After the greatest storm in recorded history ravaged a whole region of the Philippines…

The survivors of typhoon Haiyan are getting back on their feet. They are fighting to rebuild their homes, their families, their lives.

And according to them what they need the most are… jobs!

They need jobs to “help them help themselves” to fully recover from the tragedy that they went through.

And that is what TACLOB is set on accomplishing.

TACLOB is a collective of artists, designers, social workers, and entrepreneurs that have partnered with survivors and businessmen in disaster zones to  establish a social enterprise dedicated in providing immediate jobs for disaster survivors.

As a first initiative we will be training survivors to make “eco-friendly” and “disaster resilient” bags that they themselves appreciate and the rest of the world would want to have.


COMPASSION backpacks are designed to be weather-resistant, utilize pre-loved denim, and will be made by typhoon Haiyan survivors.

COMPASSION is an iconic, bright red, 50% upcycled, weather-resistant backpack which is made of:

Pre-Loved Jeans

Hi-Grade Japanese Truck Tarpaulins

Genuine YKK Zippers

Military-Grade Nylon Thread for all Stitching

Stylish Leather Lash Tabs



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Hometown Love

When friends ask for a suggested itinerary in Bacolod, I can’t think of anything but a foodtrip itinerary. You see, when you exclude Ruins, Mambukal, and Campuestohan, as these are the nearest sights located outside the city, there is really nothing much left to do except chill out and indulge in food, especially kansi, chicken inasal and sweets. Having spent most of my adult life outside Bacolod, I still get overwhelmed with all the food choices whenever I’m back home. So when my friends visited my hometown and told me they had to squeeze in 7-8 meals a day just to try whatever they can, I can’t really blame them. So my advice for those planning a trip to Bacolod, I suggest you extend a few more days to go around the province of Negos Occidental that way you have time to hit the beach or the mountain. If you have plenty of time, include Negros Oriental in your itinerary or just plan a separate trip to explore the neighboring province. Even I have yet to try all the restos in Bacolod and see the sights of Negros. If you’re pressed for time and can only stay in Bacolod, I’d say: eat, chill, and repeat!

P.S. Bacolod in October is MassKara Festival, that’s another story.

MassKara Festival

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