I have always been a staunch supporter of the Global Pinoy Bazaar and the Yabang Pinoy movement. I make it a point to go to the bazaar every year regardless of where I am based for that year.
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.
I started going in 2009 and missed 2011’s. It was held during the month of November every year at the Rockwell Tent until this year when it is a few months early and being held at the World Trade Center. Since I am in Italy until the first week of October, I would not be able to go this year. And this year’s Global Pinoy Bazaar is but a few days away!
“More great PHmade finds at the Global Pinoy Bazaar on 22-24 August at the World Trade Center.
This is the 10th #GlobalPinoyBazaar and is also the BIGGEST ALL-FILIPINO expo of 2014. It also coincides with Buwan ng Wika and with the “Made in the Philippines Products Week,” as declared by Presidential Proclamation No. 76.”
Here are my blogs for the previous years’ Global Pinoy Bazaars:
- At the Global Pinoy Bazaar 2012 – Rockwell Tent, Makati
- What You Missed at the Global Pinoy Bazaar 2010
- A Day at the Global Pinoy Bazaar (2009)
Click HERE for more details.
BUT, as you can see from this blog’s title, this is not about the Global Pinoy Bazaar 2014. This is about last year’s bazaar that I did not get to post about because I was extremely busy the past few months.
I took fewer photos but in 2013, my focus was on finding suppliers for Outventure‘s shop, which was opening the month after. I took more time talking to the entrepreneurs and making contacts. I spotted my favorite local brands’ booths and saw more new ones. My favorite for this year would be What If Handmade.
I bought travel blankets, towels, pillows, wind chis, wreaths, and animal bookends. They became a best seller and regular item at the Outventure shop.
“Contributing to the GREEN movement and developing SELF.SUFFICIENT individuals one HANDMADE product at a time.
We tinker, we toy, we twiddle. We create, we craft, we cross-over.
What.if is our gift-&-novelty shop, borne out of our shared advocacies for things handmade, repurposed and recycled.
What If items are planet friendly — they are made from random remnant fabric; are repurposed and upcycled. What If products try to make a difference — production of our core products contribute to the livelihood of marginalized communities: the weavers of the north, and the urban PWD’s. What If items are handmade! Each item is made with love, care and personal attention.”
If you are interested in their products, you may contact them through the following:
SMS: +639177946352 or +639189164166
I also found this great little shop called South Shore Beach Shop. It carries products perfect for that little beach store.
And Pop Junk Love. We now carry Pop Junk Love’s flower earrings at the Outventure shop. 🙂
“Celebrating the DIY spirit, POPJUNKLOVE was created by us- Maan and Roma Agsalud, two bickering (but craft-loving) sisters who are obsessed with pop culture, vintage finds, ukay-ukays, DVD marathons and siomai.
POPJUNKLOVE started out as our small business project involving handmade tee-embellishments and shirt-pins. With that, our love of crafting developed and began to take on a life of its own. As a result, the line up of our creations extended to making scrabble pillows, shape monsters and plushies.
We created this online store to house all of our original, handmade goods and make them available for purchase by the public.While we try to juggle DIY projects with our day jobs, we see to it that every last piece of our creation is a work of craftsmanship and love.”
Phone: Roma Agsalud (+639175899867)
Inside and outside the Rockwell tent that is the venue of the annual Global Pinoy Bazaar were kiosks filled with the Filipino ingenuity and creativity. I can’t help but feel inspired when I see all these entrepreneurs! Indeed, this is something to be proud of!
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.
Tangkilikin ang mga sariling atin. Ipagyabang ang gawa nating mga Pilipino!