Ablaza is an “eco-fashion” designer specializing in fabricating garments using sustainable, local materials like seeds and coconut shells. While working with The Mangyan Tribe of The Philippines in conjunction with The Ayala Foundation, together they come up with new ideas to use native materials in Ablaza's designs while the Mangyans build a better future for their families. With his passion for horticulture, the planet and people, he aims to provide a new perspective on the future of fashion. He is truly a unique designer bringing fashion and culture together to create haute couture.
When asked what inspires him he says, “The environment and the people—the things that I see around me everyday–when I get to work with the [Mangyan] Tribe. They really inspire me [when] they come up with something really great. It [inspires me] to create more exciting designs that will connect with them in such a way, that I could create jobs for them. So when I design, I make sure that I incorporate techniques & designs [so they can use them] to give work to these people.” Ansari, H. (2013, July 19). Dissecting Design with John Ablaza From Manila, The Philippines. Retrieved from Ramp 1885.