Event Review: 2nd Pinoy Prepper Bazaar

The 2nd Pinoy Prepper Bazaar was an amazing mini-convention devoted to the various aspects of a singular belief: being prepared, no matter what. Thanks to the tireless efforts of Miko Tetangco and Abs Abando of Manila Sentinel, the Philippines can now learn more about prepping and survival from authentic sources and individuals, regardless of age, income or social background. Plus, they can have fun while doing it!

Here’s a look at what happened last Saturday.

The Pinoy Prepper Bazaar had a wide variety of exhibitors, with most of the items and talks focusing on various aspects of prepping. There were booths devoted to first aid kits, blades and sharpening equipment, flashlights of various shapes and sizes, paracord materials, 3D printing, and more! One booth even had slingshots and whips!

AutoX3D displays their 3D printing setup. A setup like this will only set you back by Php 30k.
Radcraft Slingshots and Sagecraft Whips show off their handcrafted creations.
Paracord Valenzuela with their colorful lineup of bracelet and cordage creations.

But wait, John! Didn’t you cover this in a prior review already? What’s the difference anyway?

That’s right, I did! But I must admit that the Bazaar had a much wider variety of interesting elements and authentic experiences compared to TACS. That said, TACS has mentioned that they are looking to improve their offerings for the general public, so I’m definitely keeping an eye out for that.

Hang on. Isn’t this prepping thing like those weird shows we find on Youtube?

Not at all! Contrary to depictions in popular media, the best definition comes from Manila Sentinel:

Prepping is simply the practice of the mindset towards ensuring that one’s life is emergency-proof, no matter what circumstances may arise.

And boy, have they arisen lately. But that’s for another article, eh?

Back to the action! Obviously, exhibits only go so far. The talks were a treat, especially with Mr. Ian Borja‘s overview on how to mentally prepare oneself for a major disaster such as Ondoy. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to stay for the firestarting and Krav Maga discussions, but I’m told that the event’s organizers made the content easy to digest for the crowd despite the dry, scorchingly hot afternoon.

Speaking of the crowd, it was a pleasant surprise to find that the attendees were a varied mix of old-timers and newcomers. Each exhibitor was eager to answer questions about the items they had on display, a welcome treat indeed. In the case of Forge’s knife-sharpening showcase, Mr. Gochoco was more than happy to field questions and jokes while applying his skills in honing dulled blades to their keenest edge. He even had a special guest for the day – a 27-inch ginunting that was still quite sturdy despite its age!

An aged yet sturdy blade enters the Forge workshop for some TLC. Meanwhile, a smaller knife gets sharpened repeatedly till razor sharp under Wacky’s expert hands.
Wacky studies a local blade before honing it to razor perfection. It’ll take him twenty minutes and a fair bit of elbow grease, but it’s all good.

Check out the rest of the pics at the event here!

Despite the small venue and the intemperate weather, the 2nd Pinoy Prepper Bazaar was a blast to attend. With the community leading the way, more and more people will have a unique opportunity to learn more about this practice, and with any luck, come out prepared when trouble finds their doorstep. Of course, this has just begun: the organizers are looking forward to having more events like these in the near future, and I for one am excited to see it happen!

But don’t fret: if you missed it on the 17th, there will be a repeat on the 24th of June! So make that long holiday count! Swing on over to UP Bliss at Suntay Hall and catch the bazaar from 10 AM onwards. Who knows? You might pick up a new thing or two!

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