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HUMAN NATURE, the country’s largest social enterprise, now also serves as a distribution hub for fellow homegrown social enterprises that share its gold standards: sustainably-made items, locally-sourced raw materials, and ethical business practices.
These social enterprises also go beyond uplifting partner communities by producing world-class products that showcase the best of the Philippines.
“Everyone will enjoy the items from our partner social enterprises! Each delicious snack and refreshing drink encapsulates the best of the Philippines. It will give you the warmth of Filipino hospitality, like getting a taste of home wherever you are. Even when you’re stuck in your office or just cozying up at home.” Coco Castro-Cruz, Human Nature’s Category Manager for Social Enterprise Development shared.
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THE Cultural Center of the Philippines and the Cinemalaya Foundation are set to roll out the red carpet for the 14th edition of the country's biggest independent film festival.
Themed “Wings of Vision,” the Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival runs from August 3 to 12 at various venues of the CCP and selected Ayala Cinemas. It promises to deliver the best visual storytelling to every film enthusiast with its line-up of full-length films and short features.
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THIS 2018, Fête de la Musique continues its tradition of bringing together people from all walks of life. And with over 40 stages in and outside Metro Manila, Fête once again transcends all musical genres and tastes—from pop to hip-hop, reggae to classical, electronic to jazz, and so much more.
Surely, there’s a venue that will suit music fans from all over the country. Where to visit when? Here’s a guide to Fête de la Musique 2018’s main and pocket stages happening on June 16, 23, 29, and 30:
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THE Cinemalaya Foundation Inc. announces the Short Film Category finalists of the Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival 2018.
The 10 finalists are: Logro by Kani Villaflor; Si Astri Maka Si Tambulah by Xeph Suarez; Babylon by Keith Deligero; Jodilerks Dela Cruz, Employee of the Month by Carlo Francisco Manatad; Sa Saíyang Islá (In His Island) by Christian Candelaria; You, Me and Mr. Wiggles by Jav Velasco; Nangungupahan by Glenn Barit; Kiko by Jojo Driz; Siyudad Sa Bulawan (City of Gold) by Jarell Serencio and Olivia Ranido; and Yakap by Mika Fabella.
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THIS year’s National Literature Month is culminating with three more cultural and literary events spread out in venues all over the country.
So authors and book lovers, arts and culture enthusiasts, students and educators, and anyone who is passionate about literature, whatever your age and background, gather! Here are what we should not miss:
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ART continues to thrive in Makati City’s public places. This month alone, two art events are taking place: one a long-running festival, and the other, on a first of its kind auction; but both, a showcase of local and foreign art in all forms imaginable, as well as a gathering of artists, collectors, enthusiasts, students, stakeholders and everyone into art.
Art in the Park
For the benefit of the Museum Foundation of the Philippines (MFPI), 58 galleries, art collectives, independent art spaces, and student groups will gather on April 15 at the Jaime Velasquez Park in Salcedo Village, Makati City for the 12th edition of Art in the Park.
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AS a leading national establishment, the Cultural Center of the Philippines has the responsibility to raise awareness and educate its audiences about issues happening in the Philippines and in the world, which include ecological challenges.
Through arts, people can explore the relations between nature and humankind and understand the importance of biodiversity in their lives.
On March 24, the CCP welcomes the return of Earth Hour after 10 years since it held its first-ever switch-off event in the Philippines in 2008. It will lead a myriad of activities until the 60-minute switch-off at 8:30 p.m.
Co-organized by World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Philippines, Earth Hour 2018, following the theme #Connect2Earth, focuses on the urgent need to care for our planet’s biodiversity amid the changing climate. Highlights include activity booths, exhibits and cultural performances by local artists to honor Mother Earth.
Text by Euden Valdez; Photos courtesy of KKHC, RAK Ph Mountaineers
NO matter how far-flung or neglected they are, the Philippines’ indigenous peoples (IPs) are also the most skillful artisans — if we must call them — when it comes to their traditional crafts.
From textiles to accessories to house ware, these many items showcase cultures unique to different tribes. And essential in making of these are their strong, meticulous and patient hands.
Envisioned to empower IPs with a sense of pride and dignity in their handicrafts through a sustainable, social enterprise, Katutubong Kamay Handicrafts Co. (KKHC) was established.
Behind it are two enterprising and inspiring Filipinas, Churchille Montealto and Maereen Olayta, who when given the chance to uplift the lives of an IP community in Visayas, did not hesitate to take it.
“Katutubong Kamay Handicrafts Co started in 2015 when we discovered an IP community, a group of Aeta (Ati) located at Sitio Kati-Kati in Brgy. San Miguel, Jordan in Guimaras province. We saw the ingenuity they put in their crafts and understood that it can be translated into a business opportunity for the community,” Olayta told this author.
It was from here that KKHC became a profit-oriented, society-centered enterprise with IP communities as partner-beneficiaries who will craft fashionable and marketable handmade accessories.
With the intervention of KKHC, the women Aeta of Sitio Kati-Kati started creating the Maruyog Charms. This became the enterprise’s first brand featuring bracelets made from locally sourced stones like diamante negra, salindugok, panaming, tagupapay and amigos, each with different meanings. Other indigenous materials like handwoven hablon and lana, as well as the all-organic coconut oil complete the 100-percent handmade accessory.
WHEN traveling, losing important travel documents, money and credit cards, and mobile devices is devastating so being street smart is always a MUST.
But what if we can travel without worrying from theft?
Fellow travelers rejoice because there is Pacsafe, a travel gear brand developed by two Australian travelers and aimed at addressing this very concern.
Let's take a closer look at the technologies that make Pacsafe bags the “safest and securest” in the market:
First developed in 1998 when Pacsafe was founded, the eXomesh is made of flexible stainless steel mesh that forms an impenetrable barricade against thieves. This simple means more slashing of bags! Incorporated on almost all Pacsafe products, the inner lining is best maximized in backpacks. Imagine walking around without the need to watch out for your back. (Pun intended)
Text by Euden Valdez; Photos by Alex Delos Santos
“WE like to consider ourselves as strong, empowered women,” said Jessa Belle Garibay of herself and Karina May Reyes-Antonio.
No doubt they are!
As co-founders of Centre for Sustainability PH Inc. (CS), both women led the establishment of Cleopatra’s Needle Forest Reserve as a critical habitat. Located in Puerto Princesa City, this 41,000 hectare, bio-diverse forest is home to some of Palawan’s endemic species, as well as the last remaining members of the indigenous Batak tribe.
On February 22, Jessa and Karina took a break from their work in Puerto Princesa City and shared their inspiring stories as women in environmental conservation at R.O.X.’s series of talks dubbed “Outdoor Guide.”
is a former dyarista, now digitista who has been writing whenever the tides, the winds, the earth take her somewhere familiar, somewhere new.