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What the Duck: 'Bibe' hairpins are everywhere. Here are its origins and prices

By NICK GARCIA Published Feb 13, 2024 1:04 pm

“May tatlong bibe akong nakita…”

Not just three, in fact. All duck or no dinner.

News feeds have been replete with photos and videos of people donning yellow duck hairpins, especially during the Chinese New Year festivities. Ambulant vendors and online stores are selling the ducks in question. Social media users have been quacking all about it. What the duck is happening?

Facebook page “Engr. berto,” which has over 565,000 followers was among the first pages that helped bring attention to the duck hairpin over the past few days. Its three-minute video showcasing stores and people with the viral accessory has over 143,000 reactions, 12,000 comments, and 3.3 million views.

The item reportedly originated from Baguio, with TikTok user Cabalen Foodie, who has over 66,800 followers, vlogging about how ubiquitous it was on Christmas Day 2023.

“As in kahit saan ka magpunta,” she said, showing clips of the stores and locals. The video has over 1.8 million views and 92,500 likes.

TikTok user “LynTik BudolShop,” which boasts of over 14,000 followers, went as far as saying, “Hindi ka magkakaroon nito kung di ka magpupunta ng Baguio.”

Baguio City Public Information Office on Jan. 2 shared photos of constituents with the duck hairpins while in the streets and parks. It noted how the accessory also comes in the form of a plant sprout and pinwheel. among others.

A Facebook user by the name of Chairein, however, said the item was already trending in the cosplay community as early as 2017, accompanied by a photo for posterity.

In any case, the duck hairpin that apparently started in Baguio is now widespread.

The duck hairpin reportedly costs P50 in the city.

But the e-commerce platforms Shopee and Lazada are already carrying them, selling for as low as P6.