Thursday, May 31, 2012

Weekend Getaway: Our Encounter with Vigan's National Folk Artist: Fidel Antiporda Go

by lakwatserong tatay

Here is another place that must be visited when your in Vigan. This place was also part of our adventures in Weekend Getaway "Vigan Episode", see it for we make our burnay's......^_^

Burnay was brought to Vigan by Chinese artisans, according to Vigan folk historian Damaso King, came from Kwi-Sao, Chun-chiu province of Mainland China. It may have existed in the place even before the coming of Spaniards in 1572. These Chinese artisans who set up this cottage industry depended on the natives for their clay supply and labor. One of Vigan's National Folk Artist "Fidel Go", owner of the Ruby Pottery and descendant of the first Chinese potter who came to vigan, has his own account of Burnay industry history in Vigan.

Burnay is an earthenware jar crafted by a potter's hands with the aid of a potter's wheel. It uses fine sand (anay) as a tempering material and fired at a high temperature in a huge brick-and-clay ground kiln that makes it harder and more durable than other terra cotta. Sugarcane, Basi Wine and Local Bagoong (fish sauce) would not taste as good if not fermented in stoneware burnay jars.

Around 1890, burnay technology was introduced to Vigan by Pedro Go, a Chinese settler from Mainland China. He set up his camarin (jar factory) in the street known now as Rivero St. in Brgy VIII. Around 1916, Ongkai Go, son of Pedro Go's brother, came to Philippines and worked with him.

Ongkai came back to the Philippines around 1922 now with his cousin Igan Go, to set up their own jar factory (now known as Ruby Pottery). By that time, there were five burnay factories in Vigan, run by Go's, Pedro, Igan, Ramon (relatives & owner of RG Jar Factory), Buki and Domingo. The last four camarins were all along in the street known now as Gomez St. in Brgy. VII.

Sir Fidel Go....
 Fidel Go, son of the late Ongkai and inherited the Ruby Pottery from Igan Go, was awarded as the Gawad Manlilikha ng Bayan (National Folk Artist Award) of the National Commission on Culture and the Arts in 1990 for continuing the craft he inherited and for himself knowing all the rumidents of the craft. Claims that between the two surviving Chinese-owned jar factories, he is the only one (now with one of his sons) who still does pottery himself....(actually that time we were lucky to meet him in person and teach us how to make a burnay....kaso lang badtrip...nagmukha toilet bowl yun sakin...hehehehe...^_^)

Today, Brgy. VII is known as Pagburnayan, which means "place where burnay is made". As of now, three burnay factories remains, Ruby Jar factory, RG Jar factory, NP Jar factory. These burnay factories are the only ones found throughout our country. Where you could choose in a wide variety of burnay's produc from different shapes, sizes, designs, plant pots, and others.

Source: "Lifted from the Vigan Ethnographic Studies by VMP Socio-Cultural Team"

Johari's turn...
Tourists and travelers like us, buy jars directly from any of these factories. Most of the tour packages offered include this place, known to be Pagburnayan. So when your in Vigan, you must not missed the chance to see it, try it, and make your own burnay....^_^ what happen to us...^_^.

Of course...syempre dapat ako din...^_^
Next stop: Vigan's Arce Mansion....

1 comment:

Ichan said...

may naghahataw n ng posts wahahaha! san n ung finished product nu?


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