HISTORY OF BAGA MANILA

Just like any other success story, BAGA MANILA has its own humble beginnings. The fortitude and determination of its founder/organizer,
Ms. Dawn B. Mawis, is one of the reasons how BAGA (as it is called today) has grown steadily, and continues to flourish.

1995 was the start of a business dream that turned to reality…

VECCITTO’s BBQ’s (named after our only son), began as a modest home-based BBQ trading. The tiny VECCITTO’s BBQ’s started;

   Catering for private corporate events, schools and private parties.

   Actively joining food market around Metro Manila.

   Offering pre-cooked BBQ bulk selling.

At the same time, we had a flourishing, small BBQ stall in a busy Magsaysay Street in Guadalupe Nuevo, Makati City.

2005 When Ortigas & Company opened TIENDESITAS, VECCITTO’s BBQ was one of the pioneering food stalls and that was our first real taste of success, but it did not stop there. After typhoon ONDOY on September 2009, VECCITTO’s BBQ’s changed course.

2009 The first night market I organized was in Neo-Chinatown along Macapagal Boulevard. After travelling around South East Asia, and carefully observing night market operations in Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, and Thailand, my passion for organizing night markets blossomed.

BBQ Night Market, Venezia Piazza, Bonifacio Global City

2011 Soon a night market was started in A.Venue, Makati Avenue. It was named “Salamanca” Night market, and subsequently changed to "Up-Till-Dawn" Night market. However, this was short-lived. During the same year, I opened a charming night market in Venice Piazza, located in the plush McKinley Heights, Bonifacio Global City. This became a well-liked food bazaar and immediately became popular among the yuppies and the call-centre crowd from the offices around the Piazza.

It's in the same year that BAGA Manila (Barbecuers And Grillers Association Manila) was officially launched.

2012 Returning to A.Venue’s parking lot along Makati Avenue, BAGA Manila became "the place to be" along Makati Avenue. Locals and foreign tourists alike enjoyed the ambience and fun-clean entertainment. BAGA Manila’s night market developed a once dead parking lot to a live, festive venue, fuming with savory grills and barbecues. It was also joined by a dozen of dry goods tents and the occasional car boot sales under the Park and Bargain Club Manila – an affiliate of BAGA Manila.

BAGA Manila Staff in A. Venue, Makati Avenue


Lakefront Sunset Grill during an ordinary night.

2014 Unfortunately, the BAGA Manila contract in A.venue was not renewed. But from this experience we learned, and many more blessings and opportunities have blossomed!

Lakefront Sunset Grill in Sucat, Muntilupa was born. From being an empty space, BAGA Manila brought it to life by bringing in our partner traders’ tasty BBQs and grills. BAGA turned it into a happy, weekend meeting place for the residents in and around the villages. Lakefront Sunset Grill became the favorite hangout to spend good times with families and friends.

The rest is a happy history of multiplying the BAGA Manila night markets in and out of Metro Manila. As of writing, we are currently operating in nine locations, and very soon to open more.

The challenge is real but we are very much looking forward to sharing BAGA Manila to many more locations. Who knows? Maybe the next BAGA Manila branch is just around the corner from your place ☺. So, see you soon!

Mission and vision

MISSION

a unified and strong BAGA for the benefit of all its members

more BAGA markets all year round, for micro and small BBQ traders

food products to a high standard of hygiene in production and presentation

the BAGA standard in every BAGA market locations

appropriate and profitable venues for our growing BAGA member-traders

a safe and clean place, presenting family-oriented entertainment to patrons

members of BAGA to have decent, sustainable and gainful business activity

employment to those willing to adhere to our standard and be a part of BAGA family

VISION

will be known for being the home of the best tasting grills and BBQ in town

will spread decent business practice that will up-lift the BBQ and Grilling industry.

will persuade, convert and assist street-food vendors, that there’s room for improvement and a better business prospect for BBQ micro-small business

will help create strong mind-set to its members, based on our BAGA ethical business principles

will unite and compete in the future for local and perhaps even in international BBQ festival