Kabayan community learns pyrite stone craft making

LA TRINIDAD Benguet, – – The pyrite stone craft may soon be an entrepreneurial endeavor of the Kabayan Barrio community in Kabayan municipality while responsibly developing their local resources.

Pyrite locally known as “tangkiyal” is a common stone in Kabayan Barrio. Also known as fool’s gold, Pyrite’s metallic luster and pale brass-yellow hue resemble that of gold.

The art of packaging pyrite stone as a novelty item is taught among residents of the community. The training is funded under the National Commission on Culture and the Arts, according to Provincial Tourism Operations Officer Clarita Prudence.

It will culminate on February 2 with a program in Kahayan Barrio and the induction of Kebajan Tourism Culture and the Arts Council. Governor Nestor Fongwan and NCCA officials are expected to grace the event.

The NCCA funds projects which impact on the culture and arts. It also provides venue for the different regions to articulate their local culture and development concerns./JDP/SCA-PIA CAR, Benguet


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