Currently, six different artist collectives call the Cogon house home. These artists are from Palawan and range in disciplines. They sell hand made products as well as offer workshops, accept special commissions and consult for new business owners.
Art Kompak is a mixed gallery space in Kalye Artisano born of the Art on the Move group collective from Puerto Princesa. You can find paintings showcasing different sea and landscapes of Palawan, small ceramic pieces and silk screened postcards.
Everything is made and handcrafted on site by the Kainguds, Nuno and Paga-sa, with passion and dedication to ensure quality and uniqueness. They are particularly known for making decor and functional art from recycled bits of junk and found objects, which were salvaged and found while exploring their environment, old or used items given by friends, and vintage items found in thrift shops.
Creating these pieces also helps sustain a clean and happy environment, which is soothing for the souls of the Kainguds and all those who patronise their shop. Ka Likha (Soul Creation) takes its philosophical beginnings from the Ancient Egyptian word “Ka” meaning “soul” and from the Filipino term, “Kaingud”. “Likha”, meaning “creation” is at the heart of their art and their purpose in life.
Kalugtan Artists Guild
Kalugtan Artist’s Guild, a cuyunon word which means “Earthness”, is a guild/association of all local artist in the municipality of El Nido, founded by Mr Tani Distal and Rene U. Acosta in 2004. Its main objective is to make its members aware to their cultural heritage of the necessity of arts as vitally important element for economic and intellectual development of both individuals and society, and to organize seminars and lectures to enhance their talent and creativity of the artist.
K simply stands for the multitude of things that represent the wealth of Philippines values as well as that which Filipinos hold dear: Kamalayan (consciousness), Karunun-gan (knowledge, wisdom), Kaibigan (friend), Kalikasan (nature, environment), Kali-nangan (culture).
As an advocate for small and medium enterprises, K has become home to small, in-dependent artisans, traditional craftspeople, manufacturers, and cooperatives whose products are as diverse as the Palawan landscape: artisanal soaps, oils and wellness products, handmade bamboo combs, loom-woven apparel and home decor, tradition-al baskets woven by the Batak and Pala’wan highlanders, amigurumi crocheted mer- maids and sea creatures, bamboo toothbrushes and natural toothpaste, zero-waste products, and other noteworthy Philippine crafts.
In Hiligaynon, Manggad means wealth or treasure. The owner of this store prides herself in sourcing local treasures from artisans all over the Philippines. From woven baskets from Puerto Galera to homemade pottery from Laguna to beautifully intricate banigs woven in Palawan, Manggad is a treasure trove of all the Philippines has to offer and they are bringing some of that selection to DHB this year.