Abra has rare all-bamboo house

WITH A MERE BUDGET OF P1.1 million, Carmelita Bersalona built a 200-square meter duplex in her hometown, Bangued, Abra, in three months. A proponent of sustainable living, she says Abra is one of the country’s main sources of bamboo.

The home is a showcase of what she imparts as the Livelihood and Economic Development Program coordinator and production system specialist of the International Network for Bamboo and Rattan, whose headquarters is in Beijing. She travels around the world, lecturing on the merits of bamboo and rattan as reliable construction materials, and how they offer sustainable ways to help people out of poverty.

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