Spread the love this coming February with these culture-imbued pieces

Published January 20, 2021, 3:28 PM

by John Legaspi

Woo your loved ones with these local items

Unlike in holiday gift giving, a present for Valentine’s Day is often valued more because, in a way, it should encapsulate the love between two persons. This time, say your “I love yous” with items imbibed with the spirit of Filipino culture. If you’re on an early search for those trinkets, make sure to check out “MaArte @ Zalora” for the best local finds.

The online bazaar is extending its stay on the fashion e-commerce platform until Feb. 28. Just in time for the Love Month, MaArte features an expanded inventory of merchandise made by the best artisans in the country. Bazaar patrons will have a chance to see new pieces from its exhibitors in the safety and comfort of their home. 

Bring back the spark

Dazzle your lover with rings and necklaces handcrafted by T’boli artisan metal crafters of Lake Sebu, South Cotabato.

Gift & Graces’ T’boli ring set of three
Gift & Graces’ Mercedes necklace

Channel that ‘70s “make-love-not-war” feels with these boho-style ring cuffs and ear huggers in sterling silver and yellow gold, adorned with stones such as olive jade and aquamarine.

TdLG’s boho ear hugger
TdLG’s boho ring cuff

Wear your heart in your sleeves

There are also unique bags designed to adapt to today’s need for sanitation and safety—carry-all On-the-Go totes covered in plastic and lined with tarp material, making it easy to wipe clean.

Carry-all bag by MCV Designs

Accessories cases made from locally sourced cotton are available too, which are perfect for organizing small items in one’s bag and elegant sleepwear for kids and grown-ups.

Hand-crocheted accessories by Milvidas
Kids’ sleepwear by Antukin

Adorn the love nest

Valentine’s also calls for self love. And if you’re looking to spruce up your home—given that we’ll be continuing to stay at home in the foreseeable future—these table mats and pillowcases made with Manobo embroidery. You can also lounge around in roomy kaftans made with ultra-comfy cotton challis.

Barba’s unisex kaftan
Manobo Suyam art table mate by WYC

Patrons can also catch more of other MaArte @ ZALORA exhibitors such as Amarie, Beyond Borders, Creative Definitions, Ibarra Watches, Coco & Tres, Pika Pika Cards, Siklo Pilipinas, Tilia, Tim Tam Ong, and WVN Home Textiles.

Visit zalora.com.ph/maarte or download the ZALORA app (available on iOS and Android).