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Tiangge sa CA

By Persel G. Esman

On November 21-23, 2007, the Court of Appeals auditorium was transformed into a bazaar as fifty-two stalls with food, clothes and assorted wares for sale, filled its four corners. The stalls were set-up in line with the 2007 Court of Appeals Tiangge organized by the Association of the Court of Appeals Employees (ACAE). Just like in the previous years, the event turned out to be a big hit. One participant even recounted having earned a net profit of P5000.00. Because of this, the ACAE decided to give it one more try. Thus, on December 19-20, 2007, the CA Tiangge: One More Time was held. With forty-eight stalls, the event also measured up to the success of the first one. Indeed, Christmas in the CA is not complete without this popular tiangge.

Started in the year 2001, the holding of the annual CA tiangge is a much awaited event both by the enterprising and shop-aholic employees of the CA. Usually held in time for the Christmas season, the enterprising employees look forward to this event because it will be the time that they get to earn additional income by selling either their lutong-bahay specialties or handcrafted accessories, and by reselling items bought from Baclaran or Divisoria for a slightly higher price. The shop-aholics, on the other hand, love the idea of shopping with ease and convenience. Aside from avoiding the trouble of having to seep through a swarm of people in the malls for their Christmas shopping, the CA tiangge also offers them almost everything they need.

But the annual CA tiangge is not intended solely for the benefit of the enterprising and shop-aholic employees. Behind the stalls filled with goods and wares, the profits and the shopping, lies a commendable cause - the tiangge is actually a fund-raising project of the ACAE for the benefit of its members who are rank and file employees. To raise funds, an employee who wishes to have a stall in the tiangge must first submit an application form to the ACAE and pay a registration fee of P500.00. Out of this amount, P300.00 shall be retained by ACAE and the remaining P200.00 shall be refunded to the employee/vendor after the affair. The proceeds are then allotted by the ACAE to its various projects such as gift giving activities, providing assistance to a needy member, etc. CA employees should therefore continue to patronize the CA tiangge each year not only because it provides additional income or great shopping experience but mainly for the reason that the proceeds earned from it goes a long long way.




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