Not Your Usual Pasalubong: Ethnic Pieces with a Modern Twist

Not your usual pasalubong: Ethnic pieces with a modern twist


Young Filipino designers and their unique collection of Philippine souvenirs are currently being featured at the Go Lokal! concept stores in Makati City and Ninoy Aquino International Airport.


The souvenir collection speaks of the country’s diverse culture–from iconic kubo postcards to Philippine weaves on contemporary shirt collection. The designers partnered with Common Room and Team Manila to create handmade goods that show a glimpse of the Filipino culture and heritage.


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Among the pieces in the souvenir collection are Habi Hiraya (a dynamic souvenir line that features a combination of intricately woven patterns), fishball plush toys by Pop Junk Love, embroidered travelers’ patches by Fandom Feels, Philippine landmarks tattoos by Tattooic, Manila Traffic Survivor button pins by Ella Lama, and accessories with Philippine garden flowers by Life After Breakfast.


Go Lokal Pop-Up Store (Photo from


Go Lokal! is a project by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) that helps micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) get their feet into the doors of the competitive Philippines market. According to Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon M. Lopez, Go Lokal! is the DTI’s share in helping the MSMEs gain free access to the mainstream market. “By empowering MSMEs, you empower the nation,” he said.



Text by Aizel Dolom.
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