Compiled by John Legaspi
Photos by Noel Pabalate

The trees are lit, decorations are hung, and Christmas tunes are in the air. Truly, this is the season to be merry and to give back to the people that made your year bearable despite the challenges and hurdles you came across. What better way to treat them than to give Filipino-made presents that support budding merchants?

Many institutions celebrate the Filipino’s gift of creating—the “love local” advocacy of Bench, DTI’s Go Lokal, and SM Supermalls’ “Malling is More Fun In the Philippines.”

Manila Bulletin Lifestyle is shining the spotlight on local entrepreneurs with products and merchandise that are worth our readers’ every peso. Here’s our first batch of gift recommendations for this holiday season.



For the trailblazing athleisure kind, minimalist-style Ani Toshe bags are durable, and can easily fit a person’s urban lifestyle.

Distributed by Zahav Marketing Co., an onlinebased enterprise, Ani Toshe bags are designed so you can carry them in multiple ways. The design features the use of lightweight materials with a touch of faux leather for luxury, tinted in black and teal to keep each bag young and contemporary. An interesting thing about the bag is its zipper placements—on the straps and unusual bag openings. Ani Toshe is also on a mission to provide a sustainable livelihood for local sewers who are passionate about their skills and crafts, aiming to bring Filipino brands to a world-class level.

Product: Ani Toshe Athena (₱850), and Arah bag (₱700)

09228835231 | 09179108418 | |19 Villegas St., Quezon City



Dainty and with a touch of a vintage aesthetic, this pair of Creollas earrings from Amami is the perfect finishing touch to that ladylike look this holiday. Founded by two childhood friends, Christine Tiu and Danielle Tan, the brand aims to bring the proud heritage of gold filigree jewelry to modern times by collaborating with talented Filipino plateros.

Amami sources its inspirations from nature, just like the Creollas with their floral centerpiece. A bonus: The jewelry comes in a capiz shell packaging that is elegant, luxe, and purely Pinoy.

Product: Creollas earring ( ₱3,200) | Facebook and Instagram:



Junie Rose Bodoso creates these unique handmade polymer earrings that are quirky and colorful, adding a dose of fun to your look. These eclectic pieces add a sense of character and make for an ultimate statement piece. Junie uses polymer clay as her primary material for her designs, which is lightweight when baked and worn.

Products: Clarice in Eye (₱740.74), and Glitter and Granite (₱317.46) | Facebook and Instagram: @itspolyrose

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