On June 12, 2013, as we take a break from work or school, our country will be celebrating its 115th year of independence, yet another milestone in history. And as we recognize this occasion, we share with you some of smartparenting.com.ph senior staff writer Steph Esguerra’s finds that let you feel great to be Pinoy.
1.Fantastic Philippines Trivia Box
Growing up, my mom would use flash cards to sharpen my skills in math. And these beautifully illustrated trivia cards about the Philippines, stored neatly in a paper box, lets you familiarize your child with some of the amazing facts about the Philippines.
Available at Papemelroti at P49 each
2.Philippine Sorbetes Die-Cast Replica
No matter what season, I always find myself buying “dirty” ice cream when I see the charming sorbetero cart on the street. I just love the milky mélange of ube, chocolate and mango! And to have a piece of that cherished feeling with me would make myself even happier. This special gold edition die-cast metal sorbetes replica evokes a sense of nostalgia while working at the same time as a very stylish paper weight or display item.
Available at Kultura at P249.75 each
3.Juan at Isabela Wooden Photo Frame
I keep hearing about Las Casas Filipinas de Azucar in Bataan (where friends have celebrated their honeymoon or spent their family vacations) and wish I can visit it sometime too, reliving the age of the Spanish occupation. In the meantime, travel back in time with these customizable wooden picture frames where you and your special someone’s face can be digitally incorporated for that senor and senorita feel.
Available at Papemelroti at P389 (P189 for the frame and P200 per head for the photo)
4.Girl and Boy Papier Mache Bottles
I’m constantly on the lookout for decorative items for my room, and when I saw these cute his and hers matching papier mache bottles, I just had to include them in this feature! They make great book rests, paper weights and accents for the home.
Available at Papemelroti at P398 per pair
Nothing is as vibrant, creative and as iconic the Philippine jeepney. I should know, I’m a daily commuter! And this colorful clock not only has patriotic flair but gives you the added function of telling the time.
Available at Papemelroti at P498 each
6.Philippine Brand Dried Green Mangoes
One of the highlights of this year so far for me was my trip to Sumilon, Cebu in February for Smart Parenting’s anniversary issue. It was my first time to the pristine island destination, and I just had to buy dried mangoes as pasalubong. And when it comes to dried mangoes, I had no idea that dried green mangoes were equally mouthwatering! It’s also packed with Vitamin C and absolutely fat-free. I know for a fact that our country has the best mangoes in the world.
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Available at Kultura at P124.75 per 200 g pack
7. Pina and Sinamay Glass Coasters
Nothing can be as elegant as our traditional fabrics. They proudly represent Pinoy ingenuity and craftsmanship. I remember packing my brother’s wedding souvenirs in little sinamay pouches. The effect? Instant class. Just like these glass coasters I discovered, with a sampaguita scallop and scroll design with crochet detail.
Available at Kultura at P449.75 (pina) and P399.75 (abaca) for a box of 6.
8.Ticog “Bayong” Clutch Bags
I recently invested in a new bag for work. It was sturdy, it could protect its contents from the rain, and it could go well with anything I’d wear. If you’re a bag person like me, then these roomy clutch bags made out of the banig-like material ticog will have you turning heads. They have a beautiful selection of color combinations, and they make great accessories during formal events or casual functions.
Available at Kultura at P299.75 each.
I am a big bread person. I love having hot pandesal with coffee in the morning, but the thing is, we just place our bread in a recycled plastic ice cream container. Sad, isn’t it? Which is why when I saw this beautiful bread basket, I fell in love. It makes the Pinoy breakfast (and merienda) staple all the more appetizing, it's foldable, plus, it’s easy to take out all the crumbs! You can also use it for fruits.
Available at Kultura at P249.75 each
10. My Philippines Canvas Bag
Did you actually think we wouldn’t include an item in this feature that proudly has the Philippine flag design emblazoned on it? As more and more stores heed the call for helping protect the environment, and promoting the use of reusable bags, this canvas bag takes the cake. Use it for buying the groceries, or stash it in the car for spur-of-the-minute shopping.