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PBFI, he began, is a "nongovernment organization that hosts the biggest bamboo nursery for the entire Visayas and Mindanao, with at least 40 bamboo species grown in the nursery site in Dauin, Negros Oriental." Among PBFI's avid supporters is renowned architect and urban planner Felino "Jun" Palafox, an advocate of using indigenous materials for Philippine housing and who has been in close contact with Manda.
He added that the house is being maintained by PBFI on an exdeal arrangement.
Beneficiaries of this facility included not just the workers of PBFI, but also other primary and secondary bamboo processors in Negros Oriental.
PBFI is a nongovernment organization that hosts the biggest bamboo nursery for the entire Visayas and Mindanao, with at least 40 bamboo species grown in the nursery site in Dauin, Negros Oriental.
"The PBFI was also interested in the plight of wood carvers who eventually stopped carving because of the scarcity of hardwood.
PBFI officials visited the community in 2011 to announce the foundation's 1st Bamboo Carving Competition exclusively for Asin carvers to entice them to try the new material.
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