Experience Negros at the Heart of the Metro
The 29th Negros Trade Fair will once again showcase the best of the best from the land of smiles – bringing its finest food, fashion, furniture, art, and crafts to the city
From September 24-28, the Glorietta Activity Center will once again be transformed into a one-stop venue for the longest-running annual provincial trade fair. With a theme of “Smiles Beyond Borders,” the 29th Negros Trade Fair speaks about the resilience of Visayans amidst the calamities that struck the region. From shells collected from the coasts, pandan leaves and coconut shells growing in abundance, to driftwood and fallen lumber – the products set to be discovered at Glorietta all display a bright optimism after the calamities.
Exhibiting solidarity and community building, the trade fair gathers the best of the best of Negros under one roof for a limited time – giving Manilenos a chance to experience the best food, crafts, and furniture from Negros as well as catch a glimpse of the Negrenses’ cheerful and positive outlook in life that extends beyond borders through their crafts.
The fair will be open from 10 a.m. to 9p.m. on September 24, 25, and 28 (Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday) and from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on September 26 and 27 (Friday and Saturday) at the Glorietta Activity Center. Entrance is free. Below are some of the exhibitors at the fair:
The product lines of Artisana Island Crafts are always lighthearted and whimsical. Owner and designer Mary Ann Colmenares works on projects that give her enjoyment. Inspired by this year’s theme, she reached out to local artisans in Leyte to create hand-cut and hand-carved coconut shell ornaments for her Yolantern Collection. The lanterns use sustainable coco shell accents, recycled jars, and the baskets are hand-woven from raffia, which grows wild and abundantly. The Koi Garden Collection, a ceramic creation will also debut during the fair.
In creating unique lighting and furniture, Hacienda Crafts stays true to its mission as an enviro-social design company. Owners Joey Gaston and Christina Borromeo-Gaston always go beyond the limits of home – whether to find sustainable natural raw materials, regional and indigenous weavers, and designers to magically transform rough vines into urban home fashion. This year, Hacienda Crafts highlights its line of new products such as the Pilo Round and Rectangular Soft Storage with leather handles made of Tinalak woven fabric from the T’boli Tribe of Mindanao, the Eucalyptus Hanging Tube Lamp, and the Buri Metro Basket, to name a few.
Jojo developed 10 products embracing this year’s theme. After his visit to Bantayan in Northern Cebu and Molocaboc in Northern Negros – two islands caught on the path of Typhoon Yolanda, he contracted to buy shells collected at the beach in bulk and at double the price to help rebuild the church as well as ensure the income of the pickers. Not to be missed at the fair is the Damang Lighted Wall Décor embellished with Bantayan shells and the Adnaloy Divider which highlights strings of Molocaboc shells which hang like curtains.
For close to three decades now, Vicmik has amazed the world with its line of hand-smocked Ines Moda Infantil clothes for girls and Munecos brand for boys. As Vicmik goes deeper into its corporate mission this year, visitors will get a 10% discount on all purchases of Ines Moda Infantil and Munecos clothes at the fair in exchange for a stuffed toy donation – old and new, big and small.
In the aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda, members of the Association of Negros Producers actively sought to offer livelihood assistance to storm-ravaged communities. One of them is Marichu Cusi who runs Kiculo Crafts, a fashion accessory company owned by her daughter Kitkat Lobaton. Their Bantayan Tote, which comes in two sizes, will debut at the fair. The large tote reflects a young utilitarian, laidback lifestyle while the smaller one appeals to a wide swathe of age groups – from empowered millennials to powerful boomers.
The fine products of NVC are handmade by rural and urban poor women trained to create products of world-class craftsmanship. Living the theme of the fair, a new product line this year uses Yolanda wood or wood felled by the super typhoon. Headlining their booth this year is “The Story of Ma. Luisa,” a touching art piece made of broken tiles that are creatively pieced together in a triptych mosaic collectible.
Owner and designer Manon Hernaez worked with depressed coastal communities in Southern Negros who have supplied him with dead corals that wash up the beach. These sit on a new line of brass cuffs and no two corals look the same – supporting Marayo’s objective of creating one-of-a-kind jewelry. At this year’s fair, the designer worked with brass material. In her Pleated Brass Collection, pieces are updated with a pleat design that adds drama and dimension while the Leather Rocks line highlight elegant soft leather and Moroccan leather from abroad.
Tumandok prides itself with the ability to manipulate raw materials and turn them into high-quality home pieces. Aside from coconut, many products also use banana, sea shells, nito vine and other sustainable materials. Barangay Agdaliran in the northern Iloilo town of San Dionisio once had a landscape dotted with coconut trees. After Yolanda, a few palms that survived the storm could take up to five years to recover and livelihood is now deprived of the people. Opportunity sprang as cut-off pieces of coco lumber from Agdaliran were brought to Tumandok. The discarded slabs were turned into valuable resource and they are the main raw material of the Haiyan Collection of tables, lamps, trays, and picture frames.
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