St. Louie Furniture
Gov. Halili, Turo, Bocaue, Bulacan, Philippines
Phone No.: (044)-692-58-53

Branch: DRT. Hi-way, Taal Pulilan, Bulacan, Philippines
Phone No.:(044)-676-35-43

 Email: stlouiefurniture@yahoo.com

  Product Description
  The major raw materials used in the manufacture of furniture items consist mainly of wood (Narra, Tanguile, Gmelina, Mahogany). Other used combination of two or more materials such as rattan, wicker, metal, stone, leather, sea grass, and other indigenous materials.
  Product Lines
  Furniture (chairs, tables, cabinets, beds, etc.)
Decors (figurines, etc.)
  Product Origin
Our designs originated in Betis, Guagua Pampanga. Because furniture that are being made in Betis are considered world-class. Most of the styles are copied from catalogues but modifications have always been the case in this town. Eclecticism is almost synonymous to "huge profit". The more elements within furniture would mean the more clients that a certain showroom of furniture will attract. It is perhaps in this style why Betis furniture, although a European influence, made its way to have its own unique identity.
  Betis, Guagua, Pampanga has been the home of skilled furniture manufacturers for decades.  This had gained for the municipality the reputation as place of fine furniture and wood works.
  Furniture making skill has been passed on from generation to generation among the furniture workers of Betis, Guagua who train and expose their children to the industry at an early age. Betis then, like most of rural Philippines , offered few opportunities in livelihood for its youth aside from the traditional farming and fishing.
  Woodcarving, sculpture, or furniture stores all over Metro Manila and in the whole mainland Luzon would reveal an interesting fact --- most of them are owned by families from Pampanga, in particular, from the town of Betis .
  Betis today is the furniture-making and woodcarving capital of Pampanga, and in fact, of the whole Luzon . Furniture, carvings, and religious images often spill out into the backyards from homes that double as small woodworking shops. One sees sculptors and carvers busy at work all over the town throughout the day.
  The best furniture shops in Metro Manila, San Fernando , Olongapo, Baguio , and other urban centers are owned by families from Betis. With the introduction of the crafts of woodcarving and furniture-making , many Betis families have achieved affluence.
  The Carving Tradition
  One of the many specialized crafts known in the Philippines is woodcarving and wood sculpture. This area actually covers a wide range of wooden art pieces from the Hispanic but folksy religious images (variously called as malasantu, santo, rebultu) to the modern pieces of furniture now being exported abroad. Presently, fine woodcarvers in the Philippines include the manlililok of Paete in Laguna, the Ifugaos of the Cordillera region, and the Maranaos and Tausugs of Mindanao. In Pampanga, the most recognized woodcarvers collectively come from the mandukit of the old Betis district of Guagua.
  The carving tradition in Betis is as old as the town itself. Although it can be assumed that it progressed and gained an international reputation during the time of Diosdado Macapagal in the 1960’s when the Philippines started to become active in international trade, it was more than 5 centuries older. Even before the arrival of the Spanish colonizers, Betis people were well-known black-smiths, carvers, ship builders and carpenters.
  The first furniture carvers in Betis were not really Betis people. During the time when religion is a means of salvation and business, Catholicism was a weapon and a “puhunan”. Augustinians needed to build churches by means of cheap but quality labor from the Chinese—foreigners who came first before the Spaniards.
  Beautification of the interior of the church was a must. And these Chinese artisans definitely knew how. Copying from prints and catalogues taken by the friars from Spain , these artisans who later became permanent dwellers in Betis taught the rudiments of not really art making but the art of imitation to the indios. These indios, who were probably great imitators later developed the technique and became their own.
  Growing number of elite is inevitable. Several Illustrados in Betis who were able to visit Europen countries brought back the Europen influence especially towards the attitude of taste. They wanted the interior of their houses be decorated as if they are in a monarchy. The elegant sillion de fraileros of the friars were later became the common “luklukan” (chair) of the padre de pamilya. And the maker—a Betis mandukit.
  It was from this germinal idea of luklukan that this simple imitation had become a business. In the opening of the Suez Canal in the 19th century, furniture making was at its full bloom in Betis. And the mandukit-he was making a full interior decoration of sala set, grand father clocks, console tables, side tables, history and business as well. Now, it still remains an art and a business in Betis.
  The wood-carving tradition in Betis, commonly known as “dukit” still exists today. It is a tradition being transferred generation by generation and has become a way of life of the people who lives there.