Sylvanian Families Philippines

11 Nov

As a beginning collector, I’ve always loved the Sylvanian Families World Parade Figures but never had the chance to own them until early this year. On a trip to Singapore, I spied these 25th Anniversary beauties at a mall and A♥ got them for me.

My young friend Rockie of Sylvanianholics has absolutely divine pictures of these beauties out of box (mine are still boxed, waiting for the moment of unboxing). I invite you to view his Gallery here. If you’re feeling just a bit too lazy to click (I assure you won’t regret it as he has some of the best pictures ever!), here’s a glimpse of what Rockie has come up with in his blog and gallery:

As much as I loved these World Parade Figures- and there are more of them from previous years- I’ve always wanted to see a Filipino Sylvanian. I guess that’s where the idea for The Filipino Sylvanian diorama came from. Making that diorama gave me chance to put nationalistic fervor in a universally loved figure.

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So imagine, if you will, finding an old baul (chest) of pictures, yellow and faded, some almost crumbling to the touch. You open a dusty old book and discover these pictures of a time almost forgotten.

And now imagine them today, in living color.

Neneng and Jose wear their baro at saya and barong ensemble. Neneng also dons her grandmother’s antique anting-anting (amulet), said to ward off evil spirits as they work the fields. Jose carries a sumbrero (hat) while he cradles the flag proudly.

The traditional Filipino dress: baro at saya for women and barong for men

In the afternoon, after a hearty lunch, there is time for a little entertainment. Filipinos love to sing and we are one of the most musical people in the world. Jose serenades Neneng with a kundiman (love song). The harana (serenade) is a tradition of romance and courtship practiced widely during the Spanish colonial period.

O, ilaw, sa gabing malamig O, light, in the cold night
Wangis mo’y bituin sa langit. You’re like a star in the sky
O, tanglaw, sa gabing tahimik O, light, in the quiet night
Larawan mo, Neneng, Your picture, Neneng
nagbigay pasakit. Ay! ” makes one hurt. Oh!

The dalagang Pilipina (Filipina maiden) plays hard to get and is coy about her affections for her suitor. She shyly denies her feelings even when she is deeply in love with him. Here she is, pretending to be nonchalant by chewing on a banana.

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I hope you learned a little something new today about us Filipinos. One of the best things I’ve discovered since starting PH♥Sylvanian Families is this newfound passion to explore the role of the Filipino in the Sylvanian Families global community of collectors. Perhaps one day, we will finally get a doll named after us. But until then, I am happy enough to give you glimpses of who we are as seen through the Sylvanian eye.

Photographer/Set Designer: Kittymama

Costume Designer: Madame C (Little Creations)- Merci beaucoup, mon ami!

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12 Responses to “Sylvanian Families Philippines”

  1. Proud to be Pinoy November 11, 2011 at 2:23 pm #

    Ang ganda nito! Gusto ko!

    • Kittymama November 12, 2011 at 9:49 am #

      Salamat, kaibigan, at naibigan mo ito.

  2. Cha November 11, 2011 at 6:20 pm #

    2 Thumbs up for Kittymama & Madame C! Proud to be Pinoy talaga! Mabuhay !

    • Kittymama November 12, 2011 at 9:50 am #

      Thanks, Cha! I feel the need to assert our national pride. Despite all the negative things people hear about us, there are still many things to be proud of in our country. 🙂

      • Cha November 12, 2011 at 12:41 pm #

        That’s true! Hope you could make another diorama of Neneng & Jose using Puerto Princesa Underground River as background, another pride of our country to be included in the 7 new wonders of nature 🙂

      • Kittymama November 12, 2011 at 3:35 pm #

        You read my mind, Cha! I was already thinking of looking for the little canoe Capt. Seadog came in and a nice water-like base. 🙂

  3. bckawaii November 11, 2011 at 6:31 pm #

    neneng and jose are so cute!!!!….nice 1 kittymama…i’m proud to be pinay!!!

    • Kittymama November 12, 2011 at 9:51 am #

      Thank you, Analyn! I have always felt the same. 🙂

  4. MamaYoan January 17, 2012 at 10:11 am #

    Hi Kittymama,

    Thanks for posting wonderful pictures of SF Philippine setting. I’m truly inspired! I’m also thinking of starting my own collection, though SF is pricey here in the Philippines. Btw, I’m a 45y/o married mom with a son living here in Manila.

    Keep it up! Cheers!

    ~MamaYoan

    • Kittymama January 17, 2012 at 11:06 am #

      Hello, MamaYoan!

      Thank you for dropping by and saying hello- I am always happy to meet new friends and new collectors. I wish you lots of happy luck on starting on your own collection. It is an exciting time to start, especially with the many items currently available in the local market. SFs may be pricier than other toys, but the prices here in Manila are actually cheaper than Hong Kong’s or Singapore’s. The best time to buy would be when they go on sale. Ten percent may not mean much but they do add up to significant savings in the end. 🙂

      May I invite you to join our PH♥Sylvanian Families page in Facebook? We have a number of active local collectors already and we help each other out by way of trades, sales, and looking out for each other’s wish lists. We would be honored if you could come amd be part of our little Sylvanian family.

      Always,
      Kittymama

      • MamaYoan January 18, 2012 at 10:24 am #

        hi KittyMama,
        I just joined PH Sylvanian Families on facebook. Thank you for inviting me! Looking forward to meeting many Sylvanian sisters & brothers.

        Have a nice day!

        Meliz
        (aka MamaYoan)

      • Kittymama January 20, 2012 at 2:10 pm #

        Thanks for joining us! 🙂 Hope to meet you in person soon!

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