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5 Things to Look Forward to at the Negros Trade Fair

Beautiful décor, fashion, delicious food, and travel ideas can all be found at the 31st Negros Trade Fair


One of the longest-running and most beloved trade fairs is back in time for early Christmas shopping! The 31st Negros Trade Fair (yes, it’s their 31st!) opened last September 14 at the lobby of Glorietta at Ayala Center. With various booths of décor, furniture, fashion, jewelry, plants and food, it’s truly a wonderful showcase of Negrense craftsmanship and culture.

The fair runs until September 18, Sunday, so you still have a lot of time to eat and shop. Here are the noteworthy items Real Living couldn’t get enough of:

The well-designed furniture and decor.

Bacolod and Dumaguete are well-known for their artistry and craftsmanship, and a lot of export goods are borne from the region. These are just a few of the hundreds of beautiful décor items on sale at the fair, like these colorful and happy resin coasters from Silay Exports. Check out the trays and plates from their Baybay collection, and their jigsaw puzzles, which portray photos of Bacolod.

Who doesn’t like the pieces of Domesticity? Every year, this store is a lifesaver for last-minute Christmas shoppers! Get their wonderful woven baskets, which can store kitchenware, magazines, or you can even use them as totes!

The silk tassels from Momsie’s Enterprises in Dumaguete are elegant and affordably priced.

Beautifully made sustainable items.

Sustainability is an underlying theme in most of the decorative items at the trade fair. Some of the standouts are beautiful beach-glass lamps from Hacienda Crafts from their biodiversity collection. The beach glass used in their lamps and bowls were sourced from cleanup drives on the beaches of Punta Mesa, Manapla. Check out their metal stools made from sugarcane trucks, too.

These upcycled pieces from scrap wood and discarded branches are from the aptly named store Sustainably Yours.

The food, of course!

What is Negros without the wonderful food? The Main Activity Center of Glorietta houses the dozens of food stalls with ready-cooked meals and packaged pasalubongs. Try the napoleones from Virgie’s, guapple pie from iconic El Ideal bakery, turmeric piaya from Sitsirya Bacolod, and delicate almond cookies from Felicia’s. There are chairs and tables set up for diners. Namit!

Travel ideas for your bucket list.

Drop by the tourism booth at the lobby of Glorietta 1 to look at the pamphlets and brochures about the various cultural events and destinations of the region, such as the famous Masskara Festival, Philippine Bird Festival, tours to Sipalay, Mambukal, climbing Mount Kanlaon, and heritage tours in Silay.

Succulents and garden ware.

We were in awe of this whole wall of tillandsias (air plants) big and small at the Activity Center. There are a whole bunch of other succulents, indoor plants, and hydroponic plant systems for sale.

The 31st Negros Trade Fair runs from September 14 to 18, 2016 at the ground floor of Glorietta, Ayala Center, Makati City.

Photos from 31st Negros Trade Fair Facebook page (food), Hacienda Crafts (lamp), and Paula de Guzman.

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