Some P40 million in five days. That’s the gross projected sales expected by the Department of Trade and Industry in Central Visayas (DTI-7) in Sandugo Trade Expo held in Tagbilaran City on July 24-28 at the Island City Mall.
Regional Director Asteria Caberte said last year’s expo generated P33 million sales for 170 exhibitors.
This year, there are 190 exhibitors with participants from 11 regions filling up the halls at the ICM.
Local products displayed at the fair include souvenir items, wearables and homestyle (furniture, furnishings, fashion accessories), processed food, gifts and decors.
Carved wooden figures known as “bulul” are perfect souvenir items.
There are also amazing driftwood sculptures on display. Using only salvaged materials like driftwood, roots, burls and natural found wood, local artists from Cebu create astonishing works of art and furniture.
Pearls from Palawan are also perfect match for your chic bags.
Loveless? Love potions at the Siquijor display booth can help you. Amulets to ward off evil spirits are also sold here.
If you are hungry, there are many food to satisfy gastronomic needs.
The trade marketing event is putting a highlight on coffee and cacao (chocolate) as the emerging priority industry clusters.
DTI said some companies were very small when they started joining the trade fair. Then they would come every year and DTI has seen them grow throughout the years but they still participate.
They see the market potential and they trust DTI.
DTI said they hoped there would be more participants in the next expo.