Last week all roads lead to the shopping mecca of Makati : Glorietta for the annual Negros Trade Fair.
It has always been a tradition. Each year during the month of September members of the Association of Negros Producers gather for a week long fair, sales blitz tourism promotions and food fair.
The trade fair, now pn its 32nd edition is said to be the longest running provincial trade event in Metro Manila. This is also host to a number of unofficial reunions among negrenses and bacoleños at heart.
The food fair which has always been the highlight of the fair is always a big hit among the Makati denizens. Big winners are the lumpia and guapple pie from El Ideal, as well as kansi KBL linugaw laswa Valenciana from Inasalan sa Dalan. There seems to be no shortage of piaya as each food stall offers their own version hot off the gridle.
The other side of Glorietta is mostly for handicrafts. Ezport quality trinkets are all found here. Usually made from a seemingly useless trash like banana trunk bak. Ipil ipil leaves cracked egg shells it truly shows the Negrense creativity.
It was Masskara night when I went to the fair. Of course I was so glad to be reunited with my fellow Masskara dancers.
During the event Visit Bacolod 2018 program was also launched. No less than the city mayor of Bacolod Mayor Bing Leonardia leads the event
It was one happy week in Makati. Fora while you forget your worries and simply enjoy the home cooked goodness of Negrense cooking
Til next year. Kitaay naman ta liwat!