By: Elena Grace Flores
Bongbong Marcos said that agricultural produce, processed foods, and native accessories are among the Ilocano products that can be found at the Ilocos Bazaar. These are the true wealth of the area. Such activities and partnerships under the initiative of Governor Imee Marcos are a great help for the SMEs’ to profit. Most of all, they are also helpful in the development of business linkages.z
YouTube video by Bongbong Marcos
[VIDEO]:If you plan to buy gifts for Christmas, support your fellow Filipinos! We hold this bazaar to help Ilocanos, but there are many other locally-made goods that you can support this season.
Secret Wealth in a Bazaar
Every year we hold a “secret bazaar” and bring Ilocano products to Manila. It’s a great opportunity for our local weavers, empanada makers and other Ilocano entrepreneurs to gain exposure and additional income, Marcos said.
Another Christmas activity for Marcos outside of Ilocos is the Medical Mission and Gift-Giving program for the year. The activities were held for the benefit of the residents of District 5 in Manila last Saturday. Apart from the free medical assistance, their donors and partners generously provided raffle prizes for the beneficiaries. Despite the occasional drizzle of rain, people stayed on and we all went home happy with Christmas joy. The celebration was heartfelt and it remains in the hearts of the givers and receivers as well.
Christmas is for Children
Christmas is really for children, according to Marcos. One of the best, most joyous parts of Christmas is giving underprivileged children a day of Christmas fun and games and gift-giving, he said. And what better way to start this season of joy than by having my son Simon join me in a gift-giving activity organized by the Rotary Club of Bagumbayan-Manila at the Children’s Playground in Luneta. Hundreds of children from Manila City were treated to a stellar cultural dance number from an Argentine dance troupe. Magic tricks were also performed by clown magicians. There laughter and shouts from little children enjoying themselves are very heartwarming for the Marcoses.
Marcos’ Soft Side
The soft side of Marcos comes out when he and his son, Simon got to be sorbeteros for a day. They serve the delectable Filipino treat to the children. The kids had their fill of popcorn and snow cones as well. What’s more, each attendee received gifts which they could use in their studies. Seeing a child’s face light up in amazement is truly one of life’s simple and greatest joys for the Marcoses.
The controversies surrounding the Marcoses revolve around their alleged hidden wealth. In fact, there are legal documents that prove they are not actually hidden. They are in a secure place that no thieves can put their hands on. This is why those detractors keep on accusing them of stealing their own money. Thanks to the brilliance of their patriarch.