Garbage and glamor

Recycled materials and accessories will be worn in an upcoming fashion show designed to showcase the Ilonggo talent and creativity in making useful things out of garbage.

Garbage plastic bag turned into black dress. Photo source:

 The fashion event “Glamour in Trash” facilitated by the General Services Office (GSO) of the City Government and sponsored by Love Our Own Brethren (LOOB), Inc. is one of the activities in line with the celebration of the city’s 77th Charter Day anniversary in August.

“Recycling is highly encouraged in the city, especially for enterprising individuals who can literally make money out of garbage; it’s environment-friendly and gives income to less fortunate Ilonggos,” Mayor Jed Patrick E. Mabilog said.

According to Engr. Raul Gallo, assistant general services officer, 16 Japanese models, together with local ones, will grace the catwalk in Robinsons Place on August 24.
They will wear accessories made from recycled materials done by members of the Uswag Calajunan Livelihood Association (UCLA).

UCLA is the organization of waste-pickers living around the waste disposal facility in Brgy. Calajunan, Mandurriao district.

Some of their products are bags from paper and doy packs (used in the packaging of juices and beverages), accessories and jewelries, vases, and paper briquettes, among others.

Their products even reach the Japanese market through LOOB, Inc., a Filipino-Japanese non-government organization founded by the Loot couple from Mandurriao who are supportive of the projects of UCLA. (Lucy Montealto-Sinay/Iloilo City PIO)

Gown made of garbage. Photo source:


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