Yes, you read it right, Creative Outlet have been a victim of a bazaar scam from Apex Events.
Apex Events is the organizer behind the would be bazaar at the Makati Sports Club on November 28-29. There were no notices informing us that the bazaar will no longer push through. Had my cousin Lia not call and confirm at the Makati Sports Club last Wednesday, we wont even know about it. What happened? Where are the organizers? How could this happen to us? How about our joining fee, how can we be able to claim our hard earned money back?
Apex Events had been a good host and organizer when we had our first bazaar at Valle Verder 5 December of 2007. To say the least the bazaar was a huge success and we promised to join other events to be hosted by Apex. Though in 2008, we were not able to encounter them in any of the bazaars we joined. Still they made a good mark on us and we wanted to work with them again. And now this???!!!!!!!!
I was really pissed off when Lia was telling me about it. I had so many questions that I tried calling their landline number found at their multiply site. Luckily I was able to get through their fax number. Let me share with you what transpired between me and the girl who answered.
carrie: hello, apex events office?
girl: sorry, hindi ito ang office ng apex events.
carrie: sino ang pwede kong kausapin regarding sa apex events?
girl: wala na ang apex events at wala na silang secretary.
carrie: ibig mo bang sabihin eh hindi na nag o-operate ang apex?
carrie: miss, ito kasi ang number na nakalagay sa multiply site nila, baka dito nakatira ang isa sa mga may ari ng apex?
girl: ah si justine go
carrie: nasaan si justine go, pwede ko ba sya makausap?
girl: wala si justine dito, nasa opisina
carrie: anong time uuwi si justine?
girl: madaling araw na
carrie: sige tatawag na lang ako ng madaling araw
girl: hindi sasagot ng phone si justine
carrie: bakit naman? nagtatago na ba sya?
girl: yan ang sinasabi ng maraming tao, pero hindi naman sya nagtatago at late lang umuuwi at maagang pumapasok sa opisina.
carrie: so ibig sabihin nga eh nagtatago sya
girl: isipin nyo na ang gusto nyong isipin
carrie: residential ba ito? anong address?
girl: # 42 riverside village pasig
carrie: ahh sa pasig pala ito, binaha kayo?
carrie: dapat lang kung ganyang ang ginagawa nyo sa kapwa nyo! sino ka? anong name mo?
After she said her name I slammed the phone down. I was so angry but I coundnt do anything about it. The people behind Apex are unreachable. I dont even know if that Justine Go really exists or that home number still exists. I just have this on mind...... let it be a learning experience for me and my cousin. Though we know that we could not possibly have our money back, we just hope that it was put to a good use.
We also found out that this had been happening as early as May 2009. To all the vendors who have been scammed like us, please share your story. Let us unite so that organizers such as Apex will no longer hurt others.
For your perusal.
c/o Justine Go
#42 Riverside Village
Landline : 480-5667