Int’l Bazaar returns to PICC on Nov. 26

The much-awaited annual International Bazaar, featuring the best products from around the world and Philippine-made crafts, jewelry, and gift items and the much-loved foreign cuisines by authentic foreign chefs returns to the PICC Forum 1, 2 and 3 on November 26.

The IB Foundation, composed of spouses of heads of mission (SHOM), consular office heads and the diplomatic missions based in the country, said the proceeds of this year’s bazaar will go to the purchase of a building where the traditional arts, crafts and cuisine will be taught to the people so that these culture, tradition and historical heritage can live on for future generations, explained IBF Chairman Laarni Cayetano, also mayor of Taguig and wife of Foreign Affairs Secretary Allan Peter Cayetano.

IBF board member Veronica Baluyut-Jimenez said the bazaar will open for VIP guests at 8 a.m. and for the public at 9 a.m., up to 7 p.m. of Nov. 26. 

A total of 4,000 square meters of PICC forum grounds will be occupied by 150 booths, measuring two by three meters each. Eighty of these are for foreign embassies and their merchants while the rest for local crafts and export-grade products. The booths measure 2 meters by 3 meters but the rates would depend on whether it is located at the corner or inner spaces.

Entrance tickets cost P150 while pre-sold donor cards, that qualify holders to the grand raffle, are at P250.

Cayetano said the Metro Manila Spouses Foundation is also participating with the best products of their area.

Cuisines around the globe will also be featured in the bazaar. 

Meanwhile, IBF special adviser Sylvia Farolan said the foundation also considers proposals for rehabilitation efforts of children and women of the war-savaged Marawi. Terrorist Maute group occupied the city for four months, fighting with government forces.

The bazaar is a fund-raising arm of the diplomatic community to fund scholars and other interventions for women and children, as well as calamity-wrecked areas.

“We would really like to help Marawi, but we have to receive formal proposals from organizations based there about the exact intervention that would be needed from us. We can’t just be giving away money to individuals, whom we don’t know,” said Lyzia Z. Lu, wife of Israeli ambassador.

Farolan said aside from the planned livelihood training center, another priority that IBF board would consider when it meets after the bazaar is how to help in Marawi’s recovery efforts. #

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