Marikina Biyaya Industriya Organismo Expo 2010

Event: Biyaya . Industriya . Organismo Expo 2010

Venue: Marikina Riverbanks- ECOM Building

Date: September 15 to October 15, 2010 with possible pre-Christmas Bazaar extension

Theme: Pagkalinga at Pagpapahalaga sa Kalikasan

Event Venue: Riverbanks Center, the most unique commercial and recreational, one stop family destination in Marikina City. Riverbanks Development Corporation (RDC) established Riverbanks Center to develop the Marikina riverside into an urban center, enhanced by the river, preserving the ECOlogy and promoting people’s love for nature. With this in mind,¬† the company tag-line is your¬† ECO-friendly destination came about, “ECO” referring to ECOlogy, ECOnomy and E-COmmerce.

Marikina Riverbanks B.I.O. Expo 2010 poster

Visitor Profile: Riverbanks E-Com building is accessible to the residents of¬†¬† Libis, Cubao , Xavierville Village in¬† Quezon City, Pasig, Antipolo, Cainta, San Mateo , Marikina and other nearby communities come in droves to check out the Riverbanks Mall housing popular retail stores, branded outlet stores, restaurants and favorite fastfood chains at ECO-friendly prices. And with the declaration by the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) of two of Riverbanks Center’s buildings as information and technology (ICT) buildings, more spaces will be available for E-COmmerce services, restaurants and much more. Parking is not a problem with ample space for everyone.

Riverbanks E-Com building

E-COM Building :

PEZA registered E-com Bldg. of Riverbanks Center with more than 20,000 sq.m. open floor space to offer is now available for business process outsourcing (BPO) firms and other office tenants. Located at the portal of Marikina City, the new building is very accessible to public transportation like the MRT / LRT and the local public utility vehicles terminal. It is also adjacent to the Riverbanks Mall which houses a food court that offers several food choices at very affordable prices, fast food chains as well as restaurants that are open 24 / 7 . Parking and security will not be a problem with the ample covered parking situated just beside the new ICT building plus the presence of a police station within the area.

Vicinity Map Location:


How to get Here:
1. From Cubao, you may take the Jeepney or FX going to SSS, Fortune, Parang, Calumpang and San Mateo.
2. From Cubao, you may also take the LRT and get off at the Katipunan station and take the Jeepney or FX route mentioned above.
3. From UP, Tandang Sora and Commonwealth, you may take the Jeepney going to Katipunan and get off at the corner of Aurora Blvd. and take the same Jeepney/FX route stated above.

Event Brief:

B.I.O. stands for Biyaya , Industriya , Organismo a term used for the expo which will showcase the bounty of nature , industry and organism will be held at the Marikina Riverbanks E-Com Building . This bazaar trade fair will be held from September 15 to October 15, 2010 . The expo is a major event which caters primarily to showcase some of the country’s top producers from health and wellness products, agriculture , orchids, ornamental plant wholesalers, retailers, pet animals such as reptiles, dogs, cats, insects , fishes , pet accessories, leather , fashion , lifestyle ,travel, handicrafts, landscape artists , food , native products, environment friendly products and services, Non-Government Organizations , Cause – Oriented Association , Advocacy groups , Environmental Advocates.

Trade Fair and Exhibit

Exhibitors and company can join for a minimum period of 15 days and a maximum of 30 days . With its unique feature of different themed sections from petting zoo, reptile center , handicraft area, landscape theme gardens , eco -friendly products and services, organic produce , food section , an activity area and an interactive secretariat , Expect that there is something new every month !

Trade Show Partners and Exhibitors:

Reptiles Amphibians and Pet Center one of the event partners will showcase several exotic and rare pets such as reticulated pythons, tarantulas , caimans, turtles and several unique kinds of pet.

Mandaluyong Garden Club was formed more than 20 years ago when a group of garden enthusiasts formed a group that would educate the people the basics of gardening, plant appreciation and to nurture the environment . through several villages , subdivisions and condominiums within Mandaluyong City. Some of these villages include Wack- Wack, East  Greenhills, Acropolis and some high  rise condominium units. The trend of gardening on condominiums is also encourage by the group.

Metts’ Plant Art – Professor Serapion Metilla will have a landscape exhibit on the venue. His unique tray landscaping styles had earned him numerous awards and commendation from local and intentional¬† garden , ikebana and ornamental clubs.

Stella Blu – is a catering service with a mix fusion of Asian and Italian style of menu with branches located in Mandaluyong and Makati.

Planet Earth – a company known for their quality t-shirt and glow in the dark -t shirt.

Buy and Sell Philippines– Asia’s first Free Ads newspaper and Philippines #1 Free Ads newspaper will release a pre-event and a post event write-ups.

People’s Tonight – One of the Philippines largest English tabloid will help cover the event.

Manila Bulletin – One of the country’s leading newspaper

Tulay Newspaper – one of the leading fortnightly digest that caters the Filipino- Chinese community . This bi-monthly digest is part of the World News .

NBN channel 4 – a government station will help televised the event.

Pinoy Exchange Forum– One of the leading forum sites in the Philippines

World Vision Philippines – World Vision is a Christian development, relief and advocacy organization dedicated to
working with children, families and communities worldwide to reach their full potential by addressing the causes of poverty and injustice.

Philippine Science Centrum – Located adjacent to the B.I.O. Expo .

RK Fashion Design РQuality Philippine made fashion accessories with  international awards and recognition for its designs and the use of natural and organic materials and components.

Trade Show Committee:

This trade show was organized by Design Concept and Event Management for Marikina Riverbank Company . This event company started as a small venture 3 years ago which handles corporate functions, event coordination, trade shows , bazaars and exhibits .

Contact Details:

Ms. Erika Ramirez, Mr. Dan Del Rosario , Mr. Louie Rivero – Event coordinators
Telephone # 468-9277
Cellphone # 0916-402-3572

Tiangges in the City

Since the Hispanic era , People from every town and cities across the country would come to the market center to buy and  sell their products during the fiesta. Traders  from far flung barrios and municipalities come and trade during market days.

tiangges / bazaar /   flea /  saod ( Bicol term for market place).  These  market started as a small outdoor market with a lot of cheap bargain prices , old antiques, export overruns , imported items  and exotic goods that are available for sale !

plant stalls within the Quezon Memorial Circle

Some of the more common flea markets are those in Marikina , Greenhills in San Juan, Tutuban night market in Manila, Baclaran street stalls in Paranaque.

AANI weekend market inside the Quezon Memorial Circle

a more recent additions are the Lung Center sunday market, Salcedo Park sunday market, AANI weekend market in Taguig and Quezon Memorial Circle, Strata Food Stall in Emerald Avenue in Pasig among others.

a food stall in Stata street market

The Stata food street market is located near the Strata building hence the name, The food market  is also known as Emerald Avenue night  food market / Banchetto night food market  were over 100 stalls were rented out .

Monster Burger outlet at the Emerald Avenue night market

Most of the clients were office workers, call center agents, passers-by , joggers ,  residents of nearby places like Ortigas, Pasig .

There are ready to eat meals, candies, drinks, imported  chocolates and home-cooked meals that were available and ready to be packed for those hungry customers.

pasta carbonara, macaroni ,pancit palabok

home-made cookies, cakes and sweets

The phenomenon started when a group of entrepreneurs started to set-up about 200 stalls within Sidcor Resort in the present day Makro in Cubao, Quezon City in mid 1990’s.

plant stall

Sidcor Resort was¬† a swimming¬† style resort were several areas were used¬† to accommodate people. ¬† Ka Earnie Baron, Mr. Zacarias Sarian and several television and radio personalities used to conduct weekend seminars and trainings . At one time,¬† Philippine Orchid Society used to rent a space within the compound in the mid-1990’s .

stall selling various native bags and ready to wear

As the tenants and buyers increased, the organizers started to looked for possible alternative areas to be the next market place . After the Ayala group bought the land from the owners of Sidcor in the mid- 2000 , With  series of negotiation , organizers found  the alternative  nearest and most accessible place was the Lung Center compound.

vintage collectible  glasses and fancy mugs from Japan

Lung Center tiangge can be a bit overwhelming, but not confusing. There are an estimated 450 to 500  stalls with  similar items being sold  are clustered together. The present area were fully occupied , The stall tenants usually set-up their items for sale during  late saturday evening or early sunday morning.  Plant traders usually come during late saturday evening.

car plates from the United States- collector items

Majority of the stall owners pack-up their things by 12:00 noon. Some tenants may linger for about an hour or so after the 12 noon deadline.¬† Some of the tenants may sell their produce at an even lower price, instead of¬† returning their goods or produce back home, some will give -in to the request of additional discounts to their¬† insistent customers. ” Minsan binibigay na namin ng mura , kesa naman masira o magbayad ng dagdag freight

stall selling export overruns of  children and infant dress

“Sometimes we give our customers lower prices instead, to prevent spoilage or paying additional freight” according to one of the stall owners. This is another opportunity for bargain hunters to come -in! Baratan Time !!!!

The market also had a smattering of cooked delicacies, including breads and cakes, sweets and kakanin (rice cakes), carinderia style eateries, leche flans (crème caramel) and sumans on offer. In fact, the mix of vendors was a little unique and aimed at a wide audience of buyers. The people who go to this market must represent a relatively broad cross-spectrum of society, though that may be a stretch as most probably came in cars while some were definitely commuters.

stall selling native fruit wines and vinegar

weekend market is also a place were new products , services or even a venue to advertise one’s¬† own business.

stall tenant selling vintage items from Japan and Korea

There were sections for Ukay-ukay from Japan, Korea and China  were all sorts of mugs, plates, cups, dolls, books, bottles, vases,  ceramics are sold . Bargain hunters and collectors of vintage stuffs used to frequent the place every sunday.

Dr. Micheal Tan inspecting the vintage items

Dr. Micheal Tan an anthropology professor ,  Philippine Daily Inquirer columnist and  collector of vintage stuffs frequents Lung center flea market .

Tita Rosie Santos an orchid and plant dealer from Quezon City

The sunday market is like a social activities were friends , relatives and barkadas usually meet . In some cases, a group of native orchid and plant enthusiasts  usually went to the center the night before!

Ceratocentron fesselii Senghas 1989

This miniature  orchid depicted above is found in Luzon, central Philippines in montane forests as small sized, cool to intermediate growing, monopodial epiphyte found on tree trunks between 900 to 1,300 meters in elevation that need to be mounted on tree pieces to  yet kept moist at all times . This species has an erect, monopodial growth habit with very leathery, dark green, elliptic, obtuse, leaves that are basally con-duplicate and clasping the stem which blooms in the winter on an axillary, erect, short, 2 to 4 flowered, often more than one inflorescence per leaf axil. flower color may vary from yellowish to dark orange.

Synonyms Hymenorchis javierii

Popular Ineng’s barbecue started its operations in flea market

Some stake-out at the wee hours of the saturday night or early sunday morning just to buy the plants coming from as far away as Quezon, Laguna, Batangas, Bulacan, Nueva Viscaya, Bicol.

silverware from Thailand

This is the trill of plant hunting on the tiangge style, Just to be ahead of your potential rivals! Bring flashlights and Have a keen set of eyes !  Some even pre-order the plants or goods way ahead of others! During the past few years, as the strict enforcement of DENR  regulations on the trade of  wild plants and animals  , fewer and fewer native plants including orchids are being sold ! So most orchids being sold are supposed to be grown in farms.

customers haggling

RTW, linens, curtains, pets, brick-a-bracs, seafood, poultry, meat, fruits, vegetables, breads and pastries, cooked food (with an adjacent area with tables and chairs where you can eat al fresco) and plants.

Oncidium orchids  inter-generic hybrids on sale

Bazaars have been popular these days primarily because of its unique appeal. Also, they are affordable, they have a wide variety of products or goods and more enjoying than your usual grocery shopping at the supermarket.

This market has been known for it’s enticing fresh products that still came from far-off provinces. Fruits and vegetables were of high quality and the sea foods are those not usually found on our local markets.

roasted calf

Prices are quite reasonable , While the art of  haggling and grappling is not frowned upon (of course, it’s a tiangge!). Be sure to be  early in order to get  discounts based on buena mano.

ube jam

There is also a section were fresh organically grown fruits, vegetables, produce which are being sold . There are also free taste on new products.

How to get to Lung Center of the Philippines:

Commute: From MRT Quezon Avenue station, best to hire a cab or if you feel like really commuting, board a bus or jeepney bound for Fairview/Lagro/Philcoa or UP and drop off in front of the Lung Center of the Philippines. (this is opposite the pedestrian entrance of the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center) also on Quezon Avenue. From Manila, jeepneys and buses with signboard Fairview, Lagro and Philcoa all pass by the place. From LRT Monumento station (good for those coming from Cavite), you need to board buses going to Baclaran or Cubao then alight on Quezon Avenue before transferring to a Fairview-bound jeep or bus.

Commute : From Novaliches /Monumento/ Valenzuela / Caloocan¬† – ride any bus going to the south ( Baclaran, Alabang, San Pedro, Makati¬† )¬† go down at the MMDA foot bridge near¬† the Philippine Women’s University then walk towards the Jeepney station below the Quezon Avenue flyover / there is a Lagro / Philcoa jeeps .

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