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3 Ways to Inject A Touch of Filipiniana Into Your Dining Table

Feel like a senorita with elegant dinnerware that harks back to a historic past

Original Article: Kathleen Valle Photography: Miguel Nacianceno Styling: Gwyn GS Guanzon

Hosting a lunch party at home? Ditch the paper plates and plastic spoons and forks, and try a Filipiniana table setting. This theme is elegant, classic, but not tacky. You’ll surely please everyone—from your teenage niece to your favorite tita. 

1. Use Filipino, natural fibers like raffia to spruce up your table.

Kultura Filipino offers bowls, plates, and saucers with raffia details on the glass. If you don’t have these on hand, you can wrap your cups and bowls in straw or any woven material to achieve the same effect. You can also use clear plates, bowls, and cups and set them on woven placemats.

Visit Kultura Filipino SM Makati and SM Mall of Asia.

2. Go for placemats and table napkins with delicate embroidery.

Channel a Maria Clara vibe with elements that exude a sophisticated yet feminine feel. Pair them with plain white dishes, simple cutlery, and clear glasses in order to highlight the embroidered details.

3. Bring out plates and cups with “carvings.”

The intricate, cutout details of these plates alone are stunning enough to be a conversation starter. Do away with placemats in order to highlight the beauty of the plates. Complement the plates with embroidered table napkins and a simple floral arrangement.

Read the original article ("Now Serving Style") in the August 2011 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App. Log on to for more details.

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