I am definitely a BIG fan of trade fairs. And one of the fairs I like going to, its my 3rd time to visit, is the Sikat Pinoy National Trade Fair.
Why? I simply marvel at the craftsmanship of Filipino entrepreneurs. Definitely world class. Since I don't have the means and the time to go to the different provinces and regions to discover their products, I let Sikat Pinoy bring the products to me!
Since it happens several times a year, I can do my Christmas shopping in advance. No stressful last minute shopping. It is really a GOOD idea to give gifts made by fellow Pinoys. Support LOKAL products.
And if you are a certified foodie like me, Sikat Pinoy is the trade fair to visit. There are lots of food choices, to bring home to the family to enjoy. Sarap! Happy also, that in my recent visits, there is a steady growing number of organic and healthy choices. And yes, this is where I get my dose of caffeine -- the civet and arabica coffee that I get here are of good quality (and I hoard hahaha).
|LOVE LOVE LOVE THESE WOODEN EARRINGS|
|EVERYONE MUST RECYCLE|
|"DISABILITY IS NOT INABILITY"|
EXPLORATION OF LOCAL MATERIALS:
There is also an exhibit of Local Materials being explored and research by the DTI Design Center. Through research and development, and manipulation processes, these raw materials can be actually converted to actual high value products.
Look at some of the local materials that have a huge potential in the market:
|fossilized PEEPUL LEAVES|
|GUINIT OR COCONUT SHEATH|
|CORN HUSK when dyed can be an excellent raw material|
|PANDAN that is traditionally used in weaving can be manipulated to |
result in a "leatherized" material
|RICE HULL with high lignin content which makes it an ideal raw material|
|BAKONG that grows abudantly in Bangalao Lake|
SIKAT PINOY INFO:
Since it was first launched as the brand for national domestic trade fairs in 2013, the yearly stagings of Sikat Pinoy fairs have gained a loyal following among Metro Manila consumers as well as institutional buyers who eagerly look forward to discovering the best products from the regions.
In the five-year period from 2013 to 2017, the Sikat Pinoy fairs have attracted nearly half-a-million visitors and generated almost P400 million in retail sales as well as booked and negotiated orders.
|DTI SECRETARY RAMON LOPEZ, DTI TRADE AND INVESTMENTS PROMOTION GROUP USEC. NORA KAKILALA TERRADO WITH THE SIKAT PINOY WINNERS OF MOST PROMISING MSME BRANDS|
The 2018 Sikat Pinoy National Trade Fair is organized by the Department of Trade and Industry through the Bureau of Domestic Trade Promotion (BDTP) in cooperation with the DTI’s Regional and Provincial Offices. It is one of the key programs to promote efficient marketing and distribution of local products and services; to expand and strengthen linkages among MSMEs through information exchanges and market matching; and to create awareness of domestic marketing opportunities for new projects, new technologies, and investments.
The 2018 Sikat Pinoy National Trade Fair is open during mall hours from August 22 to 26. Admission is free. See you there!