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Local SMEs shine in Nakakalocal x AllHome Aesthetic Furniture Fair

By AUDRIE JULIENNE BERNAS Published Dec 06, 2022 3:20 pm Updated Feb 03, 2023 2:51 pm

Shining a light on local furniture manufacturers and designers, AllHome, through its AllHome Builds Initiative, in collaboration with PhilSTAR Media Inc. held the AllHome x Nakakalocal Home Aesthetic Furniture Fair last Nov. 21 to 30 at Nomo Vista Lifestyle Center on Molino Blvd. in Bacoor, Cavite.

The Nakakalocal x AllHome Aesthetic Furniture Fair let customers choose different exclusive local products from the store, while also giving more Filipino-owned businesses the chance to showcase their products along with their skill and craftsmanship—which have been renowned all over the world.

AllHome Vice Chairman and Las Piñas Rep. Camille Villar, together with Sen. Mark Villar opened the AllHome x Nakakalocal Aesthetic Furniture Fair together with Philstar EVP Lucien Dy Tioco last Nov. 21 at Nomo, a Vista Lifestyle Center on Molino Blvd. in Bacoor, Cavite.

“We’re’ not only helping SMEs, we’re actually promoting their products to make us proud as Filipinos,” PhilStar EVP Lucien Dy Tioco said during his opening remarks.

“We’re actually helping the economy and as well as promoting the culture of the Filipino globally, hence our tagline ‘love local, go global.’ And today we’re really proud of the craftsmanship and the ingenuity of the SMEs in this fair.”

Sen. Mark Villar inspect the furniture on display at the Aesthetic Furniture Fair.

Senator Mark Villar, on the other hand, shared how these types of projects are close to his heart due to its Filipino-first nature.

“This year’s Nakakalocal [event], an advocacy program that showcases global products to encourage more Filipinos to support and patronize our products and thus, [generates] the much needed employment. I’m glad that we were able to give these deserving businesses a stage where they can shine,” Villar reiterated, adding that this project can encourage more Filipinos to support local.

Malaki pasasalamat ko sa PhilSTAR dahil sa tulong nila mabigyan ng paraan ang MSMEs, and of course with the help of AllHome, lahat sila nagtutulungan para mabigyan ng mas malaking suporta ang MSMEs.”

From left: Miguel Nera (host), Han Cachola of Affordahomes, Thea Yu of Tahanan Furniture, Celeste Dela Cerna of ManangPH, Ed Bacani of Space Matters

House Deputy Speaker and Las Piñas Representative Camille Villar, who is also AllHome's vice chairman, said that entrepreneurship is close to her heart, and she expressed her appreciation for the collaboration between PhilSTAR and AllHome for the Nakakalocal inititative.

“I filed House Bill 5682, designating November as “Buy Pinoy, Build Pinoy” month, which I hope in time will help entrepreneurs recover through the challenges we all shared during the pandemic,” Rep. Villar said. “AllHome has long put an emphasis of how truly world-class local design can be. Our very own local designers, especially SMEs, fly under the radar only because it is a bigger challenge to them to get merchandise support and visibility to the right markets. By partnering with PhilStar through the Nakakalocal initiative, we believe we can give them the right platform to showcase their beautiful and inspired designs. “

From left: Philstar Media Group’s sales and marketing director Jay R. Sarmiento, Rep. Camille Villar and PMG EVP Lucien C. Dy Tioco

Wide array of choices

The Filipino brands showcased in the event displayed top-notch and world-class craftsmanship in their products, as such they were selected to be a part of the Nakakalocal platform. Affordahome Furniture, Wix Cozy Homes, Manang.PH, Space Matter, Qurio Manila and the Star SME, Tahanan Furniture, all possess the kinds of products that are perfect for every Filipino home.

Tahanan furniture

This Star SME brand aims to elevate Filipino homes with bespoke furniture and curated home goods. Made and designed in their workshop at Betis, Pampanga, their products feature their own traditional craftsmanship, using natural materials and employing sustainable practices. They also curate home goods by different Filipino artisan communities from all over the country while highlighting the products of local indigenous groups.

STAR SME: Tahanan Furniture

Affordahome Furniture

Affordahome Furniture believes that every Filipino household deserves beauty, elegance and simplicity—and make every home unique. Creating innovative and multi-functional furniture with space-saving solutions, Affordahome Furniture’s pieces are worthy investments.

Wix Cozy Homes

Branding themselves as the “safe haven for artisan everyday essentials,” Wix Cozy Homes started in late 2019 with the curiosity for candle making. Borne out of passion for the craft, the brand started off with three variants of hand-poured soy candles that uses premium clean-burning ingredients: 100% soy wax and phthalate-free fragrance oils. Now, the entire candle line has expanded into 16 different seasonal and regular variants, with other home fragrances added to their catalogue like aroma diffusers, room and linen sprays, scented alcohols, and reef diffusers.


Showcasing true Filipino identity through their furnishing products, Manang.PH is one of the best source for goods that use indigenous materials. From their rattan accent chairs, capiz serving trays, mirrors, and planters among other homewares, you can never go wrong with that touch of Filipino design in your private spaces.

Manang PH Products, Kaela Products

Space Matters

Ed Bacani of Space Matters believes in the power of making custom furniture pieces that still exhibit a “sense of Filipino-ness”. This furniture shop can be your next one-stop-shop for pieces that emanate functionality and design that will help enhance your space.

Qurio Manila

Bespoke furniture pieces are their forte, so if you’re looking for custom goods that you think are perfect for your home, Qurio Manila is your best friend. Leaning more towards the vintage side of design, the brand takes pride in the elegance of each individual piece.

Sen. Mark Villar and Qurio PH products

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