International Bazaar of Diplomats’ spouses has best of PHL, world’s

In photo at the International Bazaar Foundation Inc. press conference and press launch are (left to right) IBF Adviser Rose Villamor; IBP President Consul Helen M. Ong; IBF Treasurer Alice Tesoro-Guerrero, Mdme; Susan B. Fries, president of the Spouses of Heads of Mission, and Maria Lourdes Barcelon-Locsin, overall chairman.

FOR one whole day, on November 24, Sunday, the best products from all over the world will be showcased for sale, at the PICC Forums 1,2 and 3 at CCP Complex, Pasay City, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The one-day international bazaar, an annual activity, is organized by the International Bazaar Foundation (IBF) in cooperation with the Department of Foreign Affairs, Diplomatic and Consular Corps. and Spouses of Heads of Mission (SHOM).

“This bazaar will showcase the finest items from different countries together with the Philippines’s best community-based products,” said Maria Lourdes Barcelon-Locsin, wife of Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro L. Locsin Jr. and IBF chairman at the press briefing recently.

According to Susan Fries, spouse of Swedish Ambassador Harald Fries and SHOM president, the proceeds of this cosmopolitan bazaar will benefit local charities.

Among the chosen beneficiaries this year are; the 41 scholars in colleges and universities in Metro Manila; the Ayala Foundation that conducts outreach projects in Mindanao, Palawan and Mindoro; the HABI textile that restores the fine arts of “inabelor abeliloko;” the Pilak Silvercraft that trains silversmiths in Baguio City; the Our Lady of Peace Hospital in Parañaque City;  Bogo, Cebu Provincial Hospital; the Missionaries of Charity; the Little Sisters of the Poor; the feeding program in Pasay City; the Steps Mission Foundation and the Sayaw Foundation that teaches out-of-school youth to learn ballet skills.

The International Bazaar, now on its 53rd year, has taken on as theme, “Show the World, Show You Care.”

According to Locsin, entrance tickets to the bazaar are sold at P150.00, while donor cards cost P 250.00. These are sold at Tesoros Store in Arnaiz Avenue, Makati City, and at the Special Projects Unit at the sixth floor of the DFA Building on Roxas Boulevard Pasay City and at the PICC gate on the day of the International Bazaar. For inquiries, please call 833-1320 04 or send e-mail

Image credits: Nonoy Lacza


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