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UP BadAss sells face masks for IPs

(JULY 1)—The UP Badminton Association in Diliman (UP BADASS), in coordination with Abra Indigo-Manila, is selling hand-embroidered face masks by the Itneg community in Abra to raise funds for the indigenous peoples (IPs) community in Namarabar, Peñarrubia, Abra.

UP BADASS is an organization founded in 2015 by badminton enthusiasts and hobbyists in UP Diliman.

Meanwhile, Abra Indigo Manila is a clothing brand that is an extension of School of Living Traditions  Itneg Abra and Namarabar Indigo Natural Dye Producers Co.

UP BADASS’s Facebook post notes that the masks, which cost P200  each, are “traditionally made with neoprene and painted with natural dyes, patterned according to the designs of Itneg embroidery” that “carry a piece of their history and culture.”

Interested buyers may view photos of the face masks at https://web.facebook.com/UPBadAss/posts/1541719269339893?__tn__=-R.  To purchase face masks or donate through Abra Indigo-Manila, visit their Facebook page at https://facebook.com/AbraIndigoManila/.

Payment for the face masks plus shipping fees can be made through deposit or online bank transfer to Ysabelle Sarayba (GCash: 09065338630 | BPI: 3089 3282 67), Zeus Joseph Ebora (LandBank: 0707 1853 50) or Marika Daphne Amaro (BDO: 0085 0005 7535). Buyers may send their proof of payment to upbadass@gmail.com.

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Itneg tribes in Abra. For more information, contact Zeus Ebora at 0995 253 3926 or Jes Buaron at 0917 831 1799.

Prior to this initiative, UP BADASS and Abra Indigo-Manila organized a donation drive on May 25 to raise funds and provide relief packs to the 160 families in Namarabar, Peñarrubia, Abra gravely affected by the enhanced community quarantine.  The donation drive was in partnership with UP Circuit and UP Economics Society.