Cebu Monthly Flea Market pushes for wasteless movement

Text & Photos by Nicolo Nasol

“We are not to throw away those things which can benefit our neighbor. Goods are called good because they can be used for good: they are instruments for good, in the hands of those who use them properly.” — Clement of Alexandria (150?–220?)

A duet from Ukelele Cebu serenades buyers at the Cebu Monthly Flea Market
A duet from Ukelele Cebu serenades buyers at the Cebu Monthly Flea Market

CREATED by Diana Quartin, the #Wasteless: Cebu Monthly Flea Market aims to make “a better Cebu where things don’t get wasted” and, instead, get passed on to other people’s hands.” Now approaching its third month — the first one held last March 19, the second one last April 19, and the most recent last May 15, all at Handuraw Pizza Gorordo — the event continues to promote the “wasteless movement” and sets a trend being the first and only monthly flea market in the city.

A buyer checks out a scarf from Gama Hand Crafts
A buyer checks out a scarf from Gama Hand Crafts
Bikinis at a bargain
Bikinis at a bargain

Inexpensive items and secondhand articles such as shoes, clothes, DVDs, accessories, handmade items, scarves, kimono tops, palazzo pants, wristband flash drives, cameras, a washing machine, deodorants, swimwear, board shorts, kitchen supplies, PCs and PC parts, books, magazines, and crochet items were sold at the flea market. Local arts and crafts entrepreneurs like Gama Hand Crafts and Lilila Primitive Art also participated and sold their items.

Accessories from Lilila Primitive Art
Accessories from Lilila Primitive Art
Malot Aznar’s books in a hurry
Malot Aznar’s books in a hurry

Ten percent of the sales will go to the elected foundation of the month: on the first month, it went to Pandoo Foundation, an NGO that funds and leads outreach efforts in Southeast Asia (also tied with Pandoo Nation, an innovative online game world for kids), and on the second month, it went to EN/Ability’s building of the rehabilitation village for children with special needs in Borbon. EN/Ability is an organization whose “purpose is to develop sustainable and cost-effective programs to provide early detection and intervention for underserved children in Cebu Province who are at developmental risk, and to empower families in the care of their children with developmental delays.”

Cards and birds
Cards and birds
Dreamcatchers and bracelets
Dreamcatchers and bracelets

During the event, Angel Briones, vice president of the EN/Ability Project, gave a brief lecture on occupational, physical, and speech therapy. She also lectured on how to do an assessment for kids with special needs and on giving home exercise programs for them. Doogie Pagaduan followed up with a lecture on the dangerous effects of plastic and on how to make a cleaner and greener Cebu by reducing plastic usage.

Cebu Monthly Flea Market at Handuraw Pizza  Gorordo
Cebu Monthly Flea Market at Handuraw Pizza Gorordo

Last month’s flea market was open from noon until evening, and all throughout the event, a duet from Ukelele Cebu charmed the buyers with their serenades. With food, pizzas, drinks, music, and affordable, beautiful stuff all in one place, the event is also perfect for a weekend recreation with family and friends. And to those who are interested in joining the event, you can visit their Facebook page, Cebu’s Monthly Fleamarket, for updates.

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