As a Subanen crafter I learned how to cut and inlay the designs of our Christmas cards,
And I learned how to make beaded mandalas.
I also was given the opportunity to take courses in cooking and in computer skills. I am lucky to be a Subanen crafter. Other Subanen women my age have to work long hours as household helpers with no health care and very little money.
My favorite experience was when the Subanen crafters visited Fr Brian Gore. Fr Gore works with poor farmers on his demonstration farm on the island of Negros.
On January 28, 2013 I married Junriel Salacop. We wore our traditional Subanen dress.
We pray that we will be able to provide for our children and give them a good education.
My co-workers in Subanen Crafts hiked to my mountain home to attend our wedding.
As part of our wedding ritual, my cousin Juvy Lopecillo, also a Subanen Crafter, poured water over our joined hands as a symbol of our shared life together.
My name is Liza Gumapas and I work in the Subanen Crafts Project which was started by Columban Father Vincent Busch.
Because of the Columban Missionaries and their supporters, my fellow crafters and I have been given a chance for better life.