The Joy Of Being Filipino: Pinas Sadya’s Lifestyle Collections

‘Pinas’ is slang for Philippines, while ‘Sadya’ is Tagalog for purpose and Bisaya for merriment or happiness.

Pinas Sadya is an online marketplace that collects local products for love of country and pride in culture. The name literally translates to the joy of being a Filipino, or the purpose of being a source of such joy. As sadya is also Bisaya, Pinas Sadya recognizes the different regions of the Philippines and sources its products from all around the country. In this way, the vision of Pinas Sadya is to bring the joy of being Filipino to consumers as well as creators, i.e. the community that makes the products and enjoys a sustainable livelihood from them.

The online marketplace is carefully curated for the modern Filipino/Filipina, featuring intricate products that preserve traditional Filipino design in the lifestyles of today. The first collection is Hapag Kainan, which presents a selection of woven placemats and charger plates, earthenware, and wooden kitchenware sourced from the various regions of the Philippines.

Habi Plates (P470): these food-safe plates of melamine present the indigenous fabric patterns of the Tboli and Ifugao tribes, created by Liwayway PH in support of Delepine Foundation.
Rainbow Charger Plates (P450): these rainbow-colored placemats are made from water hyacinth, which was previously considered a pest plant in Davao.

Another collection is Hikaw At Ako, a tasteful array of earrings as diverse as the country itself: classy, edgy, leather, pulltab, metallic, and colorful jewelry handcrafted by established as well as emerging designers to lend just a touch of pizzazz to any outfit. These earrings are sure to land you many a “Hikaw Na!”

O’EL Likha Multicolored Leather Earrings (originally P800 but now on sale for P500): these earrings are hand-crafted from car seat leather. Talk about resourceful and sustainable!

Speaking of a touch of pizzazz, Pinas Sadya offers more opportunities for amping up the chicness of any outfit with the BAGay Sa’yo collection: fringed, woven, canvas, and tassel creations also designed by artisans.

Beehive Woven Bayong Silver (P1,500): this bag was woven by men and women around Luzon, mostly parents of public school children in Montalban.

Now we get to the main event: Sadyang Para Sa’yo, a collection of made-to-order and customized bestsellers that range from elegant and artsy furniture to hand-embroidered jackets and hand-painted wrap skirts, to the largest sunhat you’ve ever seen. These little accessories spice up any ordinary Filipino lifestyle: Arte sa Buhay at Para sa Bahay.

Hand Embroidered Lumban Bomber Jacket (P12,000): this jacket takes six weeks to complete, as its embroidery, beadworks, and handpainted details are crafted by the embroiderers of Lumban, Quezon.
Risque Carved High Heels in Local Embroidery (Multi Color) (P8,500): these heels are a product of the collaborative efforts of the carvers of Paete Laguna and the weavers of Buhi, Camarines Sur, combining the urban flair of Filipino silk with traditional Filipino design.

All in all, Pinas Sadya is a unique brand with a creative vision that permeates each and every piece of their collections: an interregional effort that keeps the joy of being Filipino very much alive through connecting and sustaining communities throughout the Philippines.

Featured Photo Credit: the Sampaguita Kimono Poncho of Lokal Home (P12,500), designed by film director Concepcion Macatuno, hand-painted and hand-woven.

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