PEP Gift Guide Day 29: Amina Aranaz-Alunan launches bags for Yolanda

IMAGE Noel Orsal

By purchasing bags from the Luz collection of Amina Aranaz-Alunan's Aranáz brand, you get to make a person in your life happy, and help victims of super typhoon Yolanda as well. All proceeds of the Luz collection will be coursed through Gawad Kalinga for the rebuilding of homes destroyed by the typhoon in Basey, Samar.

29 DAYS TO GO. The season of giving never ends.

More than a month after super typhoon Yolanda hit the country, families affected by the calamity remain displaced without a home or livelihood.

In the town of Basey, Samar, a.k.a. the Banig Capital of the Philippines, many mat weavers are still struggling to rebuild their homes and put their lives back together.

In the spirit of bayanihan, bag designer Amina Aranaz-Alunan and her pool of weavers from Bicol are lending aid to their fellow weavers through a fashion initiative called Luz.

Luz is a new bag line under the Aranáz brand.

All proceeds of this collection will be coursed through the non-profit organization Gawad Kalinga, and will be used to rebuild the homes and lives of the residents of Basey.

There is currently a singular tote design in production.

The bags are made from abaca fine weave, and is hand-embroidered with a heart logo and the word Philippines.

The black embroidered bag is called With Love, while the red one is called With Love Rojo.

Each bag costs P2,500.

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