By Isabela Blancas
Butuan-based social enterprise One Closet successfully held a Valentine’s Bazaar at the Pavilion at Watergate on February 14, 2021. Its aim was to help small entrepreneurs bounce back from the COVID fallout. It was a continuation of its Christmas Online Bazaar in December 2020.
The Valentine’s Bazaar was participated in by 26 small entrepreneurs. Of the 26, 16 merchants reported P112,316 in actual and booked sales. The estimate for total sales is P123,316 for all merchants. They thanked the organizers for the promotion that they got and many of them continue to sell their items online.
D’Gift Association, headed by Cez Lamayon and assisted by DTI Agusan del Norte, launched their bags at the Valentine’s Trunk Show. Their bags are handcrafted by former persons deprived of liberty who have been reintegrated into mainstream society.
Also part of the trunk show were Kaizen Enterprises of Gina Bagasbas, assisted by DTI Agusan del Norte, and Binuhat Arts and Crafts of Lynn Sheryl Reasol, assisted by DTI Dinagat Islands.
Ready-to-wear dresses were featured too from the best of Mindanao– fashion enterprise One Closet of Butuan, and leading fashion designers Melvin Lachica of Cagayan de Oro and Edgar Buyan of Davao. Buyan is from Caraga, a Butuanon.
Butuan-based performing artist groups Hugis Dance Project and Ka Bandera were also given a venue to showcase their talent.
Aside from DTI, other sponsors were Globe myBusiness, Rotary Clubs Area 3I and 3J and Butuan City Trade, Industry and Investment Promotion Office.