Home Buddies, an esteemed group of Filipino home enthusiasts, celebrates its third anniversary with a bazaar event featuring established and budding local brands in the field of home improvement, décor, and design.
Aptly titled Home Buddies Bazaar, the event makes room for a carefully curated selection of furniture must-haves, household finds, and decoration pieces that bear the online community’s mantra of budget-friendly shopping with style.
“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.”
The one-day event will take place at the activity center of the Ayala Malls Manila Bay in Pasay City on October 1, 2023. Aside from its extensive roster of home improvement merchants and booths, the maiden edition of Home Buddies Bazaar will have on-stage segments, games, activities, and performances, with alt-rock icons Barbie Almalbis and Sandwich as headliners, as well as newcomers I See Bees, New York Heights, Raven and the Papis and Sofia Carpizo.
Home Buddies Bazaar is co-presented by PLDT Home, Tough Mama, and Ayala Malls, and supported by its partners GNN Entertainment Productions, the 210.ph, MStudio, NYMA, UAP and PICE. Special thanks to its sponsors: FWD, Davies Paints, Tinybuds, Samgyupsalamat, Omni Electrical and Lighting, CW Home Depot, 3D Appliances, Bostik, and the rest of their generous brand buddies.
Thie event is hosted by Eryka Lucas, Kevin Montillano, Coco Cordero and Frances Cabatuando.