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Panubok: Panay-Bukidnon’s Traditional & Beautiful Embroidery


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Belle Piccio | Aug 13, 2015
Panubok: Panay-Bukidnon’s Traditional & Beautiful Embroidery

Panubok is the traditional embroidery of the Panay-Bukidnon women. It comes from the local word “tubok” which means “to embroider” while the “manunubok” refers to the “embroiderer.”

The “manunubok” or the embroiders of Panay-Bukidnon

The most dominant color of their traditional dress is red. The cuts are usually classic with bell-sleeves but some are already a bit modern. 

The embroidery has different designs and patterns inspired by what they see in nature. Some of their designs are:

  • Binunghay – design from bamboo mat

  • Bulak Ka Bukinggan – mountain flowers

  • Sudli Kama – skin or scales of a python snake

  • Matang Punay – eye of a Punay bird

  • Sikag-sikag – fish bones
  • Bulak Ka Putik – sunflower
  • Tanum – plants

Panubok shows the artistry of the Panay-Bukidnon women. Aside from getting inspiration from nature, they also embroider designs that portray the characters and events in their epic called Suguidanon


Because the panubok is intricately done,  one has to be very patient to make this kind of embroidery. 

How to Go to Iloilo

From Manila, you can fly to Iloilo (estimated cost of PhP3,000++, round trip, one hour). You can also opt for a bus trip (estimated cost of PhP875++ per head, air-conditioned bus and boat fare, 17 hours plus).

All photos are screen grab from MagTV na Amiga! Watch MagTV na Amiga every Sunday, 9:00am or iWanTV.

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