This year marks the 120th year of the declaration of Philippine Independence. The Araneta Center celebrates this by highlighting things that pertain to our Filipino identity – whether it is about history, our idea of Philippine pride, or even our sense of self-worth.
One of the focal points of the celebration is the SINAG FAIR. Happening at the Gateway Mall activity area in Araneta Center from June 9 to 12, the ongoing bazaar features products from the eight provinces that first revolted against Spanish colonial rule. The eight provinces are represented by the rays of the sun in our Philippine flag, thus the set-up of the fair is a giant sun.
Each province will be showcasing and selling the following:
Bulacan – Accessories; turmeric and other turmeric-based products; cakes, toasted pastillas, mushroom chips; flavored vinegar;
Nueva Ecija – Dairy products, mushrooms, burong isda, longganisa; slipper, sandals, soaps, and more.
Pampanga – WOW mani, bawang, chicharon, cornick; Marzipan and pastillas, polvoron of Sasmuan delicacies; crab paste
Manila – Ladies’ accessories; chilled taho, tofu, soya milk
Tarlac – Specialty sauces, condiments; snack foods, pastillas, peanuts and mixed nuts, peanut butter
Batangas – Handmade accessories, crochet bags, mood enhancers and essential oils; Honey; tapang kabayo; dressed chicken, siomai, soya, carrot drink; footwear; handmade soaps and shampoos
Laguna – Virgin coconut oil; VCO massage oils; soaps; skimmed coconut milk; coconut sugar, jams, tea, ginger tea
Cavite – Accessories; Assorted peanut products, camote chips, banana chips
Other activities around the Araneta Center are:
June 9 & 12: Free movie screenings in Gateway Gallery, 5th level Gateway Tower (across Kia Theatre)
June 9: Free guided tour of ‘Sining Saysay: Philippine History in Art’ collection at the Gateway Gallery, all day
June 9: 30-minute live canvas painting by Cavite artist Odette Cagandahan at the Ali Mall activity area, 4pm
June 9 to 12: Likhang Malaya Art exhibit from Sining Kamalig; and Augmented Reality exhibit from Gateway Gallery, Ali Mall activity area, mall hours
June 11: Trabahong Pinoy soap-making workshop by Golden Treasure Skills, Farmers Plaza activity area, 1-3pm in partnership with Pilipino Mirror
June 12: Trabahong Pinoy Job Fair in partnership with Pilipino Mirror, DOLE, and QC Peso with over 20 employers, Farmers Plaza activity area, mall hours until 5pm only
June 12: Tugtugang Malaya, street concert featuring Silent Sanctuary, Quest and Shanti Dope plus Rockeoke and Open Mic, Manhattan Row along Malvar Street between residential condos Manhattan Parkway and Parkview; 4pm onwards