Market Week Philippines at SM Megamall

I’m never too busy for a trade fair, especially one like the ongoing Market Week Philippines at the SM Megamall, which puts together innovative and export-quality Filipino products.

Formerly known as the National OTOP (One Town, One Product) Fair, this year’s event features products, crafts, and services of over 350 micro, small and medium enterprises from all over the Philippines.

Three sectors are represented:  Home (furniture, gifts and houseware, home décor), Fashion (apparel, footwear, accessories), and Food (fresh and processed food, plus health and wellness products).

Many of the items are trade show ‘regulars,’ but some merit more of the visitors’ time and attention not only because of their novelty, but also because of the Filipino artistry and creativity that are evident in them.

Artisanal mats from Samar are not just for sleeping on.

Bamboo is the basic raw material for these decorative lamps. Bamboo craft production aims to improve the economic condition of the poor farmers of Angadanan, Isabela and mitigates the ill effects of environmental degradation.

There’s good news in those water hyacinths that clog our waterways. They can be turned into functional items, such as bags, shoes, apparel…

… and this accent chair.

Stonecraft from Zambales uses serpentine, a natural rock with metal deposits pressed into the cracks, which give it a beautiful structure. The stone takes on a greenish or brownish hue depending on the prevailing metal.

Crafts from way down South

Dolls in colorful costumes reflect the age-old traditions of Parañaque, such as the Komedya and Sunduan. The Komedya is a stage play set in medieval times with royalties as the main characters. The stage play is an annual fiesta feature in Barangay San Dionisio. Sunduan is a fiesta tradition in Barangay La Huerta, where young men and women parade in traditional costumes. The men carry parasols to shield the women from the afternoon sun as they fetch the maidens from their houses and escort them up to the barangay’s chapel courtyard.

I was pleased to see some booths showing products from Catanduanes, the island province in the Bicol region that I call home.

I can’t wait to see new trade and tourism developments in this beautiful island in the coming OKB Gayon Bicol Regional Trade Fair. I’ve marked my calendar: October 4 – 7, 2012 at SM Megatrade Hall 2.

[You may view more photos for Market Week Philippines on my Facebook page.]

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