Jose Rizal’s Ibarra, Maria Clara novel characters inspire Burdang Lumban face masks

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The four Burdang Lumban Face Masks named after Isagani and Paulita of Rizal’s El Filibusterismo, and Ibarra and Maria Clara of Noli Me Tangere. Photo credits to Herencia.

The characters from national hero Jose Rizal’s Spanish-time Philippine novels have inspired a new line of face masks showcasing Philippine embroidery from Laguna under the Burdang Lumban collection.

The Burdang Lumban Face Mask collection addresses the need for personal protective equipment amid the coronavirus disease pandemic while showcasing Philippine heritage.

The Herencia advocates for Filipino heritage and Dos Hermanos, a garment maker for religious images, presented on its Facebook page on July 24, 2020, the four face masks named after the characters in the novels of Laguna-born national hero Jose Rizal.

The first pair of face masks are named Isagani and Paulita, the lovers in Rizal’s novel El Filibusterismo while the second pair are named after Ibarra and Maria Clara, the ill-fated lovers from Noli Me Tangere.

“Herencia x Dos Hermanos offers everyone a piece of wearable heritage this pandemic from the embroidery capital of the Philippines,” Herencia said on its Facebook post.

Herencia also expressed pride in their craft made from the finest materials infused with traditional Filipino embroidery pattern which has been passed down to generations from the Philippines’ Spanish colonial period.

“Burdang Lumban face masks were delicately created using cocoon fabric appliqued with Lumban’s Finest handmade full chain callado design and filter pockets,” said Herencia.

The face masks would not just help the buyers to be protected from the virus but also help the local economy, keep the tradition alive, and benefit the local artisans in their livelihood, Herencia explained.

“Every face mask purchase gives livelihood to the talented burdaderos of Lumban, Laguna and aids with the conservation of their craft.”

“As promised, heritage won’t take a backseat this pandemic,” the heritage advocate FB page declared.

Interested buyers can contact Herencia through this link and may refer to the following prices:

  • Ibarra – Php350
  • Isagani – Php200
  • Paulita – Php300
  • Maria Clara – Php400

Filipino artisans have been finding ways to incorporate local materials and traditional arts in creating face masks to preserve local heritage while earning income in these difficult times.

Ifugao weave face masks are now available to ship anywhere in the Philippines to help you fight COVID-19 while supporting the indigenous tribe’s weavers and farmers.

Face masks made of Philippine Abaca and developed in Misamis Oriental have been tested and approved by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Region 10.

Davao-based designer Windel Mira is now infusing native textiles in his fashionable Mindanaoan face mask creations such as “Inaul” of Maguindanao and “Dagmay” of Mandaya.

SEND CHEERS in the comments below to the people behind the Burdang Lumban Face Masks for showcasing Jose Rizal and Philippine heritage even amid the COVID 19 pandemic.

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Lorenzo Cruz
Lorenzo Cruz believes that the power of beauty could help the Philippines to rise to the top. He is a travel and fashion enthusiast who loves to explore Filipino culture.