The International Bazaar Foundation returns with a diverse roster of global flavors and merchandise
Now that the world is slowly opening up to the pleasures of physical travel, those who are still hesitant to get out of the country can find comfort in exploring familiar or unchartered territories through food and merchandise from different places.
On Sunday, June 12, 2022, the International Bazaar Foundation, Inc. (IBF) in cooperation with the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and together with the support of SM Mall Of Asia, will be hosting “SHOP, TASTE & CELEBRATE.” The bazaar will be held at the SM MOA Music Hall from 10am to 10pm.
Intriguing products to look forward to include manuka honey from New Zealand, juices from South Africa, Ceylon tea products from Sri Lanka, various pastries and delectable desserts from Syria, and local fabrics and weaves from the HABI Foundation and Dita Sandico. The other participating countries include Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Cambodia, China, Denmark, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Myanmar, Peru, Romania, Tanzania, Thailand, Ukraine, Vietnam, and the United Arab Emirates.
This fund-raising bazaar aims to foster and strengthen the friendship shared between the Philippines and the rest of the world, all while raising awareness through sumptuous food, music and signature products.
Concurrently, the much-anticipated ASEAN Food Fest will be featuring signature dishes and various cuisines from the various ASEAN member states. Guests may look forward to Brunei Darussalam’s Nasi Pusu with Egg; Cambodia’s favorite breakfast dish, Num Banh Chok Khmer; Indonesia’s famous Sate Ayam and Nasi Goreng; and Lao PDR’s refreshing salad of papaya, chicken, and sticky rice.
Food enthusiasts can also enjoy two iterations of Malaysia’s Nasi Lemak, a dish with rice soaked in coconut milk and served with a side of either Beef Rendang or Spiced Fried Chicken; and Myanmar’s unofficial national dish with a heaping bowl of Mohinga—a rice noodle soup served in a hearty fish-and-shallot-based broth. There will also be Laksa from Singapore, Bagoong Fried Rice and Shrimp Pad Thai from Thailand, and Banh Mi from Viet Nam.
Of course, the Philippines will also be presenting its very own roster of sumptuous dishes, from Via Mare’s Pancit Luglog, Puto Bungbong, and Bibingka to ensaymada from Baby Pat Breads and Pastries, updated with flavors as peanut butter choc nut.
For the last 56 years, the IBF has been hosting the International Bazaar that raises funds to uplift the lives of the less-privileged. Mme. Maria Lourdes B. Locsin, chairperson of the two foundations, Ambassadors of the participating Embassies, dignitaries, friends, and special guests of both the ALF and the IBF, are expected to be in attendance for this celebration of food and camaraderie between countries.
Follow the ASEAN Ladies Foundation, Inc. on Facebook and view a variety of ASEAN cooking videos on the DFA Special Projects Unit’s YouTube channel.