The province of Laguna is known not only for its scenic and historical attractions, magnificent festivals, and cultural treasures, but also its wonderful delicacies, artisan crafts, and the entrepreneurial spirit of its people.
Mallgoers in Manila recently had a glimpse of Laguna’s food, fashion, fun, and fitness products during the recent “Kababaihan sa Kalakal at Kaunlaran” trade fair at the SM Mall of Asia.
A joint partnership of DTI Laguna and the SM Mall of Asia, week-long event highlighted the food and creative industry sectors of Laguna, particularly those engaged in processed fruits and nuts, wearables and home styles, handcrafted works, and fashion designs.
Gracing the event were DTI Key Officials, namely, DTI4A Regional Director Marilou Toledo, DTI NCR Regional Director Marcelina Alcantara, the commissioners of the Philippine Commission on Women led by Chairperson Sandra Montano, and Philippine Franchise Association Chairman and Director for MSME/Homegrown Franchises (Nonfood) Sherill Quintana.
The event showcased products from 12 Laguna businesses led by women in celebration of Women’s Month. These included beautifully designed gowns from Frannie Wei Haute Couture; trendy bayong bags made of water hyacinth from Da Buena’s Handicrafts; stylish Liliw footwear from Ai-She Fashion; statement accessories from Beadiday Beadshop; and abaca sandals and slippers from Monedo, and Nyms Footwear.
Foodie finds included Laguna delicacies from the Calamba City Society Marketing Cooperative; coconut organic products from Cocoplus Aquarian; non-solvent, single origin and vegan products from Gold in Grass; homemade delicacies from Don Juan’s Filipino Delicacies; and pasta sauces and Fruity Liqueurs from Sol’s Italian Food.
Skin care items from CBS Labs Cosmetic Products were also available.
The DTI Laguna Trade Fair is one of the many exciting events at the SM Mall of Asia.