Monday, August 12, 2013

Back To Where It All Began

As the Negros Trade Fair celebrates 28 years of existence and success, it comes back to where it all began – Makati City. It was in 1985 that the first trade fair, then known as The House of Negros trade fair, was held at the then QUAD Carpark beside the Manila Garden Hotel. The following year, it was again held in Makati, this time in the Hotel Nikko Manila Garden Hotel itself.
For several years after that, the Negros Trade Fair moved out of Makati and travelled to Pasay City and Mandaluyong, to large venues that could accommodate its fast growing participation and patronage. Every year, the fair just grew and grew.

This year, the 28th holding of the Negros Trade Fair is to be at the prestigious Glorietta Mall. Makati, after all, is Makati – the first and foremost business and commercial district in the Metro.
At the Glorietta mall, visitors to the fair can enjoy more convenient parking, wider aisles so no crowding, and the overall larger venue which can accommodate even more outlets that offer more merchandise that will surely catch your eye. There will be a package counter – a new addition – where shoppers can leave their bags to get even more of the beautiful things on sale. For those who would want to get more information about the province, a tourist pavilion will be set up where the provincial government and some of the cities in the province will have information desks. Lastly, there will be credit card terminals in strategic areas. Convenience through and through.

This homecoming of sorts promises to be even bigger than any of the previous years’ fairs. Back to Makati comes “Evolving Lifestyles since 1985”, the 28th Negros Trade Fair. The theme is apt since the trade fair, the association, and its membership has continued to evolve in the past 28 years. Their eagerness to grow and keep up with the waves of change in design and manufacturing is what has been the key to their longevity and success. And as the years go on, you can be assured that they will continue to keep up with trends: always staying up to date and never out of style.
If you enjoyed those before, there’s no doubt you’ll again fall in love with this year’s exposition. Mark the date: September 25-29, 2013 at the Glorietta Mall Activity Center, Palm Drive.
And, oh yes, when you come to the trade fair, bring your reusable shopping bags. Again, in line with the new awareness of ecology and environment, the association and the trade fair would like to do their share to contribute to saving our environment.

More About Negros
In line with the 28th Negros Trade Fair to be held at the Glorietta Mall Activity Center, Makati City, this September 25-29, 2013, the Association of Negros Producers will be publishing a glossy magazine entitled “Evolving Lifestyles”.

The magazine will give more insight to the sights and sounds of Negros, particularly the different wares and produce that will be available at the trade fair. It will feature producers and their unique wares, the history of the ANP and NTF, as well as a peek into Negrense lifestyle.
The magazine is to be given free to patrons of the trade fair and will also be distributed during the Masskara Festival for which Bacolod is famed for.
Reading through the magazine will give the reader a clearer view of what Negros is all about. It will highlight what the essence of being Negrense – fun loving, creative, laid back, industrious, and most of all, unique.
Not Just for Shopping… A TOTAL Family Fun Experience
September 25, 2013, Wednesday; 12:00 noon
It’s Raining Men!
We introduce the famous Ilonggo men chefs such as JP Anglo of Mushu and Master Chef, Manny Torrejon of Manolo’s, Gerald Montelibano, Fernando Aracama of Aracama, Tom Bascon, and Richard Ynayan. Each of them shall cook a dish using a Negros food product and come up with a “Negros food with a twist” repertoire. Every table will be styled using Negros products. Tickets will be sold for the luncheon to cover part of the costs of producing this activity. The food line-up will be served by the students of Institute of Culinary Arts of La Salle Bacolod, a culinary school of international standards. Limited seats! For inquiries, email:
September 26, 2013, Thursday; 6:00 p.m.
Arte Negrense Fashion Show
Who else deserves to be the fashion plates but our very own family matriarchs along with her younger generations to parade the latest fashion designs for the upcoming season ranging from the hand-made smocked children’s dresses, ladies bags fashion accessories.
September 27, 2013, Friday; 3:00 p.m.
Tea Time with the Ikebana International
Another first! And to give the fair an international twist, the Ikebana International Manila Chapter will do an Ikebana demonstration, the Japanese Art of Floral Arrangement emphasizing form and balance. The Tagaytay based Flower Farm, of fellow Silaynon Mrs. Ging Severino Delos Reyes, will be providing the flora and foliage while the Negros vase producers will supply them a variety of vases of different sizes and shapes for them to fill and display.
September 28, 2013, Saturday, 2:00pm
Sabrina’s Kitchen Marathon at the Negros Trade Fair
You couldn’t afford to miss this! This is a cooking demonstration to be hosted by Ilongga Ms. Sabrina Artadi of the popular TV cooking show, Sabrina’s Kitchen. She will be using a variety of ingredients coming from our Negros Producers complemented with the launching of the olive oil variants of Clara Ole.
The second leg of Sabrina’s cooking marathon is the concoction of cocktails and mocktails using the various McCormick flavoring selection. The event will be videotaped and aired in a future edition of the show featured in the Asian Food Channel (AFC).
September 28, 2013, Saturday
University of St. La Salle Reunion
An annual fellowship event among USLS alumni in Metro Manila. Meet and reunite with your fellow alumnus.
September 25-29, 2013, Wednesday to Sunday, 5:00pm
Six Degrees of Separation
Thus event, also known as the small world phenomenon, is a theory that everyone and everything is six or fewer steps away, from any other person in the world.
Have your picture taken, post it on the photo wall and watch the connectivity and continuity of relations. To view an actual demonstration, you may log on
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The Negros Trade Fair is the longest running provincial trade fair in the Philippines held annually in Metro Manila since 1985.

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