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Filipino Fashion, Home & Lifestyle Finds @ MUNI Market Day

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The 1st of June marked the first ever MUNI Market Day, a collaborative community event for conscious consumption and mindful living by MUNI, together with The Grove by Rockwell, the Global Shapers Manila hub, and GO Negosyo. It brought together various cause-driven businesses, musicians, artists, and other Cultural Creatives for a full day of learning workshops and fora, local music, and mindful shopping and dining.

Despite the sweltering heat of the late summer sun, plenty of folks came out to attend this one-of-a-kind event which celebrated creativity and collaboration towards improving the self, the community, and the environment through innovative business ideas and conscious consumption.

MUNI Market Day featured:

  • Fashion, Home & Lifestyle Finds by Rags2Riches, Lagu, Marsse, Tala Luna, Gouache, CustomMade Crafts
  • Homegrown / Healthy Food Finds by Edgy Veggy, KKK Coffee, Tsaa Daloy, GK Enchanted Farm, Theo & Philo, Nipa Foods, Bayani Brew, First Harvest, The Daily Jusa, Good Food Co., Lotus Pod
  • Upcycled Crafting Workshop by Katha Magazine
  • Healthy Food Forum with Jertie’s Kitchen, Good Food Co., Edgy Veggy, Bahay Kubo Organics, and Brown Rice Campaign by Dakila
  • Cause-driven Business Forum with Lagu, Marsse, GK Enchanted Farm and GO Negosyo
  • Live Music by Ateneo Blue Symphony, Ton Vergel de Dios of Ukelele Manila, Gentle Universe, Library Kids, Slow Hello, We Are Imaginary, and Three

We’d also like to express thanks to our secondary sponsors / raffle prize donors: Smart Communications, Inc., Manille Liqeur de Calamansi, Nanny Rose, Malagos Chocolate, and Moonleaf Tea Shop for helping make this event more meaningful and fun for our attendees.

[See event photos here.]

Check out this video recap! 🙂 Try to spot yourself in the video if you came by! 😀

Images & edit: UP Broad Ass Productions
Music: By Beautiful Intentions – We Are Imaginary tapos c/o Lilystars Records

This is just the start of bigger and better events from MUNI; the start of a more unified, conscious collective of consumers, entrepreneurs, artists, musicians, out to make the world better in ways they know how; the beginnings of a community creating a culture where caring is sexy, cool, fun, and easy. 🙂

MUNI Market Day attendee Chloe Cabrera shared in a blog post: “Even though I only stayed a few hours, I have to say the market day was a blast. I met so many passionate entrepreneurs and discovered some amazing enterprises.” Read on to learn more about Chloe’s finds at MUNI Market Day.


Gouache specializes in waxed canvas specialty bags and leather goods, providing stylish-yet-durable bags for active, artistic urbanities and adventure lovers. The brand seeks to bring the art of canvas waxing to the local bag industry. Because each product is meticulously handcrafted, not any two of their bags are exactly alike. Their first line of bags was actually crowdfunded through The Spark Project🙂

Gouache’s camera bags (behind the wooden sign) and knapsacks (dark olive green and red bags) – Photo c/o Chloe Cabrera
Gouache’s Holga bags and lunch bags
Gouache’s Holga bags and lunch bags – Photo c/o Chloe Cabrera
Gouache small leather pouches shaped like triangles
Small leather triangle-shaped coin purses – Photo c/o Chloe Cabrera

Gouache Website | Facebook
Email –
Mobile – 0917-898-1456


TALA LUNA’s creations revolve around Philippine handwoven textiles. The brand aims to highlight these textiles by integrating them onto functional and contemporary products, fusing our local tradition with contemporary fashion. They use woven textiles from regions like La Trinidad (Benguet), Kalinga (Cordillera), and Marawi (Mindanao) in their stunning creations.

“My favorite products were the shoes, especially these brogues! I love how they incorporated the textiles and patterns in their shoes.” – Chloe [Photo c/o Chloe Cabrera]
Tala Luna flats
“The patterns and colors on these shoes remind me so much of my time in Baguio. I must get a pair of these flats soon!!” – Chloe [Photo c/o Chloe Cabrera]

TALA LUNA Website | Facebook
Email –
Twitter – @talalunaph

Sustainably Made by MARSSE

Marsse (pronounced “mar-say”) is one of the largest private sustainable hardwood plantations in the Philippines. The plantation is devoted to developing sustainable tree plantations where the need for wood does not compromise nature. Their wooden products made from sustainably farmed hardwood trees from the MARSSE Tropical Timber tree farm in Pangasinan.

Chopping boards, bowls, and other household items made out of Mahogany and other hardwood trees. The patterns created by the wood are beautiful to look at, and make each piece one of a kind. [Photo c/o Chloe Cabrera]
Marsse holiday bestsellers [Photo c/o Chloe Cabrera]

Sustainably Made | Marsse Tropical Timber
Email –


Rags2Riches is a social enterprise devoted to creating a “stylish social statement”, working with women from poor communities to help them create bags and other products from upcycled scrap cloth, indigenous fabrics, and organic materials. Their philosophy stands upon its four bottom lines: People, Profit, Planet and Positive Influence.

“Every product you buy contains the name of the woman who weaved the cloth/ bag. I think it’s nice that they put the weavers’ names so that they will be remembered by those who purchase their products. :)” – Chloe [Photo c/o Chloe Cabrera]
These bags also feature some handwoven textiles from the T’boli tribe. [Photo c/o Chloe Cabrera]
Rags2Riches Website | Facebook

138 G. Reyes St., Brgy. Bagong Bato, San Juan
Mobile – 0917-730-5199
Stores – Rockwell Power Plant, Glorietta 1, Firma Greenbelt, The Ramp Glorietta, & Shangri-La Plaza


One of Team Muni’s personal favorites are Lagu’s beach-friendly beach blankets, which help you minimize sand erosion. The average beach goer unintentionally takes away 3 handfuls of sand each time they go to the beach, which may not sound like much at first until you add up the 908,875 tourists that went to Boracay in 2011, displacing some 15.5 tons of sand in a single year!

The happy hues of sand-repellant, quick-dry and allergen-free Lagus
The happy hues of sand-repellant, quick-dry and allergen-free Lagus

LAGU Website | Facebook
Email –
Twitter – @lifeonthesands

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