“We ask for a moment of silence for our brothers and sisters in Muslim Mindanao and those displaced in Marawi.”

Providore, through Raintree Group, in close collaboration with Yakangyaka, Akaba, and Herman and Co.,  gives back to our brothers and sisters in Mindanao specially to the displaced families in Marawi.

The weekend pop-up store opened with a traditional Maranao dance accompanied by gongs and drums.

Offered around the vicinity are products that focus on bringing high quality goods made in Mindanao directly to Manila.

Yakang Yaka, (a play on “kayang kaya” which translates to “never give up!” or “you can do it!”) is a community that has partnered with members of the Yakan village all the way from Mindanao to showcase tapestry and crafts of locally made designs.

Herman & Co., a locally made concept that mainly features artisan clothing of the Yakan tribe in Zamboanga and sourcing and distribution of Sulu coffee – both previously untapped.

Akaba, aims provide an avenue for designers and local artisans, specially those from Mindanao, to collaborate in the creation of timeless, high quality and high value travel bags.

“Parts of the proceeds will go directly to our displaced brothers and sisters in Marawi. We are also accepting all forms of donation of food, medicine, clothing, and others. These are all to support families in Marawi that are struggling to make ends meet,” says Mela Sison, Marketing Manager of Raintree Group.

Finally, we were given a glimpse of what the situation is like in Marawi all thanks to Nesreen Cadar Abdulrauf who wrote a piece entitled Marawi’s Nightmare published on Philippine Daily Inquirer. There was not a dry eye as Nesreen read her piece to those who would listen.

Head on over to Providore Backyard now and take a look for yourself. Providore is located on the G/F of SM Aura, BGC, Taguig.

Drew Uy

I do words, food, coffee, and photos. Hit me up on Twitter @ginuhit

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