April 29, 2017

#SupportLokalPH: The Round-Up

Recently, I've been discovering a number of local (i.e. Filipino) independent businesses. Some of them I've discovered online (on Facebook or on Instagram), others in bazaars. I realize how challenging it is for them to compete with the global market--just look at the shops in our malls and you'll see that most of the brands are from foreign companies ("local" businesses are usually re-sellers na lang)--so in my own little way, I would like to help promote their brand by featuring some of my favorite purchases in this blog.

Alas, dear reader, we've come to the end of my #SupportLokalPH series.

I will be starting a new chapter in my life soon (more on that in my future blog posts), and because of this I won't be able to try out locally-made products for some time. It was a good run, I have to say. I really enjoyed discovering indie businesses and trying out items made in the Philippines. I was able to appreciate local craftsmanship a little bit more, and most importantly, realize that our range of products extends beyond exotic handicrafts like batiks and Capiz shell decorations.

For your convenience, here is a list of all my entries under the #SupportLokalPH hashtag:
  1. Arajera. Trinkets and Silver Linings
  2. 10 North Creative. Hand made watches inspired by vintage graphics
  3. Lulu Swing. Transforms classic styles into fresh unique statement pieces
  4. Alunsina Handbound Books. An indie crafts business that creates & sells hand-bound journals & leather accessories
  5. Germano's Chilli. The 1st and only chili garlic sauce cooked in Olive Oil to a Perfect Crisp, bringing out its Unique flavor
  6. Ilog Maria Honeybee Farms. Update: I've been seeing Ilog Maria products being sold in ECHOStore kiosks, in various malls.
  7. Donardo's Chili Garlic Sauce. Anghang Sarap!
  8. Vela Manila. Of Tradition and Modernity
  9. Activista. Stylish, modern, and affordable fitness apparel made in the Philippines
  10. Exonomad. Durable Carry Solutions
  11. Common Room.  Arts & Crafts Supply Store | A place where makers gather
  12. Simoy ng Haraya. Pabango | Pambahay | Aromaterapia
  13. KiN Leather Collection. KiN products are made of genuine leather, locally handcrafted by the the best Filipino artisans (MNL,PH)
  14. Wanderskye | Bags by Rubbertree. Wanderskye™ Travel Covers Designed by Filipino Artists | Purposeful leather pieces, hand-cut and hand-stitched
  15. Perfect Mushrooms | Kabutehan. Training and Seminars | Fruiting bags | Growing technical support | Fresh Gourmet Mushrooms | Grower's Kit Mushroom Chili Sauce™
  16. Zin Manila. Gourmet Finishing Salt
  17. Costal Bags. Everyday Leather Bags
  18. Free For Me. Vintage Style Handmade Watches and Fashion Jewelry
  19. Atsui | Perfectform. ...For the serious athlete and those in between. | 100% local sportswear perfect for any workout!
  20. Renegade Folk. Everyday leather sandals. Handcrafted in Manila by local artisans
  21. Happy Skin Cosmetics. Makeup that cares for your skin!
  22. Little Black Box. The Premier Jewelry Subscription Box Service In The Philippines
  23. Ibarra Manila. Filipino Time. On Time. Ibarra Time
  24. Sweet Side Jewelry | Eye For Treasure. Wearable Art | Artisan Fine Jewelry
  25. Sikat Salted Egg Potato Chips. Freshly Made. This, crispy, and tasty!
  26. The Leather Company. GENUINE LEATHER 100% HANDMADE
  27. Sinaya Cup. Sinaya Cup is a brand of menstrual cups and a community of modern active Filipinas
  28. Pravi. Genuine Leather Accessories Handcrafted in Manila
  29. Galileo Enoteca Deli. Authentic Italian Restaurant
  30. NLighten CC Cushion. A product of NWorld. Distributed by Health & Skin Care Plus
  31. Human ❤ Nature. Pro-Philippines. Pro-Poor. Pro-Environment
Hoping that you can try some of them, or all of them (even better!), to continue spreading the much-needed love for our country and its products (Disclaimer: I wasn't able to verify if all of them are still in business as of today, but I hope that they still are).

Yes, it really is.

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