Monday, September 19, 2016

The 31st Negros Trade Fair concluded on the 18th of September by the tolling of the “bell”.

The longest running provincial trade fair in the country was attended by a lot of people, including TV personalities and government officials of the country.

On its last day, an event on conservation and celebration of Biodiversity was conducted for nature lovers. The program was organized by Philippine Reef and Rainforest Conservation Foundation, Inc. and Danjugan Sanctuary. Some of the keynote speakers and performers during the event were Celine Fabie, author of the Legend of Juan Pawikan, Gio Levy, Jeyvi Castillo, and wildlife biologist and ornithologist Lisa Paguntalan.

The twilight of the week-long celebration of Negrense’s culture was marked by a light high resounding sound of the “bell”.

ANP is hopeful to see you next year (2017) at the 32nd Negros Trade Fair.

The Twilight of the 31st Negros Trade Fair

Saturday, September 17, 2016

University of St. La Salle and St. Joseph School - La Salle alumni of different generations gathered last night, September 17, at the Glorietta Activity Center Palm Drive to celebrate the 10th Tipon Negrosallians.

The fellowship program was headed by Vice Chancellor for Mission & Development Hector J. Gloria, Jr., USLSAA Manila Chapter President Jude Gatuslao, and USLSAA Bacolod President Dave Sanson.

The momentous event was graced by Makati Representative Hon. Monsour del Rosario and Secretary of Department of Energy Hon. Alfonso Cusi.  Mayor Evelio "Bing" Leonardia of Bacolod City and Bacolod City Administrator John Orola as well as veteran actor Joel Torre (La Salle Bacolod '77), were also present in the event.

Congressman Monsour del Rosario

DOE Secretary Alfonso Cusi

L-R: Zeno Martinez (Nextmedia), Mayor Bing Leonardia, City Administrator John Orola 
Joel Torre and Congressman Monsour del Rosario with Negrosallians

In line with tradition, Negrosallians honored the golden jubilarians of class 1966. The event likewise served as a platform for USLSAA to launch this year’s mission projects.

Golden Jubilarians: Batch '66

USLS UARO Ingrid Resuma Piccio, Negrosallian prexy GJ Gatuslao,
alumni awardee and past prexy Glen Gatuslao 

Hail, Hail La Salle!

(Photo credits to Nextmedia Advertising and Communications Inc.)

31st Negros Trade Fair "One Sweet Spot"
September 14-16, 2016, 
Glorietta Mall, Makati

The twilight of the weeklong celebration of Negrense’s culture was marked by a light high resounding sound of the “bell”.

ANP is hopeful to see you next year (2017) at the 32nd Negros Trade Fair.

10th Tipon Negrosallians

The 31st Negros Trade Fair gave us a glimpse of the upcoming MassKara Festival 2016 happening in Bacolod City on October 1-23!

The 31st Negros Trade Fair is ongoing until Sept. 18, 2016 at the Glorietta Activity Center, Makati City. 

(Photos by Paddy Perez)

MassKara Night!

Friday, September 16, 2016

The annual Negros Trade Fair has always been a fashionista’s dream. Why? Simple. There’s always a find for them – something unique, stylish, and just, oh, so beautiful. So come September 14-18, 2016, at the Glorietta Activity Center, fashionistas should come in full force.

Exhibitions like Negros Trade Fair help sustain communities of artisans in developing markets; by cultivating innovative business practices & providing an avenue to promote and sell their locally made products. Exhibitors use resources which are unique in their communities and incorporate their artisan skills to produce products for the global market.

As in previous years’, the 31st Negros Trade Fair will again have a mind-boggling array of fashion and accessories that will satisfy every craving of any fashionista. There will be the clothes, accessories, fashion jewelry and what have you that will add to that special look you want to achieve.

In the press conference of Negros Trade Fair last September 13, the representative of fashion sector, Margaret “Maymay” Villacin, proudly promoted the fashion industry of Negros. Some of the exhibitors  in this sector this year are MCV Designs, Reyes house of Piña, Masaste Art Collection, Tickled Tripper, ChiEvs Stones and Crystals by Maria Sigrid Dugeno-Lo, Kiculo Crafts, Ellege Fashion, Casa Mercedes and the business owned by Ms. Villacin, Maitasun Lan.
But some of the fashion and accessories available at the 31st Negros Trade Fair will have a new twist. In line with this year’s theme of Biodiversity in Tourism, some of the producers’ creativity was challenged and they faced up to it by creating items that incorporate the diverse natural beauty that nature has blessed this particular island paradise.

 Some of these accessories are necklaces made of clay and bamboo clutch. Most of the jewelries and accessories are handcrafted in the local municipalities of Negros. Imagine fashion items inspired by the species’ endemic only to Negros? Unique, huh? You’ll never find that shopping in any of the other places around the metro! That’s for sure!

The fashion and accessory finds at the Negros Trade Fair isn’t just for fashionistas though. There’s a find for anyone and everyone…from babies to those with grand babies, there’s the piece that’s just perfect for you. What’s best is that their all beautifully created and designed, as well as crafted to the highest quality standards.

So if it’s unique fashion and accessories you’re looking for, the 31st Negros Trade Fair is the place for you. You can visit the trade event until Sunday. Hurry up!

ChiEvs Stones and Crystals by Maria Sigrid Dugeno-Lo
  Ellege Fashion
  Kiculo Crafts: The Pandan Bag Ladies

 Masaste Art Collection
 MCV Designs
 Casa Mercedes
 Reyes House of Piña
  Tickled Tripper

31st Negros Trade Fair "One Sweet Spot"
September 14-16, 2016, 
Glorietta Mall, Makati

31st Negros Trade Fair showcases unique fashion incorporating this year's theme "Biodiversity in Tourism"

The Negros Trade Fair is not just for the women.  The NTF is for the MEN too!  Here are the three things  MEN should look into at the 31st Negros Trade Fair.

Top on the list is Piña Barong Material at Reyes House of Piña.

Next is a pair of artisanal moccasins made with Hablon material from Pulupandan by Risque Designs of Tal de Guzman.

And of course, for everyone to enjoy, Don Papa Rhum!

The 31st Negros Trade Fair will be on from September 14 to 18, 2016 at the Glorietta Activity Center, Makati City.

31st Negros Trade Fair "One Sweet Spot"
September 14-16, 2016, 
Glorietta Mall, Makati

Three Things Which Are A MUST FOR MEN at the Negros Trade Fair

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Ading’s Gourmet Tuyo is not your ordinary gourmet tuyo. Chef April shared the story behind the first shredded gourmet tuyo I have tried. She said that her Lola has always been very hands-on. When they were still little, every time they would harvest watermelons in their farm, her Lola would take out the seeds for them so that they can eat at ease. The same thing goes when they eat tuyo. It was originally her Lola’s recipe and it was always present in their family gatherings. Since her mom loves capers and olives, Chef April tried to add the said ingredients to her Lola’s recipe. Eventually, her friends told her “Why not put it in a bottle and sell it?” That gave birth to Ading’s Gourmet Tuyo. She worked on the product’s packaging and treats that as her main contribution for the coming about of Ading’s Gourmet Tuyo. Chef April is confident enough to say that it doesn’t contain any preservatives.

Being both a Lacson and a Gonzaga, Chef April confessed to be a certified foodie. She owns restaurants where she displays her products. She’s very proud to say that all her products are authentic family recipes. Her latest is the Chorizo de Gonzaga which is her Tita’s recipe.

Ading’s Gourmet Tuyo is now on its 3rd year. You can choose between regular and spicy variants. Chef April suggested ways on how customers can enjoy her Gourmet Tuyo. She said that it’s actually good with pasta, salad, and toasted crostini. However, she still thinks that it’s best with rice – the most Pinoy way of eating it.  Ading’s Gourmet Tuyo can also serve as an appetizer. Chef April said that you can spread it on French bread and add kesong puti for it to be like a Pinoy Canapé.

This is Chef April’s 2nd year in The Negros Trade Fair. She’s very proud of her Gourmet Tuyo which has already won 2 awards. It won the Savor Negrense Award at the Panaad sa Negros Festival 2015 where 19 municipalities and 13 cities joined and only one winner was declared and that is Ading’s Gourmet Tuyo. It was also acknowledged as the grand winner for the deli category of the 26th Bulawan Awards of the Association of Negros Producers in August 2016.

31st Negros Trade Fair "One Sweet Spot"
September 14-16, 2016, 
Glorietta Mall, Makati

A Negrense recipe handed from generations

Susan Flores, owner of Karissma, treats hers as a millionaire’s business. They’re now on their 5th year in the industry; yet, it’s their first time in the Negros Trade Fair.

Although it may sound ironic, the Yolanda incident in Tacloban paved way for Susan’s business. She has an American friend who gave her a call that time, asking her if she was affected by the typhoon. This friend of hers who’s a chemist and dermatologist in the USA wanted to extend her help to Susan. She gave her a formula in creating chemical-free soaps. Susan said that her friend is a chemist who hates chemicals that’s why she exerted effort in researching for fruits and vegetables in the Philippines which are good for the skin. It was only through Skype where they communicated to produce the soap.

Susan also shared the story behind the name of their brand. She said that during her younger days, it was very easy for her to gather people and she was always told by people that she has charisma. That incident gave her husband gave the idea of naming their brand “Karissma”. At the same time, it also means caress and charm.

Karissma soaps are all natural and handmade. Susan herself is the one who processes them in her small laboratory. The physical appearance of their products proves that they are using natural products. They include fruit and vegetable peelings in the soap.

Susan only started with 3 kinds of soap – banana, radish, and cucumber. Within a year, they were able to come up with more such as guava (anti-bacterial), avocado (moisturizing), charcoal (detoxifying), and many more. Their bestseller is the radish soap which has a bleaching effect. Each of their soap (150 grams) costs 180php.

The owner remains very down to earth. She understands that her business won’t flourish at once. “It’s slowly growing”, she said. Susan has been to many places because of Karissma. She’s been getting invites nationwide.

What’s more inspiring about the owner is she shares her success to other Filipinos. She welcomes distributors. They have packages for resellers, especially OFWs. This is her way of helping other people.

31st Negros Trade Fair "One Sweet Spot"
September 14-16, 2016, 
Glorietta Mall, Makati

Caress and charm in a bar

Have you ever thought of transforming your used wine and medicine bottles to a home décor or kitchenware? I nearly thought it was impossible until I met Precy Perez, owner of Yssa’s Crafts.

When you walk along the booths of the Negros Trade Fair, Precy’s flattened bottles will surely catch your eyes. In an interview with the owner herself, she revealed that all her products are recycled bottles. She buys them from scrap boys who regularly drop by her house in Bacolod. They get used medicine and wine bottles from dumpsites, hotels, restaurants, and junk shops. These materials undergo a cleaning process and are baked at a high temperature in a ceramic oven.

Back in the day, Precy used to do ceramics and exports them. However, in the year 1999, her sales dropped because the buyers opted to go to China to buy ceramics. In effect, she lost 30 workers and had financial difficulties. Despite this challenge in her life, she continued to sell her products with only 2 workers by her side. 

During a show in SM Megamall, a customer showed her a picture of bottle chimes and asked her if she knew how to do it. Funny thing is she said yes even though she really didn’t. However, since she’s a chemical engineer, she already had an idea on how to do the product. Precy gave it a try and it became a hit when she sold the bottle chimes locally.

During the firing, Precy doesn’t always get the desired shape because the temperature is not uniformed. Because of that, a defect gives birth to other products. Her products now include saucepans, serving dishes, home decors, and bottle chimes – her “golden egg”, she said. Recently, she’s been working on medicine bottles as vases/planters which are orders from the USA.

Precy treats her business as her bread and butter. Although she’s at the peak of her career, she never forgets to share her blessings to others especially to the less fortunate. Her purchasing of the recycled bottles from street children and mothers without income is her way of helping them. She even shared that late at night, these people would knock on her door and beg her to buy the bottles because they haven’t eaten yet. She couldn’t take such kind of situation that’s why she’ll always buy from them regardless of the time of the day.

At present, Precy Perez is the head of the gifts, décor & houseware sector of the 31st Negros Trade Fair. She regularly joins fairs, even international ones like the annual Manila Fame. She’s been receiving orders of her products from countries like Belgium and USA.

She treats her craft as a special gift from God. It was through her business that she was able to redeem the properties of her parents which were mortgaged.

On a personal note, Precy said that she’s very happy with what she’s doing. She has redeemed her confidence because of her growing business. Being an inspiration to aspiring entrepreneurs, she said “Kapag may sipag at tiyaga, may biyaya.”

31st Negros Trade Fair "One Sweet Spot"
September 14-16, 2016, 
Glorietta Mall, Makati

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