By Rtn Myrna Valle
Blazing ahead in the Rotary Year 2014-2015, the Rotary Club of Sta. Rosa Centro is indeed lighting up Rotary with their latest project, a one of a kind Christmas Bazaar entitled My FAIR Centro held on December 12 to 14, 2014 at Solenad 2, Sta. Rosa City.
True to their roots, the Centro ladies highlighted the authentic cuisine of Sta Rosa City by dedicating a booth for the products of Baraka of Sta Rosa City, like Mache, Atole, Bok’s Ice Cream, Longganisa ni Aling Esa, Okoy ni Aling Nene, and many more yummy delicacies. The Baraka booth became the superstar of the bazaar, bringing in the people eager to try out the delicious treats that they could only normally buy from the Sta. Rosa market and only in the morning.
The club also put up a White Elephant booth, selling various pre-loved items of the Centro ladies. From bags to shoes to perfumes to knick knacks in the house, the White Elephant booth also generated a lot of curious interest from the crowd, who took time to look at each item, finding treasure in what were just white elephant items for the donors. Proceeds from this booth will go to the club’s funds intended for civic projects.
Various bazaristas, hailing from here and there graced the bazaar. Amber Lights Laguna and Davao’s Straw Bags brought in unique products that customers lost no time in grabbing. Lucky Maria’s handicrafts of Paete and Lilio Elite Footwear of Liliw, both from Laguna, gave that native touch that everybody loved. There was a booth offering organic vegetables, shawarma, lechon belly and “street food”; on the other hand there were also booths manned by Isuzu San Pablo and BPI Nuvali. Republiq of Asia and Kath’s Handicrafts, businesses of Centro ladies Rtn Pinky Belizario and Rtn Michelle Baldemor respectively, were also crowd drawers in the event.
Best Class President Arlene Arcillas, who spearheaded the event, checked on the Centro booths as well as the other bazaristas on the opening day of My FAIR Centro Christmas bazaar. “I am very pleased with this project, not only because it will help our club generate funds, but also because it served as a venue for us to promote the Baraka of Sta. Rosa, thus helping the livelihood of our fellow Rosanians”, BcP Arlene enthused.
Fellow Rotarians visited My FAIR Centro to do some Christmas shopping and give support to the club. RID 3820’s PDG Kit Redentar, PDG Rey Castillo and PDG Chito Recto were all impressed with the project as well as the items for sale at My FAIR Centro Christmas Bazaar. Equally impressed were visiting PDG’s from RID 3810, PDG Connie Beltran and PDG Oskie de Venecia.
PDG Chit Lijauco commended the MFC Committee for a job well done, saying that this will definitely be the first of many My FAIR Centro bazaars.