The Farmers Information and Technology Services Center (FITS) based in Miag-ao, Iloilo proudly nominates Landrino E. Española, a skilled bamboo craftsman and product designer, as its Magsasaka Siyentista for WESVARRDEC.
Born in 1959, Antique-born Española gradually established a name by creating genuine and original bamboo crafts in the town of Miag-ao, Iloilo. Using locally grown bamboo as raw material since 2001, Española’s business has been turning out environment-friendly and customized products—from business gifts to decorative items and from kitchenware to furniture and other functional and multipurpose products. Some are combined with other materials. Using traditional technologies, Española’s products come with high quality and durability, as if they are crafted for personal use.
The MS nominee has joined competitions on bamboo crafts. In the First Iloilo Kawayan Market Week in 2005, Española was awarded Second Place for the Best Booth Competition, an achievement for someone new to the industry at the time.
To date, Española has attended trainings and seminars including the First National Conference on Bamboo in Iloilo City in August 1996; the Third National Bamboo Conference in Pili, Camarines Sur in June 1999; and the Productivity and Quality Seminar Workshop in June 2001in Iloilo City.
In January 2005, Española was one of the trainers in the Skills Training on Bamboo Craft Production held in Miag-ao, Iloilo.
Española maintains affiliation with groups such as Iloilo Bamboo Producers Association, among others. A member of the Knights of Columbus and Eucharistic Minister of Holy Communion, Espanola considers himself a servant of God—to whom he believes he owes his skill as a craftsman through which he earns a living.
The 51-year old bamboo businessman lives in barangay Lumangan, Miag-ao, Iloilo with his wife and business partner Emilia Española. The couple are blessed with six children—three boys and three girls, all supported by the income from the bamboo craft business.