An event featuring known and emerging local firms in the fields of home improvement, décor, and design will be held as part of Home Buddies’ third anniversary celebration. house Buddies is a prestigious association of Filipino house aficionados.
The event, aptly named Home Buddies Bazaar, offers a carefully curated collection of furniture essentials, home goods, and decorative accents that embody the online community’s motto of cost-effective shopping with flair.
“It’s the first independent event that we’re doing, so we have no limits,” shares founder Frances Lim Cabatuando, prominently known as ‘Mayora’ to HB’s cult-like following on social media. “We’re bringing in amazing home brands, starting with our co-presenters Tough Mama, PLDT Home and Ayala Malls Manila Bay. We’re also bringing the biggest home professional organizations like United Architects of the Philippines (UAP) and Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers (PICE) for free home consultations for our kapitbahays!”
Bringing Pinterest-inspired ideas to life with specialized booths and shops, Home Buddies Bazaar houses more than 30 home and living merchants that will surely unleash everyone’s inner budol. It also doubles as the first official “grand eyeball” of the growing online community, with more than 3.2 million followers on Facebook to date.
Mayora explains, “We just want to celebrate the community and allow its members to meet up in person since it’s now safer to do so. I’m sure one way or another, we’ve all affected each other’s lives. And we just want to make them realize that the online group isn’t just a Facebook group; it’s a real, thriving community that helps Filipinos improve their homes.”
On October 1, 2023, the one-day event will take place at the Ayala Malls Manila Bay’s activity center in Pasay City. The inaugural Home Buddies Bazaar will feature on-stage segments, games, activities, and performances in addition to its extensive list of home improvement vendors and booths. Headliners include alt-rock legends Barbie Almalbis and Sandwich, as well as up-and-comers I See Bees, New York Heights, Raven and the Papis, and Sofia Carpizo.
Home Buddies Bazaar is backed by its partners GNN Entertainment Productions, the 210.ph, MStudio, NYMA, UAP, and PICE. It is co-presented by PLDT Home, Tough Mama, and Ayala Malls. We would like to extend our sincere gratitude to the event’s sponsors, FWD, Davies Paints, Tinybuds, Samgyupsalamat, Omni Electrical and Lighting, CW Home Depot, 3D Appliances, Bostik, and the rest of their kind brand allies.
Eryka Lucas, Kevin Montillano, Coco Cordero, and Frances Cabatuando serve as the event’s hosts.