Last Friday, while we were busy shopping for baby Nate’s needs, I had the chance to visit Kultura at the second level of SM Makati. I was looking for something to give a friend who is coming home for a two-week vacation this coming October. It’s always the place I visit every time I need to buy something for balikbayan friends. Their merchandise speaks of the wealth of Filipino culture. Some of the goods on display are hand-crafted. I took some shots, but of course.
Don’t you just love those native bags on display here? We call them “bayong” and they are made from buri and woven into these lovely bags. Back when I was a kid, Mom used larger version of these to carry anything and everything from the wet market. Now it has become a fashion accessory, you could tie ribbons and flowers and voila, you have a lovely and fashionable shopping bag. And since most of our supermarkets no longer use plastic bags, these reusable and sturdy bags would be handy for those not so heavy items on your shopping list.