MANILA, Philippines – It’s already September which, aside from Jose Mari Chan’s taking over the local airwaves, means that the time for Christmas shopping has begun for all you early birds out there.
Whether you're ticking off items on your Christmas shopping list or looking for a few good impulse buys, these weekend markets, bazaars, and sales are definitely worth hitting up this weekend.
Human Heart Nature’s September Surprise Sale
September 1 to 9
The organic beauty and skin care brand’s September Surprise Sale allows you to get your hands on all their good-for-you goodies for a steal. From discounts on their top products such as the Sunflower Beauty Oil and Mineral Matte Bronzers, to freebies included with select purchases, you can scour their branches to find the perfect gift for your beauty-obssessed friend or loved one.
The Gypseek Atlas
September 8 to 13
Online fashion brand Seek the Uniq is having a “guide shop” at the Power Plant Mall, so shoppers can actually touch or try on the clothes they only ever see online. If you find something you like at the guide shop, you can order and have it shipped for free – an ideal set-up if you want to surprise someone with something special. The guide shop also includes early access to new collections, styling workshops, and special discounts. They’ll also be serving free cocktails – which may just be the icing on this sweet deal.
Manila Sundance Bazaar
September 8 to 21 - Pampanga
September 11 to 14 - Makati
The popular fashion bazaar has been running throughout the year but it's set to become even busier as the holiday season approaches. It’ll happen almost simultaneously in two venues: the MarQuee Mall Pampanga starting on the 8th, and the Glorietta Activity Center in Ayala, Makati starting on the 11th. The bazaar’s tenant selection is a good way to update your wardrobe – or anyone else’s – with the latest trends.
Greenfield Weekend Market
It’s always a fun time at this weekly market, which includes food booths as well as interesting stalls that sell artwork, toys, and collectibles. Best of all, there are live music performances, making it one of the best ways to end a day spent shopping and eating.
Manila International Book Fair
September 13 to 17
It would be impossible not to find a gift for anyone at this event, which will see the huge space that is the SMX Convention Center in Pasay filled with shelves upon shelves of books, stationery, and other bibliophilic paraphernalia. You’re bound to find something for everyone here with stalls that include top local publishers as well as bookstores that carry foreign titles. From children’s books to limited editions of classic novels, the MIBF is a treasure trove for anyone who loves books.