Looking for Christmas gifts that are unique and meaningful, yet affordable? Do you want to share your Christmas blessings by supporting the livelihoods of home-grown small and medium entrepreneurs? Do you want to help provide employment to our countrymen in the provinces, and preserve our heritage crafts?
The 2016 SikatPinoy National Trade Fair, with its theme Piling-Piling Produktong Pilipino, brings the best products of SMEs from all over the Philippines under one roof for the convenience of Metro Manila shoppers. This is happening on December 7-11, at the Megatrade Halls in SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City. Admission is free.
Over 280 exhibitors were carefully screened and selected to bring a mix of regional delicacies, artisanal crafts, home décor, novelty items, knick-knacks, etc. Here is a rundown of what visitors will find at the fair:
- FURNITURE & FURNISHINGS – dining sets, sala sets, tables, chairs, stools, bar counters, beds, cabinets, wine racks, wall panels, chandeliers, lamps, and clocks made from wood and other locally available material.
- HOME DÉCOR – dividers, trays, hampers, baskets, paper weights, wall décor, vases, planters, fossilized flowers, corn husk roses, water bonsai, fine bone China home décor, curtains, fitted sheets, blankets, mats, soft toys, candle holders, chimes, and many other decorative items.
- FASHION ACCESSORIES – fine jewelry (rings, earrings, necklaces, bracelets, bangles) made from gold, silver, pearls and other semi-precious stones; costume jewelry; bags, wallets, pouches, backpacks and satchels made from leather, snakeskin, buntal, pandan, ticog, and other indigenous materials.
- HANDWOVEN – wall hangings and tapestries; table runners, placemats and napkins; blankets and rugs; shawls, ponchos, and tribal wear — made from Banaue ikat, Kalinga fabric, Vigan abel, Negros silk, Bohol raffia, other local weaves.
- FOOTWEAR – shoes, slippers, sandals, espadrilles made from local materials such as abel and sabutan.
- SNACK FOOD – chicharon, chicharabao, empanada, macapuno, nata de coco, coco jam, peanuts and peanut butter, bibingka, macaroons, uraro, biscocho, butterscotch, rosquillos, cookies, sans rival, polvoron, turones de casoy, cashew nuts, mazapan de pili, pastillas, banana chips, durian candy, noodles, and many other regional delicacies.
- PROCESSED MEAT — different types of longganisa from Vigan to Lucban; as well as tocino, bagnet, embutido, tapa, pork barbeque, and other meat products.
- CONDIMENTS – vinegars such as sugarcane vinegar, coco vinegar, apple cider vinegar, and sukang Iloko; different types of bagoong, shrimp paste and crab paste; bottled laing, sinaing na tulingan, ginataang tailis, and bicol express; chili flakes and paste, garlic bits; fruit preserves, macapuno, and coco sugar; Himalayan sea salt, and many others.
- COFFEE & BEVERAGES – robusta/arabica coffee from the Cordilleras and corn coffee from Agusan del Sur; fruit wines made from bignay, bugnay, pineapple, guyabano, honey, rambutan, yacoon, sugar cane, and mango; herbal teas made from moringa, lemongrass, turmeric, and ginger brew; fresh milk, yoghurt, and kesong puti; pure tablea, calamansi concentrate, and other health drinks.
- HEALTH AND WELLNESS – organic soaps, facial creams, body lotions and moisturizers, shampoos and conditioners, and other beauty products; virgin coconut oil and herbal oils and balms; wild honey and bee propolis.
Come and do your shopping at the 2016 SikatPinoy National Trade Fair. You will not only find a unique gift that will surely be appreciated by friends and loved ones, you will also be contributing to national economic development and inclusive growth by supporting the Trabaho at Negosyo (Employment and Entrepreneurship) initiative of the Department of Trade and Industry.