“Disenyo at Talento”: Tesoros Promotes Aspiring And Inspiring Local Artisans

I believe it’s high time for FIlipino arts to be appreciated. Arts has been known as the greatest representations of society’s culture and traditions – from traditional to the contemporary; not just the heritage but also the modern.

Showcasing aspiring and inspiring craftsmen who reflect the fine Hispano-Asian legacy of the Philippines through various worksof art, Tesoro’s,  the  provider of quality local treasures, has launched the event series “Disenyo At Talento.”

“Our country is blessed with so many great artists,” pronounced the Group CEO of Tesoro’s, MariaIsabel “Beng” Tesoro. “Being one of the leading promoters of our local talents, we thought to launch‘Disenyo at Talento’ to shed light on both Filipino craftsmanship and the constantly thriving art scene in the country,” she added.

For the first salvo, the store has featured the  Casa San Pablo Clay Storytellers, crafted by former corporate publishing executive-turned-clay artisan An Mercado Alcantara. To formalize the start of theseries, a ribbon-cutting has been conducted by Department of Tourism Regional Director RebeccaLabit and President of Philippine Tour Operators Association Cesar Cruz. 

“My creations are mostly inspired by the culture and the people of my husband’s birthplace San Pablo, Laguna – a place I have fallen in love with,” shared An. Her favorite subjects include the VirginMary in several incarnations, including Our Laddy of Guadalupe, Our Lady of Lipa, and Our Lady of Sorrows of Turumba. She surrounds these main subjects with storytellers and tablets featuring festive processions and villagers.

An’s friends and growing number of  clients admire the positivity that Casa San Pablo dolls have always radiated.  Asked about the secret behind the beauty and expressiveness of her storyteller dolls, An said, “My hands are my main tools. Although I have clay shapers and precision dentist’s tools – I asked a dentist friend to buy me a set – there’s nothing like our palms and fingers to get theshape we want.”

These hand-pinched and hand-painted terracotta dolls are regularly available at  Casa San Pablo,abed and breakfast in a still genteel family compound in San Pablo City run by An and her husband, art collector and hobby enthusiast Boots Alcantara. Casa San Pablo is also known a creativity hub,where people can come to re-charge and rekindle their imagination.


Part of the total sales from Casa San Pablo Clay Story Tellers at the “Disenyo At Talento” event serieswill be donated to San Francisco Terraces Orphanage, one of two orphanages under the auspices of the San Pablo City government & DSWD office. “We chose this organization because our clay works celebrate the special bond between storytellers and children. We hope to help feed their bodies and their minds with food and stories that will, hopefully, help them experience a better world,” shared An.

The institution  houses 32  orphans,  at  least  5  of  whom are  mentally  challenged.  Many of  thesechildren are survivors of abuse, parental neglect or family abandonment. All of the orphans share only 2 rooms and 2 toilets in a house that is in dire need of repair. The government’s financial monthly subsidy for the institution is currently not enough to cover the subsistence of these children.

From Tesoro’s  Makati  branch,  the  Casa San Pablo  Clay  Storytellers  will  be available  across  all Tesoro’s outlets nationwide starting June 2015. 


For  more  details  about  the  event,  visit  http://tesoros.ph/ or  Tesoro’s  official  Facebook  page: https://www.facebook.com/tesoroshandicrafts?fref=ts.


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