Try Local PH Turns Two With Our First Eco Awards!

Happy Birthday to Try Local PH: the social media movement that shines light on all things proudly Filipino!

To mark our two year anniversary we will be having our first ever Try Local Ph Eco Awards, to celebrate local brands that value an environmentally sustainable society.

For the entire month of July you can nominate a local brand (including your own) that have put mindful, low impact living at the heart of what they do.

Click this link to participate or nominate an idea you believe in!

Our gorgeous EcoAwards Logo was designed by the talented Marica Legazpi

Learn more about Try Local PH through our:

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Or read this feature in Sassy Manila here.


Fashion Find: Madison + Reese

A few months ago, I was introduced to a new Cebu based brand called Madison + Reese. I fell in love with the super comfy blue pin-striped dress I got from them and had to learn more.

This dress has been my go-to for many occasions; whether it be work or running errands around the city, I know I’m covered. I recently got another beautiful dress from them that I couldn’t help but fall in love with. The embroidery on this one made me have hearts in my eyes for days.

I asked Madison + Reese’s oner KD Syiaco to share a little more about the brand and the items they carry. Here are her answers and some pictures from Madison + Reese’s social media pages:

Why the name Madison + Reese?
It’s actually the name of my eldest daughter, Madison Reese so this brand is really close to my heart. I’ve always loved the name Madison, reminds me of my trips to New York before I got married. Now that I gave birth to my second daughter whose name is Riley Summer, I should’ve just named it Madison + Riley. Haha!

How would you best describe the clothes you carry? 
The clothes are sourced from abroad. I personally handpick the styles that will make up the collection. Since we also have a branch in Cebu that also sells Soak Swimwear, the clothes chosen are diverse; from city wear to beach wear. I used to source clothes based on my style which was a bit for club wear or a bit on the pre-baby body. Now that I’m a mom, my style has evolved so now I make sure I have both- trendy & fun for the young ones & classic yet sophisticated for the more mature ones especially for the young moms.

Which pieces are your best sellers?
The embroidered button down polos are our bestsellers especially for mommies and mature women. It’s fun, versatile and classy. Sometimes when you’re lazy to dress up, button downs are your best bet. Our dresses are also selling well. The stocks are limited so it gets sold out fast. Also, our resortwear pieces do well, I guess because we share the store with our other brand called Soak Swimwear.

What can people expect from your brand in the coming months/years?
Madison + Reese is still a baby. The brand still has a lot of room for growth. We’re looking forward to more styles per collection. We are also looking forward to developing our online store. Right now, we are only mostly selling in our stores in Manila and Cebu. We want to grow our reach to all over the Philippines so we are targeting to develop our online presence.

How often do your collections change?
Our collection changes twice per season. For peak like summer or during Christmas, we sometimes update the collection thrice.

Who are the celebrities/influencers who are crazy about your pieces?
Since the brand just started, we haven’t really made an effort yet to introduce our brand to known celebrities & influencers, maybe just a handful…like our favorite/ go to ones like Kryz Uy, Camille Co & Patty Laurel.

Photos of influencers courtesy of Madison + Reese:

Patty Laurel-Filart

Camille Co

Patricia Prieto

Kryz Uy

Lissa Kahayon

Kat Valdez

Madison + Reese is located at 

Cabana Cebu: Banilad Town Center

Cabana Quezon City:  94 Katipunan Ave.,  White Plains, Quezon City

You can also order online through their:

Facebook Page | Instagram 

Mobile Number:  0915-5605301 



Why I Love My A.P.C Half Moon Bag from Shop Stellin

A simple fact about me, I don’t own any designer bags. Yes, I can appreciate their beauty and craftsmanship that goes into making these arm candies, but the idea of paying enough money to put a number of children to school for just a bag is beyond my comprehension. Lo and behold, here is the closest I will probably ever get to owning one: The A.P.C Half Moon Bag

A.P.C stands for Atelier de Production et de Création and is described by Wikipedia as  “A French ready-to-wear brand founded in 1987 by the Tunisian Jewish fashion designer Jean Touitou in Paris. The brand is known for its minimalist designs. Its clothing features clean lines and simple patterns.”

A.P.C. clothing and bags are made in classic styles that are made to last for years. Nothing too trendy or too dated can be found in their collections, which is exactly the way I like it.

I first saw A.P.C’s signature Half-Moon bag when my super stylish friend Bianca Santiago-Reinoso brought hers to an eventand if it’s cool enough for super stylish Bianca it definitely gets my vote.

I was thrilled to discover that local online store Shop Stellin carried these beauties, so I quickly made a reservation for one. Here are some other photos from Shop Stellin on the different colors of these bags. I chose the Chestnut Brown version, while my friend Patty Laurel chose the Peacock Blue, Bianca has it in Natural Beige. Another beautiful color is Burnt Orange which can be seen below.

Here are the specs and description for the Half-Moon Bag (photos from A.P.C) 

A simple A.P.C. cross-body bag, rendered in smooth leather. The top zip opens to a lined, 1-pocket interior. Adjustable shoulder strap. Dust bag included.

Leather: Cowhide.
Weight: 18oz / 0.51kg.
Made in Portugal.

Height: 7.75in / 20cm
Length: 9.5in / 24cm
Depth: 2.5in / 6.5cm
Strap drop: 22in / 56cm

It’s got beautiful leather and quality hardware that get even better with age. I can’t say it’s the type of bag that will fit everything (I don’t even bother fitting my camera in here), but on days when I want to travel light with a wallet, phone, and lipstick and powder, this is the bag for me. Definitely something I plan to keep for many years to come.

A.P.C’s beautiful bags are available in the Philippines through Shop Stellin.

Learn more about Shop Stellin through their:

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