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How can Filipinos show patriotism in these modern times?
It has been a century and two decades since Emilio Aguinaldo proclaimed the independence of the Philippines from Spanish colonial rule on June 12, 1898 in Kawit, Cavite.
Apart from honoring the sacrifices and heroism of our forefathers, it is also time to celebrate the ingenuity and artistry of local artisans and producers, who in their own ways, strengthen “Pinoy” pride.
Heroes fought hard to attain freedom and identity while artisans and producers across the country help preserve culture and stoke patriotism among Filipinos.
At the same time, patronizing products made in the Philippines not only boosts the local economy but also revives tradition and promote ethnicity.
In recent years, buying local has become a global trend as more people embrace organic production, ethical consumption, and animal welfare, according to Euromonitor International.
New Oxford American Dictionary chose “Locavore” as its word of the year. Locavores are “people who maintain a small carbon footprint by eating locally-produced food, emphasizing freshness, taste and purity of food produce as well as taking care of the local environment,” Euromonitor adds.
On the map above are some of the top-selling “Proudly Pinoy” food and products from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao which you can find at ECHOstore.
Across the country, there are numerous products we, Filipinos, can be proud of. These are available online at echostore.ph and ECHOstore branches in Serendra in Taguig City, Salcedo Village in Makati City, Podium in Mandaluyong City, and Centris Walk in Quezon City.