Hella Filipina Collection in Tote Bags



This next piece is called “The Matriarch”. I was inspired by my late Lola Nene, whom I considered as the matriarch on my father’s side of the family. For as long as I could remember, she was a very strong and outspoken woman. My Lolo was in the US Navy during, I believe, the 50s and 60s. The woman was amazing because she had to raise five children on her own, AND was well-known and involved with her community! I’m in no way a badass like my Lola but I feel her presence in me, especially when I have to face the frustrations of being a single mother. I feel her comfort and guidance.

Did you know that Matriarchy is very common in Philippine society? It has been deeply rooted, even during Spanish pre-colonization because women were considered equals to men. Therefore, they not only were the bearer of children but they had the right to become religious leaders (Babaylan), warriors, and inherit property. Again, this was pre-colonization!

The United States, is slowly but surely getting there. However, it will always and repeatedly struggle with gender inequality. Unfortunately, this country was born and lead by greedy, violent patriarchs. What can I say, except, it’s hard to teach an old dog new tricks.

Design on both front and back sides

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I gladly accept exchanges

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The following items can't be returned or exchanged

Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:

  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
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Frequently Asked Questions

Custom and personalized orders

Art customizations are available but prices do vary, depending on the complexity and time it takes to make changes to the project. Making changes to already existing designs start at $25/hr.

Personalizations, if the artwork allows room to do so, is FREE of charge. Greeting cards and some mugs are good examples for personalizations.

Production and Shipping

Production towards most of the products normally takes 3-5 business days and roughly 2-3 business days to ship.

For the most part, shipping is free within the United States. However, if shipping internationally, please do expect shipping charges to be included towards the Total.

The same goes with rush/expedited shipping. Please contact the seller, if a rush delivery is needed and it will be considered as a Custom Order.

If you’re interested in any of the prints but live outside of the U.S., you’re welcome to Request a Custom order for a digital file. A link to the file would be forwarded to you, free of charge, after the purchase of the artwork has been made.

Returns and Refunds

Please note that any damage or loss that occurs during transit is NOT the sellers responsibility.

For a damaged piece, please send a photo for reference. A replacement will be expedited to you, free of charge.

All sales are final. No returns are accepted. Exchanges may be accepted but will require items to be shipped back. Buyer will be responsible for shipping cost. If item arrives to seller damaged, or is lost in transit, the exchange cannot be fulfilled.

Reviews (2)


Very good. I had this shipped to Pangasinan,Philippines. My wife received it yesterday and took it to the market right away. She really likes it. Thank you so much, I always enjoy everything I've purchased from you.

I absolutely LOVE my bag! I have always wanted something to represent both of my cultures and Afrofilipina Beauty did just that! Thank you so much!!!

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