Last August 16 was another day for the employees of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) to learn a new skill which is to make a flower arrangement and make their own herbal medicines. This activity is part of the series of skills livelihood workshops headed by BARIE.
The resources speakers are both from Negoskwela Livelihood and Technology Training Center. Mr. Rosauro Leonardo gave the lecture by simultaneously brewing and preparing different herbal medicines in front of the participants. He covered topics like oil extraction from herbal materials through distillation process, making t into ointment with the use of different herbal plants like guava, papaya, oregano, lemongrass, pandan, and tawa-tawa.
As for the Flower Arrangement, Ms. Melinda Quiogue discussed about basic technique in flower arrangement and gave the participants tips and tricks about flower arranging with a tight budget. She also further discussed the different types of flower arrangements suitable for different occasions and locations.
Ms. Melinda Quiogue urged the participants not to be afraid of trying different things in making their arrangements because their fear can limit what they can. She even said that nobody can tell anyone that what they did was wrong because it's their own interpretation of what art is.
Next week there is another set of livelihood skills workshop and it will be about herbal soap making and the Rice in a Box business.