If dolls and action figures are your child’s favorite toys, consider making this plushy as the newest “odd-ition” to his or her collection.
The Manananggal, that vampire-like mythical creature from Philippine folklore that can separate its upper and lower torsos to prey on pregnant women, has been turned into a cute plushy doll, complete with fangs and, yes, an upper body that can be detached.
This original creation by Karaw Craftventures, a social enterprise based in Naga City in Bicol, is part of its “Encantures” or encanto creatures line of plushies, or “ragpets,” as they call them.
Karaw Craftventures began as a college project in 2009, according to its Facebook page. Now, 10 years later, it is a successful venture that creates job opportunities for Naga’s marginalized communities, saves the environment through the use of upcycled materials, and helps promote Pinoy culture.
“We are re-imagining and re-creating Philippine mythical creatures into adorable plush forms (ragpets) that function according to their descriptions and tell stories of who they are and where they came from,” Karaw Craftventures founder Paul Orpiada wrote on Instagram.
Besides the Manananggal, they also have in their Encantures line the Bakunawa, a serpent-like dragon; Bungisngis, a one-eyed giant from the Tagalog region; Garuda, a bird-like creature of the Maranao; Oriol, the Ibalon snake lady; and Onglo, an ogre from the Visayan region, among others. (Note: some of these photos may be from old designs.)
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Play is an important part of childhood because it is through this that kids learn. “With this project, we want to re-introduce to the present generation these creatures from folklore stories told by our forefathers and passed on from generation to generation. Our objective is to create an awareness and deep understanding among us why we need to preserve this part of our culture,” Paul adds.
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To purchase Encantures plushies, check out Karaw Craftventures on Facebook or Instagram, or visit their booth at the National Arts & Crafts Fair on October 24 to 27, 2019 at Megatrade Halls 1-3, SM Megamall.