Ribbon Guest of honor Senator Loren Legarda (3rd from left); Pamela Louise Manalo, IBF Chairperson (2nd from left); and Riitta Laakso, SHOM President (4th from left) lead the ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open the International Bazaar 2022. With them are IBF Board members including Alice Guerrero, IBF Treasurer; Consul Betty L. Ang, President; Former Rep. Gina P. De Venecia, Board Member and members of the Spouses of the Heads of Mission.

Int’l Bazaar 2022’s return triumphant

November 21, 2022 Ryan Ponce Pacpaco 445 views

THE International Bazaar made a triumphant return after a two-year hiatus on November 20, 2022 at the World Trade Center, Pasay City.

Featuring over more than 100 booths and representing 42 countries, the International Bazaar 2022 is a collaborative effort among the International Bazaar Foundation (IBF) the Department of Foreign Affairs, the Spouses of Heads of Mission (SHOM), and private product exhibitors.

“It is very fitting that we gather here in the World Trade Center Metro Manila ‘Where the World Comes to Shop’ bringing together shoppers and exhibitors from across the globe. The variety of goods and products under one roof is what makes this occasion truly special. With more than forty participating countries, the International Bazaar represents both the diversity and solidarity within our diplomatic community,” IBF Chairperson Mme. Pamela Louise Manalo said in her welcome remarks.

Proceeds will go towards the programs and projects of IBF and SHOM, including scholarships, livelihood assistance, and other charitable activities.

“At the heart of it, the International Bazaar is held for a noble cause: to give to those who are in need,” Mme. Manalo further said.

The Guest of Honor, Senator Loren Legarda, commended and expressed firm support for the Bazaar as it serves as a platform for exhibitors to promote their world class products.

The Senator stressed the key role of MSMEs in the Philippine economy and local communities, and encouraged more support for them. Aside from products, the International Bazaar 2022 featured cultural performances by the Philippine Baranggay Folk Dance Troupe, and some of the participating embassies.

There were also booths that offered culinary delights to the visitors of the International Bazaar 2022.