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  • Tes Sobeng, Wood Toy Maker

    This mompreneur chooses the natural path and gives back to the environment by making creative wooden toys that evoke a sense of nostalgia.
    by Stephanie F. Esguerra .
  • Tes Sobeng

    No doubt about it, toys make one happy child. These days, you have a plethora to choose from – from battery-operated cars, to educational laptops, to brightly colored dolls and whatnot. For parents who grew up in the 70s, the 80s, however, and of course, our lolos and lolas, these are definitely not what they played with as kids. Instead, they had wooden toys.

    Wooden toys are gaining back their popularity in the market because of the break they offer from the norm of electronic toys and gizmos. Their simple form and no-nonsense look may seem like a plainer and even more boring version of toys, but 40-year-old wood toy maker Tes Sobeng begs to disagree.


    Going natural
    A former bookkeeper for a food and beverage company, Tes knew what it was like to be a busy career woman. She describes just how demanding her work was, which would at times require her to stay at the office overnight.

    Now a mom to a 10-year-old boy, Tes admits she did not become an advocate of natural and organic items until she started breastfeeding her child; however, once she started,there was no turning back. She exclusively breastfed him for four years and 10 months straight and even raised him to be a vegetarian during the first two years of his life.

    The next phase to this “awakening” involved learning more about natural healing, which is another step towards the path to green living.

    As her son Carl approached school-age readiness, Tes was particularly intrigued with the Manila Waldorf School, Inc. (MWSI), a non-stock, non-profit organization which espouses values such as reverence for life and the natural world. MWSI also teaches its students necessary skills and concepts through the use of crafts, storytelling, music and drama, and the use of natural toys in their classes.

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