Abaca is indigenous to Bicol Region and to other parts of the Philippines. The locals made use of it to make bags, slippers, upholsteries, decors and more. When hubby visited their FM station there early this 2009 I asked him to buy abaca slippers for the family. The prices made from abaca depends on the size but definitely reasonable. Abaca is durable in quality and those native abaca-made products are hand-made. When hubby got back home he purchased these Abaca-made sandals for our daughter. Although it is made from abaca the design is very modern. It is made combining red, green and white colors of abaca. Then they used black rubber materials for the bottom. My daughter will just slip her feet onto the strap and tie using the abaca knot. The design is very modernize and I think that's their objective. They can introduce their native product thru different items that are modern and up to date in design too so that locals and foreign tourists will like it.
My daughter enjoys the comfort that this abaca gives to her feet as compared to branded design using hard pad, it is really kind of hard to step into and uncomfortable to wear for a playful kid like my girl.