I admire the way Koreans dress in Hanbok while going around Seoul. They may be going to family events like birthdays, or they may be celebrating holidays like Chuseok and Lunar New Year. I sometimes see a group of giggling girl groups. I like how they casually stroll around parks, streets and subways in their national clothes.
Come to think of it, Indians casually go around in their Saris. Hmmm… why don’t I see Filipinas in their national clothes going around the neighborhood:-).
It was an inspiring thought and one that had been occupying my mind. And so, I did!
I went around Seoul all the way to IFC Mall in my modified kimona paired with my Iloilo-made purse.
And… why do we really follow the fashion trends of high-end fashion brand? Fine, I’m a little bit guilty of that. Collecting bags I don’t even have the time or occasion to use. Thanks to hubby’s frequent business trips, he has gifted me with bags that made me smile so many times… until he got tired of buying for me, lol. Now, he loves to look at household things he knows I am currently fond of… which gives us another dilemma… space.
Anyway, I have a renewed love for things “Made in the Philippines“. It’s a cliché, of course, to say patronize your own. But really, progress comes from supporting your own industry. And the Philippines has beautiful craftmanship to be proud of. So, I decided to travel in style on my way out of Iloilo… I traveled the “probinsyana” way.
I got my native basket from Iloilo and it is now in one corner of my living room here in Seoul. It carried with it goods that my province is known for:
Biscocho and butterscotch, otherwise known as “food for the gods”. Yummy!
The barong tagalog is our men’s national costume. With a little bit of imagination, it has stylishly evolved to fit women these days. I got a comfortable, simple piece for me.
But mind you, the internet has a lot of barong tagalog designs for women. More stylish, but a bit more expensive. Nevertheless…
I have dedicated an album in my Facebook account for things and food “Made in the Philippines”. The privacy of my posts are usually customized but this one’s public. And in support of my #chooselocal campaign, this shall remain in public mode and I hope to be able to add to it more often. Just my little way to help promote everything Philippine-made.