Online or not, these fairs support Filipino brands and artisans

Photo from Likhang Habi Fair

This year’s Christmas calls for a more purposeful gifting experience. After all, it is still the season of giving. And with all of the things that had happened in the country, from the Taal eruption and the Covid-19 pandemic to employment layoffs and typhoons, it is just right to stir our retail therapy session to something that’s valuable for everyone.

The best way to do that is by patronizing local merchandise. Just like many of us, local entrepreneurs and artisans have faced great perils this year while keeping their business and craft alive. By purchasing their works, you are not only gifting a piece of Filipino culture to yourself and to others, but you are also helping them make their holiday jolly in their home. 

So get your face masks, face shields, or just your fingers ready, here are some weekend holiday bazaars that champion Philippine-made goods, whether it is for home finishing, food craving, or a closet update.


When: Dec. 4 to 6, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Where: The Curve Tower, BGC, Taguig City


Photo from @katutubopopupmarket

Katutubo Pop Up Market will bring a vibrant display of Filipino wear reimagined by designers such as Puey Quiñones, Jor-el Espina, Rajo Laurel, Randy Ortiz, and Rhett Eala. Also, get to know more of the country’s traditional textile through the pieces from brands Abel PH, Kaayo, Liwayway and more.


When: Dec. 3 to 6

Where: Alabang Town Center, Muntinlupa

Online: @philippinefashioncoalition

Helmed by the Philippine Fashion Coalition, the Filipino Fashion Fair will feature the works of accessory brands Aranaz, Alchemista, Tropik Beatnik, Vesti, and more. Also to check out in the fair are pieces from the atelier of Maison de Marguerite and Ann Casas Designs.


When: ongoing until Dec. 24

Where: Greenbelt 5, Makati City


Apart from the local fashion fixes from homegrown brands Piopio, Rurungan Collective, Feanne, and Jewelmer, shoppers can also indulge with Designers’ Holiday Bazaar’s lineup of food merchants like What’s Up, Brew?, El Chupapi, and Chocoloco.


When: until Dec. 6


Photo from @habifair

Supporting local weaving communities is what the Likhang Habi Online Holiday Fair is all about. Not only will shoppers get special pieces handcrafted by different indigenous groups, they will also get educated about these communities’ tapestries. Yup, you’ll get to know the stories of inabel, t’nalak, yakan, and more on its digital platform.



Photo from @artefinoph

From weaved carabao planters and decors made of repurposed materials to artfully embroidered barong blouses and other woven trinkets, Artefino stays true to its DNA of giving a platform for local artisans to sell while also bringing a modern view on Filipino crafts. This year, proceeds from its sales will be given to Tanging Yaman Foundation and the community of artisans that created the items for sale.

Source: Manila Bulletin (