Our shopping experience has been totally changed by the ongoing pandemic. Although online shopping isn’t really new, our habits have adapted to the times—from visiting physical stores to now doing more window shopping in a virtual space. 

As the pandemic alters our buying behavior, it has also disrupted the livelihood of small-scale business owners, not to mention the additional 7.3 million Filipinos who got laid off from their respective jobs since the Covid-19 hit the Philippines. 

There is clearly a need to help Pinoy small and medium enterprise owners, so we list four local artisans you should check online. In these virtual bazaars, you can buy quality products and, at the same time, give back to the community. 

  1. Madëko Kito (Let’s Sell) artisans’ market

To help local artists from Baguio, different organizations such as BACCI (Baguio Arts and Crafts Incorporated) and the University of the Philippines (UP-Baguio) joined forces to mount Madëko Kito bazaar. 

Here you can find various products from local artisans, such as handwoven and Inabel masks from Nardas, delectable meals from Everything Nice and Café Ruins, handcrafted accessories from Tawid Silver, and beautiful paintings created by local artists. This bazaar runs from Monday and Tuesday beginning June 15 until July 15 at the UP Baguio Oblation Grounds. To date, there are around 19 local artisans who are set to participate in this bazaar, with a lot more coming. 

Interested customers may check and buy the products at @BaguioArtsandCraftsCollective, Inc. 

  1. Renz Durias’ Japanese stab-bound journals

Renz Durias is selling beautiful handmade journals made from recycled materials. “The paper is made from 100 percent paper waste I have collected and recycled myself, sized using cornstarch to make it stronger,” Renz says. “It weighs about the same as common copy paper. Each sheet is made by hand, thus the weight may differ ever so slightly from sheet to sheet. These journals measure 16 cm x 21 cm, contain 50 pages of blank handmade paper, feature thick 270 GSM covers that are made with 30 percent post-consumer fiber, and are bound in a choice of three traditional styles using cotton thread.” 

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  1. Ala Eh Barako

Running out of caffeine? Ala Eh Barako is ready to serve you. Owned by couple Jeffrey and Tatiana Hitosis, the couple’s goal is to always give their customers the satisfaction they deserve by providing world-class Barako coffee. If a customer is not satisfied with their products and services, the couple offers replacement and even refund.

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  1. Sundals

Looking for comfortable lady’s footwear? Check out Sundals. 

As a breadwinner and a single mother, Evan Marie Arellano is determined to provide for the needs of her family. Thus Sundals was born. 

Here, Evan is selling locally made handicrafts and footwear. Made from abaca, her fashionable sandals are eco-friendly. She sources the materials from local famers from various parts of the country such as Bicol, Cebu, and Laguna.

Source: Manila Bulletin (