Thursday, July 29, 2010

Native Bag Shopping in Bicol

I am a bag-a-holic. I was about 5 years old in the photo below. It would be easy to spot me... guess who's the only angel who has a bag?

I still remember that bag. It was a small square red bag with a butterfly design in front. My Mom got it for me and I always had it with me. That bag started my love affair with bags.

Some people find it strange that I prefer native bags. I had a collection of it. HAD because they all perished during typhoon Ondoy. Most of them were from the 100 bags that I bought in Daraga, Albay. I sold most of the bags, but kept about hmmm... ten percent of it.

I've been trying to rebuild my collection of bags, but I've just managed to buy 2 from Davao. I had a 24-hour long trip to Legaspi, Albay last week and managed to squeeze in 30 minutes to go bag shopping. The hotel crew told me to go to Tahao for pasalubong shopping. It was bag heaven (but would've preferred to go to Daraga, Albay).

Typical pasalubong shop in Tahao, Legaspi, Albay.

Here are four of the bags I got during my trip. Good thing I brought an extra bag. I had to limit myself though because it could only house 3 bags.

I hand-carried this bag since it's quite big. I would've gotten the blue version but thought this looked more eccentric. The blue one looked dainty.

I got this bag because it can match any outfit. I have a similar clam-shaped hand-bag which I got in Davao but it's smaller.

I loved how they used maong on this bag. I got the bag because it reminded me of a similar one I had which typhoon Ondoy ruined. It's an upgrade though because it's bigger and I like the maong straps.

I consider this to be my toy bag. They had it in several colors and I had a hard time choosing. I almost got it in blue, red and green too, but I decided not to because it might shock Sweetie too much and I don't have that much space at home.

Guess how much I spent for these bags?

*map to Tahao


  1. Gorgeous bags! I also love native bags and bought some when I went to Daraga, Albay 2 years ago. I hope I can get more when I go back to the Philippines next year!

  2. Anonymous11:56 AM

    hm is the first bag? ♥ it

  3. Hi po Maam Aileen, My name is Patrick Molaer po from Ateneo de Naga, I was wondering po if I could use po one of your photo po of the bicolano native bag as my reference concept art? im doing po kasi my thesis for my masters, my thesis po kasi is a 3D game and im doing the character's loot bag and I came across po to your blog. Hoping po for a response, thank you and have a great day po.