PH-Italian association mounts annual Christmas bazaar


The prestigious Philippine-Italian Association (PIA) partnered with luxury retailer Rustan’s, and global banking giant Citibank for its annual Christmas bazaar, held this year on November 16 and 17 at the Filinvest Tent in Alabang.

The bazaar offered Rustan’s signature brands at discounted prices of up to 70 percent off. Customers enjoyed shopping for popular brands of Rustans and SSI, as well as local 100 concessionaires of fine handmade and original products made in the Philippines.

The bazaar was made possible through the efforts of the PIA board of directors and members, led by its president, Zenaida Tantoco and bazaar chairperson MrsMarilou Alejandro; together with Nellie Bengzon, Chit Montenegro, Tillie Pellagalo, Gabriella Musitelli Wegfahrt and JP dela Vega.

This partnership between the Philippine-Italian Association, Rustan’s and Citibank generated funds for the Servants of Charity, the Sisters and Handmaids of Charity of Saint Vincent de Paul, and Canossians Sons of Charity.

Founded in 1962, the Philippine-Italian Association is a non-profit organization whose main goal is to strengthen the ties between the Philippines and Italy through culture and the arts. Through the organization of bazaars, the association has been able to fulfill their mission to not just help strengthen the friendship between the two countries but also help organizations that deeply cares for the impoverished.

One of the first’s luxury Christmas bazaars in the metro, the event was also supported by CATS Motors, Wayfair Tours, and Guepel Properties. More than fashion and lifestyle items, the bazaar further showcased of CATS Motors’ luxurious cars, while food enthusiasts were treated to a cooking demo and deli fare of delicious Italian food.

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