THE BAMBOOS OF MARAGONDON
(ANG KAWAYAN NG MARAGONDON)
Note: Currently Updating
By: Dindo Mojica, C.E., M.Eng
The town of
is known as the bamboo capital of Maragondon (through OTOP or Cavite , One Product during the term of former President
Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo) where bamboo products are produced and distributed in
various places in the country. One Town
Bamboo is one of the most popular raw materials for furniture and decorations.
Bambusa blumeana, also known as the Spiny Bamboo or Thorny Bamboo, is a species of bamboo occurring abundantly in the town of
Bambusa blumeana, also known as the Spiny Bamboo or Thorny Bamboo
It is known locally in the
as Kawayang Tinik. It thrives from hills, mountains,
upland barangays and near the streams and rivers. Philippines
The Bamboos from Maragondon are used mostly for bamboo poles for the construction of Tahong and Talaba farms and being distributed at the coastal towns of
such as Bacoor, Kawit, Noveleta and Cavite Province .
It is also transported from other towns of Cavite City when the portable “Bahay Kubo” or Nipa Hut was introduced. Cavite Province
Bamboo poles in Tahong Farms (Photo from Internet)
Nipa Hut (Bahay Kubo)
The bamboos are carried manually or through the use of a Water Buffalo (Carabao)and are also transported through a Trailer and an Owner-Type Jeep with Dual Manual Transmission.
The locals also sell their bamboo products by making Sticks to be used for Pinoy Street Food products such as Fishball, Kikiam, Bananacue, Camotecue, and Barbeques such as Isaw, Helmet, etc. where most of them earn for a living
Bamboo sticks are dried up to be used as barbeque sticks, and other Pinoy Street foods
Banana Cue and Camote Cue (Photo from Internet)
Fishballs, Kikiam, etc. (Photo from Internet)
Isaw, etc. (Photo from Internet)
“Kawayang Maragondon” is actually a program launched by the municipal government to strengthen their major product. This also contributes to the tourism of Maragondon as it draws people to the town to buy bamboo products they need for their house or for business.
Video by Ms. Harlene Delgado
Presently, the local government of Maragondon is striving hard to be recognized as a bamboo manufacturer with products that are of high quality which can compete in the local and world market.
Please see - Bagong Maragondon Facebook:
From just being an ordinary stick and ipit sa damit traded in Divisoria, it also previously exhibited in SM Megamall, SM Dasmarinas, Walk-In-Trade (Bacoor), Corregidor Inn and in WOW Philippines clamshell in Intramuros (during PGMA’s term) showcasing products that ranges from cellphone holders, trays, picture frames, pencil holders, lampshades and other novelty items to a complete sofa set.
These products became favourite corporate giveaways during Christmas season and other special occasions. Balikbayans and foreign visitors find these good pasalubong items for their friends and families abroad.