IHK instructor in Bohol

In celebration of Pride Month and showcasing Bohol’s weaving traditions last June, an instructor from VSU Institute of Human Kinetics (IHK) shared his research on Saguran-Raffia weaving, Bohol’s unique and traditional weaving art.

Mr. Christian N. Bacolod, who teaches Culture and Arts Education content courses at IHK, served as a keynote speaker in the National Museum of the Philippines - Bohol’s “Weaving with Pride: Culture. Creativity. Pride.” lecture and workshop series on June 20, 2024.

Mr. Bacolod presented a part of his master’s thesis with a detailed insight into the intricate weaving history and cultures of Bohol, highlighting the weavers' profound botanical expertise and sustainable practices employed in the preservation of the Buri palm during the harvesting of its young unopened leaves.

According to the IHK instructor, he had been working on the textile weaving tradition of Bohol as a material for his thesis as he pursued a master’s in Art Studies at the University of the Philippines Diliman.

In his presentation, Mr. Bacolod emphasized intricate patterns and exceptional design techniques, showcasing a harmonious blend of traditional and contemporary designs. The Saguran-Raffia weaves were thoughtfully updated to align with current trends and meet evolving demands.

His enthusiasm for the future of Saguran-Raffia weaving is palpable. "I was excited for Saguran-Raffia’s future. I was able to weave its history and creative forms and it makes me excited to see its developments in the years to come," he said.

Mr. Bacolod also stressed in his lecture that Saguran-Raffia weaving in Bohol is an inclusive practice that transcends gender boundaries.

"Saguran weaving is not gendered. Unlike other areas where only women weave, Saguran-Raffia weaving is inclusive, not exclusive. While traditionally seen as a woman’s art, the weaving tradition in Bohol has been open to individuals of all genders, embracing a diverse and inclusive community of weavers," he highlighted.

His work has inspired many to see the possibilities and capabilities that Saguran-Raffia can offer in fields such as fashion and home décor.


Mr. Bacolod’s academic pursuits led him to present a part of his thesis at the 6th Annual Philippine Studies Conference at the University of London - School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) on June 27, 2021.

He also worked with the Chevening Alumni Community in the Philippines and the British Embassy, where he delivered a lecture at the THREADS Summit Fashion Social Innovation in 2022. His contributions to the Female-led Innovative Rural Enterprises (FIRE) Program, funded by the US Embassy, further underscore his commitment to empowering local artisans and entrepreneurs.

On top of that, Mr. Bacolod was the one who conceptualized the Regional SCUAA 2023 theme: “Weaving Strengths: Hinabing Kusog,” where he was able to put Region 8’s most celebrated art of weaving banig at the forefront.

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