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Pioneer Innovative Straw Hats is Pride of Baliuag, Bulacan

Last April 28 to May 11, 2008, Baliuag Buntal Hat Festival was held at the town Gloriettawith about 45 exhibitors of various crafts and trades. The event was covered by ABS-CBN Umagang Kay Ganda and telecast live during the festival. The main theme of the event was to promote the known Buntal Straw Hat which has its origin from this town.

The innovative buntal straw hat was revived by the great grandson of the pioneer weaver, ImpongDolores Maniquis. His name is Marc de Borja, President of Far East Straw Hats Corporation. Thiscompany has its Display Office at Sta. Barbara, Baliuag, Bulacan. The booth of the exhibitor wasvisited by Mayor Romy Estrella during the festival and he saw the quality straw hat as worn by the models. For more details about this straw hat please visit

The making of a straw hat is an art that is being done by Marc de Borja, CEO of Far East Straw Hats Corporation. This straw hat is very versatile in design and can be worn on any occasions. The headgear fits both men and women alike.

The material is made of the best selected buntal fiber, hand-woven from the crown to the brim and closed with a back weave. The traditional way of weaving has been adapted by Marc and added the touch of current fashion trends. The style is very European in the form of the classic Fedora and Trilby. The hatband comes in solid colors and tropical designs which are pleated and are limited edition of about 25 pieces each. It is made of quality material and the sweatband is made of satin fabric.

The straw hat has been previewed by local celebrities like Lara Quigaman, Miss International 2005 and talented actress, singer, Jennifer Lee. Both of them like the soft touch and comfort of wearing the straw hat.

The straw hat can be ordered at