Arsenia Barrion Ocampo

She was given the Panday Pira Awards for “Pioneering in Embroidery for Export” and for her role in the economic upliftment of the town of Taal. Although Taal had been known for embroidery before the Americans came, Balisong, its barrio, foremost as such, the industry had been confined solely to making barongs and “enaguas” of piña cloth. The embroidery at that time was coarse since the thread used was locally made from kapok.

The thread used was locally made from kapok. On recommendation of Thomas Cabrera. Then supervising teacher of the local public school, Arsenia Barrion, Elena Badillo, and Maria Sanchez were sent to the School of Household Industries, to learn the rudiments of the needle. They took up their studies for nine months between 1914 to 1915 learning fine embroidery by hand and by machine, only Arsenia’s or Sining’s name became synonymous with embroidery.

Today, Arsenia Barrion Ocampo is a wealthy woman blessed with a lawyer daughter by her husband, Gabriel Ocampo, also of Taal.