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The A Ba Ka of Philippine Souvenirs: O for Orchid

I have recently found out that the Philippines celebrates the Orchid Festival around August and September. Incidentally, this is when the waling-waling blooms.

The A Ba Ka of Philippine Souvenirs: Na for Niyog

Souvenirs can be about the innovation and ingenuity of the crafters behind each creative piece. It is entirely possible to come up with a whole line of products from just one type of raw material. Issue number 11 of the A Ba Ka of Philippine Souvenirs series focuses on the various souvenir items made out of the hard shell of a coconut.

The A Ba Ka of Philippine Souvenirs: E for Espada

Most souvenirs have a certain character, story, and swag to it. These souvenirs not only remind you of the places you visit but also give you a glimpse of the rich culture and history that made it such a visit-worthy place. E for Espada Our fifth installment for the A Ba Ka of Philippine Souvenirs series is a showcase of Espadas (swords) forged to protect the city it represents. No, locals are not selling swords willy-nilly! These are representations of the real deal. Espada is the Tagalog word for “sword”. It is one of the many Portuguese words that the nation has embedded in their language. The use of espadas in the Philippines as a weapon has long been shelved. However, some use espadas in their ceremonies as a symbolic element. As with ceremonies, espadas playing the role of souvenirs also stand as a reminder or representation for what has been. (I was so tempted to write, “representation of what went down.”)  Whenever you visit Mindanao, head on over to their handicraft stores and marketplaces …

The A Ba Ka of Philippine Souvenirs: A for Abaniko

The abaniko as a souvenir is practical, lightweight, useful, and affordable. It is no wonder why tourists would always take a bunch of the hand-crafted woven fans home with them. As some tourists would probably keep one piece for their souvenir collection, others would choose the abaniko as a “coming home” present (or “pasalubong”, as Filipinos call it) for their friends and families.