Nadj Villaver | PinoyTrekker

33 days to go before Christmas! Have you finished shopping gifts for your loved ones? If you haven’t completed your checklist yet, going to bazaars is the answer. Noel Bazaar, a charity bazaar organized by GMA Network, has opened on November 18, 2016 at the World Trade Center Manila. The country’s most anticipated Christmas bazaar is initially for the benefit of GMA Kapuso Foundation and this year GMA Network added two more beneficiaries: Gifts and Graces Fair Trade Foundation and Bantayog ng mga Bayani Foundation.

Now, the questions is “to go or not to go to Noel Bazaar 2016?” From a first time visitor like me, here’s what I can say about the bazaar:

Entrance Fee

The entrance fee is fairly affordable. For only 50 pesos you get a whole-day pass inside Noel Bazaar. And just yesterday, they’ve announced that admission is FREE on Nov. 21-23 & Nov. 28-29!

Hundreds of Merchants

Whether you’re looking for gift for kids or for adults, for girls or boys, Noel Bazaar has gathered hundreds of merchants in one place. You’ll have various choices of apparels, perfume, shoes, bags, home accessories and toys. There are also booths that sell Christmas decors. Though the booths weren’t arranged by the type of items their selling, except from the food stalls in front, you’ll surely won’t get lost inside the big hall of World Trade Center.


Most of the items range from 250 up, pretty much the same price when you go to Divisoria or Greenhills. But you can also buy some items for as low as php 50 (toys and other accessories) and 100 (apparels).

Foot Traffic

Not as heavy as the ones we experience in Divisoria or Greenhills, but I guess it will still depend on the day and time you visit the bazaar. We visited last Sunday afternoon, and definitely there were lots of people but foot traffic is still manageable.

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What makes shopping less hassle in Noel Bazaar is you get to buy affordable items with the price like of those from Divisoria, but you’re located in a more secured place. No bystanders running around the streets. Though, of course, you should be mindful of your belongings all the time.

New Shops

Aside from affordable items, you’ll discover new finds in Noel Bazaar 2016. Two products who just made their debut in the bazaar were Dapper Watch Manila, original Filipino designed and crafted watches (for only Php 599) and The Maya Brand, homemade natural soaps with variety of Green Tea, Strawberry Milkshake and Cereal Milk Bar (for only Php 145 each).

Celebrity Auction

Every year Noel Bazaar has different celebrity ambassadors for the much anticipated GMA Celebirty Ukay-ukay. And this year’s ambassadors were Bianca Umali, Miguel Tanfelix, Gabbi Garcia and Ruru Madrid. Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza also participated by auctioning some of their loved apparels. Though I wasn’t able to take a look at this section, it’s good to know that celebrities are willing to let go and sell some of their expensive belongings and give the profit for charitable institutions.

Food Trip

And finally, after a long day of shopping, Noel Bazaar 2016 also offers shoppers an exclusive food trip experience. Whether you’re craving for rice meals, sausages, pasta, or other menu, lots of food stalls are awaiting for you inside the hall.

Noel Bazaar 2016 will be in World Trade until the 30th so you can still do your shopping over the weekend. But in case you’ll miss the bazaar until next week, they’ll be in Filinvest Alabang on December 2-4 and SMX Convention Center on December 15-18. If got no time anymore to visit and keep pace with the Christmas rush in Divisoria, Noel Bazaar 2016 is the shopping place to go.

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Photos by Jeremiel Agustin