LOL: Common household item ‘bilao’ is being sold on Etsy for USD38

PHOTO: Jacob Walse-Dominguez
PHOTO: Jacob Walse-Dominguez

Bilao is a woven tray traditionally used for “cleaning” raw rice. It’s also used to serve food such as pancit or puto for convenience and aesthetic.

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It was amusing to see the common household item being sold on Etsy for USD38 (about PHP2,021).


“I still don’t know why the bilao is sold here in the US as a decorative item?” said Jacob Walse-Dominguez on a Facebook post now becoming viral.

On the item overview on the on e-commerce website, bilao was described as “a vintage mid-century modern woven tray with elements of wicker, rattan and bamboo.”

It was also called a “vintage item from the 1970s” and described as “boho chic.”

Of course, Filipinos found this silly.

“Hipsters will eat this up,” said a Facebook user in one of the comments.

“Where’s the pancit?” asked another.

A Philippine-based Facebook user pointed out that bilao is also being sold in a high-end department store for a similar price.

So, anyone interested in putting up a bilao business?


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