Again Not My Dolls

Guilty of being lazy!  Summer is here and I don’t have much energy to do my photo shoot upstairs, too hot!

I opted to just take a stroll in the mall, check out what’s new and what’s on sale.  I went with my sister in Kultura, its a big store where you can find a variety of Philippine made products from keychains to jewelries, shirts, Filipiniana Gowns, slippers, bags, etc.  Almost like a department store that sells only native, high quality Philippine items.

In Kultura, I remember seeing Barbie dolls dressed in the traditional Filipina costume way back, I mean, a long long time ago when Mattel is still in operation here in our country.  I couldn’t afford it, the cheapest then was Php400.00 and I was like earning only Php64.00 a day!  Anyway, last Sunday, I got excited seeing a set of dolls on display.  Okey, they’re not hard vinyl or plastic type, but cloth dolls!

Bunso is a Filipino word  which means “youngest” (youngest child, or sibling)  the name of the manufacturer that produces artistic cloth dolls.  I am in no way affiliated with them nor am I paid to write about their products.  I liked their craft, they’re beautiful, unique, collectible, and it’s amazing, they’re handmade.  You can check out their page.

“Hand-made by needlewomen and painting artists from Cebu”


They even have their own stand.

The icon they’re holding is the Santo Niño, one of the most revered religious images in the Philippines, it means Holy Child, a representation of the Child Jesus.

Did I buy? No, because I have no budget for dolls right now and I still don’t have a display cabinet!


Filipina Dolls

This morning I dropped by Robinsons Galleria to undwind with my sister, I remember seeing souvenir dolls in their Philippine Crafts section last year, so I thought of checking them out if they’re still there because I was impressed with the details of their costumes, they’re quite bigger than Barbie. 


Anyway, here are the dolls that I saw.  They have their own stand, and they represent different Philippine Ethnic Costumes for women,  they are tagged at around Php630.00 I think, so that’s about $12.35 and they are smaller than Barbie, maybe 10 inches.  I’m not sure if their bodies are hollow plastic,  the molded hands seemed ok and well defined, although they all have the same facial expression,  I love their outfit!  I was thinking of getting the Mandaya and Yakan Bride, but I don’t have the budget 😉

Early 19th Century Baro’t Saya







She’s a Folkloric Dancer, I forgot to take a picture of the back of her box, so I’m not sure who she is.  She’s the only dancer among the souvenir dolls.  I’m sure there are other types, but they’re not available.

I do not have the link to their website, created by Philcrafts, Inc.

Below is one of their Collector Edition, she’s beautiful!  I forgot to check the price.

And then there are some that are really just for display.