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Online shopping for a cause at Metro

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A wide range of food selections and lifestyle merchandise from selected social enterprise brands are available online at the first Virtual Metro Community Bazaar.

The bazaar, which is being held by Metro Retail Stores Group, Inc. (MRSGI) in partnership with Vicsal Foundation Inc. (VFI), may be accessed at and The Metro Stores page on Facebook from July 6 to 31, 2020.

The event, which carries the theme “We Rise as One Metro Family”, is in celebration of the National Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Month.

“Family is at the core of everything we do at Metro, and the current health situation has shown us how strong this familial foundation is. We are grateful for our Metro family, because they ensure that our local communities receive support during these challenging times,” Frank Gaisano, MRSGI chairman and CEO, said in a statement.

“Through the First Virtual Metro Community Bazaar, we invite our shoppers to take part in this continuing cycle of malasakit by supporting CSR brands that help uplift fellow Filipinos,” he added.

Up for grabs are gourmet food products created by Caritas Margins, a program that provides skills and entrepreneurship training to marginalized sectors; as well as Moringa Tea from GreenEarth Foundation. Featured organizations include Caritas Manila, a church-based social enterprise that markets micro-entrepreneurs’ products; and Caritas Segunda Mana, a donations-in-kind program.

Foodies will enjoy healthy and portion-controlled meals from MDF Diet2Go; Bukidnon’s adlai rice from Kiboa Ridge Farms; and tasty snacks from SeaKid. Shoppers can also avail of fresh produce from MAD Market and Blessed Earth Farm.

Sustainable lifestyle products from Coca Cola’s Women Artisans of Tondo and local brands Bambuhay, Likha Lokal, and Wow Carmen Handicraft are also available.

Aside from shopping, clients may also take part in baking-for-livelihood learning sessions by Metro’s Suisse Cottage, and listen to live Metro Community Talks featuring MRSGI's CSR partners.

Vicsal Foundation is the non-stock, non-profit private domestic corporation that champions the CSR initiatives of MRSGI owner and operator, Vicsal Development Corporation.

Other participants are humanitarian organizations COVID Manila Project, Bahay ng Diyos Foundation, DSWD Haven for the Elderly, and Habitat for Humanity; Philippine Red Cross, which provides essential health assistance; St. Arnold Janssen Kalinga Center, a community-based program that helps the poor through bathing-clothing-feeding, educational skills, and employment-livelihood initiatives; dance and performing arts companies 8 Movements and Daloy Dance Company, education publisher REX Book Store, Inc. and the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, which facilitates livelihood activities for Persons Deprived of Liberty (PDLs).

The event is supported by the Department of Trade and Industry, the Department of Social Welfare and Development, the Department of Health, and the Department of Interior and Local Government. (Ventures Cebu)

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