The Circus Arrives at Ember: A Summer Bazaar 2018

Written by Nathan Myles Lim            and            Edited by Joel Lim

Photo Header by JA Chua

Ember: A Summer Bazaar 2018 blazed on from March 17-18, 2018 at the Ayala Malls Fairview Terrace Central Garden. True to this year’s circus theme, this year’s Ember had games, performances and giveaways alongside the multiple bazaar concessionaires to keep along with its theme of chilling in the summer vibes.

As for the concessionaires, they were nothing short of diverse, ranging from foods such as roasted chicken (Chic n’ Honey) to quirky socks (Sassy Feet PH) to warming coffee, locally made by Sitio Cold Brew. You can check out the full list of concessionaires here!

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The bazaar did stop with these concessionaires, of course. It also had games and performers along with it. On the first day, after the acknowledgments and opening remarks, came a mix of games played onstage and games played in the booths. First was the “Jelly-vit Stacking”, which was done onstage. In the meantime, booth games continued in the sidelines, such as “Shoot the Ball”, a variation of Beer Pong, and Ring Toss. Following “Jelly-vit Stacking” were demos and a workshop handled by Faber-Castell. The second game to be done onstage was “Black Beauty”. The “Crunchers Competition” and a game of Musical Chairs, was the last game of the day.

Next up were the performers. The first band to perform was KYRA, a group under Viva Entertainment, who has performed in past events and mall shows such as opening for Alden Richards. Following them were the bands 3:27, a group of friends consisting of college students; 31st Avenue, a band consisting of University of the Philippines students; and finally BPM — a band composed of senior high students from Jubilee Christian Academy who recently won Season 1 of the MandoPop Band Festival.

On the second day, the Crunchers Competition and the Jelly-vit Stacking activities started the day. Faber-Castell demos and mini-workshops continued on the side. All these were followed by Black Beauty and then Crunchers Competition again.

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Opening the second night was the duo of Joshe Tiu and Marc Co. Joshe Tiu is a multi-instrumentalist who plays the saxophone and is a third-year Management major. Marc Co is a guitarist from DLSU and was also a concessionaire in the bazaar. Following them was singer Elaine Chua, a third-year Management major. Closing the night was a song and dance number from Janelle Sy, a 1st-year Management Engineering student and lead singer of Acoustic Tempest.

“Ember has meant a lot to me since I was a freshman,” says Jevin Hung, one of the project heads of this year’s Ember. “I hope that in the future, other project heads may treat events such as this with equal care and love.”

“Seeing the smiling faces of everybody after a long two-day bazaar is something that I always look forward to after all the preparation and the sacrifices for Ember,” reflects co-manager Kate Barcela. “And that is when you know something is worthwhile.”

All in all, this year’s Ember was a great success. Everything went smoothly and just as hoped for, with each customer going home happy with a bag of their purchases which ranged from blankets to stainless steel straws and many games and performers to entertain the customers. Look forward to more of Celadon’s bazaars next year with more surprises and activities in store!

For more information, check out Ember Summer Bazaar’s official Facebook page!

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