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TINUKIB is a Hiligay-non word rooting from the word tukib meaning "to discover",
thus tinukib means "discovered or a discovery". It was indeed an afternoon of discovery as I
found myself at the Tinukib Pasalubong Center located at the ground floor of the Taytay Sang
Kauswagan Inc. (TSKI) building in Brgy. Mali-ao, Pavia, Iloilo.

Conveniently located along the highway between Iloilo City and the Iloilo International
Airport, tourists as well as locals will surely marvel at the variety of creations by artistic and
innovative Ilonggo micro enptrepreneurs as well different goodies gathered from around the

Like this galore of products from the nearby island of Guimaras. Take your pick from
mango bars, mango barquillos, mango otap, mango preserves, concentrated mango juice and
mango ketchup - all having that Guimaras fruitty signature. But don't fret if you're not into
mangoes as they also have cashew nuts, pickels, pineapples and more.

Of course even if Biscocho Haus is nearby, Tinukib also have Ilonggo biscuits and
delicacies like Deocampo barquillos and mamon tostado, Wewin's biscocho, bañadas and one
of my fave pasalubong items - Mama's Kitchen. They have a complete selection that time from
their signature mango chewies to tsokolate crisps, peanut cunrchies, pinipig crunchies, cashew
crunchies and a whole lot more.

And quite surprisingly they have frozen products like sausages and chorizo made by
Ilonggo foodiepreneurs.

Enough of food already and we go to the health and beauty display where in native teas
like ampalaya, moringa and ginger are tehre to appease the health conscious. A lot of home-
made skin care products are also on display.

Tinukib Pasalubong Center was conceived through a contemporary innovation to

reintroduce and provide domestic and foreign tourists a genuine glimpse of authentic and
quality Ilonggo products, craftsmanship, and cultural promotion that defines everything about
the Ilonggos - with a heart.

The core of of Tinukib is more than just rediscovering the rich culture of the Ilonggos
and what it has to offer globally, but also the worthier cause of helping communities ad making
a difference to the dynamic social enterprises it supports. Each Tinukib product is made with a
story from the heart. It depicts the journey of each product from the home of its producer to
the showromm, giving a glimpse of the very heart of the Ilonggo community.
Beautiful handcrafted products made from piña, bamboo, pandan, buri, abaca, nito,
raffia, coconut shell and capiz shells that are abundant in the fertile soils and rich seas of
Western Visayas. They are made into gists and housewares, fashion and accessories, souvenir
items, furniture and furnishings and many more.

Each product from Tinukib is made from quality materials with the top notch
craftsmanship, extensive research and product development by local communities and
beneficiaries of Taytay Sang Kauswagan, Inc. (TSKI). It is an organization with a social purpose to
raise the standard of living to world class of all the entrepreneurs it supports.

Tinukib to Globalization

DTI Iloilo Provincial Director Diosdado P. Cadena, Jr. urged other non-government organizations
and other groups to follow the success now enjoyed by the Taytay sa Kauswagan Inc. (TSKI) and
its marketing arm, the Tinukib Foundation Inc.

“We hope to see other NGOs to replicate this success. TSKI has provided economic, social and
cultural development of the country,” Cadena told the media at the sidelines of the grand
launching of Tinukib at the Festive Walk Parade in Megaworld’s Iloilo Business Park.

Tinukib’s second pasalubong center was launched on Wednesday, January 18, 2017. Its first
outlet was launched three years ago at the TSKI Building in Pavia, Iloilo, according to TSKI
Executive Director Angelo Solarte.

“We saw how Tinukib grew as the marketing arm of TSKI,” said Cadena, citing how TSKI started
from a small micro-finance company and diversifying to business development services
providing product development technology, skills training and marketing programs to its

Cadena recalled that TSKI started in 1986 as an NGO with a P2,500 starting fund to register at
the Securities and Exchange Commission. In the early 1990’s, he added, TSKI borrowed from the
financing program of the DTI amounting to P250,000.

Cadena said TSKI was able to repay its loan because of its good financial management.

From there on, TSKI have now grown into a billion-peso asset, Cadena added.
(Tinukib Foundation Inc. /
Taytay sang Kauswagan Inc)