Humabi bags are not only pretty, they are products that help women in need and children who cannot afford to go to school. I first learned about Humabi bags when they were one of the curated brands at our Make It Blissful with Luminisce get-together. As Audrey Angcos, our fellow Blissmaker and event lead that afternoon, told us the story behind the brand, we had a deeper appreciation for each bag we held and for the people behind the Humabi brand.
Humabi bags: “Humabi para sa ikabubuti”
A few years ago, married couple Erika Tesoro-Mata and Dr. Richard Tesoro Mata were supporting a few, deserving scholar students from the Philippine Science High School. They wanted to help more students, and so Humabi was born. “Humabi para sa ikabubuti” translates as “Humabi for the betterment.” Humabi is a social enterprise that helps women in need and children who cannot afford to go to school.
Humabi is a Filipino word for “weave”. All Humabi bags are made out of plastic straw ropes that are handwoven by the women at the correctional institution of Davao City, who are mostly mothers. Every bag bought helps the livelihood program of these women and a portion of the proceeds go to the scholar students of Philippine Science High School.
Each of us Blissmakers at our event was asked to choose our own Humabi bag. I went for this classic black bag. I loved its simplicity and the feminine touch of the bag handles.
This is the first handbag I have that I really love. I usually just carry a bag on my shoulders. The cloth-covered handles made the bag comfortable to hold though, so I didn’t mind carrying it around. I could also carry it on the crook of my arm when I got tired from holding it while I did the groceries.
My bag fits just enough of my daily essentials: my wallet, make-up kit, cellphone, charger, power bank, wet wipes, tissue and digital camera. It makes for a great weekend bag!
Where are Humabi bags available? How do I order Humabi bags? Visit their Facebook page and order through PM. You can also email orders to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This was us Blissmakers at the Make It Blissful with Luminisce event! Let me tell you about the designs we each chose. Dr. Kaycee Reyes chose a bright green bag with a silver ribbon, which I think makes for a beautiful weekend bag. Ginger chose a black bag with a shoulder strap and fringes, which I thought was rocker chic. Martine chose a pretty cream and brown bag with a gold ribbon – so feminine, perfect for her! Louise chose a travel-sized Humabi bag. She’s geting married soon so this would make for a great bag to bring on her honeymoon. Vanessa, true to her brand of keeping things simple, chose a pretty white bag with a red-and-white cloth-covered handle. That’s me with my black bag. Carmel picked the geometrical black and white bag – great for work and play! Finally, Audrey chose a bag that was pretty in pink, just like her!
This is a bag that has style and substance. Supporting Humabi means supporting the livelihood program of the women who crafted these bags, and the scholar students of the Philippine Science High School. Get in touch with Humabi via the links above so you can get your own bag with a purpose too.