Events And Nightlife
OK-Gayon Bikol: A Showcase of Bicol's Bounty
Bernard Supetran | Oct 04, 2016
The Bicol Region is putting its best foot forward once again as the OK Bikol Association Inc., and the Department of Trade and Industry and the Department of Tourism, hold the 20th Orgullo Kan Bikol-Gayon Bicol Trade and Tourism Fair at the SM Megamall Megatrade Hall, Oct. 6-9.
The event's guests of honor is Vice President Leni Robredo who hails from Naga City, along with Undersecretaries Zenaida Maglaya of the DTI and Alma Rita Jimenez of the DOT.
According to DOT regional director Maria Ong-Ravanilla, the expo is Bicol region's vehicle in developing home-grown entrepreneurs, especially those who will vie for the Manila market for the first time.
A total of 108 micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) and 7 Institutional exhibitors is taking part in this year's edition of .
Incepted in 1996 as OK Bikol, it is the longest running regional trade and travel fair which showcases the distinct products and tourist spots from Bicol, which is among the country's fastest growing regions.
Started by the DTI in 1996 as Orgullo Kan Bikol (Pride of Bicol) which displayed the region's cottage industries, it has generated some P200 million in actual receipts, excluding business transactions consummated after the show.
With the support of the DTI, producers have developed world-class packaging for processed food products which have become export quality. The DTI also supports micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in product development by tapping local designers to assist merchants in creating new designs for their handicrafts.
The DOT joined in 2001, to synergize trade and tourism.
OKB-Gayon Bicol is supported by the various provincial, city and municipal local government units which will display their One Town, One Product (OTOP) specialties such as abaca products, home furnishings, fashion accessories, health and wellness concoctions, pili-based candies, and novelty items.
Ravanilla said that will feature processed food and beverage products which have been certified Halal by the Islamic Da'wah Council of the Philippines, making them more competitive in the global market.
The expo is also highlighting Bicol’s popular and new travel destinations. In recent years, Bicol has posted the highest tourist arrivals among all the regions due to its diverse natural attractions, festivals, and accessibility from Manila and the Visayas.
With Albay province as gateway and anchor destination, the region has been clustered into the Almasor (Albay, Masbate and Sorsogon) Tourism Alliance, and the Camarines Norte-Camarines Sur-Catanduanes (3C) Tourism Link.
Spicing up the four-day fair are performances by the CamSur Cultural Dancers, the All Star Band of Legazpi City, MAG Dancers of Iriga City, and surprise entertainment numbers and guest appearances from Bicolano artists and celebrities.
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