Bamboo flashlight holder that doubles as lamp
Found this nifty little thing at Ugu Bigyan's Pottery Shop and Restaurant in Tiang, Quezon. It's not one of the artist's creations but it does catch visitors' eyes.
"Gawa ito ng mga madre (These are made by nuns)," Ugu tells us.
Nuns join other artisans who sell their crafts occasionally in the venue. Ugu says the bamboo lamp inspired some guests from an Iloilo town with an abundance of bamboo just lying around.
The product does seem a little backward for a developing country, but villages here in the Philippines still experience cyclones knocking out power. And when that happens, those battery powered flashlights are called to duty.