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Celebrate International Women’s Day by paying a visit to the GREAT Women showroom and café—a place that sells lovely products that are made by women from groups that benefit women. It’s a win-win situation!

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Original Article: Kamila Garcia Photography: Courtesy of GREAT Women (main photos)

With March 8, 2017 being celebrated as International Women’s Day, the GREAT Women Showroom and Café in Makati City seems to be the right place to celebrate this day of empowering women and building a more inclusive, gender-equal world.

Open since mid-2016, this showroom and café in Makati City is very timely in becoming the hub for advocacies that support the economic empowerment of women. This private enterprise (“GREAT” is an acronym for “Gender Responsive Economic Action for the Transformation of Women”) has been discreetly but successfully promoting the growth of women-led businesses and women-made products.


The showroom of GREAT Women functions as a collaborative design laboratory wherein different designers such as celebrated fashion designer Happy Andrada, jewelry designer Wynn Wynn Ong, and artist (and lead curator of the showroom) Jeannie Javelosa work with textiles and components created by indigenous cultural communities and women’s livelihood programs. The end results are beautiful and unique products that run the gamut from barong-inspired apparel embroidered with contemporary patterns in Lumban, Laguna, to bags and accessories woven by the women inmates at the Davao City Correctional.

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Here are some must-have, proudly Filipino items that’ll make you feel good, not only because you’ve bought a beautiful and totally unique product, but because you’ll help out the wonderful women who’ve made them:

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