The St. James the Great Christmas Bazaar, said to be the biggest bazaar south of Manila, opened on November 29. Located at the Cuenca Community Center and St. James Parking Lot at Ayala Alabang Village, it welcomes shoppers from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
The annual three-day bazaar is now on its 22nd year, according to the mother-daughter bazaar chairmen Mimi and Nikki Valerio who enjoin all shopaholics to come early to be able to grab the fabulous products on sale.
The bazaar, which runs until December 1 is a conglomeration of manufacturers, exporters, importers and traders from all over the Philippines. Coming from Cebu, Romblon, Bicol, Pangasinan, Ilocos, Baguio, Pampanga, Quezon, Bulacan, Laguna, Davao, Cavite and Batangas, it has more than 500 concessioners.
Offered to discriminating shoppers at the bazaar are a wide range of products including holiday foods for gift-giving, Christmas decor, wrought iron, antiques, native and imported bags, toys, shoes, ethnic products and handicrafts, paintings, jewelry, over-runs of men’s, ladies and children’s clothiers, fashion accessories, sculptures and many more.
The Food Pavilion, Ms. Valerio said, has the participation of well-known eateries such as Las Paellas, Tapa King, Barrio Fiesta, Army Navy, Brothers Burger, Fish & Co., Ineng’s Special BBQ, Coolman Halo-Halo, Odd Balls, Cheesesteak Shop, Tais Best, Potato Corner and many others.
The highlight of the bazaar will be a grand raffle with appliances and other valuable items as prizes. All MasterCard and Visa credit cards will be accepted.
Other members of the bazaar committee are Manny Gonzales, president of St. James Foundation, Edna Gonzales, Titang Montinola, Ricky Presa and Msgr. Albert Venus, parish priest.
Proceeds of the bazaar will go to St. James Foundation. Through the years, 100 percent of the proceeds of the yearly bazaar helped in the construction of the St.
James the Great Parish Church, the purchase of the St. James Parking Lot which is now used as the venue of the bazaar, building of the St. James Parish Rectory Annex and repair and maintenance of all parish church structures.