Mallgoers had the rare opportunity to shop, taste, and celebrate international culture and cuisines at the recent International Mini-Bazaar and Asean Food Fest at the Music Hall of SM Mall of Asia.
A joint project of the Department of Foreign Affairs, the International Bazaar Foundation Inc., and the Asean Ladies Foundation Inc. (ALF), in partnership with SM, the event featured products, food, and culture of the 26 participating countries, as well as 4 local textile merchants.
Maria Lourdes Locsin, wife of former secretary of Foreign Affairs Teodoro Locsin Jr. and chairman of the two foundations, together with ALF president and Malaysian Embassy’s chargé d’affaires Nurriha Ahmad, and IBF president consul Betty Ang, led the opening ceremony. They were joined by no less than former secretary Locsin, as well as ambassadors, spouses of heads of mission, IBF board members, and diplomats from various embassies.
For the last 56 years, the IBF has been hosting the International Bazaar that raises funds to uplift the lives of the less privileged. During the program, H.E. Chinese Ambassador Huang Xilian presented the check donation to Locsin, IBF president consul Betty Ang and its board members for their advocacies.
The International Mini-Bazaar, IBF’s first bazaar since the pandemic, was a fund-raising event that aimed to foster and strengthen the friendship shared between the Philippines and the rest of the world, all while raising awareness through sumptuous food and signature products.
Participating countries in the bazaar included Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Cambodia, China, Denmark, France, Indonesia, Japan, Myanmar, New Zealand, Peru, Romania, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Syria, Tanzania, Thailand, Ukraine and Vietnam. From the Philippines, HABI: The Philippine Textile Council, Cora DJ Manimbo Fashion House, CMMAG/Nikkitita Manila, and fashion designers also joined the bazaar for a cause.
Alongside this mini-bazaar was the Asean Food Fest organized by the ALF, which featured authentic dishes and exotic flavors from the 10 embassies of the Asean member-states including Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
Guests enjoyed both traditional and modern cuisines prepared by the embassies and participating restaurants.