Capiz or Lampirong (option spelling: Lamperong) Windows. Just one of the most unique and gorgeous architectural aspects of old Philippine structures are the home windows manufactured with shell rather than glass. We’re not certain if this is for the reason that glass was not manufactured in the Philippines or it was just way too highly-priced, but no matter what the rationale, it has has provided us a treasure in these beautiful windows. We had imagined that Capiz was anything of the distant past until the stands marketing “Lampirong” oysters (Placuna placenta) sprang up along the Countrywide Freeway involving Oton and Tigbauan, Iloilo on Panay Island in Could. The seller advised us that these Lampirong were being harvested right in the immediate place, not trucked in from Capiz Province.
The photograph previously mentioned shows Carol buying Lampirong oysters. At to start with look the Lampirong look so slender that there could not be significantly meat. This proved not to be the situation. The Lampirong had been meatier than other area oysters and, according to my Filipino household, exceptionally clean, sweet and mouth watering. The expense was P35 for each kilo.
The shells of lampirong are discarded and have no sector benefit but they are in some cases utilised for decorations these types of as the Christmas tree demonstrated higher than, by the roadside in Oton, Iloilo.
Acquiring back to historic Capiz windows, you can see why the home windows are so beautiful. They filter in a silent mild via the luminicent, mother-of-pearl shell. The fact is that a single the Lampirongs are eaten, the shells are discarded. One particular firm is advertising and marketing recently-designed Capiz merchandise, including windows: http://www.lamperong.com/
Due to the fact we’re developing our new dwelling, it’s a real temptation to incorporate these stunning Capiz shells in some way, someplace.