Tue. May 11th, 2021
Maya Cruz, Philippine Embassay cultural assistant, mans the Philippine booth at the Winternational last year. The showcase went virtual this year because of the Covid pandemic.

Washington, D.C. – The Embassy of the Philippines joined the Virtual Marketplace, partnering with World Trade Center Washington, DC (WTCDC) and over 40 other DC-based embassies to celebrate DC’s diverse diplomatic community and its artisan diaspora. 

December 7 was proclaimed “Winternational Day,” by the District’s Mayor Muriel Bowser at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center (RRB/ITC).

This online emporium will feature visual and decorative arts, handcrafts, apparel, jewelry, and artisan-crafted culinary fare. 

The Virtual Marketplace will be open for one year, through December 2021—a unique place to shop for holidays and special occasions.  

Last year, more than 5,000 enthusiastic guests attended this live, in-person event celebrating international culture, travel, tourism and trade at the RRB/ITC.

“While the Covid-19 pandemic presented our communities with profound challenges, it also presented a unique opportunity to re-imagine our signature event and evolve our partnership with the world’s largest diplomatic community,” said Andrew Gelfuso, Director of WTCDC.  

Over the next year, the WTCDC will connect these artisans with the vast network of the World Trade Centers Association and additional strategic international trade partners to facilitate new export opportunities. 

“After what has been a daunting year for many small businesses, this bustling online global marketplace demonstrates TCMA’s continued commitment to our diplomatic partners and to the prosperity of their artisan communities as they rebound from the economic impacts of the pandemic,” said John P. Drew, President and CEO of TCMA (A Drew Company), the exclusive manager of the RRB/ITC.  

Key program stakeholders including Marie Royce, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State and Kimberly A. Bassett, Secretary of State of the District of Columbia, offered messages of support for the Virtual Marketplace as part of the virtual Launch Event.

Watch the virtual launch event and shop the marketplace – https://www.rrbitc.com/winternational/

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