While confined to their homes, most Filipinos have been spending more time online to find creative ways to learn new skills, as well as new ways to bond with family and friends, and buy new things.
In a press statement, online shopping platform Lazada confirmed that there’s an increase in demand for products that can teach shoppers new skills. “We’ve definitely seen a significant shift in what Filipinos are searching for and adding to cart during the ECQ,” says Neil Trinidad, Lazada Philippines’ chief marketing officer. “Many have been buying products to help them learn a new skill or create family bonding moments.”
The shopping company also disclosed that since the ECQ, there have been 30 million searches on their platform every day. And here are some of the interesting things that Pinoys have been searching for and adding to their carts during the quarantine period.
Milk tea
Tapioca pearls
Who doesn’t love pearls? With distancing measures in place, many F&B outlets have suspended their operations. This means many bubble tea fanatics are missing their favorite drink and the only way to satisfy their cravings is to create “bespoke” BBT drinks at home.
Aside from tapioca pearls being one of the best sellers on the platform, customers are also seen to be stocking up on household essentials, driving five-fild increase in essential goods orders.
Baking and cooking equipment
It seems like the lockdown has paved the way for the rise of a new generation of home bakers. This trend is not just happening in our country but also in other parts of the globe, according to BBC.
With almost everyone showing off their homecooking talents on social media—whether it is homemade banana bread, or ube cheese pandesal, or simply making waffle batter from scratch—the kitchen seems to be the comfort zone for many people.
Pinoys have been on the lookout for kitchen utensils and equipment for their cooking and baking needs, as people cook and dine at home, which has caused a three-fold increase in kitchenware orders.
DJ Equipment
For most people, music is an essential part of bonding time—from pianists performing on their balconies to David Guetta spinning to a condominium complex to entertain neighbors. Filipinos definitely miss a good dance party, as Lazada saw a seven-fold increase in orders of DJ equipment during the quarantine period.

Pambahay (Lounge Wear)
Now that there’s nowhere to go, most of us are at home in our pambahay clothes 24/7. While stocking up on essentials is expected during the quarantine, apparently, a lot have also been stocking up on their everyday pambahay wear.
No reason to look any less chic in pambahay, right? To complete the look, customers have also been searching for lingerie as well as slippers and sandals.

With the occasional video conferencing and presentations, the need to look good helps for those working from home have a sense of normalcy. For others, this meant taking time to perfect the art of gorgeous winged eyeliners and contouring, which has translated to a three-fold increase in the search for beauty products.

yoga mat
Yoga Mats
With no gyms opened, a lot have been purchasing home workout essentials such as dumbbells, kettlebells, and even resistance bands. But what is the dominant “must have” work out item? A good and reliable yoga mat. Nearly 65,000 yoga mats have been sold during this quarantine period.

Swimming Pools
When quarantine meets Manila heat, Filipinos sure know how to cool down. Swimming pools are among the top search keywords for the month of May. Since it’s very likely that we won’t be able to have trips to the beach for the foreseeable future, more than 140,000 households have using inflatable pools to beat the summer heat and keep that beach blues away. For those who miss a good spa outing, throwing in a couple of bath bombs and bath salts can immediately turn that into a homemade relaxation sesh.—JESSICA PAG-IWAYAN


Source: Manila Bulletin (https://lifestyle.mb.com.ph/2020/06/02/pandemic-online-shopping/)