3 pop-up markets you need to visit in Manila this month

Free entrance for eco-friendly goods, indie finds, and fashion that's proudly Filipino

Pop-up markets are a great way of discovering homegrown brands, especially those that may not be able to afford owning their own brick-and-mortar store just yet. If you’re into eco-friendly goods, indie finds, or even fashion that’s proudly Filipino — and free admission — here’s a roundup* of pop-ups to check out this month:

The Good Trade Fair

Hosted by The Good Trade community, this cheery pop-up is a gathering of lovely local brands that advocate a mindful, sustainable lifestyle. Whether you’re trying to reduce your plastic consumption/ carbon footprint,  wear ethical fashion, or treat your skin with natural beauty remedies, find #allthegoodstuff for both you and Mother Earth here. Check out:

Finn The Label‘s beauty, skincare, and self-care products are natural, cruelty-free, and simply dream.


Simula. With the  brand mantra “Ako ang simula” (I’m the start”), Simula advocates positive change  with their eco-friendly everyday essentials.


Druid Things. Beyond purchasing their earth-friendly menstrual cups, compostable dish sponges, and reef-conscious sunscreen, do chat with Druid Things about their nature-conscious habits and recipes for serious sustainable living.

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The practice of zero waste has taught my partner and I to not only buy things package-free, but also to eat and shop as local as possible. That's why we try to grow our own food, and get package-free, fresh produce from the public market. (Grocery shit is mostly imported and/or plastic-wrapped.) Whenever we go to the market we usually take several buri bayongs with us. I was feeling a little extra today, so I took our big baby basket instead. (Disclaimer: No baby. We are ethically child-free. We got the basket from our online dumpster-diving community.) The basket proved to be a good, sturdy market bag. Anyway, here's some of the stuff we got. We've got piles of spinach and all sorts of vegetables on the other end of the basket. (We do not buy meat or seafood to lower our carbon footprint.) I'm sooooo happy to have finally found some clean, white, quality de "takal" sea salt. Our suki stopped selling the stuff last year. This new supply is from Mindoro. PHP10 per kilo. I only paid PHP5 for that half-kilo pile in my container. *evil cackle* I sometimes see/hear people complain (in the zero waste community I help manage) that when they go to the palengke, everything is sold in plastic– much like at a grocery store. Mung beans, sugar, oil, etc. are all still sold in plastic. Thing is, vendors only put them in plastic because people don't bring their own containers. When you ask them if you can buy mung beans by the kilo/takal, they'd be happy to sell them to you sans the plastic. You just have to ask, because it isn't the norm anymore. That's what my partner and I have been doing for some time now. Always ask. If you don't, the answer will always be "no." Let's make package-free purchases the norm again. If our grandparents were able to do it back then, I'm sure we can do it too. Let's make going to the palengke (vs the grocery) cool again. Got any palengke stories/finds/tips? #palengkeday #makepalengkesgreatagain #palengkesarecool #palengke #publicmarket #packagefree #refusesingleuse #zerowaste #zerowasteliving #zerowasteph #buhayzerowaste #journeytozerowaste #kalabasa #peppers #shrooms #sporedruid #druidofthespore #citydruid #druidthings #justdruidthings

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The Good Trade Fair is happening on July 19 to 21 at Central Square, Bonifacio Global City in Taguig. Visit thegoodtrade.ph for more details.

P.S. To celebrate their first year as a zero-waste, sustainable living platform, the Good Trade is also bringing back “Close The Loop,” where you can make a difference at the Donation, Recycling, Fashion Swap, or Plant Swap stations on Saturday, July 27 at WeWork BGC from 1 PM-4 PM. Read more about Close the Loop on IG: @thegoodtrade.ph

Katutubo Pop-Up Market

This upscale pop-up provides a wonderful venue for introducing homegrown fashion brands that celebrate local artistry. Go gaga over artisanal finds and hand-loomed fashion, as well as gorgeous jewelry and accessories. The upcoming pop-up in collaboration with Bench is the biggest yet, featuring up-and-coming local brands alongside established designers such as Rajo Laurel, Rhett Eala, and Randy Ortiz. Get ready to make space in your closet with these finds:

Herman & Co. On a mission to share the beauty of Mindanao, heritage brand Herman & Co turns indigenous textiles and weaves into chic, contemporary pieces.

Rajito. Fall in love with Rajo Laurel’s children’s line, featuring soft butterfly sleeves and other subtle Filipiniana details on dresses for little girls.

MCV Designs. Add a classy local touch to every outfit with a gorgeous bag of handwoven pandan from MCV Designs’ Solihiya Collection.

The Bench X Assembly X Katutubo Pop-Up Market is happening on July 26-28 at the basement of Bench Tower, BGC, 11 AM-8 PM.

AURA sa Artesania

Organized by custom furniture and coffee shop Artesania in collaboration with empowering  brand Strange Mercy, this pop-up is a “one-day celebration of homegrown labels that share the same energy and ethos of supporting and promoting local businesses.”  The curated lineup ranges from the coolest below-the-radar labels, handmade crafts, and  pre-loved/sustainable fashion, to tarot decks, readings, and other magical goods. Here are a few:

Strange Mercy. Get your hands on their perpetually sold out Astrology tees (PSA: this is their final print run!), and beautiful scarves with original illustrations depicting divine feminine and idyllic Filipiniana-inspired scenes.



Amami. Love how this indie brand is bringing back the love for heritage tambourin jewelry and making it affordable, while  empowering local artisans!


Glorious Dias This wittily-named brand is a treasure trove of  vintage pre-loved + never worn pieces, mostly groovy Filipiniana for your dose of #Filipinostalgia

Dine, drink, and shop all day on July 27, from 11:00AM onwards at Artesania, 910 Antonio Arnaiz Avenue, Makati.

*Pierra Calasanz-Labrador is a writer, stylist, and author of the poetry books The Heartbreak Diaries and Dear Universe. She’s also passionate about featuring pretty, proudly Filipino finds on her page @fifis.finds on Instagram.

Written and Photographed

Pierra Calasanz Labrador

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