At the fifth floor of San Pedro Hospital’s Medical Arts Building in Davao City, one quaint little office has been especially set aside for the use of the Dominican Sisters of the Trinity’s Center for Justice & Peace Community Extension Services. This Center is a project of the Dominican Sisters of Davao to help the unprivileged and those experiencing injustices.

One of their programs is to provide Alternative Education to children who cannot afford to go to school. Some of these scholars eventually go to college and are supported by the program and their sponsors. To add to their allowances, Sr. Anabella del Castillo, O.P., the Center’s founder, other volunteers, and the scholars themselves craft hand-made products to sell. These include cards for all occasions (Birthdays, Christmas, Thank You Notes, Well Wishes, among others), beaded and crocheted accessories as well as sewed items.

The beauty of the hand-crafted cards lies not only in their designs, but also in the materials used. Locally produced fabric like T’nalak of the Tboli people of Southern Mindanao and Sinamay, which is made from abaca, feature prominently in the cards. The dark and slender Alambrillo branches and light, carved bamboo are utilized beautifully as mini branches with paper or felt leaves and flowers. The gallery below show samples of the Center’s products. For more information, you can visit their website here.