Gift ideas that keep on giving
The holiday rush frequently summons childhood memories of my mother dashing off to join the crowds in Divisoria to buy our Christmas presents. There were even a few years when she would take me along with her and I would see garish representations of my favorite cartoon characters decorating the stalls in 168 Mall. We would buy items in wholesale, of course, mostly gifts that bore cheap plastic casings and were made in bulk in China. Unsurprisingly, anything that involved electric wiring never lasted more than a couple of months.
Now that I’m older and wiser, braving Divisoria during the holiday season is out of the question. And given the currently highlighted mindset to save the Earth in our own little way, why not give the gift of sustainability to your loved ones instead, and maybe even spark change in their lifestyles?
A few of today’s names in the green and creative fields share the eco-friendly gifts they’d give their loved ones this Christmas, and may their wish lists inspire the rest of us to follow suit.
Julia Nebrija, urban planner
“Kalsada coffee. The company supports local farmers and does all the roasting and packaging in the country [where the coffee farms are]. This season, Kalsada has a special collaboration with Filipino artist Dex Fernandez, and the Kalsada Koffee Junkie Klub art can make a gift extra special. These treats and more can be found at The HUB in Escolta.”
Charisse Aquino-Tugade, creative director Culturaid and The Manila Collectible Co.
“Handwoven Maguindanaoan Inaul malongs. Buying them supports the newly formed weaving community of mothers that Culturaid is supporting in Maguindanao, where they use 100 percent cotton. Ifugao brass, because there are only five families left that do brass casting, and also to raise funds for our Ifugao hut project, where old huts can be restored by the local community for sustainable tourism purposes. Finally, Maranao mother of pearl inlay chargers, in support of our community in Tugaya. We’re doing the first cultural mapping in that area and artisans need help in marketing their products.”
Carlos Celdran, executive director Manila Biennale 2018
“Coconut oil. It’s the product of an industry we should support. It’s good for you and it’s a gift that one may not necessarily think of giving to themselves.”
"Ifugao brass, because there are only five families left that do the casting..."
Maguindanaoan Inaul malong