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May marks Lupus Awareness Month, a time for organizations to join in raising public awareness about this frequently misunderstood disease, lupus.

Banana Peel, a concept store known for being the first of its kind in bringing trendy and comfortable flip-flops to the Philippines, and Hope for Lupus Foundation, a non-profit organization that aims to promote the early detection and proper treatment of lupus by increasing awareness about the rare condition have come together this year to introduce a special limited edition of flip flop collection in their “Step Up for Lupus” campaign.

Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease that impacts millions of people across the globe, many of whom are women in their 20s to 30s, although it can also affect men, the elderly, and children.

Some symptoms of the disease include rashes, unexplained fever, joint pains, and hair loss. Nevertheless, even with these signs, lupus is still not well known, and lots of individuals face misdiagnosis due to insufficient awareness.

The main purpose of this joint venture is to generate funds to support the Hope for Lupus Foundation’s efforts in assisting lupus patients, enhancing public knowledge about the illness, and promoting their advocacy through different projects.

The “Step Up for Lupus” campaign will officially launch on May 3, 2023, at Banana Peel TriNoma Branch. Don’t miss your chance to be part of the collective effort in building a world without lupus. Visit Banana Peel physical stores, or head over to and Banana Peel online platforms to purchase a pair that will bring a difference to the lupus community, not just during Lupus Awareness Month but throughout the year.

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Since 2002, Banana Peel, a pioneering flip-flop concept store in the Philippines, has been committed to its promise to address the need for comfortable and trendy flip-flops in the local market. Along with that, they have also been actively contributing to society by supporting non-profit organizations and charitable institutions to make a meaningful impact throughout the years.

One of the partnerships they have worked on was with the Unilab Foundation’s spin-off program, Project Inclusion Network, which aims to build a more inclusive nation where Persons with Disabilities (PWD) can also be productive citizens of our society.

Banana Peel funded an art commission event and used five Persons with Disability (PWD) artists’ paintings as designs for the flip-flops, launching the “Project Inclusion” Collection.

This partnership sparks hope and inspiration for a member of the Board of Trustees of the Project Inclusion Network, who is also the President and Founder of Hope for Lupus Foundation, Atty. Emmeline Aglipay- Villar to collaborate with Banana Peel and to work together for the lupus community.

Villar is a lupus warrior herself. At 25, she was diagnosed with lupus, and she bravely turned her fear and weakness into a source of hope where people like her can have a support system in their fight against the mysterious lifelong condition. This is the reason why she established the organization.

Fast forward to today, Banana Peel and Hope for Lupus Foundation are working together as they set to launch a special flip-flop collection this May 3, 2023, coinciding with Lupus Awareness Month at Banana Peel TriNoma Branch.

The “Hope for Lupus” Collection includes ladies’ and men’s styles with unique designs that honor the fortitude and strength of lupus fighters.

There is no known cure for lupus. However, it can be managed and controlled. With your support, you can be part of the collective effort to provide vital attention to the disease and empower those affected by this rare condition.

Purchase a pair or more of the unique flip flops from, Banana Peel concept, and online stores to support Banana Peel and the Hope for Lupus Foundation’s advocacy.

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Banana Peel, the first flip-flop concept store in the country, is set to start Lupus Awareness Month by collaborating with Hope for Lupus Foundation as they unveil “Step Up for Lupus” featuring an exclusive flip-flop collection this May 3, 2023, at Banana Peel TriNoma Branch.

Systemic lupus erythematosus, most known as lupus, is a chronic autoimmune disease that affects millions of people worldwide, and yet the condition is still not widely understood. The lack of awareness results in the struggle of many people with the symptoms without a proper diagnosis.

This limited-edition flip-flop collection features unique designs representing the lupus community’s strength and resilience. This partnership aims to raise funds to strengthen Hope for Lupus Foundation’s efforts to increase awareness about the disease, provide various assistance to lupus patients, and promote their advocacy.

In supporting this collaboration, customers will have an excellent opportunity to make a positive impact on the lupus community while shopping for a stylish and comfortable pair of slippers. Banana Peel will be donating a portion of the proceeds from the sales of this collection to Hope for Lupus Foundation.

As a socially responsible brand, Banana Peel always thrives in creating substantial social changes by supporting worthwhile causes. Over the years, they have partnered with renowned institutions such as WWF- Philippines, the Department of Tourism, the Yellow Boat of Hope Foundation, and the Unilab Foundation to reinforce positive change.

Join Banana Peel’s and Hope for Lupus Foundation’s advocacy by purchasing a pair or more of the exclusive flip flops through different Banana Peel concept stores, website, and online channels.

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