We may have long been freed from foreign oppressors but we still have a long way to go when it comes to fully embracing our own heritage. And FYI, our local goods are at par with internationally-made products when it comes to overall quality. Let's salute to these thriving stores that champion our culture!
Support and celebrate homegrown products by checking out some of our fave local online shops below:
This bag store understands just how difficult it is to describe what the Filipino culture is as we have become a melting pot of many. But it also has a good grasp of knowing that there is strength in being unique.
Where to find them: Halohalstore.ph
This store embodies the spirit of being a Filipino: warm, vibrant, and fun. Enjoy myriad of pompoms, ruffles, and tropical prints from Two Chic Manila!
Where to find them: Twochicmanila.com.ph
You will love wearing Filipino-made items as Piopio strives to thread fun into every piece of clothing they have.
Where to find them: They announce their pop up store and bazaar schedules on their Instagram account so you better watch out for those!
The brainchild of blogger Kryz Uy, February Lifestyle is more than a bag store. Each bag design is a commentary on social issues we experience in the country.
Where to find them: Februarylifestyle.com
Here's proof that local brands can be big internationally! Go gaga over quirky hand clutches by designer Amina Aranaz!
Where to find them: Moda Operandi
6. Vela Manila
"Vela Manila promotes the movement of preserving the Filipino tradition and artistry while moving forward into the future by reconnecting the narratives of the past with the current and future generations."
Where to find them: Velamanila.ph
Marikina-made shoes are known to be sturdy and of great quality. Black Wing Shoes products are a testament to that legacy with their made-to-order shoes that are both stylish and modern, perfect for urbanites.
Where to find them: Blackwingshoes.wordpress.com
Get a tito shirt and embrace the loud and bold prints of a piece tailored just for you!
Where to find them: SMS or Viber 09173164558
Another store that offers handcrafted jewelry, Tesseract Manila sells delicate pieces made for the minimalist and simple Filipina.
Where to find them: email@example.com
Wear your country's symbols on your ears as they playfully dangle on delicate hammered brass earrings.
Where to find them: SMS or Viber 09175710331
11. Moy Studio
See just how creative Filipinos are in crafting jewelry from all sorts of materials!
Where to find them: Moy-studio.com
12. Linea Etnika
See ethnic prints like you've never seen them before! Wear them with pride and support local weavers as you buy Linea Etnika pieces.
Where to find them: R2R UP Town Center, Lanai Manila, Lily Lifestyle Boutique, Kultura SM Makati
Fall in love with everything woven with Kaayo pieces made by our brothers from Mindanao.
Where to find them: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cathy's bags are made from "hand-woven tinalak made by the tribes in Mindanao, carefully inlaid shell components sourced from Cebu, and woven sabutan mats from Aurora." Marvel in the beauty of locally sourced materials married with Filipino creativity!
Where to find them: Cathysbags.com
15. Annie and Lori
Local leather crafted into minimalist shoe designs that will never sacrifice your comfort. Frankly, do we need anything else?
Where to find them: Annielori.com
Who said we don't have locally made lingerie? Be a Sefra babe and wear these handmade and delicate intimates.
Where to find them: Viber 09771497605
Support weavers from the province by wearing their playful prints that will bring out the island girl in you.
Where to find them: SMS 039178480831
Feel the earth with their strappy sandals locally sourced in the country.
Where to find them: Rosandals.weebly.com