Metro Retail Stores Launches First-Ever Virtual Community Bazaar This July
In celebration of National Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Month, Metro Retail Stores Group, Inc. (MRSGI) partnered with Vicsal Foundation Inc. (VFI) to bring the first-ever shop-for-a-cause virtual bazaar titled Virtual Metro Community Bazaar happening on July 6 to 31, 2020.
With the theme “We Rise as One Metro Family”, the activity is part of the ongoing efforts of MRSGI and VFI to extend care to vulnerable communities across the Philippines.
A bevy of food selections and lifestyle merchandise from select social enterprise brands, fun learning activities, and live Metro Community Talks featuring MRSGI’s CSR partners will be available via the First Virtual Metro Community Bazaar site at metroretail.com.ph/bazaar, and The Metro Stores Facebook page.
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Gourmet food products by Caritas Margins, a program that provides skills and entrepreneurship training to marginalized sectors, and Moringa Tea from GreenEarth Foundation are up for grabs at the bazaar.
Foodies will also enjoy healthy and portion-controlled meals from MDF Diet2Go, Bukidnon’s adlai rice from Kiboa Ridge Farms, and tasty snacks from SeaKid. Virtual shoppers can also avail of fresh produce from MAD Market and Blessed Earth Farm.
Food products from Caritas Margins
Aside from shopping for food products, Metro’s own Suisse Cottage is opening its doors to teach baking-for-livelihood learning sessions with Metro’s easy-to-bake recipes that enable participants to create their own batches of goodies.
Sustainable lifestyle products from Coca Cola’s Women Artisans of Tondo and local brands Bambuhay, Likha Lokal, and Wow Carmen Handicraft are also available.
Likha Lokal creates uniquely-designed bags and multi-purpose organizers from flour bags and scrap materials.
“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,” MRSGI Chairman and CEO Frank Gaisano said. “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.”
The event’s featured organizations include Caritas Manila, a church-based social enterprise that markets micro-entrepreneurs’ products, and Caritas Segunda Mana, a donations-in-kind program.
Also participating are humanitarian organizations 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, dance and performing arts companies 8 Movements and Daloy Dance Company, education publisher REX Book Store, Inc., and the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology.
The Virtual Metro Community 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.
This is a press release. Edits were made prior to publishing.
Images courtesy of Metro Retail Stores Group, Inc.