Sentro Filipino Christmas Bazaar presents gift guide | Inquirer

Sentro Filipino Christmas Bazaar presents gift guide

/ 01:04 PM December 15, 2022

SAN FRANCISCO – Filipino-made artisanal products and goods from Filipino American enterprises such Arkipelago Books, Hara, Barbara Lee Jewelry, Filiflavors, Oodaalolly Chocolates, Pilip & Blu, Malaya Botanicals and Concepcion Resort Wear will be available at the First Filipino Christmas Bazaar at Sentro Filipino/San Francisco Filipino Cultural Center.

The Christmas Bazaar is this Sunday, Dec. 18 from 12 to 6 p.m. at 814 Mission Street, San Francisco. Here are some gift ideas for this holiday season available at the bazaar.

For Mom: peep toe abaca tie-knot slides, natural shell coasters and a capiz shell trinket dish to hold all her favorite things from Hara’s selection of artisanal homeware handmade by indigenous and female artisans in the Philippines. Add some sparkle to her life with a dazzling pair of Malaya statement earringsfrom Pili & Blu or a timeless heirloom necklace from Barbara Lee’s Filipiniana collection featuring traditional rosary-style necklaces and pearl jewelry.

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For Dad: bamboo bottle opener, peacock abalone coasters or from Oodaalally and Kasama Rum’s special rum-infused holiday collection of chocolate bars to tie it all together.

For the little ones in your life: Help the bright-eyed babes in your life stay warm this Christmas with a children’s puffer jacket covered in butterflies from Shop Concepcion. Add a green and purple sodsod banig mat hand woven by the women of the Tagolwanen tribe in Malaybalay, Bukidnon for their next playtime session and pair it with a banig utility basket to hold all their toys!


For the friend who needs some R&R: Have a friend who needs a little self-care this holiday season? Help them relax with Malaya Botanicals’ Relax CBD Gift Set featuring a CBD Massage Candle, bath bomb, roll-on and massage oil. Add a Oodaalally’s signature dark chocolate bar infused with calamansi for an extra dose of sweetness or Filiflavor’s Something Vegan Box

For the friend who loves to travel: Give your friend with wanderlust a little taste of home with Filiflavor’s Special Sweet Surprise Box featuring classic and much-loved treats from the Philippines. Pair it with some beachy accessories for their next tropical excursion like a bright Ginhawa Tikog Fan, bohemian abaca tie-knot slides and Marikit Visor from Hara.


For the Fashionista: Shop Concepcion’s show stopping green velvet suit, perfect for a night on the town. Pair it with Barbara Lee Jewelry’s classic Gloria earrings to complete the look.

For the friend that loves to host: Deck out your dear friend’s next dinner party with a handwoven Inabel brocade table runner and matching set of Solihiya placemats. Pair it with festive Inabel napkins and Anahaw napkin rings for the perfect dining experience.

For the friend who loves to read: Arkipelago Books carries books such as the acclaimed novel The Son of Good Fortune by Lysley Tenorio. Does your friend also love to cook? Try I Am a Filipino… and This Is How We Cook by Nicole Ponseca & Miguel Trinidad.

For the teenagers and college students in your life:

There’s  Honey bracelet from Barbara Lee Jewelry featuring peach, cream and purple pearls.

About the Makers

Hara- Hara is a home and lifestyle brand that consciously sources products handmade by women, indigenous communities, and co-ops in the Philippines. Pictured left: a Tagolwanen banig weaver from Bukidnon. Pictured right: Hara founder, Keesa Ocampo.

Barbara Lee– At Barbara Lee, every piece tells a story and that story is always filled with love. Each piece of handcrafted jewelry is made with exceptional elements and craftsmanship. Our guarantee is that each piece has been vetted by our designer and has been crafted, adjusted, and perfected by hand. Pictured right: Designer and Founder Barbara Lee, photographed by Vincent Gotti.

Oodaalolly – means joy, and its mission is to bring more smiles into the world by making the best tasting small batch Filipino chocolate in the world. Based in the innovative San Francisco Bay Area, Oodaalolly is a rapidly growing AAPI-owned confections brand that makes award-winning chocolate exclusively using Philippine-sourced cacao. Pictured right: Founder Hernan Lauber.

Pili & Bluaims to put Filipino craftsmanship on the map while supporting the Autism community and other special needs communities with Filipino artisan-made statement pieces.


Filiflavors is a 100% woman-owned small business that provides modern “pasalubong” through Filipino surprise snack boxes, gift boxes, and recipe kits. Founder Bianca Trinidad also owns Pili & Blu.

Malaya Botanicals is a woman-owned and family-operated CBD Wellness and Beauty Company on a mission to de-stigmatize cannabis and empower women of color to take charge of their health and healing. Pictured right: Founder Pia T. Barton.

Arkipelago Books is one of two of the only distributors of specialty books outside of the Philippines. Additionally, the store’s collection of contemporary and historical Filipino American titles makes Arkipelago Books a leader in book distribution to libraries, educational institutions, as well as to the local and traveler alike interested in Filipino Literature, Culture, Social Sciences, Art, Poetry, History, and more.

Shop Concepcion- Womens and Mens Resort Wear based in Los Angeles, CA. Since 2018, they produced a ready-to-wear line and work with clients to produce customized designs. Pictured: Founder & designer Ed Concepcion.

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