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Pagburnayan

Pagburnayan

Pagburnayan, where visitors are enthralled not only by jars and other pottery products of various sizes, shapes and designs, is a place where old and authentic methods in pottery are still in use. This is an age-old trade of the locals with some allusion to the legendary Ruzon jars value by the Shogunate of Japan because of the jar’s capacity to enhance flavour of food.

With no entrance fee, visitors are wowed with a demonstration of how burnay, or jars, are made. The potters make the burnay by hand, casting it on a potter’s wheel. It is the potter’s skill that determines how intricate a burnay will be. The jars are then cooked to hardness in a pugon, a brick and clay kiln fired to extremely hot temperatures. The local bagoong(fish sauce), sugarcane vinegar, and basi wine would not taste as good as if not fermented in burnay jars. Tourists can also experience pottery making with their bare hands for free.

100 jars, even with various designs, and 400 to 500 salt beds were made daily, enough to fill orders from all their customers. Small jars, bought as souvenirs or for gifts to relatives and friends back home, sell briskly.

Fidel Go, the owner of the business, claimed his father as an immigrant from China who had learned how to make jars in his native land, who set up the business in 1922 after marrying a local lass, passing it on to Fidel in the 1970s.


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