PUERTO PRINCESA CITY—Palawan-made products took the center stage in the 65th Manila Fame Trade Fair, making the delegation from the Provincial Tourism and Development Department (PTDD) very fulfilled and happy with the PhP1.1-million profits earned for the province.
Supervising Tourism Operation Officer Arnold Valdez Jr. said Friday that six arts and crafts establishments in Puerto Princesa participated in the bi-annual showcase of design innovation and skilled craftsmanship in Philippine products at the World Trade Center, Pasay City on April 21-23.
These are Asiano, Rurungan sa Tubod, Bambuhay from Busuanga municipality, Sublit Laben Handikraft from Brooke’s Point, Palawentas, and DSF.
“Umabot sa PhP1.1-milyon ang kanilang kabuoang benta sa pagtatapos ng aktibidad at masaya ang ganitong tagumpay (Their profit reached around PhP1.1 million, and we’re happy with this kind of success),” Valdez said.
He said the direction of the leadership of Governor Jose Alvarez is for the province to participate in events that would showcase not only the craftsmanship of the Palaweno people but also their rich culture and traditions, displayed in the products they make.
“The goal is to support the Palawenos, who have exemplary skills and craftsmanship to put their products out there; to look for a niche for them in this kind of industry in the global market,” he added.
According to the website of Manila FAME, it is “considered as the country’s premier design and lifestyle event. It features finely selected furniture and home furnishings, holiday gifts and décor, and fashion accessories designed and crafted in the Philippines for the global market.”
Organized by the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) through the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), Manila FAME “is the second longest-running trade show in the Asia-Pacific, and is the only trade event in the country that is approved by Union des Foires Internationales (UFI), or the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, a Paris-based association of trade fair organizers founded 90 years ago in Milan, Italy in April 1925.”