Alon Island Essentials was borne out of a shared adherence to the essence of island living: natural and easy, one with the seas and nature. Alon then strips one’s needs down to the basics with its carefully selected product line-up of Alon Wear, Alon Skin Care, Alon Home and Alon Pluses, The Accessories.
ALON WEAR, delicately designed, easy and carefree apparel, suit varying and discriminating tastes. Designs are so versatile it may be worn in the island or the city. ALON SKIN has also delicately concocted an all-natural, tropical-precise skin care line that celebrates this essence in every drop. ALON HOME lets you bring the essence of the seas and nature back to your own home in carefully crafted island home accessories. ALON PLUSES, THE ACCESSORIES feature all your others need for your island life by the sea or city.
Aside from making their own products, Alon also curates other island lifestyle products as a staunch supporter of Pinoy talent and local businesses. Alon is exploring the expansion of its production in the countryside to empower rural women.
Organized by five friends for years and sisters for life, Anna, Aya, Carina, Lourdes, Mailet and Winnie, Alon Island Essentials came to life in 2013 and started doing the bazaar rounds, building a steady and loyal market base among women in Metro Manila. Alon also has outlets in select resorts and a mountable roving pop-up store expanding its following in select destinations all over the Philippines.
Fashion. Baking. The two passions of Anna Burdeos.
The first brought her thick into the fashion industry for years. She was a stylist for magazine covers and fashion editorials. For 15 years, she was with Summit Media, which handles various leading glossy magazines in the Philippines. She first served as a Marketing Director for events, in-magazine promos and its public relations. She also became the Trade Marketing Director and handled merchandising, trade promotions and consumer promotions. Then on her final years with Summit, she was one of the Advertising Sales Heads handling the largest women’s and entertainment magazines.
Her other passion led her to open a Nomnomnom Happy Food restaurant franchise, which was constantly featured by different television shows, radio, newspaper, magazines and websites. At the end of 2015, following a higher demand for more specialized service, Anna closed down her restaurant to focus on catering and buffet styling for Menu Fisso and on cake buffets for Sweet Susana.
When not in the kitchen, Anna takes a literal breather in early morning walks by the shore and scuba diving. She took up Communication Arts in De La Salle University.
A writer and producer since 1994, Kalayaan Cabardo has developed broadcast, print, on-the-ground above and below-the-line content and campaigns for different companies, including her own boutique agency, Inup. She was a creative consultant for the Asian Development Bank, ABS-CBN, Knowledge Channel Foundation and other private companies of different industries. As a freelancer today, she writes almost anything from coffee table books to indie films to product labels.
She has also designed and marketed leather literati crafts for Aklat Eklat and concocted recipes for Local Loco Deli. She is a also one of the original cast of mermaids of the Manila Ocean Park. When out of air, she scuba dives as a licensed NAUI Master Scuba Diver. She took up Creative Writing in Filipino at the University of the Philippines and Film Production at New York University School of Continuing Studies.
Carina Agoncillo-Bustamante is a financial analyst, divemaster, cake-maker and a baseball mom. She helps manage Sweet Ideas Breads and Cakes Corp., their family business. She juggles her time between taking care of three wonderful children and traveling with friends and family around the Philippines and the world, trying to go to as many wonderful breathtaking beaches as possible. She is a strong advocate of all natural products, using only Alon and Alon Skin for herself and her family.
Upon graduating from the University of the Philippines in 1992 (with a degree in B.S. Tourism), Ma. Lourdes L. Guerrero worked in the House of Representatives Inter-Parliamentary Relations Services Office. After almost six years, she moved to the private sector, Coca-Cola Bottlers Philippines Inc. and eventually retired from the Corporate Affairs Office of the San Miguel Corporation. She now runs her own Coconut Republic business. Her childhood summers were spent in the beaches of Mindanao, being a avid diver since the 90s. She was also a varsity player for the UP Women’s Volleyball Team.
Maria Leticia Ancheta worked in an ad agency for years, which honed her skills in account management and marketing. Armed with this, she launched Meme, Inc. a start-up retail and manufacturing company in 2008. She moved to Singapore with her family in 2014, where she expanded the Alon brand. Mailet moved back to Manila in 2015 and has also launched a bereavement service company.
Mailet graduated from University of the Philippines in 1990 with a degree in Communications. She is married with two children.
Rowena Roxas has always shared her love for the sea with her dad, especially the early morning swims and sunset strolls. This love led her to take up Tourism at the University of the Philippines where was also avarsity player for the UP Women’s Volleyball Team.
After college, her love for music brought her to Artistation, an artist management company. Although the throbbing music scene was fun and exciting, her work didn’t leave her much time for the beach.
When a chance to move to Boracay presented itself in 2004, she grabbed the opportunity right away. After two years, she returned to the city leaving her heart tied to the sea. She also runs her own food business, Kitchen Feather, in the city.