VIGAN CITY, July 30 (PIA) — The city government of Vigan launched the 5th Vigan Food and Trade Fair in Metro Manila to boost its small and medium scale enterprises and attain economic growth.
The eight-day trade fair launched recently in Taguig City, Metro Manila netted P1.2 million in gross sales from different local crafts and traditional products, City Mayor Eva Marie Singson Medina said.
About 25 exhibitors composed of 10 furniture shops, six souvenir stores, and nine food stalls participated in the fair.
The natives of Ilocos Sur and Vigan, residing and working in Metro Manila, and other customers including foreign and local tourists feasted on the mouth-watering Vigan longganisa, Vigan’s One Town One Product (OTOP)’ ‘sinanglao (Ilocano Bulalo),’ empanada, okoy, bagnet or chicharon, and other native delicacies, the mayor added.
The Bel-Air ‘Pasinaya (Thanksgiving) 2012’ held in Makati City last April 30 marked the opening of the Vigan Trade Fair focusing on the heritage of Vigan with its native food and handicrafts on sale during its annual bazaar.
Rep. Mar-len Abigail Binay, who was the guest of honor and speaker, also commended the Ilocano culture and products during the trade fair attended by the members of the Bel-Air Village association, Women of Bel-Air Foundation Inc., and the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) councils headed by Barangay Chairman Nene Lichauco.
“Umaykayon Diay Vigan (Come to Vigan)” said Mayor Medina aims to sell Vigan and boost its tourism potentials even as she added that the former Ciudad Fernandina is the only UNESCO World Heritage City in the Philippines and awarded as the “Most Child Friendly City” nationwide.
The Vigan Heritage Village is a national treasure that must be protected and Ilocanos around the world are campaigning to include Vigan as one of the “Seven Wonder Cities of the World” because of its uniqueness in history. (ANL/BPP-PIA1, Ilocos Sur)