and some designers are collaborating to figure out how the tours will be implemented.
Rurungan sa Tubod is a Palawan-based non-profit organization that started 20 years ago and now offers alternative livelihood for women by teaching them weaving technology, particularly using pineapple fiber.
A formal opening is set in September after its soft launching in May.