Believe it or not, a battle of water dippers, more commonly known as tabo, has ensued online.
While we dare say people are more invested than they should be, it’s not difficult to see why, especially when the plastic water dippers involved cost a whopping PhP 365. One is minimal and chic, while the other, filled with what looks like five-peso coins.
The latter is Orocan’s cheeky response to Muji’s version of the Filipino household essential.
“This is your extraordinary bath dipper!” the local plastic manufacturer writes in their post’s caption, alongside a photo showing a white Orocan tabo. “Aside from its high-end design and divine-white color, its state-of-the-art handle gives you inner peace while scooping water. Only Php365. Comes with FREE Php330.25 na barya sa loob since Php34.75 SRP lang ang price ng extraordinary dipper.”
The post comes after Muji has promoted their take on the tool on Facebook.
“This is not your ordinary bath dipper,” the post says. “Aside from its clean and simple design, the angle of its handle is designed to make it easier to scoop water with less weight on hand.”
The tabo, used to scoop water out of a bucket, is commonly used by Filipinos while bathing and er, well, responding to the call of nature.
Netizens are quick to comment on and share the Japanese brand’s seemingly extra version of the object.
“I need this because like it’s so heavy to lift the tabo to my head when I’m making ligo. So hassle naman this water crisis,” writes one netizen.
Another Facebook user says she is looking forward to the brand’s collaboration with high-end fashion brands.
“Looking forward to your collaboration with LV or Gucci!” the comment says.
As of writing, both of the brand’s posts already have more than 5,000 shares, more than 1,000 reactions, and over 1,000 comments.