A Journey with clay
Siegrid Bangyay is a native of Sagada, Mt Province, the Philippines and a member of the Applai Kankanaey indigenous group. The Applai are one of the few Philippine indigenous peoples to have retained full control of their land, culture, and resources, and have blended a lifestyle that adopts many modern features with a deep attachment to their traditions and ritual life.
Siegrid’s artistic life is complemented by extensive involvement in community and development work. She has worked for several NGOs, including A Single Drop Foundation (www.singledrop.org) training community residents to build and use bio-sand water filters, and Earth Day Network Philippines (www.earthdayphilippines.org), as community coordinator for projects installing hydraulic ram water pumps. She’s one of the board members of the Sagada Solid Waste Association and has served as barangay (village) secretary in her home village of Dagdag. Siegrid has worked as a local counterpart to a Peace Corps Volunteer’s environmental education projects and was a project design and management trainer for Peace Corps Philippines.
Siegrid holds a BS Commerce degree from the University of the Cordilleras in Baguio and is married with two sons.