10 Cool Items That Will Show Your Manila Love

Jeepney, sari-sari store staples, tusok-tusok eats...There really is no other place like Manila.


(SPOT.ph) Granted, Manila leaves much to be desired sometimes (Hello, mega pollution! Hi, three-hour traffic!), but at the end of the day, it’s the place we call home and have come to love. Here’s a roundup of things for true blue Manila  folks who grew up playing patintero on the streets and woke up to manong’s call of “Tahoooo” every morning.



Quiapo Restyled Notebook (P270) from Twosixtythirty

Twosixtythirty renders the colorful Quiapo and its elements (church, amulets, and fortune teller) in gorgeous black and white and colored notebook covers—definitely a different image to remember Quiapo by from the colossal Feast of the Black Nazarene. Each one has 120 staple-bound unruled pages.  




Jeepney and Sorbetes Cart (P229 each) by Cut the Scrap

These detailed wooden miniature versions of iconic wheels seen on the streets of Manila—jeepney and sorbetes cart—make for a just-because gift to anyone who have fond memories of both or either.


Available at Common Room



"Biyaheng Langit" Jeepney Folk Art (P850) from Electrolychee 

If you’re one those people who would consider seeing jeepney art as your morning’s commute highlight, you’d enjoy poring over this book’s over 180 photos of vivid, hand-rendered religious jeepney graphics taken by Electrolychee around Metro Manila and its nearby provinces. Also read about interesting interviews with “unsung jeepney sticker craftsmen, salty PUJ drivers, and scholars of religious art.”


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Handmade Pins (P200/set) from Cooouch

These cool pins are bound to brighten up the day of anyone who grew up with Manila sari-sari store staples Chocnut and Haw-Haw (Mik-Mik and Pompoms next, please!)


Available at Common Room



“Para Diyan Sa Tabi” Luggage Cover (P 1,195) from Wanderskye

Protect your baggage—and make it easy to spot—with a beautiful luggage cover with a commuter’s lingo designed by Kay Aranzanso. It would appropriately make you pack up and leave for your next stop, may it be somewhere here or abroad.




"Taho for Two" Pouch (P199) from Milk Collective PH

All of the yumminess of every Pinoy’s favorite breakfast-in-a-cup (silky smooth soya, syrup, and tiny sago) is present in this handpainted pouch with the lovely type “Taho for Two” by Noni Devora. 


Available at Common Room


Philippine Fiesta, Food, and Bike Mashi Tapes (P120/roll) from Papemelroti 

As if choosing from any number of fabulous washi tape prints available in the market is not enough, esteemed graphic designer Robert Alejandro designs an irresistible range of washi tapes with Filipino flair. Each roll is 18 mm in height and 40 meters in length, and showcases themes like Philippine fiestas and enticing food such as leche flan and tinapa.




Phone Cases (P695 to P745) from The Diff x Diyalogo

Dress up your mobile phone with your favorite skewered street food isaw and betamax; a colorful explosion of Manila-speak like “NKKLK” or “words to the wise” such as “Pwede Sumuka, Bawal Sumuko.



“Maling Akala” T-Shirt (P495) from Linya-Linya 

Pinoy puns are definitely funny, and this “Maling Akala” shirt, complete with similar-looking typography to the popular canned meat brand, is no exception. Anyone who grew up having Spam’s cheaper cousin for breakfast (or lunch, dinner) would understand.




Catalog Zuper Set (P500 each) from Ang Tirador

First offered at Local Loca’s Paper Sniffers Pop Up Art Mart at Cubao Expo in December 2015, the maiden issue of Ang Tirador’s quirky and nostalgic Catalog Zuper Set includes toy weapons, a set of 12 illustrated postcards of Philippine-made toys, a catalog for reference, a membership badge, and a Zuper Pulis Maynila mask.


Available at UVLA Store

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