Native states

Make your dwelling space warm, friendly and cozy—all the comforting things that the Filipino home is all about. Thanks to lifestyle bazaars like the ongoing five-week Arte Fino in Rockwell, Makati City—the design heritage and craftsmanship of the Filipino has been getting the spotlight. Here are five finds that will surely pep up your Pinoy way of home-keeping and entertaining.


Tray bien
Organize your vanity table, keep toiletries organized or have breakfast in bed with Habi Home’s Stephanie Woven Trays made of native plant fiber. It comes as a set of two. Small basket is sized 12″ x 10″ with 3″ height; the large basket is 14″ x 11″ and 4.5″ in height.

Habi Home guarantees “organic, non-toxic, biodegradable decorative storage solutions” that are in tune with the brand’s lifestyle and values. It’s co-founders also take pride in the fact that weavers and artisans are 80% women. Other Habi Home products include home decor, handwoven baskets, hampers, and storage boxes.

Price: P1,600. Source: @habihomeshop on Instagram.


Playful rest
Keep your coasters or mug rests adorable and a light point for conversations in the Laro Tayo coasters by Casa Juan. Filipino painter and children’s book illustrator Kora Dandan Albano portrays the untainted world of Pinoy kids of yore, blessed with the simple joy of playing games like sungka, luksong tinik, luksong baka and pitik bulag.

Casa Juan aims to elevate our appreciation for Filipino culture and heritage through its collaborations with various Filipino artists. Local themes such as native flowers and costumes are portrayed in its homeware collections.

Price: P600 per four-piece set. For more information:


Make a stand
Savor the Pinoy merienda experience with a rustic Hiraya three tier cupcake stand. This wooden creation is a collaboration between Domesticity and pastry chef Maria Perrine.

Prepare the good life in the form of savory treats like empanadas and lumpia rolls on one plate; native rice cakes like bibingka on anoter; and muffins and scones to be slathered with local fruit jams on another place.

Plates are made from acacia and the rack is from wrought iron. All three plates are removable and measure 10″ in diameter each. The wrought iron rack measure 11.5″ in length, 10″ in width and 19″ in heaight.

Price: P2,640. Available at


Modern Kalinga
Soak up and sit on culture, literally, on a chic mid-century couch covered with a beautiful stretch of Kalinga weave, velvet and suede. Travelfund by Siriusdan owner Cyrus Dan Cañares also added hand-painted details, turning the furniture into functional art piece as well.

Travelfund by Siriusdan was created in 2016 by Cañares initially to, as the name says it, fund his trips. The photographer, writer and artist upcycles found vintage furniture and upgrades them with his creative touch.

For information, check the IG account @travelfundbysiriusdan


All-natural cleaners
Keep your home spic and span with non-toxic cleaning stuff just like the way our grandmothers used to do. Ritual’s Citronella Dish Cleaner and Lemngrass Enzyme Deodorizer are free of chemicals and other toxic ingredients. Not only are they healthy for the home but for the planet, too.

A small general store, Ritual offers eco-friendy cleaning items, gifts, bed and bath, and kitchen products that are lovingly packaged in anything but single-use plastic.

Visit Ritual at 5951C Fermina St. Poblacion, Makati City.  For inquiries, mobile or Viber, 0917 524 5953; landline, 8 817 1078; or mail: [email protected]

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