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Fair Trade NGO Holds Trade Festival To Celebrate Mothers

Community Crafts Association of the Philippines, Inc. (CCAP), in partnership with U.P. Town Center, will hold a two-day trade festival entitled, Lokalakalan 2018: Kabuhayan, Kababaihan, Kalikasan, A Fair Trade and Social Enterprise Festival to Celebrate Women on May 12 and 13 at U.P. Town Center Activity Center C. This is in celebration of the World Fair Trade Day on May 12 and Mother’s Day on May 13.

Lokalakalan 2018: Kabuhayan, Kababaihan, Kalikasan

“CCAP remains committed to our mission of strengthening women’s contribution to our society particularly in relation to community-based enterprises,” says CCAP Executive Director Voltaire P. Alferez. ”These women, mostly mothers, are providers for their families and still continue to be caring wives and doting mothers; and, we want to honor them through the showcase of their products.”

The trade festival will feature locally-made handicrafts and food products from several Fair Trade and Social Enterprises in the country. 

Local musicians such as MYMP, Shirebound and Busking, Mga indie buskeros ng Maynila, and U.P. ethnic dance and music ensemble, Kontemporaryong Gamelan Pilipino (Kontra-GaPi), along with actress turned social media influencer, Ms. Maricel Laxa-Pangilinan, is set to provide music, talk, and entertainment for the two-day affair. There will also be handicraft-making workshops from a partner artisan of CCAP.

Since its inception in 1973, CCAP has promoted Fair Trade to improve the quality of lives of handicraft artisans, especially the marginalized artisans, many of whom are women.

Fair Trade is a social movement to promote fairness in trading by ensuring that artisans are paid 
fairly and that their rights are respected.

“Aside from honoring women, this festival is in response to the growing call of going local, an ethical lifestyle trend that seeks to ensure that consumption is sourced directly from the producers”. Mr. Alferez stated. “We hope that everyone would come and check out the products and support these community-based enterprises”.

For more updates and information about the event, follow @ccapLokalakalan2018 on Facebook or send an email to Jom Cueto at You can also call CCAP at 712-2160 and 712-2169, local 114.

About Community Crafts Association of the Philippines:
Community Crafts Association of the Philippines (CCAP) was formally organized in 1973 as a non-profit community development organization that connects marginalized handicraft groups with the market following the principles of Fair Trade. Currently, CCAP works with twenty-six (26) community-based producer groups employing more than nine hundred (900) artisans nationwide. CCAP provides support and capacity-building from resource management to product design, from product development and production to market development. CCAP works closely with its subsidiary, CCAP Fairtrade for Development, Inc. (CCAP Fairtrade) for sales and marketing of the products to Fair Trade and commercial buyers.

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