Try Local PH

A few months ago, my dear friends Chesa, Kristine, and I lamented over the lack of a site to bring awareness to awesome local brands.

Being the pro-active (and slightly crazy) people that we are, we decided to do it ourselves.

Introducing our little project with big possibilities: @trylocalph. A movement to shine light on much-deserved quality local finds.

Follow our Instagram or FB page to discover concepts, places, products, and ideas shaping our cultural landscape. Or better yet, join the movement and tag your favorite local brands and establishments with #trylocalph to be featured.

I’ll be curating the site two days out of the week. I hope to see you there. ☺️


Vela Manila

Thank you Mariel of Vela Manila for this beautiful sling bag with an adorable gumamela pattern from their Agos Collection. It’s perfect for casual days about town.

In their own words:
Vela Manila is simply about reviving and sharing the beautiful stories of our weavers through pieces that fit the contemporary lifestyle. All our pieces feature different weaves from different tribes all over the Philippines such as the T’nalak from the T’boli in South Cotabato, Mangyan Ramit from the Mangyan Tribe in Mindoro and Native Ethnic Weaves from the Ifugao tribes in the Cordillera. All our pieces are also assembled by small-scale craftsmen in Marikina which ensures superb quality and craftsmanship. In short, Vela Manila rallies the undeniable Filipino ingenuity which is worth sharing.”

Learn more about Vela Manila through their:

Website | Instagram 


Ysabel’s Daughter

Ysabel’s Daughter is a proudly Philippine made bath and body brand that promises to deliver your beauty needs without any chemicals or synthetics. In fact, one of the main ingredients of their soaps and shampoos is honey, which they harvest directly from their very own backyard bee colonies.

I was recently offered a chance to try three of their slimming products which would make a great gift for someone trying to bounce back into shape after having a baby:

Lemon Firming Lotion: promises to help boost collagen production and improve skin texture.

Green Apple Slimming Lotion: helps tone cellulite and minimizes the appearance of orange peel skin.

Coffee Arabica Firming Bar: gently exfoliates the skin and helps improve skin moisture.

Learn more about the brand through their:

Website | Instagram

Or email them at or through their mobile # +639188871886