Curious how cauldron is being made? PH town still makes it manually

  • The cauldron used in the torch-lighting ceremony of the SEA games went controversial
  • A television show disclosed how cauldron is being made manually in Pampanga
  • People say, a cauldron made manually is more durable than what is made by machines

MANILA CITY, Philippines – Following the controversies involving the allegedly “overpriced” construction of the Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) cauldron used for the event’s torch-lighting ceremony, curiosity has tickled people to ask how to make one?

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In an episode of the GMA magazine show Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho; the program went to Floridablanca, Pampanga, a town in the Philippines known for making cauldrons and other kitchen utensils and tools, to document how it is being done manually.

As per the show, the process starts with the hammering of the aluminum and steel alloy and then putting it into the fire to make the shape more solid. The process is being repeated multiple times until the cauldron is perfectly-made.

The cauldron makers then bore holes and attach handles into it. Presto, it is already a finished product; ready to be sold at prices ranging from P250.00 to P3,000.00 depending on its size.

Adela Pusung, an owner of a shop making kitchen tools since 1950s, said, “Yung mga parents ko, ganito na ang trabaho. ‘Pag pasko, marami kaming mga customer dahil karamihan ay namimili para pang-giveaways.”

“Pero ngayon, ‘yung mga kabataan [ay] walang natutong magpukpok. Kapag ‘yung mga nagpupukpok ay hindi na sila pupuwede, hindi namin alam kung ano ang mangyayari sa amin.”

Image by GMA Public Affairs via YouTube

[This was also the job of my parents. During Christmas, we have lots of customers because people buy for giveaways. Youth today, however, do not know the hard work of making one. If our workers are no longer capable, we do not know what will happen to us.]

People say, a cauldron made manually is more durable than what is made by machines but it takes strong effort to make. May the values of hard work continue.

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