I'm sharing some of the things I picked up on my last trip to the Philippines. Showcasing ingenuity in merging design, functionality, sustainability, and fair trade, they make me feel proudly Filipino.
Banago is a collection of
hand woven bags and home accessories, expertly hand crafted by artisans
in the Pacific Islands. The collection is made up of vibrant colors and
exotic patterns, including the unique and colorful pattern design based
on the body-painting traditions of the ancient tattooed "Pintados"
warriors in the Philippine islands. With
each piece being hand crafted, BANAGO
supports the local communities and their households.
|I've used my Banago beach tote as a purse, a diaper bag, a
picnic basket, and a shopping bag and love its bold graphic pattern. |
Made out of a single piece of bamboo, the loudbasstard sound amplifier uses passive sound amplification to project music without electronics. Designed and handmade by Cebuano artisans, each
piece is organically treated to prevent borers and cured to achieve
desired moisture level suitable for temperate climates. It is then hand
cut, hand dyed, and hand packaged in-house in Cebu, Philippines. 100% awesome.
|This super simple design is beautiful.|
Lagu is the world's first beach-friendly beach blanket. Unlike ordinary towels, it repels sand allowing you to lay with ease
while also conserving the beach. It's unique linen blend is
allergen-free and has quick-dry properties, keeping it fresh for
repeated use. Save the Sand, Save the Beach.
|My Lagu beach blankets have seen several beaches, pool and parks already, and they're still in mint condition.|
Indigenous textiles by Anthill Fabric Gallery, a creative social enterprise and a lifestyle store
celebrating a communal spirit among Filipino artisans, bringing into one nest ingenuity, fashion, culture, advocacy and art.
It highlights the beauty of intricately woven indigenous fabrics
from the Philippine hill tribes to restore and promote the richness of Philippine culture and
|I plan on making Amelia some clothes with the fabrics I bought.|
El Nido Resorts is a group of eco-resorts located in northern Palawan, Philippines. The resorts offer
genuine, local hospitality and unique and enriching experiences amidst
the beautiful natural landscape. Embracing a strong commitment to sustainability, El Nido Resorts
exercise stewardship over the flourishing diverse environment, stressing
the importance of preserving nature to its guests.
|Our family trip to El Nido Pangulasian
was a dream come true. The days were full of activities that we were
only too happy to partake in. We snorkeled, paddle boarded, windsurfed,
island hopped, hiked, rock climbed, kayaked into lagoons, fed jack fish,
and swam with sharks all in the breathtaking beauty of Palawan's
crystal clear waters and limestone cliffs. |