A store supporting Filipino entrepreneurs and their local products recently opened at the Robinsons Department Store in Robinsons Place, Ermita, Manila.
It's called Go! Lokal.
In our own country, there is the need to put spotlight on Pinoy-made products because unlike the branded brands, our local entrepreneurs do not have the budget to spend on advertising.
Actress Maricar Reyes-Poon agrees that exposure is the key.
The Kapamilya actress told PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal), "For example, taga-Davao ka, gumagawa ka ng chocolate na handed down from your grandmother na sobrang sarap.
"So paano mo ipaparating sa Manila kung wala kang budget, wala kang kakilala?
"Yun ang ginagawa ng Go! Lokal, binibigyan tayo ng pagkakataon bilang maliit na negosyo na may pag-asa ka."
She herself has a two-year-old pastry business called ChocoLiquorCakes, which she launched via social media.
Maricar added, "As a small business owner, it's important for me to see something like this, to see that the government is helping small business owners like myself to have growth.
"I want to say thank you.
"What I love most about Go! Lokal is that it promotes love for country. I think that is one of the most beautiful things a Filipino can have."
Going around Go! Lokal and shopping made her feel "masaya, nakaka-proud."
Check out the Pinoy-made products that caught her attention.
"Yung bell, intricate design, nare-remind ako na sobrang creative talaga ng Pinoy from Mindanao, galing ng carving."
These products, she said, are good for the Filipino spirit.
"All Pinoys have to realize how creative we all are, and it's nice to share that with each other yung galing ng isa't-isa."
She also liked these napkin rings.
"Creative, madiskarte tayo. I encourage more Filipinos to make stuff. You can, kasi we are so creative."
Her personal favorites were these chocolates.
"Honestly, may bias ako. I made a beeline for the chocolate.
"Sobrang galing natin gumawa ng chocolate sa totoo lang.
"For those who have traveled, if you taste chocolates from Belgium, it's nice, pero kung kakagat ka ng chocolate from the Philippines, it's well-made, masarap din."
She also reminded that supporting our local products goes a long way.
You don't just support the entrepreneurs but the workers and the suppliers. It's also a strong sign of nationalism.
"Sa talent competition, nananalo tayo. Go! Lokal. Support each other."
Lastly, Maricar encouraged her fellow entrepreneurs.
"Go, make stuff, yung mga naiisip natin, out of this world."