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  • Beauty and grace and everything in between ✨ There’s a reason we’re so in love with our Estela Pearl Drop Earrings by @amami.ph 😍 These beauties are #handcrafted from pure sterling silver dipped in 24k gold and paired with authentic Philippine pearls. If you look closely at the pearls, you’ll notice small imperfections. These are actually fish bites, adding to the deep story and individuality of each piece. Tap to shop the Estela Pearls 👆🏽 📷 @amami.ph #EmpowermentisYou #MadeinthePhilippines⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
  • Beauty and grace and everything in between ✨ There’s a reason we’re so in love with our Estela Pearl Drop Earrings by @amami.ph 😍 These beauties are #handcrafted from pure sterling silver dipped in 24k gold and paired with authentic Philippine pearls. If you look closely at the pearls, you’ll notice small imperfections. These are actually fish bites, adding to the deep story and individuality of each piece. Tap to shop the Estela Pearls 👆🏽 📷 @amami.ph #EmpowermentisYou #MadeinthePhilippines⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
  •  114  2  19 May, 2019

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  • Dreaming of people and places near and far🌴🌞 Our Islander Collection by @islandgirlph was inspired by the bountiful islands of #Cebu, intentionally crafted with genuine shells and natural materials to share the story of our motherland ❤️🇵🇭 #EmpowermentisYou #MadeinthePhilippines
  • Dreaming of people and places near and far🌴🌞 Our Islander Collection by @islandgirlph was inspired by the bountiful islands of #Cebu, intentionally crafted with genuine shells and natural materials to share the story of our motherland ❤️🇵🇭 #EmpowermentisYou #MadeinthePhilippines
  •  60  1  18 May, 2019

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  • RELIVING MY UNIVERSITY YEARS! 😍 On Saturday, @cambio_co was invited to speak in front of 100+ post-secondary #Filipino students as a sponsor for the Filipino Canadian Students’ Association (@FILCASA.Connect). Personally, this evening meant a lot to me. I still remember being 18 years old, walking onto the University of Guelph campus for the first time and barely seeing any asians, let alone Filipinos. I spent so much of my university years trying to fit in within a majority white campus, and actively distanced myself from other asians. I wasn’t lonely per se because I had wonderful friends, but I never felt quite at home. What was wrong with me? I would ask myself. Why am I so out of place?

It never occurred to me to reach into my roots and heritage until I graduated from #UofG in 2012 and attended my first @nextdaybetter #Toronto event. At 22 years old, I experienced for the first time being in a room full of other Filipinos my age. I remember feeling inspired, amazed, and uncomfortable. Where had all these Filipinos been hiding??! Why was I so out of touch?

So when I found out a few years ago that Guelph campus had its own Filipino Students Association, you can bet I was ecstatic. To be part of a student association that was LOUD, BROWN, and PROUD - damn, that would have made all the difference. Because that was the kind of support and community I could have really used that time of my life. “To be part of a community that would have told me it was okay to look how I looked and come from the country I came from…” I’m grateful that younger generations of Filipinos out there are finding more support and connecting with their communities earlier on.

With all that said, I don’t regret my journey because it shaped who I am. More than ever, I appreciate what it means to be part of the Filipino community because I spent so much of my life outside of it. And if there’s anything I’ve learned, it’s that life is full of surprises. But your community will ALWAYS be here for you, even if you haven’t always been ready for it.
  • RELIVING MY UNIVERSITY YEARS! 😍 On Saturday, @cambio_co was invited to speak in front of 100+ post-secondary #Filipino students as a sponsor for the Filipino Canadian Students’ Association (@FILCASA.Connect). Personally, this evening meant a lot to me. I still remember being 18 years old, walking onto the University of Guelph campus for the first time and barely seeing any asians, let alone Filipinos. I spent so much of my university years trying to fit in within a majority white campus, and actively distanced myself from other asians. I wasn’t lonely per se because I had wonderful friends, but I never felt quite at home. What was wrong with me? I would ask myself. Why am I so out of place?

    It never occurred to me to reach into my roots and heritage until I graduated from #UofG in 2012 and attended my first @nextdaybetter #Toronto event. At 22 years old, I experienced for the first time being in a room full of other Filipinos my age. I remember feeling inspired, amazed, and uncomfortable. Where had all these Filipinos been hiding??! Why was I so out of touch?

    So when I found out a few years ago that Guelph campus had its own Filipino Students Association, you can bet I was ecstatic. To be part of a student association that was LOUD, BROWN, and PROUD - damn, that would have made all the difference. Because that was the kind of support and community I could have really used that time of my life. “To be part of a community that would have told me it was okay to look how I looked and come from the country I came from…” I’m grateful that younger generations of Filipinos out there are finding more support and connecting with their communities earlier on.

    With all that said, I don’t regret my journey because it shaped who I am. More than ever, I appreciate what it means to be part of the Filipino community because I spent so much of my life outside of it. And if there’s anything I’ve learned, it’s that life is full of surprises. But your community will ALWAYS be here for you, even if you haven’t always been ready for it.
  •  84  9  14 May, 2019

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  • Shout out to my girl and mama to be @sherylluzsoler over here 😍 I first met Sheryl four years ago when  we were starting @cambio_co and she had just founded her own brand @shopartisella . I remember her breezing into Balzacs Cafe talking excitedly about her dreams for her business and her experience moving to Toronto from Philippines years ago.

I have to be honest, though. When I first met Sheryl, I was intimidated and, I’m embarrassed to admit, a little jealous. Is there really room for two Filipinas in this space? I thought to myself. And how can I compete when she’s “more Filipina” than me? That was one of the first times I became conscious of the ways we women and especially women of colour are pitted against each other, and I’m ashamed to admit that I had fallen victim to that trap.

But eventually (and mostly because of @sherylluzsoler’s generosity) we began to collaborate, working together to uplift each other through our businesses rather than competing against one another. And today, I’m so proud to call her one of my closest friends.

So congratulations my dear friend, and my third Ate. I’m thankful to have you in my life and think it was fateful that we met. You’ll be as amazing a mama as you are a friend and even more 😘❤️ 📷 @michaelgozum.photo
  • Shout out to my girl and mama to be @sherylluzsoler over here 😍 I first met Sheryl four years ago when we were starting @cambio_co and she had just founded her own brand @shopartisella . I remember her breezing into Balzacs Cafe talking excitedly about her dreams for her business and her experience moving to Toronto from Philippines years ago.

    I have to be honest, though. When I first met Sheryl, I was intimidated and, I’m embarrassed to admit, a little jealous. Is there really room for two Filipinas in this space? I thought to myself. And how can I compete when she’s “more Filipina” than me? That was one of the first times I became conscious of the ways we women and especially women of colour are pitted against each other, and I’m ashamed to admit that I had fallen victim to that trap.

    But eventually (and mostly because of @sherylluzsoler’s generosity) we began to collaborate, working together to uplift each other through our businesses rather than competing against one another. And today, I’m so proud to call her one of my closest friends.

    So congratulations my dear friend, and my third Ate. I’m thankful to have you in my life and think it was fateful that we met. You’ll be as amazing a mama as you are a friend and even more 😘❤️ 📷 @michaelgozum.photo
  •  91  10  12 May, 2019
  • Yay! @jeromegv is coming back home today after one week in the #Philippines. The Department of Trade in Toronto sponsored one of us to attend @ManilaFame as Very Important Buyers - so we agreed for Jérôme to go!
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Many people laugh when they hear this. They ask, ‘why did HE go? You’re the Filipina! To which I respond that yes, of course I’m the Filipina. But we’re a 50/50 partnership. He works just as hard as I do for @cambio_co, has sacrificed just as much as I, and he deserves every bit of this.
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Of course, I acknowledge that for many reasons, I have had to be the face for #CambioandCo (a fact that’s simultaneously gratifying, terrifying, and exhausting). It’s important that Cambio be a space for Filipinos, by Filipinos. And Jérôme has wholeheartedly accepted that, even if it means taking a backseat and allowing others (mostly me) to do the talking (thankfully, he’s never been the talkative type, as y’all know 😜).
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But isn’t it amazing that I have a life partner AND business partner who just gets it? That I’m sharing my Life and my Livelihood with someone who has so much respect and passion for a culture that’s not his own? He’s taught me a lot about what it means to be an ally for others in my community. And I’m SO PROUD of the knowledge, partnerships, and friendships we’ve developed in #Philippines because of @cambio_co.
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To our partners - THANK YOU for welcoming us both with such open arms. Special shout out to @c_tiu @daniitan of @amami.ph (pictured above!), @reesefernandez of @rags2richesinc, and @janiceuchua of @islandgirlph for meeting with Jérôme on this trip. Also special credit goes to @_mistermariano of @akabaco who took Jérôme out barhopping (probably J’s first time in a decade HAHA) 😜 If y’all want to catch #behindthescenes of Jérôme’s travels (and also be 🤩 by his IG story skills) head over to 👉🏽👉🏽👉🏽@cambio_co and check out the Manila IG Story Highlight!
  • Yay! @jeromegv is coming back home today after one week in the #Philippines. The Department of Trade in Toronto sponsored one of us to attend @ManilaFame as Very Important Buyers - so we agreed for Jérôme to go!
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    Many people laugh when they hear this. They ask, ‘why did HE go? You’re the Filipina! To which I respond that yes, of course I’m the Filipina. But we’re a 50/50 partnership. He works just as hard as I do for @cambio_co, has sacrificed just as much as I, and he deserves every bit of this.
    .
    Of course, I acknowledge that for many reasons, I have had to be the face for #CambioandCo (a fact that’s simultaneously gratifying, terrifying, and exhausting). It’s important that Cambio be a space for Filipinos, by Filipinos. And Jérôme has wholeheartedly accepted that, even if it means taking a backseat and allowing others (mostly me) to do the talking (thankfully, he’s never been the talkative type, as y’all know 😜).
    .
    But isn’t it amazing that I have a life partner AND business partner who just gets it? That I’m sharing my Life and my Livelihood with someone who has so much respect and passion for a culture that’s not his own? He’s taught me a lot about what it means to be an ally for others in my community. And I’m SO PROUD of the knowledge, partnerships, and friendships we’ve developed in #Philippines because of @cambio_co.
    .
    To our partners - THANK YOU for welcoming us both with such open arms. Special shout out to @c_tiu @daniitan of @amami.ph (pictured above!), @reesefernandez of @rags2richesinc, and @janiceuchua of @islandgirlph for meeting with Jérôme on this trip. Also special credit goes to @_mistermariano of @akabaco who took Jérôme out barhopping (probably J’s first time in a decade HAHA) 😜 If y’all want to catch #behindthescenes of Jérôme’s travels (and also be 🤩 by his IG story skills) head over to 👉🏽👉🏽👉🏽@cambio_co and check out the Manila IG Story Highlight!
  •  71  3  1 May, 2019
  • Do y'all love FREE shipping as much as we do? 😍 We thought so. That's why we're shipping all your packages for FREE within Canada and the USA when you spend $79 or above. Just make sure to order by May 5th to receive in time for Mother's Day! Head to the link in our profile to shop the collection 👆🏽 📷 @chowderglotty #EmpowermentisYou #MadeinthePhilippines
  • Do y'all love FREE shipping as much as we do? 😍 We thought so. That's why we're shipping all your packages for FREE within Canada and the USA when you spend $79 or above. Just make sure to order by May 5th to receive in time for Mother's Day! Head to the link in our profile to shop the collection 👆🏽 📷 @chowderglotty #EmpowermentisYou #MadeinthePhilippines
  •  94  4  1 May, 2019
  • Happy #FashionRevolution Week, Cambio friends! As an ethical fashion company, @cambio_co is far from perfect, but we’ve always worked hard to ensure you know who is truly behind every Cambio piece you own.
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We don’t white label. We don’t hide the names of the brands, designers, and artisans who make your products. We don’t take credit and pretend they’re our exclusive designs. We tell you exactly who made it and where to find them.
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As a retailer sharing the stories of our partners, this isn’t an easy thing to do. It means other retailers can contact our partners directly (which has happened). And it means that if you REALLY wanted to go to #Philippines and purchase from our partners directly, you can. There’s a reason most retailers in our industry don’t disclose this.
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So why do we do it? Because for too long, Filipinos and other communities of colour have had our ideas taken to be reclaimed, repurposed, and repackaged as someone else’s own. When we assume that only beautiful designs and craftsmanship can come from certain countries and from certain types of people, we contribute to systems that keep others continuously poor and oppressed. We want to be part of the #fashionrevolution - not against it.
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So please meet Jennifer, one of our partner @enroutehandcrafted’s longest standing artisans in Davao City. PS - did you notice we call them our partners and not “our brands”? That’s because we want to be partners in storytelling and in impact❤️ #EmpowermentisYou #whomademyclothes #MadeinthePhilippines
  • Happy #FashionRevolution Week, Cambio friends! As an ethical fashion company, @cambio_co is far from perfect, but we’ve always worked hard to ensure you know who is truly behind every Cambio piece you own.
    .
    We don’t white label. We don’t hide the names of the brands, designers, and artisans who make your products. We don’t take credit and pretend they’re our exclusive designs. We tell you exactly who made it and where to find them.
    .
    As a retailer sharing the stories of our partners, this isn’t an easy thing to do. It means other retailers can contact our partners directly (which has happened). And it means that if you REALLY wanted to go to #Philippines and purchase from our partners directly, you can. There’s a reason most retailers in our industry don’t disclose this.
    .
    So why do we do it? Because for too long, Filipinos and other communities of colour have had our ideas taken to be reclaimed, repurposed, and repackaged as someone else’s own. When we assume that only beautiful designs and craftsmanship can come from certain countries and from certain types of people, we contribute to systems that keep others continuously poor and oppressed. We want to be part of the #fashionrevolution - not against it.
    .
    So please meet Jennifer, one of our partner @enroutehandcrafted’s longest standing artisans in Davao City. PS - did you notice we call them our partners and not “our brands”? That’s because we want to be partners in storytelling and in impact❤️ #EmpowermentisYou #whomademyclothes #MadeinthePhilippines
  •  228  9  25 April, 2019
  • Can I let you all in on a little secret? Being nominated for the #RBCTop25 Canadian Immigrants Award has been an immense honour, but I actually delayed telling anyone about it for days. Part of me struggled with feelings that well, yes - technically I AM an immigrant - but I grew up here. Should I really be winning this award?
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I had the privilege of youth. I didn’t struggle the way my parents did to find employment. I didn’t struggle the way many of my friends who immigrated here later have struggled. I just remember speaking Tagalog one day and then switching to English the next.
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And then @jeromegv asked me, “well, is that all there is to being an immigrant? Hardship?” #RBCTop25 isn’t about “who struggled the most”, he said. It’s about accomplishment too. And hope and dreams. And if we’re talking about struggle, well, my parents did plenty of that for me and my siblings. And isn’t their story mine too?
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Like all things around race and identity, it’s complicated. As a person growing up with one foot in and out of cultures, nothing is ever black or white. But I’m proud to represent my family, of our history as immigrants, and of the future we’re building. I may be privileged, yes, but I will never forget who I owe it all to.
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So if you haven’t yet, please head over to the link in my profile and VOTE for me ☝🏽 to reach the Top 25. Voting ends May 16th. My family and I will be forever thankful 🙏🏽💕
  • Can I let you all in on a little secret? Being nominated for the #RBCTop25 Canadian Immigrants Award has been an immense honour, but I actually delayed telling anyone about it for days. Part of me struggled with feelings that well, yes - technically I AM an immigrant - but I grew up here. Should I really be winning this award?
    .
    I had the privilege of youth. I didn’t struggle the way my parents did to find employment. I didn’t struggle the way many of my friends who immigrated here later have struggled. I just remember speaking Tagalog one day and then switching to English the next.
    .
    And then @jeromegv asked me, “well, is that all there is to being an immigrant? Hardship?” #RBCTop25 isn’t about “who struggled the most”, he said. It’s about accomplishment too. And hope and dreams. And if we’re talking about struggle, well, my parents did plenty of that for me and my siblings. And isn’t their story mine too?
    .
    Like all things around race and identity, it’s complicated. As a person growing up with one foot in and out of cultures, nothing is ever black or white. But I’m proud to represent my family, of our history as immigrants, and of the future we’re building. I may be privileged, yes, but I will never forget who I owe it all to.
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    So if you haven’t yet, please head over to the link in my profile and VOTE for me ☝🏽 to reach the Top 25. Voting ends May 16th. My family and I will be forever thankful 🙏🏽💕
  •  91  21  18 April, 2019
  • Recognize these weaves? Characterized by their bold colours and stripes, these weaves are made by the Ifugao peoples in the Philippines’ Cordilleras region in Northern Luzon. We’re loving how Filipina designer @tracydizon.nyc incorporated indigenous-made textiles into her Piinoy Pop! Collection, a line inspired by her childhood in the Philippines 😍 Catch our feature on Tracy Dizon on the blog! 🇵🇭❤️📷 @atreyudizon
  • Recognize these weaves? Characterized by their bold colours and stripes, these weaves are made by the Ifugao peoples in the Philippines’ Cordilleras region in Northern Luzon. We’re loving how Filipina designer @tracydizon.nyc incorporated indigenous-made textiles into her Piinoy Pop! Collection, a line inspired by her childhood in the Philippines 😍 Catch our feature on Tracy Dizon on the blog! 🇵🇭❤️📷 @atreyudizon
  •  195  8  4 April, 2019
  • CAMBIO FRIENDS - we’ve got news 😍 We’re soooo excited to announce that our co-founder @gelainesantiago has been shortlisted for the prestigious RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Awards!
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#RBCTop25 is a people’s choice awards program that recognizes inspirational immigrants who have made a positive impact on their communities since arriving in Canada. The awards committee receives hundreds of applications every year, so we’re extra proud to have been named as finalists alongside THREE other Pinays 🇵🇭🇵🇭🇵🇭(YESSSS #representationmatters!).
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Canadian Immigrant Magazine has officially begun the online voting stage, and we would love your support! PLEASE VOTE 🙋🏻‍♀️. Voting ends on May 16th and winners will be announced in June. Head to the link in our bio to submit your👆🏽VOTE👆🏽.
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“For so much of my life, I didn’t know how to reconcile being a Canadian and a Filipina with Chinese ancestry. It’s only been the last few years with @cambio_co that I’ve begun to understand and own my journey, retell our stories as Filipinos and Canadians in our own words. And life has opened up in every single way.” - @gelainesantiago 📷 @entrepinays #empowermentisyou
  • CAMBIO FRIENDS - we’ve got news 😍 We’re soooo excited to announce that our co-founder @gelainesantiago has been shortlisted for the prestigious RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Awards!
    .
    #RBCTop25 is a people’s choice awards program that recognizes inspirational immigrants who have made a positive impact on their communities since arriving in Canada. The awards committee receives hundreds of applications every year, so we’re extra proud to have been named as finalists alongside THREE other Pinays 🇵🇭🇵🇭🇵🇭(YESSSS #representationmatters!).
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    Canadian Immigrant Magazine has officially begun the online voting stage, and we would love your support! PLEASE VOTE 🙋🏻‍♀️. Voting ends on May 16th and winners will be announced in June. Head to the link in our bio to submit your👆🏽VOTE👆🏽.
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    “For so much of my life, I didn’t know how to reconcile being a Canadian and a Filipina with Chinese ancestry. It’s only been the last few years with @cambio_co that I’ve begun to understand and own my journey, retell our stories as Filipinos and Canadians in our own words. And life has opened up in every single way.” - @gelainesantiago 📷 @entrepinays #empowermentisyou
  •  320  68  2 April, 2019

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  • Do y'all love FREE shipping as much as we do? 😍 We thought so. That's why we're shipping all your packages for FREE within Canada and the USA when you spend $79 or above. Just make sure to order by May 5th to receive in time for Mother's Day! Head to the link in our profile to shop the collection 👆🏽 📷 @chowderglotty #EmpowermentisYou #MadeinthePhilippines
  • Do y'all love FREE shipping as much as we do? 😍 We thought so. That's why we're shipping all your packages for FREE within Canada and the USA when you spend $79 or above. Just make sure to order by May 5th to receive in time for Mother's Day! Head to the link in our profile to shop the collection 👆🏽 📷 @chowderglotty #EmpowermentisYou #MadeinthePhilippines
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