Shopping and helping out in times of a pandemic is one of the things that is worth doing during the quarantine season in Manila. Shop for a cause at the first Virtual Metro Community Bazaar beginning July 6 until July 31, 2020. In celebration of National Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Month, the virtual bazaar is organized by Metro Retail Stores Group Inc. (MRSGI) with Vicsal Foundation Inc. (VFI).
“Family is at the core of everything we do at Metro, and the current health situation has shown us how strong this familial foundation is. We are grateful for our Metro family, because they ensure that our local communities receive support during these challenging times,” said Frank Gaisano, MRSGI Chairman and CEO. “Through the First Virtual Metro Community Bazaar, we invite our shoppers to take part in this continuing cycle of malasakit by supporting CSR brands that help uplift fellow Filipinos.”
Shoppers can flock to the First Virtual Metro Community Bazaar site and The Metro Stores page on Facebook for various stores offering goods and activities for those looking for ways online to shop and keep busy during the lockdown.
You can shop for gourmet food products by Caritas Margin and Moringa Tea from GreenEarth Foundation. It also showcases Caritas Manila’s micro-entrepreneurs’ products and Caritas Segunda Mana, an old clothes donations program.
Foodies can buy delectable meals from MDF Diet2Go; Bukidnon’s adlai rice by Kiboa Ridge Farms and snacks from SeaKid. Shoppers can buy fresh produce from MAD Market and Blessed Earth Farm.
Suisse Cottage is teaching baking-for-livelihood learning sessions. While sustainable lifestyle products from Coca Cola’s Women Artisans of Tondo and local brands Bambuhay, Likha Lokal, and Wow Carmen Handicraft are also available.
Metro partnered with foundations and groups such as COVID Manila Project, Bahay ng Diyos Foundation, DSWD Haven for the Elderly, and Habitat for Humanity; The Philippine Red Cross, St. Arnold Janssen Kalinga Center, 8 Movements and Daloy Dance Company, REX Book Store and the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology.
Metro’s online bazaar 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.