‘The Caravan’ opens for the holidays

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The Caravan co-founders Dara David-Roa and Celine Gabriel-Lim

The Caravan co-founders Dara David-Roa and Celine Gabriel-Lim

Not your ordinary Christmas bazaar, The Caravan is a thoughtfully curated mix of brands by creative entrepreneurs. It is an advocacy seeking to showcase local talent and exceptional products from all over the globe.

Inspired by traveling gypsy caravans that brought the most eclectic mix of products from the most exotic places, The Caravan is a unique lifestyle market founded by Jenny Yrasuegui, Celine Gabriel-Lim, and Dara David-Roa.

On its second installment for the year, The Caravan recently celebrated its grand holiday event dubbed “That Christmas Feeling” at the Kirov Showroom in Rockwell. It gave tribute to everything that comprises the holiday spirit: hanging lights, festive décor, cozier weather, and a generally more cheerful atmosphere all around.

The two-part event consisted of a Wreath-Making and Table Styling workshop by School of Styling and Dhalton Home, and a two-day weekend trunk show where the chosen vendors were invited to sell their wares.


At the workshop, guests sipped on decadent mugs of hot chocolate and enjoyed the fresh scent of cypress while attempting to replicate the beautiful wreaths created by event stylist Indy Ycasiano of “She Dreams in Ink.”

 April Tanhueco

April Tanhueco

Unique home decor inspiration for the frequent holiday entertaining was also provided by Geoffrey Chua and Christine Rodriguez. But all of this was merely a preview for what The Caravan had in store.

What awaited guests at the Kirov Showroom was a Christmas shopping wonderland. Not many can say that they’ve shopped to their hearts’ content in a beautifully decorated venue with Christmas carols playing in the background, nor to have personally spoken to the artists behind the gifts they’ve chosen to give their loved ones on Christmas day.

Patrons had a unique selection of gift items to choose from for the home, including glam-worthy picks from Statement Theory and bohemian trinkets and storage space from Ethnique, and Pambahay by Halo Halo.

Fashionistas also had the opportunity to pick at the brains of the likes of fashion designer Mich Araullo, and the geniuses behind Stockton Row and the The Gliteratti jewelry.

Other charming gift items from scent retailer Kiele, beeswax luxury candle retailer FAE, local leather advocate Ni Qua, and Happy Socks among many more extraordinary brands provided patrons with numerous gift choices for their loved ones.

Seen at the event were society darlings Maite and Matha Araneta, hosts Rovilson Fernandez, and Lexi Schulze, artist Tara Soriano, MovEd founder Alex Eduque, and businessman Beaver Lopez.

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