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Shopping for a Cause from the Comfort of Your Home

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In celebration of National Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) month, Metro Retail Stores Group, Inc., in partnership with Vicsal Foundation Inc., launched the First Virtual Metro Community Bazaar via a well-attended online ceremony last July 6.

Themed “We Rise as One Metro Family”, the virtual bazaar is part of MRSGI’s and VFI’s ongoing efforts to extend care to vulnerable communities and sectors across the Philippines.

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In his keynote message, Department of Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez encouraged Filipino consumers to become buy-anis by buying local and supporting homegrown brands and micro-enterprises. Metro’s virtual bazaar features products from homegrown social enterprises and corporate social responsibility partners.

“As we mark the new normal of the global pandemic, this virtual bazaar shows how COVID-19 is affecting businesses, and how to do business in the new normal. Online selling via social media platforms and using the internet to reach a wider audience is becoming an inescapable way of life.”

The virtual bazaar simulates the experience of shopping and exploring an actual bazaar. By clicking on a virtual storefront, shoppers will be led to the exhibitor’s website, e-commerce platform or social media page.Here, they can shop and get more information on the advocacies that they champion.

Unlike e-commerce platforms, it encourages you to explore the exhibitor’s online spaces. There are also free activities like cooking and baking demonstrations, and dance, yoga, and fitness exercises, classes that shoppers can try.

“We laud MRSGI for holding this event to help communities recover from the pandemic. Through business opportunities presented in the bazaar, these communities can continue with their livelihood, and provide them with much-needed income and employment,” Lopez added.

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Gourmet food products on offering at the bazaar include savory Bangus in Corn Oil, Gourmet Tuyo, and Crispy Mushrooms created by Caritas Margins, a program under Caritas Manila that provides skills and entrepreneurship training to marginalized sectors. All-natural and healthy items such as Virgin Coconut Oil, Coconut Sugar, and Pure Honey are also available from Caritas Margins. Those looking for lighter drink options will love the Moringa Tea from GreenEarth Foundation, Inc.

Shoppers can also avail of produce from Mad Market and Blessed Earth Farm, adlai rice from Bukidnon’s Kiboa Ridge Farms, healthy meals from MDF Diet2Go, organic jams and spreads from Tree Hill Grocer and tasty snacks from SeaKid; and lifestyle items from local brands Bambuhay, Gifts that Give Back by the Artisan Women of Tondo, Likha Lokal, and Wow Carmen Handicraft.

“Our theme captures our belief in the strength of collective compassion. We persist in addressing the needs of the most vulnerable. The work of our government partners and longstanding CSR partners is a testament to the power of working as one,” shared Manuel Alberto, President and COO of MRSGI.

Aside from shopping and enjoying fun activities, bazaar-goers can also make a donation to support various advocacies. This includes Bahay ng Dios Foundation, which spearheads church conservation efforts; Caritas Segunda Mana, the donations-in-kind program of Caritas Manila; and Green Earth Heritage Foundation, which promotes sustainable community-based farming.

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The roster of organizations also include COVID Manila Project, Daloy Dance Co., DSWD-Haven for the Elderly, Habitat for Humanity, Philippine Red Cross, REX Academy, St. Arnold Janssen Kalinga Center, 8 Movements Foundation and the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology. 

This event is supported by the Department of Trade and Industry, the Department of Social Welfare and Development, the Department of Health and the Department of Interior and Local Government.

The First Virtual Metro Community Bazaar will run until July 31, 2020. Visit www.metroretail.com.ph/bazaar to learn more.

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