Every year, I make it a point to go to the Global Pinoy Bazaar, held every second week of November at the Rockwell Tent Makati, and showcases Filipino products made with 100% Filipino love and pride. “At Global Pinoy Bazaar 2012” seems like such a boring blog title when it really should be more aptly titled “Lia Goes to the Global Pinoy Bazaar 2012 (And Has A Field Day)”. Indeed, my annual visit to the Global Pinoy Bazaar has documented my journey of motherhood. From being a harassed new mother to a harassed full-fledged mother to a toddler, Global Pinoy Bazaar has seen it through. When I used to buy baby clothes and toys, and things for myself like clothing, shoes, accessories, bags, and make-up, my purchases this year were for toddlers alone. My toddler was too caught up with so many things that we didn’t get to stay long enough to look at other things, much more buy any. Lia wanted to know the names of everything we saw, “What’s this?” “What’s that?” and she wanted to check out things I didn’t want to check out and she wasn’t interested in the things I wanted to look at – except if it was food. We got hungry from all the taste testing we did.
After going around all the booths quickly, Lia and I went back to the booths we liked. Lia absolutely loved this booth selling felt finger puppets and funky hats. She entertained other shoppers while there.
I was told by the owner who was manning the booth that their items are also being sold at Powerbooks. How I love the items at Powerbooks!
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17 P.Gomez St. Pasig City
Lia fell in love with the “Fun Artivity Book” and though I thought it was a bit complicated for her age, she didn’t want to let go of it anymore, so we brought her one.
Next to the ArteSana’s booth is one that sold children’s clothing and I loved their music-themed shirts! We definitely had to buy one for the kids.
I got Lia the shirt that had “Rolling in the Deep” in it because that just made me think of our friends in El Nido.
Ana had then gone to her Shopwise stall that was also opening the next day. PJ and Lia talked about accessories.
We could not stay long because Lia was thirsty and sleepy so I did a quick round of some of the booths to take some snapshots.
There’s the booth of one of my favorite local brands, Travel Essentials…
… and a booth which I think was also at the Earthdance Manila 2012 event at Arts in the City, BGC last September, where Lia and I also bought hair clips and a little wallet.
I saw the booths of my other favorite local brands, like Agos Pilipinas, and Punchdrunk Panda, but I could not take photos because either the booths were filled with people or Lia was dragging me along.
But there are so many other booths carrying lovely, well-crafted items, from clothes, bags, shoes, accessories, and food.
The Global Pinoy Bazaar is an annual event proudly organized by Yabang Pinoy – a Filipino pride movement which envisions every Filipino being proud to be Filipino, believing in fellow Filipinos, and patronizing Filipino ideas, concepts and services.
Yabang Pinoy encourages its volunteers to live happy, passionate, and meaningful Filipino lives by effecting positive social change. The organization hopes every Filipino will realize the greatness in bearing the citizenship.
If Filipinos will be conscious of the small great changes they can do, they will understand the purchasing power of P1. For every foreign product in the market, there are comparable local options. If Filipinos continue to look more to them for consumption, demand will make better the economy.
Yabang Pinoy also hopes its volunteers will influence their own social circles to spread the word about thinking Filipino. To be infectious, they must always be ready to address negative comments or news about the Philippines and the Filipino people.
Yabang Pinoy’s Global Pinoy Bazaar held annually at the Rockwell Tent, showcases Filipino products made with 100% Filipino LOVE and Pride.
Tangkilikin ang mga sariling atin. Ipagyabang ang gawa nating mga Pilipino!