Oriental Mindoro’s top products which include vegetables seedlings, ornamental plants, processed and preserved foods, delicacies, clothing, embroideries and souvenirs were showcased in the Agri-Tourism Trade Fair 2017 held on March 17 to 21 at Xentro Mall, Calapan City.

The trade fair is just among the many projects of City Mayor Arnan C. Panaligan, aimed at tapping primarily Calapan City’s potential and best products as well as giving opportunities to entrepreneurs to present their specialties. Organized through the City Trade and Industry Department, under ENP Amormio CJS Benter in partnership with the City Agricultural Services headed by Ms Lorelein Sevilla, some 20 finely-designed booths by various groups, from government offices to entrepreneurs, were installed for said trade fair that was highlighted in the celebration of the City’s 19th founding anniversary.

A variety of products was lined up during the event, wherein edible goods were most craved by the food-loving clients-Calapeños, particularly – all the while enjoying the free taste samples right at their reach, offered by the participating SANAKA, Carp-OrMin, Zili by Chef Kiel, Leen’s Cake, Mang Anghang, Suknet, Luzviminda Bee Farm, and Merl’s. Likewise, saleable were intricate souvenirs of Small Creation and the colorful elaborations of Lady Scarlet, seen to be an upcomer for its scarves, sheets, linens and ladies’ apparel especially. The City Agriculture Services, DTI, and Provincial Capitol had their own fair shares in the activity too.

Gracing the affair, DTI OIC-Provincial Director Arnel Hutalla encouraged the public to patronise Oriental Mindoro products, therewith giving the advantage of creating a name and being known in the broader market, and eventually be globally competitive in soon time.

In his message, Mayor Panaligan thanked the participants and the workforce behind the said yearly Agri-Tourism Trade Fair. Under the banner Kalakalapan-short for Kalakal-Calapan, the activity is aimed at gathering the diverse products, from crops to crafts, and presenting them collectively in a centralized venue in Calapan City, since it is in the capital that a large market, and therefore a large volume of consumer exists, making Calapan the main trading post and commercial center in the entire province. In essence, it fits practically the new vision of Calapan City, “Metro Calapan 2016: MIMAROPA’s Premier Center for Agro Industry and Investment,” the Mayor added.

The trade fair has been much anticipated by the public, of whose patronage success is owed equated by the active participation of business entities, and summarily contributing to the continuing progress of Calapan.

In line, an “open-to-all” seminar was conducted by the Negosyo Center of DTI providing business tips and learning especially to starters.

By: LGU Calapan City