10 Things We Loved at the 29th Negros Trade Fair Preview

Our picks left us loving home-grown products and shopping for a cause.


(SPOT.ph) "Smiles Beyond Borders" is this year's theme for the annual Negros Trade Fair which is a fitting description of Filipino tenacity and creativity in the face of adversity. Participants for this year partnered with communities affected by Typhoon Yolanda and other calamities of 2013, as well as those who need livelihood assistance.


Food, fashion, furniture, as well as organic and natural food, caught our eye at the preview of the country's longest-running provincial trade fair. The Association of Negros Producers made sure they have enough products to get you going for some (early) Christmas shopping, so make sure to check it out at the Glorietta Activity Center, Makati City from September 24 to 28.



1. All-purpose bags

There are plenty of stylish ways to store items with this colorful lot: Pilo soft storage bags by Hacienda Crafts are made with the T'nalak woven fabric of the T'bolis of Mindanao; while Kiculo's totes are made of woven pandan leaves from Bantayan Island, Cebu. Papel Handicraft has made a pretty clutch out of recycled paper, and pouch bags by Tickled Tripper Gifts & Souvenirs offer playful designs to store your baon.



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2. Native kitchenware

Is it time to spruce up your kitchen or dining areas? Consider Domesticity's wooden utensils, Babylan's tabletops, Saturn Arts and Crafts' mats, Dos Marias' serving trays, and some embroidered table napkins from the Negrense Volunteers for Change Foundation to give your home some local flair.



3. Clothes, clothes, clothes


Take your pick from the comfortable range of tops and dresses from Vicmik Enterprises. You may also get a 10% discount off all purchases from Ines Moda Infantil and Munecos children’s clothes if you join their stuffed toy drive: All you need to do is bring one to the fair and they’ll gladly give them to the children in the affected areas of Visayas.



4. Picture frames and tabletop displays

People often joke that picture frames are lame gifts, but they just might change their mind when they see Tumandok Crafts’ Haiyan collection. Who would ever think that these picture frames, lamps, and trays come from the discarded coco lumber used in building houses for Brgy. Agdaliran in Iloilo after Yolanda? Also seen here is their Golden Coco table lamp and some side tables included in the collection.




5. Stylish accessories

These accessories by Marayo, Chievs, and K'Arteen look like they came straight out of a fashion magazine but in fact, some of their materials come from dead corals washed up from a beach in Negros. The ethnic beads and semi-precious stones in Marayo's collection are also sourced from Ethiopia and Nepal.


6. Lamps and lanterns

If you want that beach vibe at home, then you should check out the woven handicrafts from Silay Export and Artisana. Some of the local artisans from Leyte created these hand-cut and hand-carved coconut shell ornaments for the Yolantern collection by Artisana. Hacienda Crafts also have their own line of lamps, including the Tubigon Lamp made from raffia fabric.




7. The Maria Luisa Story mosaic art

The mosaic art of Maria Luisa Pamplona from Palo, Leyte tells a story of broken lives in broken tiles: A two-year-old girl lost her mother to Typhoon Yolanda and soon after, she was taken away from her father, too. This triptych mosaic collectible will headline the booth of the Negrense Volunteers for Change Foundation.



8. Crocheted crafts

Vivo Handicrafts offer these cute crocheted designs that form traditional sceneries as well as a Christmas wreath, just in time to bring in some holiday cheer.




9. Wall pieces and other decor

Jojo Vito of Vito Prints & Pieces went to Cebu and Negros to collect discarded shells. He bought these from the people of the devastated communities at double the price and soon came up with 10 products-wall decor, collectible dolls, mirrors, and more, including the Marang Lamp above (right).



10. Food...a lot of it!

Should you find your tummy growling after some shopping, you can satisfy your cravings with the many different flavors to be had at the fair. There's lubid-lubid in cinnamon and chili flavors, tarts, cookies, biscocho, mamon, piaya, kamote chips, muscovado sugar, Negrense coffee, and so much more.


The 29th Negros Trade Fair runs from September 24 to 28 at the Glorietta Activity Center, Makati City (open during mall hours). Entrance is free. For more information, contact (034) 434-1000, 0933-377-9703, or e-mail negrostradefair.anp@gmail.com. Also check out their Facebook page for more details.

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