Empowering Filipino talent and craftsmanship has been  a dynamic campaign, pursuing to push local products in various industries to greater heights. Such movements aim to help local producers and traditions continue to thrive as demand for unique, artisanal and sustainable, ethical produce grow both domestically and globally.

Sharing the same passion and commitment, Makati Shangri-La Manila dedicated the whole month of March (Women’s Month) to champion Philippine culture and microenterprises through a showcase of food and fashion. The premier hotel, in partnership with GREAT (Gender Responsive Economic Action for Transformation of Women) Women, staged an exhibit of local textiles made by women weavers from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

Accessories by Adante Leyesa

Makati Shangri-La’s Cristina Ong and Asian Dragon Publisher Olivia Limpe-Aw with bags by Adante Leyesa

A modern Filipiniana piece by Tygie

Also part of the month-long celebration was a three-day trunk show featuring local designers who incorporated the GREAT Women fabrics into their signature clothes and accessories. GREAT Women textiles were also available for purchase.

Lulu & Ben by Fino’s bags made with GREAT Women fabrics and upcycled leather

Top by Rhett Eala

GREAT Women fabrics

Capping off the event was a fashion show presenting local handwoven textiles used on contemporary styles. Modern, versatile designs with a notable Asian flair were elevated with lush textures, prints, and colors from our very own local weaves. It was a testament that, indeed, traditional fabrics can become modern and wearable through innovation.

A Filipino-themed afternoon high tea

Local food and flavors were also highlighted during the month-long celebration. At the Lobby Lounge, guests enjoyed a Filipino-themed afternoon high tea that   included dishes masterfully prepared with local ingredients by women producers from ECHOstore.

GREAT Women cocktail by Destileria Limtuaco

A special GREAT Women cocktail by Destileria Limtuaco was also made available at Sage Bar. The summertime drink was made with craft spirits such as Very Old Captain Rum and Manille Liqueur de Calamansi mixed with refreshing, natural flavors of elderflower and orgreat syrups, lemon juice, and fresh mint leaves.

Visit the Great Women Showroon at G/F Chemphil Bld. 851 A. Arnaiz St., Makati City.

See all the runway looks and GREAT Women collection below:

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