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ABAKAWAYAN Expo 2008 slated in Negros Oriental

By Jennifer Catan-Tilos

Dumaguete City (6 November) -- Abaca and bamboo products and technologies will be showcased on November 19-21, 2008 at Sidlakang Negros Village, Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental dubbed as "ABAKAWAYAN Expo 2008."

While the Philippines is noted as the abaca capital of the world and is indigenous in the province, the exposition highlights the importance of indigenous natural fibers and forest resources, mainly abaca and bamboo to local and national development.

Spearheaded by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) in cooperation with the provincial government of Negros Oriental, the event, according to Engr. Gilbert Arbon of DOST, will promote not only economic development, but also the preservation of our cultural heritage and even the conservation of environment.

During the ABAKAWAYAN Expo, activities lined-up include exhibits, technology demonstration, investment forums, skills competition, fashion and musical show to some entrepreneurs and manufacturers, farmers or planter, traders, non-government and government organizations, schools, hotels and restaurants, and tourists.

With a series of activities, this will also aim to educate and raise awareness of the use and application of abaca and to involve local people, government agencies, designers, manufacturers, traders and consumers in the promotion of abaca in different possible venues such as in Silliman University, Foundation University, Negros Oriental State University or Macias Sports and Cultural Center.

Abaca–fibers are used in the production of handicraft products such as fashion and decorative accessories, sports paraphernalia, sinamay products, insulation papers, building materials and production of sporting goods.

The fashion show will feature designs that utilize traditional and modern materials and musical presentations will also introduce ethnic dances and bamboo instruments.

This traditional fiber and bamboo industries in the province provide livelihood or business to hundreds of people, including farmers, weavers, artisans, entrepreneurs, and traders.

Another Exposition that President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will draw attention Tuesday to resource-rich Laguna as one of the country's preferred investment locations with a motivated work force, superb support services and strategic business location.

The President will keynote the five-day 1st Laguna Investment and Business Expo at the Events Center of the SM Sta. Rosa in Laguna.

The Expo aims to showcase the best that the province can offer to investors --- from the different levels of development in various fields to new linkages business, networks and business opportunities.

It is expected that the inevitable effect of industrialization that sustains the vibrant and pulsating economy of Laguna will be highlighted.

Laguna Gov. Teresita Lazaro said the province has benefited in terms of physical infrastructure, social services and facilities, and other external economies because the province is situated within the growth passageway of CALABARZON (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) and MARILAQUE (Marinduque, Laguna and Quezon). (PIA/jct) [top]

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