Local finds, artisanal products, imported goods, and a few surprises here and there all in one place make bazaar shopping an experience quite unique that malls nationwide mount them especially during the holiday season.
Here are some fairs and bazaars currently ongoing and are soon to open to the public:
Bagsakan Fair, Fairview Terraces, Quezon City
The initiative, born out of the desire to help farmers reach their customers easily, Bagsakan Special Project, comes to Quezon City in a bigger format, featuring over 30 local MSMEs sprawled across 6,500-square meter of space.
Bagsakan Fair, made possible by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) through the Bureau of Domestic Trade Promotion (BDTP) in coordination with DTI Regional and Provincial offices, brings the best products from local farmers, fruit growers, and social cooperatives who were affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and other natural calamities. The event aims to showcase world-class products and help farmers and small entrepreneurs grow their businesses.
To ensure safety among shoppers at Fairview Terraces, Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte, who graced the launch on Dec. 1, said, “The Bagsakan Fair is being generously hosted in 6,500 square meters of retail space so we can minimize crowds and follow the public health standards as we celebrate the holiday spirit.”
The fair opens with 32 local brands (seven from Bataan, one from Bulacan, one from Laguna, six from Quezon, and 17 from NCR), and will eventually increase in number within the allotted retail space—on the second and third floors of the mall—from December to February 2021.
Filipino Fashion Fair, Glorietta, Makati
A diverse lineup of fashion and home pieces by local designers and artisan labels will be mounted during this holiday trunk show on Dec. 17-20.
According to its organizers, Philippine Fashion Coalition and Ayala Malls, the fashion fair is a national special project campaign to aid and promote Filipino creativity and craftsmanship.
“We are showcasing quality craftsmanship among many Filipino designers, whom we celebrate and are very proud of,” enthuses Ayala Malls president Jennylle Tupaz.
Participating designers include Vittorio Barba, Noel Crisostomo, Rhett Eala, Tweetie de Leon-Gonzalez, Amina Aranaz-Alunan, Randy Ortiz, Carissa Cruz-Evangelista, Gina Nebrida-Ty, Jor El Espina, Dexter Alazas, Jun Escario, Philip Rodriguez, Tatah Costales, Aztec Barba, Benjie Panizales, Emi Englis, Dodjie Batu, Windel Mira, Egay Ayag, Edgar Buyan, Gil Macaibay III, Benjie Manuel, Juniel Doring, Melvin Lachica, Arnold Neri, Mavy de Leon, Ruvil Neri, Ann Semblante, Joshua Guibone, Mark Yaranon, and Alma Mae Roa.
After its four-day run in the Makati mall, the fashion fair will be heading to Market! Market! on Jan. 7-10, Ayala Center Cebu on Jan. 14-17, Manila Bay on Jan. 14-17, Centrio on Jan. 14-17, Abreeza on Jan. 28-31, and UP Town Center on Jan. 28-31.
Curious Creatives, Lower ground, Main Wing, Edsa Shangri-La, Mandaluyong
Quirky items by local artists are for sale at this fair opening on Dec. 10 until Dec. 16.
“The holiday fairs and bazaars have been a long-time tradition at Shangri-La Plaza, and knowing how many of our mall guests look forward to these has really inspired us to put together something they would truly enjoy,” says Joy Polloso, executive vice president at Shang Properties, Inc.
Polloso assures guests, “The mall is prepared to receive shoppers safely and offer them all these great local finds.”
Plant Place by Shang, Level 1, Main Wing, Edsa Shangri-La, Mandaluyong
Got a “plantito” or “halamom” on your list? Score premium local and imported plants, as well as plant care essentials at this bazaar, featuring HOME by Ralph and Co., open until Dec. 31. Shoppers who purchase at least P1,000 worth of plants at the pop-up store will get freebies.
In addition to this plant pop-up, Shangri-La will also host Deck the Halls a Christmas bazaar at the Grand Atrium on Dec. 16-22, Flavors of Christmas bazaar at the Food Forum on Dec. 17-23, and Paskong Pinoy bazaar on the lower ground of Main Wing on Dec. 24-30.
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