Wednesday, April 29, 2015

This year, Glorietta's most fabulous event takes place
in September.

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"Truly Negros"


30th Negros Trade Fair, 

September 16-30, 2015, 
Glorietta Mall, Makati













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Glorietta Awaits The 30th Negros Trade Fair

The Filipino, as a culture, has been said to be warm, friendly, hospitable, accommodating. And true enough, whichever island you choose to visit in this archipelago of 7,107 strong islands is going to welcome you with smiles, helpful souls and homes possibly open to hosting you for a day, a week, and some, even a month.

While some pundits would say that the archipelagic nature of the Philippines must be the symbolic reason of our purported disunity, we in Negros Island have beg to disagree: the archipelagic nature of the country may promote a differentiation of the Filipinos’ local cultures, but this serves to create different shades of what’s good about the Filipino.

Let us, then, zero in on the Negrense’s positive traits as a people.

We have established that the Filipino is a hospitable, friendly, caring and compassionate lot. So what shade does the Negrense lend to this beautiful trait of warmth and openness?

How about hospitality, friendliness, warmth and openness with an extra oomph of joy and a panache that comes out of a taste for the good life?

Bacolod, the capital of Negros Occidental is named the “City of Smiles,” and with good reason. The people of Bacolod know how to have a good time, and they know how to leverage culture and taste and make the best out of what they have.


Take for instance, the ubiquitous cup of coffee. A visitor once said, I have never tasted better coffee than what I’ve had from Bob’s of Bacolod, or at Oriental Cafe at the Central Market. It was like liquid gold.

And like the coffee that only the Bacolodnon can deliver, the Bacolodnon can deliver laughter, enjoyment and smiles, unlike any other: they know how to have a good time, and they do it with such burgeoning flair.

Shall we owe it to the opulence of the sugar boom? The remnants of the regal Spanish culture that has permeated this lovely city? The sweetness of sugar that has kept the culture in a symbolic sugar high?

We can surmise, but that would be pointless. How about choosing to enjoy the warmth and the laughter with the Bacolodnons? How about choosing to just throw "huya" to the wind and just allow yourself to be ushered into someone’s lola’s merienda feast?

Savor the sights, sounds and gustatory delights of Negros Island; best of all, enjoy the company of the people who keep the culture brimming with life.  All these are transported to Manila every September during The Negros Trade Fair - the Philippines longest running provincial trade fair.





Warmth, Smiles And A Good Time: Joy And Hospitality With Panache At The Negros Trade Fair

The Association of Negros Producers is the organizer and driving force behind

The Negros Trade Fair


Beginnings and History…
a success story on self-reliance…

ANP is born of an ironically sweet crisis, a historical landmark of great distress. The fateful fall of the sugar industry in the 1980?s where the world sugar prices plummeted and government took control of sugar trading crippled the economy of Negros in a major life-changing, lifestyle-denting and peace-shattering way. Instead of succumbing to the tragic fate of the monocrop industry that the whole community was dependent on, fifteen Negrense women summoned prayers and their natural entrepreneurial flair to organize the House of Negros Foundation. The foundation, then based in Manila where the women were, paved the way for the founding of a non-stock, non-profit and non-political organization composed of professionals, entrepreneurs and housewives.

The Association of Negros Producers, as we know it now, then contributed extensively in alleviating the plight of more than 150,000 displaced workers in an awful time that saw 84 percent of Negrenses living below the poverty line and 60 percent of their children languishing in malnutrition. Coming from seminars in Manila on starting a kitchen or backyard business with certain crafts and skills, the women shared their knowledge with wives of farm workers. The singular determination to create just one more job brought this stalwart association to where it is now, an established beacon of hope.

http://anp-philippines.org

Association of Negros Producers

Negros Trade Fair at 30

"Truly Negros"

30th Negros Trade Fair, 

September 16-20, 2015, 
Glorietta Mall, Makati

Negros Trade Fair at 30 Schedule

A Rich Heritage.

A Rich Heritage







Negros Island.  The Sweet Spot of the Philippines.


Negros Island. The Sweet Spot of the Philippines





Paintings and artwork for the home.









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Artwork At The Negros Trade Fair

A few Trade Fairs ago, when we were still at the Rockwell Tent, Daphne Oseña-Paez tried Kansi, Bacolod's version of Bulao.  Check out her Twitter feed on shat she had to say:



The 30th Negros Trade Fair happens this September at the Glorietta Mall.











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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

It is hard to actually say that Angel Jacob is a visitor to the Negros Trade Fair.  By and large, Angel is a Negrense - not necessarily by birth but by having assimilated the very essence of being Negrense when she starred as lead actress in Jay Abello's 2008 indie film "Namets".  Her alter ego, the movie's Cassie Labayen is excellently portrayed that it's so hard to actually think that Angel was not once a typical daughter descending from a hacendero family, schooled in St. Scholastica's Academy Bacolod and speaking with that distinct "Ilongglish" diction.

Next time you bump into Angel at the Negros Trade Fair, try calling her by the name "Cassie".  If that doesn't work, "Cassie Labayen" will surely make her head turn.











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Angel Jacob and Cassie Labayen at the Negros Trade Fair

Monday, April 27, 2015











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Quan Baked Goodies



Don’t miss this food stall at the 27th Negros Trade Fair – Freakin Chicken!









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Freakin’ Chicken! Yummy To Say The Least!



The colors of the 27the Negros Trade Fair are already up and Rockwell as well as the rest of Makati are equally ready for the fun and the finds in this year’s edition of the Association of Negros Producers Trade Fair.
The Governor’s Night kicks off the event later, followed by the screening of Pureza at Cinema 6.
For the fashion lovers, fashion finds like garments, infant dresses and bags abound!










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Rockwell and Makati City are ready for the 27th Negros Trade Fair!

 
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