Thinking of what to give to your loved ones on Valentine’s Day?
A bouquet of flowers, chocolates, and fluffy stuffed toys are certainly appreciated, but if you are looking for something that would last forever, why not opt for an idea that is outside the box?
Yes, you can skip the non-traditional gift ideas and replace them with creative presents.
In La Union, meet a budding entrepreneur that offers paper crafts as alternative Valentine gifts.
Nora Bungay, a licensed engineer, and a registered nurse has magical hands that can turn paper such as old books, newspapers, and magazines into beautifully-made papercrafts.
“Handcrafting is what I do in my spare time,” she said, adding that she learned some of her work of art from the internet.
She started crafting some five years ago and now, she has advanced her skills mostly using paper and textiles.
Nora shared that her interest in handcrafting initially involved making bags and pouches made of cloth until she ventured into making impressive paper crafts such as floral centerpieces and origami.
“Despite fast-paced and evolving high technology, I believe that many still appreciate creative, personalized products,” told Nora.
Further, she mentioned that she used to make her crafts for home and personal use but with support and encouragement from her family and friends, she has decided to turn her passion and hobby into the next level.
For this year’s celebration of Love Month, she has partnered with Krieytib Hub as a drop-off point for her handmade gifts, particularly paper flowers. As the name suggests, the shop is a homegrown one-stop-creative hub in the province with curated products and services perfect for her arts and crafts.
“Let someone smile and feel loved with paper flowers and centerpieces,” encouraged Nora.
When asked what she thinks the future of her enterprise would be, she believes, “Anything that is made from the heart will never be out of date.”
She also hopes that more people will support local crafters whose beautiful masterpieces show their commitment to preserving the environment.
So, for those interested, especially those that are environmentally conscious, you may grab the limited paper flowers available at the Krieytib Hub and spread a little love this Valentine’s Day. (JCR/JND/PIA La Union)