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Bamboo, rattan take spotlight in Beijing

Bamboo is richly incorporated in Philippine folk dances, such as the Tinikling, while rattan is a necessary implement in the Filipino martial art called Arnis.

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Tinikling features bamboo poles (left) while Arnis sticks are usually made of rattan (right).

Bamboo and rattan are plants known for their effective ways on helping improve peoples’ lives.

For one, bamboo has been used as a construction material since ancient times. It even figures prominently in nipa huts, a kind of abode popular in rustic areas for the most part of the Philippines. It is also used to make furniture and fixture.

Rattan, aside from being the main component of the famous rattan chair, also has a lot of effective and efficient benefits. Like bamboo, it can be used for decorative works and arts and crafts. Some of its fruits are edible.

Their many uses were recently highlighted in a day-long exhibit in China.

Entitled “Mga Biyaya ng Kawayan at Ratan: A Philippine Cultural Event,” it was held on 21 September at the International Network for Bamboo and Rattan (INBAR) Pavilion situated inside the Beijing International Horticultural Expo 2019.

Apart from their many uses, it was also a chance to introduce to the Chinese audience the Department of Tourism’s (DoT) campaign on Farm Tourism.

Philippine Ambassador to China Jose Santiago Sta. Romana underscored the close link between bamboo and rattan with Philippine culture and the Filipino way of life.

He noted, for instance, that bamboo is richly incorporated in Philippine folk dances, such as the Tinikling, while rattan is a necessary implement in the Filipino martial art called Arnis.

The Embassy collaborated with the DoT-Beijing office, the Office of the Agricultural Counselor and the INBAR Secretariat in making the event happen.

The Beijing International Horticultural Expo 2019 is among the most important events in Beijing and is one of the largest horticultural exhibitions in the world. Since its opening to the public on 29 April, it has already drawn millions of visitors to the 503-hectare expo park in Yanqing District, located 74 kilometers outside of Beijing.

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