See the Best of Negros Without Leaving the Metro

The Negros Trade Fair opens on September 25 in Makati.

( If there's one artisan fair that lets you travel to another Philippine destination without having to ride a plane, hop on a bus, or board a ferry, it's the annual Negros Trade Fair. Now on its 34th year, it continues to showcase the best of Negrense culture—from local delicacies to products from cottage industries. It is set to run from September 25 to 29 at Glorietta 2 in Makati City.

Daku Balay is the oldest Art Deco house in Bacolod City. It was completed in 1936.
PHOTO BY Christa I. De La Cruz Archives

But this year's theme, "Timeless Traditions," highlights not only Negrense products, but also the history and culture of Negros Island—the fourth largest island in the Philippines—itself. Booths by local government units will showcase the stories behind Silay City's heritage houses, the world-class art and architecture of Victorias City's St. Joseph the Worker Church, and Bacolod City's Art Deco homes. Cadiz City is also having a booth to highlight Lakawon Island's pristine beaches and laid-back vibe.

Spanish-American Alfonso Ossorio's mural, "Last Judgement," is often described as an "angry Christ."
PHOTO BY Christa I. De La Cruz Archives
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Embrace the island life in Lakawon, Cadiz City
PHOTO BY Gene Loves Acosta Archives

The 34th Negros Trade Fair is from September 25 to 29 at Glorietta 2, Ayala Center, Makati City. Admission is free. For more information, follow Negros Trade Fair on Facebook.

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