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Festive Holiday Fairs And Where To Find Them

Festive Holiday Fairs And Where To Find Them A man arranges his stock of Christmas figurines at the Noel Bazaar 2019 held at the World Trade Center in Pasay City on Nov. 16, 2019. Photo by KJ Rosales, The Philippine STAR

While shopping online for Christmas gifts is a popular trend these days, nothing still beats going to markets and bazaars to shop for holiday presents.

Letting the flavors of freshly cooked food envelope you and trigger your appetite, talking to merchants to haggle for prices or ask for product details, trying out or examining items before buying them — while it can be overwhelming sometimes, to many Filipinos the sensory and social experience of shopping remains worthwhile.

Personally shopping for loved ones’ Christmas presents also shows how important the recipients are to the person buying the gift and makes the gift extra special because of the effort that went into it. If shopping is spent and enjoyed with family and friends, it strengthens their bonds.

With the need to shop for holiday presents becoming more urgent as Christmas draws closer, here’s a guide to some of the upcoming bazaars and markets in the metro so you can get your loved ones the presents that would make their Yuletide special.

Greenhills Christmas Night Market

Part food park, part street fair, the Greenhills Christmas Night Market is expected to make shopping at Greenhills Shopping Center even more enjoyable with its plentiful selection of food and drink options and affordable gift items and products.

Apart from the night market, there’s also a Laser Light Symphony Show that friends and families can watch while enjoying mouthfuls of holiday treats at the night market. Open until Jan. 5 next year, the Greenhills Christmas Night Market is one of the longest-running bazaars to open this holiday season.

Molito Street Fair: Christmas Calle Night Market

Molito Alabang isn’t just known for its chill ambiance and wide open green spaces that draw southern urbanites to hang out every weekend. The strip mall is also popular for its weekend Street Fair where local merchants congregate to sell various food and drink and a wide assortment of wares, from shoes and apparel to garden plants and home décor. The Molito Street Fair will become an even bigger magnet for bargain hunters as it showcases Christmas gift items, decorations, and traditional holiday food and drink.

Kultura Pamaskong Handog

Known for being the go-to store by both locals and tourists for everything Filipino-made, SM’s Kultura store offers shoppers an annual Christmas present by holding the Kultura Pamaskong Handog sale.

Featuring several homegrown food, apparel, accessories, souvenirs and handicraft brands such as Tsaa Laya, Malagos Chocolate, Lakan, Don Papa, Auro Chocolate, Gourmet Farms, Engkanto, Cocobody and Pili, the four-day sale is your opportunity to buy yourself or someone you love abroad a piece of home as a holiday gift.

Zonta Alabang Christmas Carnivale Bazaar

Want to give your love this Christmas and be able to empower women at the same time? Head over to the Zonta Alabang Christmas Carnivale Bazaar, which showcases over 250 homegrown merchants selling food, apparel, accessories and home wares. These include brands such as Island Style, Lucas and Belle, Azra Living, Russet Accessories, Bizu Patisserie, Fresa Naturals and Go Basic Loungewear.

All proceeds raised at the bazaar will go to Zonta Club of Alabang’s charity projects, which includes livelihood, medical and education programs for the empowerment of local women. Bring your own eco-bags as the event promotes a zero-plastic policy at the venue.

Manila Sneaker Expo 9

Christmas will not be complete without the hypebeasts. You will find them during the nine Sundays of simbang gabi dressed in their trendy and expressive fashion, usually in groups.

Make a hypebeast happy this holiday season by bringing him or her to the Manila Sneaker Expo 9. Featuring sneakers and streetwear brands popular to hypebeasts today, it’s the perfect event to help your hypebeast complete his or her getup in time for the Christmas festivities. You’ll even get to win a prize in the raffle and meet some of the hypebeast stars making waves in the entertainment and social media scene today.

TOYCON PH: 14th Christmas Toys and Collectibles Fair

Every kid or toy collector knows that receiving a toy that would add to or complete his or her collection is the best Christmas present.

To get a bargain on toys and collectibles to give to children and children-at-heart, troop to TOYCON PH, Asia’s biggest toy event, at the SM Megatrade Hall. With over 150 toy brands and merchants selling their wares during the three-day event, you’ll definitely find an item that would bring a smile to the toy collector you’re giving it to.

Maker’s Market

You know who would be really happy and jolly this Christmas when you buy from them? Our small entrepreneurs and local artisans. After all, every time you buy from them, the proceeds go to making homegrown products, providing livelihood to local communities and improving the quality of their lives.

Since 2013, Maker’s Market has been gathering some of the finest local brands under one roof to bring their products closer to their intended clientele. The participants include sorghum snack Wholly Grain, woven bags and apparel maker WVN, soap maker The Soap Story, jewelry and accessories maker Buwan and totebag maker How Toteful.

Visit the market’s last run this year. By purchasing your holiday presents from local merchants and makers, you’re bringing goodness not just to yourself but to their business as well.

World Bazaar Festival

One of the longest-running annual charity bazaars in the country, the World Bazaar Festival will return for a 19th staging this year with an even bigger, more festive celebration.

According to the festival’s website, this year’s event will have over 700 booths laid out across 12,000 square meters of exhibition space, that will sell apparel, luggage, footwear, accessories, toys, books, home wares, Christmas décor, and food and drinks.

There are also a number of entertainment events lined up during the bazaar dates, such as the Bloggers United event on Dec. 14, Himig ng Pasko singing competition (Dec. 15), Woobie’s Kid Idol talent competition (Dec. 21), Woobie’s Street Dance Competition (Dec. 22) and the Christmas Carols with the Angels chorale showcase (Dec. 14 to 22, Fridays and Sundays).

The World Bazaar Festival is organized by Worldbex Services International for the benefit of the ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation.

Noel Bazaar

 Also on its 19th staging is the Noel Bazaar, which was first organized for the benefit of the GMA Kapuso Foundation. Held at three consecutive venues this year, the Noel Bazaar promises to be the biggest-ever staging of the annual charity bazaar.

This year’s event will also have more beneficiaries, including the Philippine Daily Inquirer Foundation, Bantayog ng mga Bayani Foundation, Gifts and Graces Foundation and the Noel P. Gozon Memorial Clinic.

Aside from featuring over 500 merchants that will sell a wide variety of apparel, toys, home items, shoes, bags and pre-loved items, the event will also feature appearances and performances by several Kapuso actors and personalities. To fill visitors’ tummies with holiday goodness, the International Food Fair Bazaar will also return with a wide selection of local and foreign food and drinks.

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