Cubao Expo: The Newest Sunday Market Destination

A new player is joining the Sunday Market scene, and it's a locale that will have most of you sighing with nostalgia: Cubao Expo or Cubao X, the former Marikina Shoe Expo, located at General Romulo Ave., Cubao, Quezon City.

Longtime bazarista and Reading Room owner Sandy Allan Beltran is behind the initiative, and unlike other Sunday Markets that may seem too upscale and stringent, Sundays at Cubao X promises a more inclusive atmosphere.

''I've always done the sell-where-you-can thing since my 20s, and when I opened up The Reading Room (a boutique-cum-soul card-reading shop) five years ago, in Cubao X, the administration there was very open to having events done on the fly,'' she relates. ''The 'latagan' (lay your wares on a mat) concept came about when I realized there was a market for small sellers who needed a venue to sell their whatever-they-had items at a very low price, and it was a huge hit, and in the past two years, the concept has spread like wildfire to almost every other bazaar organizer in the Metro,'' she says.

Cubao X had to put the markets on hold, however, when Ondoy hit and almost all the sellers were affected. ''But now they're slowly coming back, and we welcome them back,'' says property administrator Bujim Aquino.

''I will always try to have more events like this, because there will always be the small-time-seller, the clueless entrepreneur, the struggling single parent or working student or retiree who needs an extra buck or the bored housewife with too much of everything who will want to try selling,'' says Beltran. ''I identify with all of them-who doesn't always need an extra buck at one point or another? What is so beautiful about Cubao X is that it is now identified as a place that inspires and nurtures and welcomes such entrepreneurs. Only good can come out of this, so it will be a good thing to always push through with it,'' she adds.

Known as the go-to place for vintage and novel finds and the famed Bellini's Ristorante, Cubao X is also known for its choice of watering holes and dining places-like Fred's Revolucion, a pub that's gained a strong following among chefs, creatives and personalities who like to keep a low profile; and PenPen's, the fusion Filipino place owned by actor Ping Medina. It's a destination for ''everyone on every budget level,'' says Beltran.

''Cubao X is a free-flowing place. We have the thrift shops where cool finds can be had starting at P5 to P5,000! We have art galleries where one can enter and browse without paying a cent. We have high-end restaurants and even the ubiquitous carinderia all in one place. We have boutiques that offer current fashions, artisan and hand-crafted and art-inspired creations. No one cares who you are here, or where you're from, but we will treat you with equanimity, politeness and friendly warmth. We aren't a mall-we're Cubao X.''

The offerings at Sundays at the X remain just as diverse: ''Gourmet sausages, plants, garage-sale/flea-market items, second-hand furniture, apparel, footwear, books, magazines, toys, decor, knick-knacks, collectibles, CDs and DVDs, baked goods-everything our sellers can come up with,'' enthuses Beltran.

Entrance to Sundays at the X is free.

Interested concessionaires can contact Beltran at facebook.com/SundaysAtTheX, or visit The Reading Room, Shop 39, during shop hours (Mon to Sun 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.) for inquiries. Sundays at the X are held every Sunday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Loading...

Editor’s note:Yahoo Philippines encourages responsible comments that add dimension to the discussion. No bashing or hate speech, please. You can express your opinion without slamming others or making derogatory remarks.

  • China breaks ground on lighthouse project in South China Sea

    China hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for the building of two lighthouses in the disputed South China Sea, state media said on Tuesday, a move that is likely to escalate tensions in a region already jittery about Beijing's maritime ambitions. China's Ministry of Transport hosted the ceremony for the construction of two multi-functional lighthouses on Huayang Reef and Chigua Reef on the disputed Spratly islands, state news agency Xinhua said, defying calls from the United States and the …

  • SE Asia Stocks - Thai, Philippine indexes weak after trade data

    BANGKOK, May 26 (Reuters) - Most Southeast Asian stock markets rose in line with the rest of Asia on Tuesday but the Thai index pared early gains after weak trade data in April, while the Philippine benchmark ... …

  • Is your home on top of a faultline?
    Is your home on top of a faultline?

    The Philippine Institute of Volcanoly and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) recently issued an updated and high-resolution "atlas" of the East Valley Fault and West Valley Fault, two major faultlines that run through sections of Metro Manila. Metro Manila may be due for a 7.2-magnitude earthquake within this lifetime, say experts from the institute, among them PHIVOLCS director Dr. Renato Solidum, Jr. According to records, the last major earthquake caused by the West Valley Fault took place 357 years …

  • Filipina maid photographs "modern slavery" in Hong Kong

    By Emma Batha LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A Filipina maid in Hong Kong has published stark photographs of burned and beaten domestic workers to highlight the "modern slavery" she says has long been the city's shameful secret. "Hong Kong is a very modern, successful city but people treat their helpers like slaves," said Xyza Cruz Bacani, whose black and white portraits won her a scholarship from the Magnum Foundation to start studying at New York University this month. It's common …

  • Want to buy a brand new car?
    Want to buy a brand new car?

    Tired of fixing your old car? Maybe, this is the best time for you to invest a brand new car. BPI Family Savings Bank, the country’s leading consumer bank, is extending its newest campaign “Bagong Kotse, 1-Month Libre” promo until June 30, 2015 which allows potential car buyers to avail of a car loan term up […] The post Want to buy a brand new car? appeared first on Carmudi Philippines. …

  • ‘Kentex owners still in Phl’
    ‘Kentex owners still in Phl’

    The daughter of one of the Kentex Manufacturing Corp. owners has assured the government that the businessmen are still in the Philippines, contrary to some reports that they have fled the country. Barbara Ang, daughter of Kentex shareholder Veato Ang, said her father and his business partners have no plans of leaving the country despite the razing of the Valenzuela slipper factory, which killed 72 workers on May 13. Valenzuela Mayor Rex Gatchalian also stood by his promise to punish any local …

  • Lawmakers to review building code provisions
    Lawmakers to review building code provisions

    Lawmakers are set to review provisions of the National Building Code and Republic Act 10121, or the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act, to strengthen contingencies and policies to prepare the country for possible major earthquakes. The move came following proposals from Reps. Winston Castelo of Quezon City and Lito Atienza of the Buhay party-list to review the two laws and other regulations during a hearing of the House committee on Metro Manila development on the …

  • Noy: Phl may attain first world status with continued reforms
    Noy: Phl may attain first world status with continued reforms

    The Philippines’ attaining first world status may soon be imminent if significant reforms initiated by the current administration would be consistently pursued, President Aquino suggested yesterday. “Kung madidiligan ang ating mga pinunla, at makaka-graduate ang mga pinag-aaral natin upang makapasok sa maaayos na trabaho, baka po tuluyan nang nasa first world status tayo sa panahong iyon (If we water the seeds sown and those we sent to school will find better jobs, then time will come that …

POLL

Should Aquino be held accountable over the Mamasapano operations?

Loading...
Poll Choice Options