PALAWAN | Coron Souvenir at Kuweba Arts and Crafts

Saturday, February 05, 2011

A Tableful of Native Trinkets from Kuweba Arts and Crafts in Coron

Being a t-shirt junkie, Kuweba was the very first shop I looked for after alighting in Coron, following an article on the airline magazine about the custom-printed shirts they make. I got a few custom printed shirts from Baguio City and Sagada and they were among my favorites from the piles and piles of shirts stacked at my closet.

Finding this store proved to be elusive however, as it turned out that they have already moved shop. After a few directions and misdirection from the locals, I finally found it at the place where I made my very first walk inPen on Canvass Artwork by Rodney Formaran, Kuweba's Resident Artist Coron, in front of Gateway Hotel near the market.

Allow me to quote the store’s owner as to what Kuweba is all about:

The owner and resident craftsman, Rodney Formaran, had a dream of putting up a shop specializing in accessories, installation arts, and native decoration - all handmade and made of materials found in nature like corals, driftwood, bamboo, coconut, stones, shells seeds and bones. Kuweba made its debut in September 2008, one of the very few souvenir shops in Coron offering unique native island art handcrafted within the shop itself.

The shop displays bracelets, arm bands, anklets, necklace, and earrings alongside hand stitched leather and cloth bags, wood carvings, lamps and chimes. Native instruments like hand drums, two stringed guitars, wooden gongs, kubings, bamboo didjeridoos and flutes add to the charm of Kuweba, which means "cave" in Filipino.

The store is as unique as the description portrayed above, more so I would say.

But good art does come at a price and the unique pieces found in this shop commands a higher than usual tag than the regular souvenir store. This shop is really for those that can afford to spend a few hundred pesos for a piece of something unique. I do wish though that they would offer something not so expensive for the casual travelers. Give the masses a chance to own art I’d say.

Well pricey or not, I was still determined to get that shirt from Kuweba. Most unfortunate me, they were out of stock during our visit and one of the very courteous and chatty fellow manning the store said that it would take days to finish one up. Time though was the luxury we didn’t have, so I guess it would take another trip to Coron to get that handprinted shirt. I’d better call in advance just to be sure I’d get one next time. Pfffft.

Trinkets Galore at Kuweba Arts and Crafts Handwritten Product Descriptions at Kuweba Arts and Crafts, Cool eh? More Tribal Stuff at Kuweba Arts and CraftsKuweba's Entrance in Coron The Store's Description (transcribed above) at Kuweba Arts and Crafts.

  Kuweba Arts and Crafts 
  Barangay 5, Coron, Palawan 
  Right Beside the Market and Coron Gateway Hotel

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  1. asteeg ng souvenir shop. yan ang paborito kong hanapin sa mga pinupuntahan kong touristy destinations! sayang d kame matutuloy sa Coron! :(

  2. Pinaysolobackpacker
    Very unique talaga sila kaso may kamahalan ng konti yung mga tinda. =]
    Sigurado ako makakapunta ka rin ng Coron, imposibleng hindi. :P

  3. I like this place, napadaan din kami dito dati, medyo mahal nga lang mga tinda nila pero of good quality naman :)

  4. Claire
    Yup definitely good quality, really hope to score a shirt from them next time =]

  5. Di namin nadaanan to nung pumunta kami dyan over a year ago, sayang. But really beautiful photos you got here, man. :)

  6. Cedric
    Check mo next time pagbalik mo bro, thanks for the kind words :]

  7. Artist po ba si Rodney Formaran? Siya po ba yung gumagawa ng mga crafts? May re-search po kasi kami sa contemporary arts na maghanap ng artists na taga Palawan. Grade 11 po, Senior High.

    1. Hi Ain, yes, I think he's an artist in his own right

    2. ano po yong mga haalinbaawa na ginawa nya.