Sesotunawa is inspired by a special kind of virtue lived out by the Tboli of Lake Sebu. When broken down into its roots, Sesotunawa is a union of two Tboli words, “sesotu” or “to make one”, and “nawa” or “spirit”. It literally stands for the spirit of working together.
Sesotunawa extends beyond the community of the Tboli. This sense of community is also alive among those who work alongside the Tboli people. Those who share the same vision of a sustainable cultural and social enterprise. Together, we aim to celebrate and bring different Tboli products to the world.
Our commitment as a socio-cultural enterprise is to sustain the tradition and livelihood of the Tboli artisans who made your accessories and homeware. We also believe that customers like you, our #CultureMovers, have the right to know how much your purchase truly cost and what we do with your support.
Culture Mover in Focus: Kat Petines and Art Relief Mobile Kitchen Davao
"Delivering food aid is not charity, it is our moral responsibility. Just as I believe that supporting Sesotunawa is not something that we can opt to do out of the goodness of our hearts, it is what we are called to do: to listen where and when we can, and build each other up so that we all have a chance to share our stories." - Kat Petines
Kwentong Pamana ni Sharea Kate Aguilar: Tmool Lmimet
I know that I still have a lot to learn to master Tmool Lmimet. But I will continue to be patient and determined. Someday, when I'm finally able to say that I am good at this, I can tell myself that I have honored what my Ye has passed on to me.