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DOST-PTRI Collaborates with Davao Fashion Council to Showcase Local Fabrics in Charity Fashion Show

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Fashion Pieces showcased during the Stellar Fashion Gala made of pineapple-blended fabric and designed by members of the DFDCFI.

As part of its mission to spotlight the rich tapestry of local fabrics and promote sustainable fashion, the Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Textile Research Institute (DOST-PTRI) has joined forces with the Davao Fashion Design Council Foundation, Inc. (DFDCFI) for an upcoming charity fashion event in September 2024.

Dubbed the Stellar Fashion Gala, the event aims to celebrate the craftsmanship of Filipino weavers while supporting marginalized communities. One of the main highlights of the gala will be showcasing fabrics made from bamboo and banana fibers, underscoring Davao’s potential as a major producer in this aspect.

As a precursor to the main event, a mini-fashion show was organized by the DFDCFI, DOST-PTRI, and Discovery Samal. The pieces in the fashion show were made from pineapple-blended fabric and designed by members of the DFDCFI. This partnership promotes homegrown sustainable fashion and lifestyle choices, emphasizing indigenous weaves and Philippine textile fibers.

Emi Englis, President of DFDCFI, expressed enthusiasm about the collaboration and highlighted that there will be a special segment in the gala that will be dedicated to the bamboo fabric which will be one of the main highlights of the entire gala. This is also a part of the initiatives under the b.loom or Beyond the Loom project, which aims to revitalize artisanal weaving traditions while providing opportunities for local artisans and designers.

Dr. Julius Leaño Jr., Director of PTRI, emphasized the importance of collaboration between industry and government in fostering innovation and promoting local industries. He envisions a holistic approach that integrates farmers, weavers, designers, and consumers into the textile value chain.

The collaboration also emphasizes DOST-PTRI’s commitment to regional textile innovation agendas and its efforts to empower local communities through sustainable fashion initiatives. As the fashion industry increasingly embraces eco-conscious practices, events like the Stellar Fashion Gala will showcase the potential of Philippine textiles in shaping a more sustainable future.

In response to the growing demand for the Halal industry, the Department of Science and Technology XI (DOST XI) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Blue Lotus Hotel to pursue the halal certification of the establishment.

The partnership outlines several areas of cooperation between DOST XI and Lotus Hotel, including the development of a Halal Assurance System manual, organizing Halal-related activities such as training, seminars, and workshops, conducting Halal Verification Laboratory testing, facilitating the application process for Halal certification, promoting collaboration, and exploring other avenues of cooperation as mutually agreed upon by both parties.

The DOST XI is currently spearheading the implementation of the DOST Halal Research Ecosystem for Development and Innovation Program in Support of the Philippine Tourism Industry (DOST Halal ReDI Tourism Program) which aims to boost Halal tourism in the country.

DOST XI Regional Director Dr. Anthony Sales expressed optimism about the partnership highlighting the importance of public-private partnerships in driving innovation and fostering economic progress in key sectors such as tourism and hospitality.

“This collaboration is one of the many steps we are taking towards enhancing the Halal industry in the Philippines. By working together to attain Halal certification, we aim to not only meet international standards but also tap into the economic opportunities presented by the global Halal market,” Dr. Sales said. (PR)

MoU signing between DOST XI and Blue Lotus Hotel

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