• There are two reasons why you may just find us spending this weekend in Manila.

    First, the National Museum has extended its free entrance for the whole month of June. If you haven’t been there for some time, there’s no perfect holiday than Independence Day to go visit the musuem. There will be two important exhibitions this month: "The Manlilikha ng Bayan" (National Living Treasures) and "Remembering Joya," which commemorates the late National Artist Jose Joya's 85th birth anniversary.

    Our second reason: a chance to shop at a relaxed and leisurely pace at the The Travelling Trunk: Filipino Collection where you will find some of the best homegrown lifestyle brands. Some of our favorites: 


    C and C Home, whose woven baskets, trays and hampers feature original designs.


    La Pomme, whose Decorate-A-Plush kits are always a hit among children in any party or gathering.


    Pottly N Tubby, whose line of teepees, bean bags and other soft furnishings are sure to brighten up any space.

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    Filip+Inna, whose hand-embroidered, limited edition fashion pieces are made by artisan communities across the country.


    Ken Samudio, whose works have been featured in Vogue Italia, is unveiling his more youth-oriented line of clutches and neckpieces under the brand Matthew and Melka.


    And for foodies, Bananarama.ph’s mouthwatering banana pudding will be available, complementing the brews from Shophouse Coffee. 

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    You’ll find The Travelling Trunk: Filipino Collection at A-11, the home furniture and accessories line of noted designer Eric Paras, which is in the same compound as the lovely  of The Henry Hotel. In fact, there will mini-'perya' (fair) by She Dreams In Ink at the courtyard! 

    If you haven’t been to The Henry Hotel, this a great opportunity to soak in the old Manila vibe of the place without committing to stay overnight (by the way, well-loved restaurant Apartment1B is here as well). But, if the shopping makes your tired, it has a special weekend rate of P4,500nett/night for a Classic Room with breakfast for two. The Travelling Trunk's payment partner and mobile digital wallet app, Abra, is also giving away P300 shopping credit if you download their app via The Travelling Trunk's affiliate link. To get access to the link, email info@travellingtrunk.net with the subject line: I WANT ABRA! 

    Visit The Travelling Trunk: Filipino Collection on June 11-12, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at A-11, 2680 FB Harrison St., Pasay City.

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