By Monica Araneta Tiosejo
The Negros Trade Fair was started 33 years ago by 14 housewives who wanted to help the province’s economy. Back then, the sugar industry was in trouble, so these women banded together and ventured into handmade crafts as an alternative source of income. The Association of Negros Producers is happy to host the annual event at the Glorietta Activity Center, Glorietta 3 in Makati—almost the same location, then a parking lot, where it was first held. The theme “Sweet Talk: Sugar, Spice, and Everything Nice” pays tribute to the sugar industry. Here are some sweet finds:
The brand’s home accessories provide a rustic provincial flair perfect for newlyweds who are furnishing and for moms who love to entertain.
NVC Foundation Inc.
Help fight hunger and poverty by buying accessories, decor, and gifts made from upcycled products—egg shells, broken tiles, glass chips, and empty Nespresso capsules, etc.—that would otherwise end up in the garbage. The foundation provides livelihood, and their beneficiary artisans earn almost at the level of call center agents!
Hacienda Crafts’ pieces capture nature’s magnificence, and also propel the creation for livelihood for families in rural areas. These natural ornaments are made out of coconut and wooden beads. They’re perfect for the Holidays and are a great alternative to plastic decorations.
Ines Moda Infatil
The go-to for carefully hand-smocked and hand-sewn, and traditional clothing for little ladies and gentlemen.
Mamabel’s Home Garden
Organic and all-natural concoctions that prove nature is the best physician. We recommend the Panacea Tea Tree Oil Spray—it’s like a medicine cabinet in a bottle! If you have a green thumb, buy holy basil and mint. These herbs not only flavor food, they support the respiratory and immunity systems.
The Negros Trade Fair is on going and runs until September 30.