Iloilo’s premier pasalubong center, Tinukib, recently opened at Casa Gamboa after transferring its Pavia showroom to the said heritage house. Tinukib, launched in 2013, envisions to be a leading marketing and development foundation as well as main economic driver in the growth of micro and small producers in the region and beyond. It is a thrust established by the Taytay Sa Kauswagan (TSKI) with its Business Development Services (BDS) department in a bid to empower micro-entrepreneurs raise their standard of living and bridge poverty to progress. Above photo: Casa Gamboa
What is Tinukib. Tinukib is a Hiligaynon term that means ‘to discover’. The name is carefully created to let visitors discover the rich cultural heritage of Iloilo and the works of art made by the artistic hands of Ilonggo micro-entrepreneurs. Aside from promoting the province’s rich culture, Tinukib also aims to help communities and provide a distinct impact to the dynamic social enterprises it supports.
Tinukib now housed in one of Iloilo’s historical landmarks. Tinukib is now sheltered inside Casa Gamboa where the replica of the Philippine flag were sewn and delivered by Patrocinio Gamboa, an Ilonggo revolutionary heroine, to Sta. Barbara for the Inauguration of the Revolutionary Government of Visayas. Tinukib will be showcasing a variety of local products – delicacies, handicrafts – as well as tablea making and hablon weaving demonstration on a scheduled basis.
Tablea, local blend chocolate made from cacao beans, crafted by Balay Tablea of Cabatuan. Tinukib also hosts tablea – making demonstration by Balay Tablea on appointment basis.
Hablon weaving. Demonstration also available on appointment basis.
Antique is known for its Pahinis Festival celebrated specifically in Laua-an Antique. The province is also known for its quality muscovado sugar made from sugar cane.
Who is Patrocinio Gamboa, revolutionary heroine of Iloilo? Notable for her participation in the Philippine Revolution, Gamboa is best known for making the Philippine flag hoisted during the inauguration of the revolutionary government of the Visayas in Sta. Barbara, Iloilo. “During the 17th of November 1898, the revolutionary government of the Visayas was to be inaugurated. Such an occasion called for a flag. The women of Jaro prepared a replica of the flag made by Marcela Agoncillo for General Emilio Aguinaldo in Hong Kong. The problem lay in its delivery to Sta. Barbara headquarters of General Martin Delgado.
Between the towns were Spanish guards shooting anyone suspected as being in league with the revolutionary forces. Gamboa and a young lieutenant, Honorio Solinap, volunteered for the task. Gamboa wrapped the revolutionary flag around her waist, concealing it with her garments. The two went off as husband and wife delivering hay. The carriage came upon a roadblock and the two faced danger. To divert the attention of the guards, Gamboa staged a husband and wife quarrel with herself as domineering wife, berating an unfortunate, weak husband. As she shouted and cursed the subdued man, she also pinched, bit, and boxed him. They acted their parts so convincingly that the guards, overwhelmed with laughter, allowed them to pass. They delivered the flag in time for the inaugural ceremonies.”
Gamboa and a young lieutenant, Honorio Solinap, volunteered for the task. Gamboa wrapped the revolutionary flag around her waist and the two went off as husband and wife delivering hay. The carriage came upon a roadblock and the two faced danger. To divert the attention of the guards, Gamboa staged a husband and wife quarrel with herself as domineering wife, berating an unfortunate, weak husband. They acted their parts so convincingly that the guards allowed them to pass. They delivered the flag in time for the inaugural ceremonies.
Other products at Tinukib. For more information, visit Tinukib Pasalubong Center at the Casa Gamboa, Heritage House of Patrocinio Gamboa at Cor. Commission Civil-Jayme Streets, Benedicto, Jaro.