Now you can have coveted Batanes artworks and memorabilia crafted by Ivatan artists. That’s some art you’d want, won’t you?
Batanes is home to the late Patricia Abad, an important figure in Philippine contemporary art. Art galleries have found homes in the streets of Batanes. Local spaces like Creative Hub continue to nurture Ivatan talent inspired by their history and local customs.
While we prefer you to fly to Batanes to see Ivatans’ works of art in person and purchase whichever calls on to you, we have something close to the experience and we’d say convenient: proudly Ivatan paintings, shirts, and trinkets you can buy at the Dash Store smack in the heart of Makati City.
Tayid Lighthouse Milky Way painting by Mytz Abelador
The Milky Way is a sight to behold regardless of where you see it. It’s a relaxing yet awe-inspiring sight that is impossible to see in the big cities of the Philippines.
Michelle “Mytz” Abelador, one of the resident artists at Creative Hub in Basco, Batanes, probably had that spectacle in mind when she painted this gorgeous combination of blacks, deep blues, greens, and speckles of color that remind me of the Milky Way—which then lead you to the simple beauty of the Tayid Lighthouse.
Rattan Roundie sling bag
This sling bag has all the makings of a cute rattan bag: good craftsmanship with a simple profile highlighted by a hand-painted art done by Creative Hub’s artists, and ample space for all your essentials whether on a city tour, out malling, museum hopping. The best part? It’s 100% local.
Tame The Wind crewneck t-shirt
It should come as no surprise that the people of Batanes are, of all things, resilient, living on the edge of the country, open to elements and prime exit point of storms, ergo, it’s only appropriate that the phrase “tame the wind” applies to our Ivatan brethren, as well as other phrases in their “Wear Your Tribe” line.
Trinkets and tokens from Batanes
If your walls are filled with works of art and your closets are filled with shirts from nearly every Philippine destination, then why not get the classic ref magnet or a keychain?
The ones by Creative Hub sold at the Dash Store are quite special as they’re hand-made by Ivatan artists and one of a kind.
Php168 for the ref magnet; Php135 for the keychain
Score these and other designs at the Dash Store.
GF Solar Century Tower, 100 Tordesillas cor. H.V. Dela Costa Streets, Salcedo Village, Makati City.
Open from Mondays to Fridays, 9am to 5pm.