Dr Abe V Rotor
Coconut trees are thinned every harvest. The over mature leaves are harvested for fuel, basket for bag (bayong) and mat (banig). The leaf is also used in making sinambong (rice cake enclosed with woven coconut leaf). It is the midrib that is the subject of this lesson.
The midrib is picked directly from from the frond, first by separating it from the lamina (leaf), then pulled out by hand. The crude midrib is cleaned with knife, air dried and bundled.
Broom makers proudly display their freshly made walis tingting which will dry up and ready for use in a few days. A broom may cost from P20 to P50 depending on the size of the bundle and market..
Parade participants from Tahanan Walang Hagdanan, a center for the disabled in Cainta, Rizal, with their coconut midrib brooms, “Walis Tingting” (Internet).