PASAY CITY– As the world slowly opens 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 fantastic food and merchandise.

On Sunday, 12 June 2022, the International Bazaar Foundation, Inc. (IBF) in cooperation with the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) together with the support of SM Mall of Asia, will be hosting SHOP, TASTE & CELEBRATE, IBF’s first bazaar since the pandemic.

Participating countries include Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Cambodia, China, Denmark, France, Indonesia, Japan, Myanmar, New Zealand, Peru, Romania, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Syria, Tanzania, Thailand, Ukraine, and Viet Nam. 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.

Alongside this mini-bazaar, the much-anticipated ASEAN Food Fest organized by the ASEAN Ladies Foundation, Inc. (ALF) will be showcasing signature dishes and various cuisines from the various ASEAN member states. From small plates to big bites, the ASEAN fest will satisfy those who are craving to know more about our cultures, heritage, and of course, good food.

There you can try Brunei Darussalam’s Nasi Pusu with Egg or Cambodia’s favorite breakfast dish, Num Banh Chok Khmer. Indonesia will be highlighting their famous Sate Ayam and Nasi Goreng while Lao PDR will serve their refreshing salad of papaya, chicken, and sticky rice. The food fest will also feature Laksa from Singapore, Bagoong Fried Rice and Shrimp Pad Thai from Thailand, Banh Mi from Viet Nam, two kinds of Malaysia’s Nasi Lemak, and Myanmar’s Mohinga—a rice noodle soup served in a hearty fish-and-shallot-based broth.

From our own shores, the ASEAN Fest will feature unmistakable Filipino specialties, such as Via Mare’s Pancit Luglog, Puto Bungbong, and Bibinka. Ensaymada from Baby Pat Breads and Pastries updated with such flavors as peanut butter chocnut will also be for sale.

Likewise, keep an eye out for 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.

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 among countries.

Source: Republic of Philippines Department Of Foreign Affairs