#WeShopAsOne: Filipino celebs who shop local

#WeShopAsOne: Filipino celebs who shop local

All the more we look up to these stars for their support of local makers, from bag crafters to fashion designers.

Homegrown designers having their creations shown abroad is nothing new; Filipinos are, after all, quite creative when it comes to design.

But what’s worth celebrating more is the growing patronage of our very own celebrities for local brands. The upside? Since these stars are most people’s fashion inspirations, then the geniuses in our fashion industry get the limelight they very well deserve. Here are a few of these local-loving personalities who we are giving our nods to.

Marian Rivera-Dantes (@marianrivera)

The Hispanic showbiz royalty that is Marian Rivera is known to rock local threads, specifically local weaves, which she pairs with classic pieces. A search for #kaTribuYan on Instagram yields local designers like Ivara Seron (@ivaraseron), Yong Davalos (@yong.studio), and Jor-El Espina (@jorel.espina).

Heart Evangelista (@iamhearte)

A person who’s no stranger to the world of fashion is Heart Evangelista. Yes, people know her for wearing some of the most popular fashion brands in the world, but she’s also known to #wearlocal (not an official hashtag, but we would like it to be) particularly by designers such as Bea Valdes (@beavaldesdesign) and Mark Bumgarner (@markbumgarner). Oh, and did we mention she’s the creative director of local fashion brand Kamiseta?

Maxine Medina (@maxine_medina)

A lady who’s no stranger to the catwalk (model, designer, former Bb. Pilipinas-Universe), Maxine Medina has been seen in clothes that one might recognize without being in the fashion industry. But did you know that one of her favorites as far as jewelry is (at least according to her IG) concerned are by local designer Marcy Lim‘s (@marcysjewelry)?

Cat Arambulo-Antonio (@catarambulo)

This lady went from being in PR and brand management to a beauty columnist, a brand ambassador, and an interior designer. She’s also one proud momma, but we’re here for her sense of fashion, especially in carrying local creations from the likes of Lally Dizon (@lallydizon_mnla) and her collaboration with up-and-coming Mindanaoan label KAAYO Modern Mindanao (@kaayo.ph).

Karen Davila (@iamkarendavila)

Anthony Ramirez (@anthonyramirezdesigner). Jewelmer (@jewelmer, top-of-the-line South Sea Pearls, in case you’re wondering). Mark Bumgarner. Filip+inna (@filipinna). This fashionable journalist has worn them either on air or in events she hosts/attends. She’s no stranger to the spotlight, what with hosting a show on ANC and all, so why not use it as a showcase for local designers?

Lyn Ching-Pascual (@lynching7)

Morning shows at GMA 7 were always pleasant, especially when this lady was on screen. The morning show host has been a part of Unang Hirit ever since it aired in December 1999, and she’s brighten up her fair share of mornings not only with her wit but also with her fashion sense, especially with her Katre (@katrehq) bags.

Any notable brands and celebs we missed? Hit us up in the comments section below!

10 great finds at the Travel Sale Fair 2019

10 great finds at the Travel Sale Fair 2019

From great all-in holidays, overly affordable hotel nights, to cute local buys, this year’s travel fair, from October 11 to 13, will pave the way for your travel shopping spree. Be ready to spend!

Dash Holidays packages + SkyJet Airlines seats

Dash Holidays’ irresistible travel deals will allow you to not worry about a single thing when you travel, for what’s on the table are all-in, hassle-free, three-day holidays in Batanes, Camiguin, and Busuanga. The official tour packages arm of SkyJet Airlines can also book you SkyJet tickets to and from the mentioned destinations if seats is what you’re after only. Plus: buy items from Batanes, crafted by local artists Creative Hub, and get a free copy of Dash magazine, as you wait for your transaction to complete.

Korean package

A full tour of Korea, covering its capital Seoul, hotspot Nami Island, plus activities like kimchi making on specific travel dates is sold for as low as P25,888.

Batanes tours

Get blown away by value-for-money tours of the northernmost Philippine province, Batanes, offered by Wakay Tours.

Gigantes Islands tours

Tours to Iloilo’s marvel of an island, are at a steal, for day tours priced at P799 per person, to three-day, two-night tours at P2,799 per person.

Bicol

A unifying booth dedicated to Region 5, also known as the Bicol region, takes center stage, marketing to the traveling public offerings from the six provinces covered by southernmost Philippine region.

Las Casas Filipinas de Azucar

This one of the many resorts and hotels who have set up a booth, offering special rates at their properties.

Cagayan delights

Dragonfruit wine, coffee brews from the region, and locally-made peanut butter are some of the great finds in the Cagayan Valley booth. Cagayan Valley is a region up North.

Elegante’s gold-plated accessories

Earrings, necklaces, rings, and rosaries made from surgical steel and plated in gold is something interesting to shop for. Earrings are for as low as P50 a pair.

Quirky lights and dreamcatchers by Creative Cruff

These items are great gifts. On top of these, sold too are knick knacks like stationaries, notebooks, stickers, and stainless steel utensils and reusable straw sets.

Woven earrings by Koffee

The basics
The Traval Sale Fair 2019 held at the World Trade Center is open daily from 11am to 9pm from October 11 to October 13, 2019.



Buy a piece of Batanes without flying to Batanes

Buy a piece of Batanes without flying to Batanes

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

Tayid Lighthouse by Mytz Abelador (12″x18″, Acryllic on canvas). This and other paintings are now available at the Dash Store starting at Php5,040.

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.
Php5,040

Rattan Roundie sling bag

A rattan round sling bag from Creative Hub, now available at the Dash Store for only Php1,680.

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.
Php1,680

Tame The Wind crewneck t-shirt

The “Tame the Wind” shirt from Creative Hub’s Wear Your Tribe Line. Available in various designs at the Dash Store for only Php448.

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.
Php448

Trinkets and tokens from Batanes

Abkas (waves) by Joana Jose. Available at the Dash Store for only Php168.

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?

Driftwood keychain with art from Joana Jose. Available at the Dash Store for only Php135.

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

The basics
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.

That pretty little bed and breakfast

That pretty little bed and breakfast

This is a place very far away from Manila that can make you blurt the perfect awww: Bernie’s Bed and Breakfast in Ivana, a sleepy town in Batanes some 15km from Basco Airport.


Bernie’s is a two-storey seven-bedroom hotel inspired by the traditional Ivatan architecture with touches of modern. Its “quaintly” features? The stone-dotted façade with trellis and vertical windows; the stone path leading to the entrance; the homey but bright and airy interiors, and the careful mix of wooden furnishings, kerosene lamp-inspired fixtures, ornamental plants and art pieces. One nice touch at Bernie’s are its books, shelves of them, that are the first to greet guests.

The B&B is logically designed—the social spaces are on the ground floor while the rooms on are on the second floor.

Slip at the small garden at the back for a quiet moment by yourself and take in the sun and Ivana’s peaceful surroundings.

Sleep

 

Author Jonalyn Fortuno enjoying some peace and quiet at the Queen Room

There are queen bedrooms and double bedrooms,
all spacious. I stayed
in a queen room with whitewashed walls and stone tiles, well-furnished along with mod cons. It has a spacious bathroom with fine toiletries. At full house, Bernie’s can be filled with up to 21 people.

Eat

 


Bernie’s only serves breakfast and it’s typically what’s available like fried flying fish, rice and coffee. The innkeeper may cook a meal for guests.

Do

See Batanes’ famous landmarks close by: the House of Dakay, the oldest stone house in Batanes; Honesty Coffee Shop, an unmanned store that operates solely on trust; the Old Spanish Bridge.

The basics
Starts at Php3,500 (USD67) per night
Facebook.com/Bernies-Bed-And-Breakfast

Get there
SkyJet flies daily from Manila to Batanes Book a SkyJet flight now.

Story by Jonalyn Fortuno; photos by Ferdz Decena

Come take a peek at Luke’s travel bag

Come take a peek at Luke’s travel bag

Celebrated surfer Luke Landringan shows us what he lugs in his travels, from a trusty bag to skin care products best to use if you are almost always ultra exposed to sunlight.

Personal surfboard: 5’ x 2” Misfit from Australia

Surfboard is the most important of all, so if you’re serious about surfing it pays to know that you’re on the right board. Luke’s choice is Misfit Shapes, a surf brand that “allows art, design, and individuality to co-exist.”
BUY on Misfitshapes.com

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