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Paloma Urquijo Zobel

Photo Patrick Diokno

Kalye Artisano in Palawan continues her pursuit of promoting Filipino heritage and craftsmanship

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Paloma’s admiration and respect for Filipino artisans is a quality she shares with her mum, Bea Zobel Jnr, who was Tatler Philippines Patroness of the Culture and Heritage Award recipient in 2010. But Paloma carved her own path in founding the Piopio, which promotes vibrant and masterfully created local weaves and other Philippine handmade crafts and apparels. From being a shop in Makati, it also became involved in the development of the artisanal village called Kalye Artisano at Ayala Land’s Lio eco-tourism estate in El Nido, Palawan. Mother-and-daughter tandem Paloma and Bea worked hand-in-hand in making Kalye Artisano a must-see cultural hub in the country, teeming with shops, workshops, and Piopio’s very own restaurant and bar. Although the physical shop of Piopio in Makati had to bid farewell due to the business limitations during the pandemic, its community of artisans remain intact and Paloma continues to strive for the better.

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Paloma was the country’s first representative at the 2008 Le Bal des Debutantes, one of the world’s most prestigious debutante balls that follows the tradition of having young women from families of high distinction be presented to society. She wore a couture gown designed by Carolina Herrera and was accompanied by her cavalier Dominic Bekaert. This was made possible by Tatler Asia’s friendship with Le Bal’s founder and organiser Ophélie Renouard. 

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