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    It’s shopping time for many Pinoys at this time of year. As the population in a family gets larger, the more gifts will have to be bought.

    For the convenience of the Makati crowd, many bazaars are organized there; in Greenhills, it’s the “tiangge” where people can bargain; and as Manila can now boast of being smelling good and looking good, it’s Divisoria where bargains may be found.

    The mother of all the bazaars happens only for a day. For one whole day, on Nov. 24, the public can shop “around the world” through the 53rd International Bazaar at the PICC Forums 1,2 & 3 at CCP complex Pasay City from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

    This pre-Christmas bazaar is organized by the International Bazaar Foundation (IBF), in cooperation with the Department of Foreign Affairs, Diplomatic & Consular Corps and the Spouses of the Heads of Mission (SHOM), to benefit local charities.

    “This bazaar showcases the finest items from 40 countries together with the Philippines’ best community-based products,” said Maria Lourdes Locsin, IBF chair and wife of DFA Secretary Teddy Locsin, Jr.

    The International Bazaar on Nov 24 at CCP complex is on its 53rd year. I remember only 2 years ago, a bought raffle tickets from someone I could not say no to. I wrote down my name on the raffle tickets I bought and more than an hour later, it had been announced that I won a kitchen set that consisted of a refrigerator, a microwave oven, an electric range, and several small items…..all those prizes for a raffle ticket that cost me Php. 400 for 2 tickets. Sure I was lucky, but the prizes they offered for that raffle were truly nice.

    Needless to say, the chocolates, the wines, and the other items are all first class.

    Entrance tickets to the International Bazaar are at P150.00, while donor cards cost P250.00.

    These are sold at Tesoros Store in Arnaiz Avenue, Makati City, at Special Projects Unit, 6thFlr, DFA Bldg, Roxas Blvd., Pasay City and at the PICC gate on the day of the International Bazaar.

    Go and get world-class items at truly real bargain prices.

    Shop, shop until you drop !!!