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Loco for Local: A gifts proudly-made by Filipinos

Compiled by John Legaspi
Photos by Roc Verdera

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

DAVPRO ENGRAVING

DavPro, a Davao-based engraving service provider, advocates for zero-waste practices with eco-friendly products such as bamboo flasks, cutlery sets, wooden flash drives, and metal straw kits.

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Product: Personalized bamboo flask, price starts at P800

09988856588 | Facebook: @engravedavao

 

KOKOPELLI PHILIPPINES

“Lehitimong lokal, may pangarap na marangal.” Kokopelli Philippines creates leather piecees of good quality and displays the art of local craftsmen. Its products, crafted from natural vegetable-tanned leather, are completely handmade, from cutting to coloring and sewing.

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Product: Maharlikans wallet, P3,800

09150178701 | Instagram: @kokopelli_philippines | macserrano82@gmail.com

 

PANTONE BEAUTY BREWED

Highlight your morena tone with Pantone Beauty, giving a lovely tint to your everyday look with its cruelty-free, paraben-free, locally made, and all-natural products.

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Product: Stain All Over eyes, cheek, and lip tint, P130; Buttercream balm, P150; and Brewed powder matte ink, P120

hellopantonebeautyph@gmail.com | Facebook and Instagram: @shoppantone

 

EKO SWAPS

Made with 100 percent cotton fabric and beeswax from Laywan bees and jojoba oil, this sustainable and reusable food wrapper is a good enough reason for you to stop using plastic.

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Product: Beeswax Wrap, P200

09560064652 to 53 | ekoswaps@gmail.com | Facebook and Instagram: @ekoswaps

 

813 DESIGN 

The perfect finishing touch to your holiday look, 813 Design earrings are elegant and dainty, made from tarnish-resistant materials suitable for those with sensitive skin. The earrings come in three colors (rose gold, champagne, and yellow gold) and carry gemstones, freshwater pearls, and German crystals.

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Product: 813 Design earrings, P480

09171748137 | Facebook and Instagram: @813_design

 

GLENDA DEE’S 

Gabanaag, which translates to “luminous,” is what Glena Dee’s beauty bar promises, as well as clear, moisturized skin, enriched by plant-based ingredients. A bonus: Glenda Dee gives opportunities for farmers to gain better livelihood with every purchase of its products. Consider your purchase a Christmas present to them.

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09150572708 | Facebook: @rosellefoodproducts

 

PURE & BLISS ECOZENTIALS

All things beautifying the body and the earth, Pure & Bliss Ecozentials provides a range of products, from beauty and bath essentials to plantable pencils and collapsible silicone cups. These items will assure you that there is zero waste in crafting this Christmas gift.

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Products: Plantable pencils, P120; Collapsible silicone cup, P480; Organic soap bar, price starts at P39

09156501538 | @pbezentials@gmail.com | www.pbecozentials.com | Facebook and Instagram: @pbecozentials 

 

PAULASH

Eyes are the windows to your soul, so frame them with something glamorous and festive this season. These faux lashes from Paulash do the trick by adding volume and delicate wispiness to your eyes. Whether you want your eyes to look fab or on fleek, there’s a perfect lash set for you at Paulash.

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Product: Paulash faux lashes, price starts at P100

Instagram: @pau.lash | Facebook: @Paulasssh

 

A.S.A.P.

Spark joy and wonder with a unique and customized art piece. Gift items from Allaine’s Stone Art Products (A.S.A.P) are the perfect decor to an office table, with A.S.A.P.’s child-like portraits inspired by Biblical passages. Plus, they come with a tiny easel too.

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Product:  Family Bonding at the Park art piece, price starts at P550

09155338975 | Facebook: @laine.stone.arts

 

CORNER FOURTEEN

Brighten up your room with fixtures that are made from local materials and designs that tell a story. Corner Fourteen knows the value of the human touch, as seen in its pieces, grounded by what people need and what adds life to a space.

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Product: Tala mirror, P5,199; Alina candle holders, price starts at P499

corner14.com | Facebook and Instagram: @corner14ph

 

INABEL’S TRADING

Made from the indigenous textile of Ilocos, Inabel’s Trading products keep the Ilocano culture alive. The vibrant textile is integrated into ethnic jackets, shawls, scarves, and totes. For a trendy touch, the company also produces bucket hats and handpainted fans.

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Products: Wooden fan, P450; Bamboo fan, P125; Bucket hat, P850; Poncho (reversible), P5,000; Scarf, P1, 500; Bag, P1,000

inabelstrading@gmail.com | Facebook: @mariasinabel

 

ANI TOSHE

Ani Toshe bags can easily fit the urban dweller’s athleisure lifestyle. 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.

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Product:  Athena, P850;

09228835231 | 09179108418 | zahavmarketingco@gmail.com |19 Villegas St., Quezon City

 

CORK.ITTT

Did you know that cork is among the most sustainable materials in the world? Well, folks at Cork.ittt turned this material into artsy coasters and magnet décor, making them the perfect giveaway for your colleagues and friends.

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Products: Coaster, price starts at P60; Magnets, price starts at P30

ingridresurreccion87@gmail.com | Instagram: @cork.ittt

 

HUNAHUNA
Up for a liempo plushie or a cotton-stuffed pork chop? These toy renderings of Filipino food favorites are not close to the goodness of our local dishes, but are fun gifts for many foodies out there. Hunahuna, which in Cebuano Visayan means “thinking,” produces products that are lovingly made by hand, cute, and always a nod to Filipino culture.

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Product: Lechon kawali with sarsa play food set, P300

shopee.ph/hunahunaph | Facebook and Instagram: @hunahunaph 

 

AMAMI
Dainty and with a touch of a vintage aesthetic, this pair of Creolla earrings from Amami is the perfect finishing touch to that ladylike look this holiday. The brand aims to bring the proud heritage of gold filigree jewelry to modern times by collaborating with talented Filipino plateros. A bonus: the jewelry comes in a capiz shell packaging that is elegant, luxe, and purely Pinoy.

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Product: Creollas earrings, P3,200

hello@amamiph.com | Facebook and Instagram: @amami.ph

 

POLY ROSE 

Add a sense of quirk to your look with these handmade polymer earrings that are fun, vibrant, and full of character. These earrings are made of polymer clay, which is lightweight when baked and worn.

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Products: Clarice in Eye, P740.74; Trina, P529.10

etsy.com/shop/itspolyrose/ | Facebook and Instagram: @itspolyrose

 

EVERYTHING GREEN

It’s not easy going green, but we can do it one step at a time with Greenelas. A greener alternative, these slippers are made from unprocessed abacà “bakbak,” or dried abacà leaf sheaths created by Everything Green with the help of the Kabihug tribe and the PWD community. Its other products are tote bags and tumbler holders made from the same material.

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(02) 964 0538 | everythinggreenph@gmail.com | Facebook and Instagram: @greenelas

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