Beautifully handcrafted neckpieces by the artisan women of Manila made from upcycled
Beyond the glitz and glamour surrounding the prestigious Miss Universe event is its heart – women empowering women. During the cruise, the candidates took the time to talk with the artisan women to know their stories and admire their handiwork, while also sharing their personal experiences and journey through the pageant.
"This is a great way of showcasing the artistry of the Filipino women artisan to the world and it also highlights how women are contributing to the empowerment of other women, wherever they may be in the globe," said Adel Tamano, director of Public Affairs and Communications,
Each neckpiece was individually crafted by the women artisans in their workshop located in Tondo, a district in Manila known as one of the most densely populated and poverty-challenged areas in the country. The work of art they produce provides additional income for the artisans. The women engaged in the workshop are mostly single mothers and sole bread-winners who play a challenging role in supporting their respective families.
The Artisan Women of Tondo is among the various women economic empowerment programs supported by
"In line with its commitment to empower women across the globe under the 5by20 initiative,
In addition to neckpieces and accessories, the artisan women of Tondo also produce handbags, clutches and other home décor from pull tabs found in
Artisans make up one segment of entrepreneurs