Friday, October 26, 2018

Responding to popular public demand, the Department of Trade and Industry through the Bureau of Domestic Trade Promotion (DTI-BDTP) and the DTI Regional and Provincial Offices, with support from Senator Loren Legarda, is mounting the 2nd Edition of the 2018 Sikat Pinoy National Arts and Crafts Fair from October 25 to 28, at the Megatrade Halls of SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City. More than 30,000 visitors attended the 1st Edition of the Sikat Pinoy National Arts and Crafts Fair last June 2018, giving massive exposure to exhibitors.

Here are some things you can look forward to at this four-day celebration of our traditional crafts, cultural heritage, and creative talent:

Hand-woven Textile Showcase and Applications. A special setting to promote and popularize the different hand-woven textiles from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao with fashion lines applications.

Slow Fashion themed set-up by the Design Center of the Philippines. Slow fashion is a movement that advocates principles of good quality, clean environment, and fairness for both consumers and producers. Developing a garment with a cultural and emotional connection is also pertinent to the purpose behind slow fashion, a principle that can be directly linked to local and indigenous Philippine textiles.

School of Living Traditions (SLTs). A flagship project of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), an SLT is a community-managed and non-formal learning center where cultural masters transmit their knowledge of arts, crafts, and practices to the next generation. Twelve Schools of Living Traditions (SLTs) and Escuela Taller de Filipinas Foundation Inc. bring you local products, co-created with Design Center of the Philippines, to appeal to your sense and style, deepening your pride of place and people. Find value in the work-of-hands through cultural community stories that take you back to the origins of art and its makers.

Hibla’t Habi. Philippine Fiber Display, Processing and Abaca Hand-weaving Demonstration by the Philippine Fiber Industry Development Authority (PhilFIDA) and Loom Weaving Demonstration by the Philippine Textile Research Institute (PTRI).

Balat Kayo! A DIY Leathercrafts Workshop by HHS Leather Goods Enterprises. Make your own leather products with the help of differently-abled workers from Handcrafted by Harl’s. Founded by Harley Dave Beltran, this social enterprise provides gainful employment to persons with disabilities.

Kapetirya (Philippine Coffee Pavilion). A coffee pavilion will offer choice coffee and local blends from all over the country to acquaint you with the distinct taste and flavor of coffee beans from the regions.


It was really a great experience to witness the opening of this event and be inspired by the people behind this awesome products. 

While roaming around Megatrade Halls, I was able to see people that were doing the crafts at that very moment. 

And my favorite one...

This woman behind me educated that the one I was wearing is a known headdress of their princess. She was very approachable. This fair does not only show me products made from the Philippines, but also let me know the story behind those products. 

I will definitely be happy to attend more fairs in the future, always worth my time! 


Products from All 17 Regions

The 2018 Sikat Pinoy National Arts and Crafts Fair - 2nd Edition is once again national in scope, with exhibitors coming from all 17 regions including ARMM. These include 250 micro, small and medium enterprise (MSME) manufacturers of heritage products such as hand-woven textiles, fashion
accessories, home furnishings, and heirloom food.

The four-day retail and order-taking event is organized by the Department of Trade and Industry through the Bureau of Domestic Trade Promotion (DTI-BDTP) and the DTI Regional and Provincial Offices, with support from Senator Loren Legarda. Many of the 250 featured MSMEs are beneficiaries of Senator Legarda’s various developmental projects aimed at preserving Philippine culture and traditions. Fair hours are from 10:00AM to 9:00PM daily. Admission is free.

For more information, please contact the DTI-Bureau of Domestic Trade Promotion by addressing your email to or call phone numbers +632 751.3223 and 751.3228. Please follow SikatPinoyFairs on Facebook and other social media for regular updates.

Friday, October 5, 2018

I am an honest avid fan of chicken cuisines and I am so happy to finally announce that I found the place that offers the best chicken dishes in Pampanga Town.

BES House of Chicken is a newly established food place in Apalit, Pampanga that focuses on chicken foods. They offer several dishes that will definitely give you the reason to keep coming back. 

To show you what I am talking about, here's the menu where you can choose from:

1. Quarter Inasal Meal: P100.00

Partnered with rice and mouth-watering sauces, you will definitely enjoy the meal.

 Secret Sauce and the normal soy sauce with onion.

2. House Blend & Spaghetti Meal: P100.00

Topped with grated cheese, you will love the combination of the pasta and the chicken in this affordable meal.

3. Herb Roasted Half: P149.00 (P239.00 for whole)
Of all the dishes, this one is my favorite! From the chicken skin to the inner flesh, I tasted the secret spices and marinate that is better than any other roasted chicken I  have ever tasted. No doubt, this is their best seller.

4. Variation of Chicken Wings: (P159.00/plate)

Lemon Pepper Meal

Sweet Chili Wings Meal
Buffalo Wings Meal

Teriyaki Wings
The ambiance of the place is also really good and it will let you feel eating at home, making your bonding time with friends and family over food a great moment to remember.

I heard that people are really into this new place and I suggest to go there as soon as it opens (9 AM) as people go there around lunch time and seats are fast occupied. Make sure to not miss the chance to taste their dishes and add it to your food bucket list now! 

To get there:

From Malolos: 

1. Ride a Jeepney en route to Apalit and ask the driver to drop you off Save More Apalit. (P21.00 Jeepney Fare)
2. Ride a Jeepney and ask to be dropped off in Shell Gas Station.(P8.00 Jepeney Fare)
3. It is beside Shell Station.

From Trinoma:
1. Ride a UV en route to Apalit  and ask the driver to drop you off Save More Apalit. (Around P80.00)
2. Ride a Jeepney and ask to be dropped off in Shell Gas Station.(P8.00 Jepeney Fare)
3. It is beside Shell Station.

To reach them:

To add it for you, I heard that Wish 107.5 has successfully partnered up with this food place so that Wishers can redeem their Wish Card from Monday to Friday, 9AM - 11AM, 1PM - 4PM, 8PM - 10PM. You can message to know about this awesome rewards program!