Community market promotes camaraderie among residents
Acacia Estates residents bond over shopping and fitness activities at the Taguig township’s weekend community market.
Featuring an interesting mix of food, retail, and family activities, the bi-monthly community market, which kicked off on Feb. 24 at the Acacia Estates Town Center, aims to promote greater camaraderie among residents in the 150-hectare residential community.
“Our objective is primarily to gather more of our residents here in Acacia Estates community. We want to develop a stronger community by developing a feeling of belongingness among residents,” DMCI Homes leasing manager Rida Ferrer said of DMCI Homes’ township development that hosts 25,000 residents of various condominium communities.
Market-goers can hop on from stall to stall to choose from a range of products that include assorted delicacies, household items, apparel, and fashion accessories, which are offered by small entrepreneurs.
“With most of the concessionaires coming from Acacia Estates, the community market is a great venue for interaction among our residents. In the coming weeks, we will have more fresh produce and organic products. So it’s really exciting for everyone,” said Ferrer.
She added, “With the Acacia Community Market, small entrepreneurs of Acacia Community are given opportunities to sell and feature their products and services to their own community.”
Apart from great finds in the bazaar, more exciting activities are lined up for residents in the coming weeks that include a dog race on April 28.
“We have a dog race coming up in April. Also being planned is a community run with residents and their pets which will be held from Ivory Wood to the Town Center, and many more fun activities for the whole family,” shared Ferrer.
During the kick off, a Zumba session brought together fitness enthusiasts in the community.
Acacia Estates residents Clavelle Pantas and Judy Grace Jalandoni, who were among the participants in the workout session, welcomed the institution of the community market as it gives them an opportunity to mingle with their fellow unit owners.
Pantas shared she met Jalandoni in Zumba sessions in their condominium community in Acacia Estates and they have become close since then.
“I hope we can have activities like this regularly. It’s a great way to foster camaraderie and for residents to get to know one another,” said Jalandoni.
Ferrer is optimistic the weekend market will attract more residents. She said, “Hopefully as we go on in the coming weeks, more people will be engaged.”
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