Sagada's raw soil proves to be of international quality as a pottery material as Siegrid Bangyay, a humble local who was trained by the famous Archie Stapleton, continues her quest to bring the magic of the Cordillera mountains to global stage- now at the "Earth and Fire"  3rd Southeast Asian Ceramics Symposium in October this year.








At the ceramics symosium, she will be able to ugrade her knowledge and skills in further enhancing the pottery industry of Sagada and of the country.


Photo Courtesy of Rene Pasky, lifted without shame from his Facebook page. Peace! 



However, the Manang Siegrid's participation at the global event needs our big, big hug. 


Siegrid’s artistic life is complemented by extensive involvement in community and development work.  She has worked for a number of NGOs, including A Single Drop Foundation (www.singledrop.org) training community residents to build and use bio-sand water filters, and Earth Day Network Philippines (www.earthdayphilippines.org), as community coordinator for projects installing hydraulic ram water pumps.  She’s a founder and board member of the Sagada Solid Waste Association, and has served as barangay (village) secretary in her home village of Dagdag.  Siegrid has worked as local counterpart to a Peace Corps Volunteer’s environmental education projects, and was a project design and management trainer for Peace Corps Philippines groups.
The last time I saw Manang Siegrid, she was selling bread, probably the best bread in town that I’ve tasted so far, to passengers of bus. I remember her coming to our school (oh those old days) as a tourist guide during one of our Anti-Drug Abuse seminars. I am hoping to see her on TV and posters in the coming days- if we all do our own little part.

She is more than a local that we know:
Siegrid’s work has been displayed in numerous galleries and museums, including the Pinto Gallery in Antipolo, the CAV Wine Shop and Gallery and the LeSouffle Restaurant and Gallery in Manila and the the BenCab Museum, Breathing Space Gallery, Maryknoll Gallery, and Hill Station Restaurant in Baguio.  Her work was displayed in the Ayala Museum’s 2009 “Ring of Fire” exhibit featuring the work of prominent Southeast Asian ceramic artists, and she will make her international debut at the “Earth and Fire” exhibit of Contemporary Southeast Asian Pottery at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, Virginia, USA in October 2014.
The campaign's goal is to raise an amount of about 4,000 USD to cover all her expenses from airfare to the necessary expenses. As of writing, the campaign is able to gather 500 USD. To place your financial support, please click here.

Just a reminder: this endeavor does not just need financial support. Like me who cannot put any monetary amount since I also have my own needs, I blog about it- that’s my part. Share the news to our other kailiyans and people who could help is also a big support.


Kudos to Manang Siegrid and we hope the people of Igorotlandia around the world join hands in hand to make this to happen!