Yes. Just in case you guys forgot and are delaying your Christmas shopping.
There will be no St. James the Great Christmas Bazaar this year. Or maybe even next year. Or ever again.
We’ll never know.
But for now, due to the clamor of some Ayala Alabang residents for the past several years, one of the most awaited bazaars in the south will not be happening this year.
“The truth of the matter is, with over 500 vendors 4 days a week, the privacy, cleanliness, and security of the village isn’t able to keep up. The field which is meant to be used for community sports activities gets destroyed. The area smells like pee because there are only 2 restrooms available and it’s being used as fitting rooms. The stalls are so close to each other it crowds people and is a fire hazard. There are too many cars and trucks causing traffic for blocks inside the village,” said an Ayala Alabang resident.
In the comments section, the resident said the village was built for use of the residents and not as a commercial space.
“The one who prevented Saint James Bazaar from being held this year weren’t the residents of AAV but the organizers themselves,” the resident added.
As confirmed today by the organizers, the 500 plus concessionaires of the 25 year-old bazaar will not be seen at the Cuence Covered Courts inside Ayala Alabang this year.
The organizers wanted to thank all those who have supported the event in the past years and also warned not to be fooled by people claiming that there will be a St. James the Great Christmas Bazaar this year.
“Yes, we’ve heard about some fake news circulating about the bazaar but we have already informed our past concessionaires,” said the organizers.
Some of the complaints some Ayala Alabang residents made were issues like traffic inside the village as well as security.
So people — rumors that there will be a St. James Bazaar in Filinvest Tent are not true as well.
Let’s move on and just shop in malls and in other bazaars because St. James Christmas Bazaar is no more.