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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Trade Fair showcases entrepreneurship and tourism from Ilocos Sur


Ilocos Sur Governor Luis Chavit Singson looked at the best furniture pieces from Ilocos Sur at the recently concluded “Tawid Ken Partuat” (Inheritance and Heritage), Metrowalk Commercial Complex, Pasig City on December 14, 2011. Also in photo is DTI PRO Director Thelma Dumpit-Murillo (left). PRO-DTI

“Tawid Ken Partuat” is the annual trade fair of the Ilocos Sur province organized by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) – Ilocos Sur to showcase the best products of the province. “The trade fair presents the Ilocano ingenuity, innovativeness and creativity thru all the manufactured products and fresh produce of the province as well as to promote the splendid and scenic tourism sites,” said Governor Luis Chavit Singson of Ilocos.

Tawid Ken Partuat is literally translated to “Inheritance and Heritage” which can be seen from the traditional furniture, furnishings, native delicacies like bagnet and Vigan longganiza on display. The 9th installment of the trade fair offers the best of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) from 20 municipalities and 2 cities.

As the primary government agency mandated to promote the growth of enterprises, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) assisted the participating SMEs in how to set up in the trade fair. “The participation and contribution of the Provincial Government of Ilocos Sur made the fair possible in bringing all the exhibitors to Metro Manila,” said Grace Lapastora, DTI Provincial Director of Ilocos Sur.

Exhibit fees were waived and transportation fees and accommodation were provided for the small producers of the province participating in the trade fair by the local government. “They were persistent to join the trade fair urging the local government to assist them because they want to learn about the market and experience what it is like to be exposed to different clientele,” said Lapastora.

The fair also showcased tourism destinations from Sinait to Cervantes particularly the heritage site in Vigan. Recognized as UNESCO World Heritage, Vigan City continues to astound local and foreign tourists alike with its well-preserved Spanish colonial houses and cobbled streets.

Other exciting tourist spots include Governor Singson’s “Baluarte,” a local zoo of deer, sheep, alpacas, tigers, and pythons. It also has a shooting range, pony rides and animal shows. Resorts and beach houses abound the province since Ilocos Sur edges the West Philippine Sea and the CAR provinces of Abra, Mt. Province and Benguet.

Shoppers were treated to a fashion show called the “Abel Iloco,” which featured the native woven cloth, “abel” as a fashion item. “People are used to buy the abel for use as blanket but here in the fashion show. The abel is center stage as a fashion accessory like scarf or accent piece as designed by internationally acclaimed fashion designer Dita Sandico-Ong,” said Lapastora. Reden Miranda, PRO-DTI

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