The biggest Christmas market in the south of Manila, the annual St. James Bazaar has become an annual prime shopping event.
From Nov. 24 to 27, more than 500 concessionaires will gather under huge tents at the St. James Parking Lot and at the Cuenca Community Center, Ayala Alabang Village.
Manufacturers, exporters and artisans from various regions offer Christmas accessories, home décor, local and imported fashion accessories, jewelry, export overruns, artworks, natural personal care products.
The hungry will stroll to the Food Pavilion which is participated in by such popular food outlets as Amici, Barrio Fiesta, Brothers Burger, Army Navy, Ineng’s Special Bbq, Ellies Roasted Calf, H-Cuisine, Odd Balls, Cheesesteak Shop, Pastor’s Pub, Saibachi, Potato Corner, to name a few.
Then there are the diet-busting homemade gourmet delicacies for gift giving, to organic produce and exotic fruits.
The bazaar is enlivened with other activities such as games and raffles where major prizes will be given away everyday.
Unlike other bazaars wherein customers pay cash, St. James makes it easy for customers to pay with Mastercard and Visa or withdraw cash from the UCPB Mobile ATM and other ATMs .
Free shuttle service will be provided from the bazaar venue to the parking area.
The Bazaar Committee is composed of chairpersons Mimi Valerio and daughter Nikki Valerio; St. James Foundation president Manny Gonzales; parish priest Msgr. Allen Aganon, Edza Gonzales and Titang Montinola.
All the revenues from this four-day bazaar will be for the benefit of the St. James Parish Foundation, Inc., a supporting organization whose purpose has been to build the community parish church and its supporting structure.
St. James Bazaar was established in 1991 to raise money to build St. James the Great Parish Church in Ayala Alabang Village, whose architecture was inspired by the grand churches in Europe.
The project was completed in 1995. Over the years, the income from bazaar has allowed the foundation to acquire the St. James Parking Lot on Cuenca Street corner Nasugbu, one of the bazaar venues. The earnings also funded the air-conditioning system of the main church and the construction of the St James Parish Rectory Annex for the parish priest and the church’s employees’ quarters.
St. James Bazaar is supported by Purefoods Hotdogs, Petron, Tent World, Bibingkinitan, AC Corporation, Diamond Rent a Car, Buenaflor Insurance, Pronto Auto Services and Play & Display. Pepsi is the official drink.