Negros Trade Fair goes live for the 35th year
CITY OF BACOLOD – The Negros Trade Fair (NTF) returns after a year of hiatus, marking its 35th year by going online to complete its on-site store at the Association of Negros Producers (ANP) new hub along South Capitol Road here .
With some 35 participating producers, the show generated around PHP630,000 in sales in the first two days, ANP President Arlene Infante said on Monday.
The on-premise and online platforms opened on May 29 at the same time as the hub’s inauguration and will last for one month until June 30.
“The oldest provincial trade fair in the country, which has always been held in Metro Manila, will now be able to reach more people in the country through an e-commerce platform,” he said. -she adds.
Romulo-Puyat said that micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) on the island of Negros will now have access to a larger customer base and more opportunities to connect to the international market.
The head of tourism said that the NTF is one of her favorite annual events and that she always looks forward to seeing the Negrense products on display.
The NTF, an annual event organized by the ANP in collaboration with the provincial government Negros Occidental and various national government agencies, adopts the theme “Embracing the QR (Quick Response) Code” for this year’s edition.
Its staging was canceled last year due to restrictions and the threat posed by the 2019 coronavirus disease pandemic (Covid-19).
In its 34th year in 2019, the NTF was held at the Glorietta Activity Center in Makati City.
Infante acknowledged that the ANP was facing an unprecedented crisis that threatened its existence even when the pandemic struck, leading to the closure of the Negros Showroom at Robinsons Place Bacolod and the NTF’s indefinite postponement.
“But then, also for the same reason, this pandemic gave us the desires of our hearts. Something we dreamed of and thought it will only remain a dream. In other words, having our own building and showroom where we don’t care about rent and where all of our resources are dedicated to the advancement of our key entrepreneurship advocates, ”she said. .
ANP’s e-commerce platform caters to customers in Metro Manila and other parts of the country, while the hub’s on-site trade fair is open six days a week for buyers from across the country. province.
“History has shown us that as long as the ANP remains true to its vocation, all of our partners, the provincial government in particular, will be there for us, because we live for the MSMEs of Negrense,” said Infante.
In 2020, the provincial government and the ANP, with the Talarak Foundation, entered into a usufruct agreement for the association to use the property belonging to the Capitol of the Negros Forest Park for 25 years.
The province has also provided a PHP 5 million fund for the construction of the ANP center which houses a business and training center, an exhibition hall, an office, as well as the Bugana market.
The ANP Hub is part of the Negros Occidental Culture Hub circuit with the Capitol and the provincial park, the Provincial Tourist Office, the office of Mambukal Resort Bacolod, “Cafetolyo” or the café in the lagoon and the park, Talarak Foundation -Negros Forest Park, The Negros Museum, Ayala Fiesta Market and Pala-Pala Food Terminal Market.
Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson, who led the “Arima” or the symbolic bell ringing that signals the start of the fair, reiterated the province’s support for local producers.
“Please keep innovating and creating, and always strive for excellence. Your provincial government is there to support you every step of the way, ”said Lacson. (PNA)