If you haven’t been to Singapore yet and are interested to know what you can see, experience and buy, this pop-up store called Singaporium at the Podium Mall in Ortigas Center is the best place to start.
Organized by Enterprise Singapore, a government agency that helps Singaporean companies to grow and globalize, the 10-day event features the best fashion, food and lifestyle products and is held in celebration of the 50th year of diplomatic relations between Singapore and the Philippines.
“This is a very good opportunity for us in Singapore. We have five stores and some of our best customers are from the Philippines. That’s why we were excited when we found out that we are participating in this pop-up and we wanted to come, reach out and meet partners for potential ventures or franchise with us in the Philippines,” says Winnie Chan, founder and chief executive officer of Bynd Artisan, one the featured companies in the event from 6 to 15 September.
Chan, whose grandfather founded the oldest bookbindery in Singapore in the 1940s, says her company offers high-quality, customized paper and leather goods that she thinks can be well appreciated in the country.
“The Philippines and the people have a very rich culture and appreciate art. Our raw materials are sourced from Europe but are manufactured in Asia. It starts with good raw materials just like cooking with fresh ingredients to get good quality products. Our best seller by volume are customized notebooks because of the price points but by value it’s leather products because leather price is definitely higher,” she reveals.
In total, there are 17 booths to explore — 10 fashion and lifestyle brands, and seven food and beverage booths at the Singaporium. Visitors who complete the tasks indicated on the activity card have a chance to win a trip for two to Singapore. This is aside from special prizes from participating brands, or merchandise exclusively customized for the pop-up store.
Aside from Bynd Artisan, lifestyle products include Klosh, which offers home decor, stationery, and accessories and Mighty Jaxx, an award-winning design studio that specializes in developing art collectibles. For the first-ever Singaporium in Manila, Mighty Jaxx will produce limited-edition collectibles designed by Quiccs, a Manila-based illustrator, toy designer and graffiti artist.
Clothing brands are Our Second Nature and Her Velvet Vase. Our Second Nature collections feature fun, vibrant prints and clean lines that can be worn from casual to formal occasions without the need for an outfit change. Her Velvet Vase, on the other hand, has specially designed and curated items that are sourced from all over the world and also designed in-house.
For health, wellness and beauty, there’s Porcelain and OSIM. Porcelain offers skincare products and spa treatments that include cleansers, toners, serums, moisturizers, masks, and even white tea. OSIM is most notable for its indulgent neck massagers and massage chairs.
Chocolate lovers can appreciate Benns’ range of thoughtfully curated, artisanal chocolates made from cacao nibs, cocoa butter, and unrefined cane sugar. One can experience a similar high, though not due to consuming sugars, with Play Nation, a premier entertainment café that opened its first branch in UP Town Center last year.
KrisShop, the travel-retail arm of Singapore’s iconic Singapore Airlines (SIA), offers an extensive selection of over 2,000 products on its website, KrisShop.com, that range from cosmetics and fragrance to electronics and exclusive co-branded items.
Foodies can experience Wolf Burgers, a no-frills burger joint that prides itself with its signature Wolf Burger. This may go well with Yeo’s, a renowned Singapore beverage brand that offers a wide range of ready-to-drink tea, soy drinks, juices and 100 percent coconut water that are all created to showcase Asian flavors.
Jumain Sataysfaction, a family-run satay hawker business, is known for its traditional way of preparing satay, a traditional skewered meat grilled over slow-burning charcoal.
Ming Fa, which began by selling fish balls made from 100-percent fish meat along the streets of Singapore’s Chinatown in 1946, has signature products that include minced pork noodles, laksa, chicken cutlet noodles and fish ball noodles. Wok Hey aims to bring “zi char,” a uniquely Singaporean dining term that references Chinese cooked-to-order meals, to the Philippines with its array of mixed rice and noodle dishes.
Collin’s has an extensive range of Asian-inspired Western food fare that include best-selling dishes like Asian seafood spaghetti, chicken baked rice with cream spiced tomato sauce. Stuff’d is known for its delicious Mexican and Turkish menu that include kebabs, burritos and signature quesadillas that are certified halal.