The Charie Chronicles: Tacloban’s Tikog Crafts

“Tikog” is a special reed grass which grows in swampy areas along rice fields and has solid, jointless, and usually triangular stems.

Here are some of the tikog bag designs:

“Woven Tikog bags (banig bags). TIKOG is a kind of grass that looks like rice longer in length, 300 pesos each from Basey, Samar. However, these are old stock because the tikog has to be planted and grown. They expect more products by September,” said Charie Villa.
“Tikog banig backpacks Php500 each hahaha joke 350 lang pesos.”
The banigs:

“Not many choices walang harvest ng tikog grass this month by September pa. Php1200 family size.”
”…Or do you want San Juanico Bridge design hehe.”
And other native products:

”@mujitong bakya mo neneng “
”Free na daw pamaypay yehey! #MoreFanInTacloban #ChoosePhilppines #TindogTacloban”
Read more about Basey’s Tikog: The Weaving of Basey.

How to Get There

From Manila, you can fly to Tacloban (estimated cost Php2,700++, round trip, 1 hour 15 minutes).

All photos are from the official Instagram account of Charie Villa, which you can find here.

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