The Hinabi Project

   The Art of Philippine Textiles

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The Hinabi Team

Anthony Cruz Legarda
Project Creative Director and Founder
PAWA Advisory Board

Fashion designer, textile technologist, and researcher
Mr. Legarda has a long history dedicated to textiles. In 1993, he went back to the Philippines and became involved with Katutubong Filipino Foundation whose mission was to revive Philippine folk arts and crafts. He studied, learned and procured traditional Philippine textiles from the different provinces and incorporated them in his clothing design. His group produced
Arkiteknik, a hardcover coffee table book that highlighted and honored Filipino American artistry and creativity in textile, fashion design, photography, graphic design and creative writing as well as a DVD that featured an Artisan portion that is a documentary of weavers and craftspeople from the Philippines. In 2004, Mr. Legarda started working as a textile technologist and artist with Filipino weavers. He provided them with eco-friendly materials and later in 2006 worked with the Philippine Textile Research Institute to develop other green indigenous fibers and dyes to incorporate into the finished fabrics. Read more of the bio… /

Camille Escudero
Project Executive Associate–The Philippines
QPELA General Manager

Caroline Ocampo
Project Marketing Director
Studio CSO, Principal (Arts & Culture Marketing)
Catholic Charities, Chief of Communications

Caroline is an arts marketing specialist. She is currently an editor and designer for the Textile Arts Council, an organization that promotes awareness and appreciation of the textile and costume collections of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco—the de Young and Legion of Honor museums. Her past work includes marketing direction and ethnic textiles promotion for the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, and media relations for the Palo Alto Art Center. Caroline has also served as the North and South American media spokesperson for the Philippine Department of Tourism and Duty Free Philippines.

Christina Laskowski
Project Manager
President at Science and Technology Advisory Council, Silicon Valley
Christina serves as a strategic advisor and management consultant to consumer and technology growth companies, business leaders and government organizations. She has extensive business development, operations management, and strategic execution experience. Ms. Laskowski serves as an advisor to a number of start-ups and strategic investors, is an advisory board member of USF's entrepreneurial program and a mentor at FT Accelerator at NestGSV. She is also a community member of ASTIA, contributor to and served as an M&A advisor to Plug and Play Tech Center. She is also active in supporting education and economic growth both in the US and Philippines through forums and hands on programs that cultivate holistic entrepreneurship. She serves as President of STAC Silicon Valley, a non-profit organization that advises government and business leaders, community and grassroots organizations, and educational institutions in the Philippines and US. Active in her local community, Christina has also served as Regional Board Member for Women's Initative for Self Employment. In 2010, the Philippine President presented Christina with the Golden Heart Award, Rank of Grand Officer acknowledging her volunteer efforts to help the country.  The same year she served as a Balik Scientist (return Scientist) awardee of the Philippine Dept. of Science & Technology. In 2011, FWN recognized her as one of the "100 Most Influential Filipinas" in the United States.

Edwin Lozada
Project Co-Director
President, PAWA, Inc.
In addition to having been immersed for decades in the artistic world through music, dance and literature, E. Lozada also has a major interest in world textiles. In the past, he was invited to give a presentation/lecture of shawls from his collection by the Textile Arts Council of San Francisco at the de Young Museum. He is currently producing a book about his textile collection.

Kristyn T. Caragay
Research Associate In Country
graduated with a degree in BS Clothing Technology and has a master’s degree in Home Economics. She is an Iskolar ng Bayan through and through. Both of her parents are UP professors, and she received every level of her education – from nursery to post-graduate – from the University. Because of this, she was raised to believe that the most important thing she can do is to contribute to Philippine society. She hopes to accomplish this by uplifting the garment and textile industry. She tries to do this while serving as an Assistant Professor in the University’s Clothing Technology program. She also participates in projects related to Philippine textile and costume preservation. Outside the classroom, she is a freelance fashion designer and an aspiring bartender.

Maria Africa Beebe
Project Research Co-Director
President of Global Networks, Portland, Oregon
Maria is a sociolinguist interested in intercultural communication and has an M.A. in Anthropology and Ph.D. in Education from Stanford University. Her 25 years of global development work and research interests led her to launch Global Networks, a Portland, OR-based consulting, research, and education not-for-profit that works at the intersection of technology, content, and pedagogy.

Maya Ong Escudero
Project Co-Director
PAWA Board
For many years, Maya Ong Escudero has been an ardent supporter of the Fil Am community and Filipino art forms.

Michael Gonzalez
Project Research Co-Director
PAWA Board
Professor, City College of San Francisco, Department of Philippine Studies
Michael taught History at the University of the Philippines for a decade, moved to the U.S. in the 1985, and started a second career in technology as an editor for academic journal database at the Information Access Company (1985-1998). He pioneered remote data transfers and created a model for a regional telecommuting workforce that was replicated around the U.S. and in England. He lectured part-time at the CSU-Hayward, Stanford, UC Santa Cruz, and City College of San Francisco (CCSF) and continued his writing and research on cultural and symbolic power in religious associations, 19th century transportation history, cultural history, and in language teaching. After IAC, he joined the academic technology department of the Stanford University Libraries where he introduced innovations in teaching with technology to faculty. He has now returned to teaching Philippine History and Anthropology at CCSF and as an adjunct lecturer at USF Yuchengco Philippines Studies Program. Michael earned his AB History from the University of the Philippines. He holds an MA in Social Anthropology from  University of Sydney, Australia and an EdD from Fielding Graduate University, Santa Barbara, California. Michael was awarded a Fulbright Scholar Award in 2016 and will conduct field research among Philippine weaving communities in 2017. 


Patricia Araneta-Gonzalez
Patricia has a degree in Anthropology from the University of the Philippines. Her interest in material culture and the living arts led to a brief stint at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney, Australia and
various volunteer opportunities with university anthropology museums and art appreciation programs in Bay Area communities. She attended the Master in Liberal Arts program at Stanford, furthering her
enthusiasm for aesthetics, architecture and design.

Sara Grachelle Ang
THP Associate


The Hinabi Project logo design
by Kristian Kabuay

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Studio photograph, 19th century


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Vintage postcard, circa 1910


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Studio photograph of a group
dressed in Igorot attire, circa 1920


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