MANILA – Creativity is innate among Filipinos, even in transforming scraps into attractive and useful crafts.
That’s why Jennifer Lynne Espenida and two of her friends decided to put up an online business named “Alibot PH” on June 20 last year.
Espenida said she and her friends coined the term Alibot PH by combining “abubot” (trinkets) and “libot” (to go around).
“We like traveling and as we explored the Philippines, we noticed how talented Filipinos truly are. We wanted to showcase their craftsmanship to a wider market,” the co-owner of the business told the Philippine News Agency (PNA).
Alibot PH, she said, makes sure that the handicrafts it sells are locally made and eco-friendly.
“This shop is our passion project. Aware of the current situation of our planet, all the items we feature are locally sourced and promote sustainability,” Espenida said.
From trash to treasure
Trash can indeed be turned into a keepsake.
The first and main product that Alibot PH featured to its customers was the Malindig wind chime from Luzon.
The wind chime, Espenida said, is crafted from liquor bottle scraps and natural, sustainably harvested Capiz shells that create soothing sounds as they dance in the wind.
“The wind chimes have two sizes. (The) small Malindig wind chime, which is 14 inches long, is sold for PHP100 per piece,