Bulawan - The Gold of Camarines Norte

An exhibition of modern gold jewelry featuring the craftsmanship of Camarines Norte Goldsmiths and the Designs of the internationally-awarded multi-media artist Joaquin Gasgonia Palencia.

Gold has been part of Camarines Norte life and history. The earliest account is the anonymously-written relation of the conquest of Luzon dated April 20, 1572. Being my home province, I am aware and familiar with the ups and downs of the gold mining and allied industries that goes with it such as refining and gold smiths. I have seen gold in every form and type of person. Be it the most intricate to a more modest. Gold has mold the lives of Camarines Norte, where owning a gold is not luxury but a part of culture a everyday life. I have adored the pieces of jewelry from my mom's collection and more of my grandparents and aunts.

During my childhood, I frequent my grandparents town of Jose Panganiban, a mining and fishing town north of Daet, the province's capital. There's no other place in the Philippines, that I have seen goldsmith (and pawnshops) in every corner.

It is to my excitement and delight to hear that for the very first time, Camarines Norte will be featuring it's Gold and the talent and craftsmanship of its people right in the halls and gallery of Ayala Museum in Makati City.

Bulawan, The Gold of Camarines Norte
was made possible through the efforts of Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), The Provincial Government of Camarines Norte and Camarines Norte Jewelry Producers Association, Inc. (CNJPAI).

Dr. Joaquin Gasgonia Palencia

Most of the jewelry produced in the province is made of fine and delicate handcrafted gold filigrees. The exhibit pieces are crafted by CNJPAI and the designs of Dr. Joaquin Gasgonia Palencia, a registered physician and internationally-recognized multi-media artist. Award winning Creative Director of the GASP Furniture Co. and more.

The exhibit is compose of 8 designs: Alon, Balisô-sô, Hinâgot, Ilog, Pabitin, Pinalaspas, Pinalay and Sinahâ.









Models wearing the creations of School of Fashion and the Arts (SoFA) students

Models are all from Camarines Norte. Including my cousin, Jaydy Brojan (center) and my friend Julia Villamonte (below).

julia villamonte

Senior Board Member of Camarines Norte, Jonah Pimentel and wife Bembem Pimentel nee Venida,  Amina Aranaz of SoFA, Dr. Joaquin Palencia, and guest.

All photos shot using Sony Cybershot TX1

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