Last weekend, I went to the Cultural Center of the Philippines Complex to check the event, "For Art's Sake"---a market by artists to test their entrepreneurial skills!
One-of-a-kind products from paintings, ceramics, folk art, jewelries and even recycled clothes/books were on sale.
The booth of ballet dancer Lisa Macuja was a big hit with crowd. She was selling old family stuff---toys, clothes, cheap books with prices ranging from P20-P100 (less than US$2). She also gave away a new Iphone as a raffle prize for her "customers."
Some products were for export and can only be found in the Artist Market like the beautiful ceramic vases and some mango bites goodies.
According to theater director Cris Millado who manned the ceramic booth, these vases are sold at Potterybarn---one of my favorite stores in the US! He said we can never see these decorative artworks in the local market. And because of his brother Calvin's sales talk, got one vase for my living room!
The market also featured unique food specialties like barako coffee, tahong and kalabasa chips (really delicious). While shopping, an ethnic band performed to entertain the buying crowd.
These hand-crafted drums are sold at P5000 (US $ 100), made by the performers above.
The Artist Market was held for only one day but the good thing about it is talents/products were uniquely discovered that eventful Saturday!