What to see in the Katutubo
Pop-up market

Filipino crafts and designs continue to thrive

Bench Better Made shirt x Rhett Eala black tee Photos by EJ Bonagua

The Katutubo Pop-Up Market is the proverbial sweet candy in these trying times, when people suffer anxiety from long lockdowns and uncertain days. It is a showcase and sale of the finest crafts and designs by Filipino craftsmen and artists at the Bench Tower in BGC, Taguig. It runs this weekend.

It was conceptualized in 2016 by Mons Romulo after she was inspired by artisans from Mindanao. This started a collaboration with Bench. An idea was born of how to combine a passion for fashion with a desire to help Filipino artisans and entrepreneurs.

In time Katutubo PH became a regular supporter of indigenous artists who strive to find livelihood through their crafts and art. The Katutubo Pop-Up Market, which started with 11 small brands, now has over 100 partnerships.

From curated events to an online platform, Katutubo PH aims to continue showcasing local products.

Here are good finds from Katutubo Pop-Up which runs until March 21, and contact details for consumers who like to shop online.

Tweetie de Leon-Gonzalez with her accessories brand TDLG Designs


Designer JC Buendia


Navy dotted organdy terno dress with inner slip dress, Japanese print silk mask scarf by JC Buendia


Ternocon 2020 finalist Gavin Ruffy with business partner John Loang with their brand, Studio Philippo


Pure linen Barong pocket shirt by Studio Philippo


Designer Rhett Eala 


Bench Better Made shirt x Rhett Eala black tee


Model turned entrepreneur Joann Bitagcol


Printed silk floral top by Joann Bitagcol


Embroidered clutch bags by Ilha Philippines 

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