A Passionate Jeweler Pays It Forward With Bead Jewelry-Making Workshops
Anna Cassandra Terrenal of Tesseract Manila finds fulfillment in sharing her passion for jewelry-making via the Seeds, Beads, and Meals for Moms program of Gota de Leche.
MAYOYAO, IFUGAO — Anna Terrenal found herself in the municipality of Mayoyao for the very first time last August – not for a vacation, but to teach the beneficiaries of the Seeds, Beads, and Meals for Moms program how to make simple bead jewelry sets.
Mayoyao is the first of four locations where Anna (and assistant Jose Patrick Osorio) of Tesseract Manila will conduct basic bead-making workshops. The output of these workshops will serve as an additional income stream to help the beneficiaries and their young breastfeeding offspring meet and sustain their nutritional needs.
“It was my first time in Mayoyao and the experience was quite memorable. It was interesting because I saw that a few of the beneficiaries already knew how to make jewelry, they were somewhat familiar with the materials except for the correct technique,“ Anna describes the event.
She looks back on how she was made aware of Gota de Leche’s unique project for pregnant and lactating women in the Cordillera Region.
“An enlightening moment for me was when I learned that their signature color was blue. That each community in the Cordillera has their own distinct color, not just the usual black, red, and yellow colors. I also learned that they had seeds that can be turned into beads which personally amazed me. I wasn’t just a teacher that day but also a student learning about their culture and the community.”
Anna looks forward to similar endeavors and future collaborations with Gota de Leche because of this illuminating experience.
“Being able to help other women (and men – because there were men during the Mayoyao workshop) with my passion and being able to teach and share that with them as a source of livelihood is not just empowering, but fulfilling.”
(Gota de Leche would like to thank its partners Tesseract Manila, Igorota Foundation, Inc., and everyone who assisted, coordinated, and attended the Seeds, Beads, and Meals for Moms events.
-- Credits: Originally written by Gota de Leche, 13 September 2019