Unique products from towns on display in One Cebu Expo
UNIQUE products from Cebu’s towns are available at the Cebu International Convention Center (CICC) for the One Cebu Expo that will run until Aug. 13.
The products were entries of each municipality to the Obra Negosyo Eskwela Countryside Enterprise Business Upliftment (One Cebu), Capitol’s program that seeks to mentor start-up entrepreneurs in the province through the help of members of the Mandaue Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI).
Borbon Mayor Butch Sepulveda highlighted their town’s product – preserved and bottled “takyong” or bush snail. Shells were also turned into fashionable accessories such as cocktail rings, bracelets and necklaces.
Business students in universities in the city helped improved various products of different micro-entrepreneurs from towns. They helped assess how a certain product can be improved from its packaging, quality and marketing.
Also on display is Tabogon’s charcoal briquette made of forest twigs and carbonized coconut shells. It won the grand prize last March 2011 under the cluster category and got P200,000 as prize.
Tabogon’s Ecological Resource Management Association, Inc.(Termai) manufactured the smokeless and environment-friendly briquette and will be supplying 800 boxes per week to the new Larsian, which will be called Eco-Larsian, a popular barbecue place near Fuente Osmeña.
Each box contains 64 pieces of charcoal sold in CICC at P35.
Termai president Astrohel Ybañez said charcoal briquettes can grill faster and last longer than ordinary coal. The product is environment-friendly because they don’t cut trees in order to produce charcoal.
Josefina Lobitana, the treasurer of the association, said they brought 300 boxes for last year’s expo and these were sold out.
She said their product is cost-efficient because it igni
Other items available are pickled vegetables from Dalaguete, bamboo hats (sarok) from Consolacion, Sogod’s tablea (cacao extract) and kropec fish products from Bantayan.
Each municipality was given a booth to showcase not only their local products but their tourist sites as well.
The total number of exhibitors hit 450, tripling the number of participants in 2008 when it was held for the first time.
Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia said she organized the expo to counter the global economic recession, particularly in the US, that affected the exports industry on furnitures, gifts, toys and houseware.
Last year, the event registered 75,000 visitors during its 10-day run and was considered the biggest. (SUNNEX)
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