The Yabang Pinoy Filipino Pride movement celebrates its 8th year by celebrating PHmade products worth buying, at the 8th Global Pinoy Bazaar on November 10-11 at the Rockwell Tent, Makati City.

Global Pinoy Bazaar 2012 will feature a lineup of brands and products made with 100 percent Filipino Love and Pride: in ladies’, men’s, and children’s apparel, accessories, jewelry, bags and shoes, beachwear, travel accessories, home décor, home and wellness products, as well as Filipino art and design.

I absolutely love Global Pinoy Bazaar. I have been actively promoting and participating in it since 2009 with the exception of 2011 when I was based in Naga City and busy with the bar.

Check out the blogs:
A Day at the Global Pinoy Bazaar (2009)
What You Missed at the Global Pinoy Bazaar 2010

Here are my favorite local brands:

Yabang Pinoy Home Brand: Agos Pilipinas

‘Agos Pilipinas is a brand fit for the active yet laidback philosophy of the eager outdoor addict. Agos brings out the passion for the tropilokal spots through its shirts, sandos, barabags and rashguards. Agos is more than just a label. Its the outdoor instinct. It’s a lifestyle.’


I first saw their booth at the Global Pinoy Bazaar 2009 and bought myself a CamSur wallet. I also wanted their surfing shirts and rash guards and absolutely loved their barabags! I bought two barabags from them – that we use to carry our snorkel and fins about. I blogged about the barabags here but the photos are missing because they were embedded from their Facebook account. Note to self: download and have own copies of photos so they don’t go missing. My barabag is by the way stuck at our house in Pili, Cam Sur because I brought my stuff there earlier this year when I was planning to go see and swim with the Butandings of Sorsogon. They have new stuff this weekend and I’m raring to check them out.

New wallet with the Agos peeps



Yabang Pinoy Home Brand: Punchdrunk Panda 

They are a team of Filipinos that ‘funkifies’ the world with passionate, like-minded people through functional graphic-designed products and happiness-inducing events.

Now, Punchdrunk Panda carries ladies’ and men’s footwear, camera straps and other fun stuff.


I have their Paper Cranes laptop sleeve. And its my mac’s best friend. Photo below was taken at Pukka Bar, El Nido, Palawan last July. (Click here for the blog.)




Travel Essentials

Travel Accessories, Home and gadget organizers

Our 2010 booth was a few steps away from the Travel Essentials booth and I was in love with all of their products!  I have a fleece blanket, carry-all totetravel medicine organizer (which I really use to store makeup), 4-piece luggage organizer and multipocket document case. Photo below is our luggage when we went to Tambaron Island in Bulalacao, Mindoro last May. (Click here for the blog.)



Pitaka Lifestyle Billfold

PiTAKA prides itself with Pinoy ad hoc designs inspired by everyday Pinoy culture which is evident in its designs.
Pitaka wallets are made from outdoor tarpaulin, with custom and pre-made designs. It measures approximately 3 x 5 inches where you can store personal i.d.’s, coins, and even a small mobile phone. Aside from its durable material, the PiTAKA Lifestyle prides itself with Pinoy quirky designs inspired by everyday Pinoy culture which is evident in its designs.

Joining Global Pinoy Bazaar for the first time this year is another of my more recent favorite brand: Pitaka, created by a friend and fellow Bicolana, Ana Janer Locsin. I love her pitakas. It’s the only pitaka I use and recommend it to my friends! I also got a passport holder, one of Ana’s new products. (Click here for my blog on Pitaka and see her designs.)

Incidentally, she and my good friend PJ Valenciano are sharing a booth this year.




Palamuti by PJ Valenciano

Palamuti by PJ Valenciano Costume Jewelries (Palamuti Storytelling Jewels) are made by a woman who was inspired to create from the complexities of women, which transcends to accessories for every woman.

Behind every piece is a vision of creating customized and original costume jewelry for today’s modern woman using different materials, mainly incorporating an element that is proudly Filipino.

All handmade Palamuti costume jewelries and accessories are products which are painstakingly improved through a continuous process of learning and refining techniques that fuse both modern and traditional methods, and are guaranteed to be one of a kind.

Each individual piece is not only an expression of art, beauty, and style, they are interwoven with the stories of the wonderful women who have been inspirationally instrumental to the birth of these pieces.

PJ Valenciano and I go all the way from grad school where we met as Theater Arts students in UP Diliman. We were such a quirky pair! Then our friendship grew beyond masters classes to surfing! She was the one who invited me and took me on my first-ever surfing trip to Baler in April 2008 – where I was taught by the De la Torre brothers at no less than Charlie’s point. That’s how we became friends with the De la Torre brothers, Jason and Jeff, as well as the Valdezes, Daisy and Anthony.

Back in 2010, we decided to put up Kikayism – an online retail shop for locally-made products. Kikayism was also a participant of the 2010 Global Pinoy Bazaar. We carried accessories, dresses, blouses, skirts, tie-dyed shirts, shoes, and knit bikinis. We did a shoot for Kikayism in August 2010 and another local brand called Supladita in September 2010. Click here and  here for the photos.

Afterwards, PJ decided to focus on production and designing accessories and put up Palamuti while I went to Naga City to manage the bar and music venue called Wharf Galley Rock Cafe. PJ has since expanded and ventured into other aspects such as designing for weddings and debuts, with her sister who also does make-up. Go ahead and Like her Facebook page –

Also, check out her extensive Palamuti by PJ Valenciano collection and one-of-a-kind pieces HERE.

I am looking forward to this year’s Global Pinoy Bazaar! I didn’t see the other brands that I have been following and been patronizing all these years on the list of exhibitors, like Indie Art & Brown Label and Momo Custom Design, but I still hope I’d see them all there.


Other exhibitors include Agos Pilipinas, Dodong Puruntong, Doodled Tees, MY Likha, Rurungan sa Tubon Foundation, DCG Fashion, Babaylan Treasures, Bead It By Mikki, BUG&KELLY, Cultus Couture, Designs By Abby Jocson, Dragonfly Desserts, Whisk, Erb and Chet, Erzullie, Estrellas Manila, HDY Trading, Home and Office Accessories, I love Koi, Kandi Treats, Likhang Artesana Inc., Lotus Bloom, Lulu Swing, Marble and Co., MISISPI, Papelapelap, Pic Season, Polymer Guild of the Philippines, Precious Herbal Pillow, Sabrina, Sewn Sandals, Sinude, Sol Accessories, Manila Sole, Storage Solutions, SUELAS, The Artland Printer, The Greenbean Company, Theo and Philo, Ti & Me Handiworks Co., TONI & BERNE, Toppicks Clothing, Tribute Shoes, V&M Naturals, Vesti, W.E Garage, Your Unik Xchange, Zeal Carry Enterprises, Zelisse Intimates, Tinywonder Trading, DCG Fashion, Aromateria Scents & Sensibilities, With Love Clothing, Pink Label, Yadu, Kape ni Juan, among others.

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