Walking from my parked vehicle towards the Kanin Club along the EDSA Central Avenue in Mandaluyong City, a flurry of colorful movement caught my attention to my right. It originated from one of the tents set up on the grounds of the Greenfield District Central Park.
Like a bee drawn to a flower, the Bicolano Penguin waddled towards the specific tent with the variegated display where I was greeted by a pleasant smiling face. Sandy, the proprietess , explained to me that the multicolored small hoops with tail feathers were actually Dream Catchers.
Say what? She patiently expounded to me that Dream Catchers are objects made of willow hoops on which is woven a loose web decorated with feathers and beads. In Native American society, it is used as a charm to protect sleeping people from nightmares. You want a good night sleep, no harm in trying this out. (Ex post facto, I googled about the subject and the http://www.dream-catchers.org/ website has a spell-binding take on the Dream Catcher Lore : Native Americans believe that the night air is filled with dreams both good and bad. The dream catcher when hung over or near your bed swinging freely in the air, catches the dreams as they flow by. The good dreams know how to pass through the dream catcher, slipping through the outer holes and slide down the soft feathers so gently that many times the sleeper does not know that he/she is dreaming. The bad dreams not knowing the way get tangled in the dream catcher and perish with the first light of the new day.)
Sandy added that the Dream Catchers they sell are crafted in Baguio. She found time to clarify that the feathers they use are not plucked but have fallen already. No cruelty to animal is one of many precepts this social entrepreneur follows to promote a lot of positivity in this world. She has a noteworthy initiative thru the group BazaarPilipinas where they are raising funds for a child scheduled for an expensive but necessary organ transplant.
The “charm” angle intrigued me and in no time, I was forking out some peso bills to procure 3 : a tiny one for my vehicle, a small one for my kid’s room, and a pink one for a friend who may have interest. In packing the 3 items in an eco-friendly brown bag, Sandy offered to add a flyer of some of her enterprises (Facebook.com/THEREADINGROOM888, Facebook.com/Sandy.Allan.Soulcard.reader, Facebook.com/BethsGreenHouse).
Speaking of business pursuits, Sandy’s tent is actually part of the Greenfield Weekend Market launched in early March 2014. The bazaar or tiangge promises booths offering food, art, accessories, health and beauty products from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. To quote an article from http://www.spot.ph, “the booths form a perimeter around an open activity where the organizers have provided blankets, bean bags, and picnic tables for visitors. Live art is done on one side of the grassy field while a band plays music for people while they eat. But aside from food, the diversity of the stalls will satisfy all sorts of curiosities you didn’t even have before you got there. There’s a fortune teller ready to read your fate, a Feng Shui expert willing to help you get lucky, and if you can sit still for five minutes, you’ll go home with a beautiful portrait that would put all the selfies you’ve taken to shame.”
The bazaar scene is very much alive in the metropolis, even with Christmas still many months away. And I am smiling for the BicoIano Penguin sees a win win situation unfolding – – – merchants earn money while customers like me get to have our cultural awareness enriched.
No zero-sum here.