12th Likha ng Central Luzon

Likha ng Central Luzon regional trade fair is a yearly event organized by Department of Trade and Industry and Philexport with the full support of the regional development council and Central Luzon Growth Corridor Foundation Inc. with the 7 governors of the regions as members. This is considered as one of the major trade promotions activity that promotes the products, services and tourist destination sites of each member province.

This year’s theme “ Likha ng Central Luzon ” Alay sa Kalikasan at Kinabukasan , the fair is being held on an annual basis.

Capability building seminars were conducted before the fair to develop the technical capabilities of the micro and small enterprises and eventually develop them to become exporters.

Product development activities were also undertaken to develop new products and product designs.

bamboo products ” Special feature of the exhibit “

Now on its 12th year, this trade fair had proven to be an effective venue to promote the products of the region to institutional buyers and exporters based in major urban centers like Metro Manila. It is also a venue were foreign buyers could buy direct from these exhibitors.

This is one of the most awaited trade events in Metro Manila because of the distinctive and the quality products that the region may offer.

The event was held from October 20 to 24, 2010 at Mega trade Hall 2, 5th Floor Building-B , SM Megamall , Mandaluyong City. The seven governors of the region are member of the Central Luzon growth corridor.



products from the province of Tarlac

Modern bags use  native bamboo  on display

This is considered as one of the major trade promotions activity that promotes the products, services and tourist destination sites of each member province.

This year’s theme “ Likha ng Central Luzon ” Alay sa Kalikasan at Kinabukasan , the fair is being held on an annual basis.    Capability building seminars were conducted before the fair to develop the technical capabilities of the micro and small enterprises and eventually develop them to become exporters.

The province of Tarlac promotes their natural produce and organic lifestyle as part of the provincial slogan ” Natural Tarlac”

Good Earth Products from Tarlac province – This company specializes on organic farming , herbs , home decor and accessories

” Zambales Finest” if the provincial product branding – the finest products and produce of the province were on display

 

(left) Granda’s Sansrival from the town of Bacolor in Pampanga


Now on its 12th year, this trade fair had proven to be an effective venue to promote the products of the region to institutional buyers and exporters based in major urban centers like Metro Manila.

” Taas Noo Novo Ecijano” with the best products from the province of Nueva Ecija

There are over 150 exhibitors from different parts of region 3 . It is also a venue were foreign buyers could buy direct from these exhibitors.

” Tatak Bulakenyo” products from different towns and municipalities of  Bulacan

This is one of the most awaited trade events in Metro Manila because of the distinctive and the quality products that the region may offer. Unique products are also awarded for their designs and quality .

” Vida Pampanga” products on display were made from the province of Pampanga

winner for best design and best product


Jesslyn Marie Marketing from Nueva Ecija with their wooded lamp products and dolls

various array of native barongs and embroidered clothes from Bulacan

Special showcase on engineered bamboo products , This showcase aims to heighten awareness on the significant contribution of the bamboo to environment   protection, poverty mitigation and disaster management .

Bulacan Bamboo Craft specialties in various bamboo products such as frames,   baskets, accessories,  pot holder,  wall decor among others.  According to one of the sales staffs , most of their buyers were balikbayans and foreigners.


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AGRI-Link 2010 Expo

Last October 7 to 9, 2010, The World Trade Center hosted one of the Philippines biggest Agriculture Show. Envision as AGRI-LINK 2010 expo . the show aimed to bridge the buyers and the sellers of various Agriculture products, services , machinery , live stocks , industry practitioners , academe and technology transfer  .

Entrance to the retail area

There are many interesting ideas, products and technologies that will certainly be of great interest to lot of show goers. At the outdoor exhibit area, for instance, there will be a lot of plants aside from the farm animals. Guest of honors include Department of Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala .

King Louis Ornamental Plants and Cut Flower landscape exhibit booth

If you are interested in plants, you will see them in the booths of the Friends of AANI. There are, for instance, the many different bamboo varieties from Mrs. Carolina Gozon Jimenez who has developed a bamboo plantation in Antipolo City. She has about the biggest collection of bamboo varieties hereabouts.

If you are looking for planting materials of superior exotic fruit trees, you will also find them in the outdoor area. These include superior varieties of pummelo like Magallanes, two varieties from Vietnam as well as from Thailand. There will be stocks of grafted Longkong lanzones (the superior variety from Thailand), imported varieties of mango like Golden Queen from Taiwan, Peach mango from Australia, different varieties from Thailand and Florida (USA).

There will be rare fruit trees like the variegated orange that produces sweet and juicy fruits, sweet kamias seedlings, imported makopa varieties, sweet sampalok and many others.

Watermelon and Papaya fruits exhibited by Mr. Toto Barcelona of Harbest Corporation

One of the interesting exhibits will be the farm-ready seedlings from East-West Seed Company which include Sinta and Red Lady papaya, seedlings of tomato, eggplant, different varieties of sweet and hot peppers, bitter gourd  and others.

Quality fruits and vegetables harvest by Allied Botanical Corporation

Allied Botanical Corporation or just simply ABC booth is a consistent top-crowd drawer during the expo. Their sweet melons , high quality seeds of vegetables  , fruits and flowering annuals including their fertilizers earned them the nickname ” Ang Pambansang Fertilizer ” , ” Quality Seed Company ” , ” Kaagapay ng mga Magsasaka” , ” Forefront in Seed Technology“, ” Best Quality that a grower can find” among others.

Their demonstration farm in Pangasinan is a beehive of activities and their company is very proud to have sponsored several students from leading Philippine Colleges and Universities through their  scholarship projects.

Allied Botanical Corporation -Sales and Marketing Team

The company  also send a team of capable and experience oriented  resource speakers in various agriculture , horticultural shows all over the country.

Their never ending support earned their company as one of the leading pioneers in the seed, fertilizer and technology transfer in agriculture industry.

Agri-products from different parts of the country

There are over 300 exhibitor booths selling different kinds of agriculture products.

A panel of experts will also be available for ready consultation by trade show goers beside the booth of AANI. Dr. Rey Itchon  gave a lecture on free-range chickens.

French Pavilion exhibit at the Agri-Link expo 2010

Belmont Agriculture Corporation a French based company  which has been in the forefront of the industry for over 35 years. Belmont marketing manager Tony Magno said they will be displaying their modern tunnel ventilation system which uses fiberglass cone fans installed at one end of the house and large openings at the opposite end. The improved air quality removes excess heat, moisture, dusts, odors and harmful gases like carbon dioxide and ammonia, providing the birds with more free oxygen.

Belmont’s tunnel ventilation system lowers the temperature in the poultry house through evaporative cooling. The decrease in humidity helps keep the animals comfortable so they can eat more and grow faster. The birds are more healthy and will require less medication.

pot bellied piglets for sale

Magno said they customize each tunnel ventilation system, depending on the environment of the farm. He added that Belmont’s tunnel ventilation system lessens land area requirements, providing higher bird stock density by at least 35 percent more. One satisfied user of Belmont’s tunnel ventilation system is San Miguel Foods, Inc. which became more profitable after adopting the system.

James Yap wearing B-MEG T-shirt together with some eager fans

San Miguel Basketball and Pure foods Basketball Team were also within the WTC grounds as part of the company support to the event.

Los Baños Orchid and Garden Show 2010

signage of the show posted at the entrance

The Los Baños Horticulture and Orchid Society (LBHOS) hold its mid-year show from October 8 to 17, 2010  in  University of the Philippines -Senior Social Hall within Los Baños, Laguna. This year’s theme was ” Christmas in October.” With various Christmas themed garden from parol decorated landscaped, Nativity scenes on landscaped garden, simple green , white and red colored cloth dotted the whole exhibition area.

Senior hall with  complete with  nativity scene   , poinsettias , bromeliads, ferns

Usually , the LBHOS held their show around March to coincide the graduation day rites and around late September to October to coincide UPLB loyalty day. The society started their shows during early part of 1974 and is considered as one of the biggest horticulture  shows , south of Manila.

Cattleyas hybrids proudly displayed by Malvarosa Orchids

native parols complement with cattleya, vanda and oncidium hybrids -executed by Malvarosa Orchids – Batangas

The landscape exhibits of  VS Orchids,  Valesol Orchid and Ornamental Plant , Flower Box, Gintong Talulot, Exotica, Varunee Garden, Robelle Garden, Malvarosa, Earth Keepers, DAP Flower and Ornamental Plants ,   Allied Botanical Corporation, East West Seed Company , King Louis ,  Tony Pajaro, Mabuhay Orchids , Genesis showcases their arrangements in the center hall and exhibit area.

The commercial section boast of over 60 traders from different part of the country.  Our group had a chance to visit the show on October 9, 2010 however a sudden downpour during lunchtime promoted the group  which consists of Mr. Frandel Recto with his driver ,  Ms. Lucy Tan , Mr. Ronald  and the author  to seek shelter in the canteen . The author took some time  picture- taking .

Raffle items displayed at the entrance of UPLB Senior Social Hall

As part of the show, There are dozens of raffle prizes from electric fans , flat iron, television sets  and home appliances that a separate tickets were sold by some of the exhibitors . According to them , this is some sort of fund raising projects of the society and part of the proceed will go to DSWD.

students sat patiently waiting  for the lecturer  at the Senior Social Hall

We saw several dozens of students from University of the Philippines, Rizal Technological University  together with some garden enthusiasts  who went in the  garden show. The author saw a big specimen sized clump of Vanda merrilli variety rotorii being displayed at the Mabuhay Orchids booth.

Vanda merrillii variety rotorii

There are also  lectures and planting demonstration that were conducted during the show.  As Christmas spirit began to lighten the mood of everyone , Christmas jingle songs were played across the senior social hall grounds, reminder that Christmas season had already begun.

Before we went home to Manila  , our group and newly found barkada  bought  several varieties of  sansieveras and variegated calamansi , colocasia, tillandsia ionantha variety druid  and took some time to eat in the home-style eatery within the exhibit grounds.

schedule of weekend lecture – posted at the entrance of the exhibit

Fashion Accesories and Beauty Bazaar

 

FAB poster

Fashion  Accessories and Beauty Bazaar or (FAB 2010) was held from October 6 to 10, 2010 at the World Trade Center tent area which caters to the young yuppies out for seeking new fashion trends , but when it is utilized as a tool for world change then it becomes timeless.

Filipino designers aimed for when their works were paraded at the recently-held “The Elite Fashion Show” of the Fashion, Accessories and Beauty Bazaar (FAB).

Held recently at the East Wing Area of the World Trade Center, the fashion shows were part of the bazaar’s activities for the benefit of ABS-CBN Foundation Inc.’s E-Media program—a program that provides alternative education for children in remote provinces.

Fashion dress using ethnic designs exhibited by members of Fashion Institute of the Philippines

One of the creative forces fighting for this cause is featured designer for the finale, Jun Escario, a 32-year old visionary that has helped shape the fashion landscape in his hometown, Cebu. Seen and expected to influence the direction of future Philippine fashion, this designer has gained national recognition for his ideas, original identity, and contribution to Philippine fashion at a young age.

Believing that the youth holds potential to bring change, he has a heart for programs that advocate education for children, especially those in far-flung provinces in order to give them a chance to develop their talents.

Escario hopes to adopt a hometown school as his way of giving back to the community that played an important role in making him who he is today. “I know someday, these children will grow up to be my hometown’s source of pride,” he beamed.

Arnel Papa creation using indigenous materials and designs for his fashion accessories

Arnel Papa creative jewelry works guarantees each and every fashionista the elegance and the stylish look without losing the natural feel of the everybody trend in life today. His masterpieces and collections include stylish accessories and art pieces that prove to be a picture of masterpiece in motion that truly would be an eye cather to everyone!

Other illustrious and passionate designers who showcased their top-notch Filipino artistry were House of Vanita; the Fashion Institute of the Philippines through Anj Calvo, Apple Baltazar, Aram Loe, Argie Salango, Atina Celine, Bernadette Mercado, Daisymae Lopez, Ernest Lingad, Honey Purrugan Hernandez, Jearson Demaviras, Jhoey Saldua, Joel Bagon, Joie Marie Magsayo, Joon Ascano, Miguel Amante, MJ Almenanza, Portia Reantaso, and Shandy Cabase; and renowned designer-stylists like Arnel Papa, and Ruel Rivera.

There were over 100 commercial exhibitors mostly fashion items, accessories , fashion jewelries, toys and among other things. The event had a small fashion show which caters the young and budding talented fashion designers of the country.

Other highlights of the bazaar is an area outside the tent venue were visitors can pose a photograph  session similar to any fashion event for a minimal fee.

organic bath soap and lotion by a Filipino- Chinese entrepreneur of Quezon City , The family of this entrepreneur is said to have a water franchising business outlets all over the country.

FAB wouldn’t be called a bazaar without the shopping. Men and women alike stepped into the limelight by availing of clothing, accessories, fashion jewelry, footwear, leather goods, home items, perfumes, bath and body merchandise, beauty products, makeup, and food at the best deals.

Collecticon 2010 update

Last October 3, the author personally went to Robinson’s Place in Manila to visit the Collecticon 2010. Unlike last year were Ondoy’s wrath and the sad stories of collectors who lost their collection from the flood.

There were about 80 commercial stalls and table bourse traders selling   different kinds of collectibles ranging from comics, die-cast toys, action figurine, stamps, bottles, car plate , anime , stuff toys , key chain, accessories among other stuffs.

Traders in anime costume complete with colorful hats

This year’s event was full of life and euphoria as thousands of people from all walks of life ( mostly teenagers, cos-players  and toys collectors)  went and participated actively in the collecticon 2010.

Coca-cola bottles (unopened / pristine condition ) for collection

Unlike other event , This is open to the public with no entrance fee !

crowd

You can see various collections being exhibited at the lobby and traders selling their goods. Various cos- players also added to the lively atmosphere of the mall. There was a live toy / collectibles auction were  starting bid started at  one  peso and some toys even reached several thousand of pesos !

action figures on sale

Just like any other  trade shows focusing on vintage stuffs , there are some sellers which are selling toys ( ukay-ukay ) .  Some of the toys are previously owned . These toys enjoy high patronage among the crowd with limited budget. Having a limited budget does not deter collectors to acquire toys or any vintage stuffs for their collection.

According to the traders, the organizers of Collecticon 2010 is also the same with the organizers of the much bigger Toy Convention .

Again, until the next event ! Congratulations to the event organizers .

Collecticon 2010

 

Event: Collecticon 2010
Date: October 2-3, 2010
Venue :Robinsons Midtown Mall, Ermita , Manila
Time: 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
Admission is FREE

Activities:

Collectors Display & Exhibit
Life Size Display
Toy Auctions
Customizers Clinic & Workshop
New Statues Unveiling
Trivia Contests – lots of prizes from our sponors
Photo Contest – Prizes and Trophy for the winners
Meet, Greet and Photo Ops
K-Pop Dancing Contest – Cash Prizes for the top 3 groups
Costripper of The Day – we are giving away 2 Nokia Cellphones

“ My Toys” Photo Contest Rules

a) Entries must be printed. Please do not submit images on CD or via email.
b) Enter up to ( 5 per category ) 8×10 or 8×12 enlargements.
c) Your name, address and daytime, contact number should be written clearly at the back of the photo.
d) Submission of entries. You can drop off your entries in a brown envelope at the event proper:
on Saturday Oct. 3, cut off time is 12 noon Sunday
e) The judges will choose the winning picture based on the following qualities: impact,(25%) lighting (25%), composition(25%), creativity (25%) total of 100 points..
f) 2 categories. Edited and non edited. Please mark your submitted entries at the back.
g) Subject any form of toys, figures, cars, statues and robots.

Marikina B.I.O. highlights

Marikina B.I.O Expo entrance gate

It was a bit overcast weather last September 21, 2010 when the former Marikina Mayor Ms. Maria Lourdes Carlos ” Marides” – Fernando (term of office -2001 to 2010)  was one of the guests of honor during the opening of the Marikina B.I.O. exposition 2010.

Ms. Marides Fernando touring the exhibit together with the author

This event is said to be the first of its kind to be held in Marikina Riverbanks E-Com Building which promotes the place as an event venue which cater to the plant and animal hobbyists specifically those who like snakes , reptiles ,tarantulas.

There is also a butterfly house which was made by the DCEM team and Mr. Allen Mayor they dubbed the butterfly and small garden as ” Garden A Flutter ” . There were at least over 100 live butterflies that were captive bred and then released them in an garden setting complete with the food plants which are needed by the butterflies in order to survive the concrete jungle of the mall.

A portion of the Marikina  ECOM – Hall was literary transformed from ordinary  semi-indoor plants and draped looking passageways , into a garden oasis paradise with creative background lighting effects and colorful landscaped mini-gardens  complete with garden sets .

There is  an orchid landscaped  garden with several varieties of white Dendrobium hybrids , Oncidium hybrids . Orchid plants were some of the most favorite plants among Marikina gardeners , according to one of the visitor  to the expo .  They tend to grow better in the riverside areas and several subdivisions which dotted the entire Marikina .

According to one of the visitors , She always maintained a small garden complete with different varieties of Dendrobium  orchids.

Another landscaped exhibit was done by the  team of Mr. Delmer Rivera, Mr. Otto Marino  and Mr. Lawrence Chan which proudly displayed almost 30  species and hybrids of the Bromeliad family.

Bromeliad Landscape Exhibit

The  colorful landscape exhibit was complemented with a live display of  an iguana ( official mascot of the expo) . This tamed iguana named ” Hector” was an instant crowd drawer of the event. Some of the people though that iguanas are a carnivorous bunch of reptile species similar to Godzilla.

Japanese themed garden landscape

While a  Japanese inspired garden set -up,  complete with bamboo accent  , pagoda garden lamp , various sansieviera plants  ,  mini koi pond with white and colored pebbles accented the whole zen style of minimalist garden.

But kidding aside , Hector became an official goodwill ambassador of the expo much to the delight of the crowd , mostly public school students, Philippine Science Centrum staffs, Marikina Riverbank Mall administration, tenants and some VIPs.

Media partners like Buy and Sell , People’s Tonight , Sonshine Television channel 39 , NBN channel 4 ” She Ka” , DZEC Angel Radio went their way to cover the grand event.

This was probably one of the biggest reptilian  and  plant show  within the  Marikina Riverbanks E-COM Building  in years.  The mall  used to be a venue place of pet and animal shows several years ago until another Filipino – theme style tiangge mall opened in Pasig  which drove most of the animal and pet  shows permanently into Pasig.

Another exhibit from Pangasinan is Ms. Juana Pinkian which exhibited various handcrafted furniture made from old scrap wood . One of her first buyers during the expo is the former mayor.

Ms. Pinkian is a regular “suki” exhibitor in various garden and mall shows. Her down to earth attitude  makes her a good example of woman entrepreneur. Whatever hardships she may encounter  during trade shows, she never gives-up hope .

Other notable exhibitors includes Planet Earth- Australia which sells some of their famous t-shirt line , RK designs , Velasco Trading Company, Reptiles Amphibians and Pet Center , Ms. Juana Pinkian Furniture , Smart Communications , RNK Ornamental Plants and Landscaping , Cats Central  , Vita Herbs and advocacy groups  like World Vision , Green Philippines  and DECM the event management firm.

The aim of the Marikina B.I.O. expo is not just to showcase rare pet and wildlife but also to educate the public to take care of the environment  and the urgent need to fight climate change .

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