Trade fair promotes Antique tour sites, local products

first_imgShe said next year, DOT-6 is planningto focus on the promotion of lesser-explored provinces such as Antique andGuimaras. “In agriculture, tourism, trade,culture, and environment sectors, you name it, Antique’s time has come,”Catalbas added. Food exhibitors from the province werealso present, including the Laua-an Multi-Purpose Cooperative, Ariana’s CocoProducts, Enriqueta’s, Bulolacao-Calooy-Tulatula-Sikap Organization, 2Ms, CampEufre Farmers Association, Esparar Multi-Purpose Cooperative, and the StoneCave United La-Union Farmers Association, which brought the province’s localproducts ranging from “muscovado” sugar, candies, virgin coconut oil products,roasted coffee, peanut, taro chips, sweet potato chips, ginger, turmeric,squash, monggo, “kadyos,” “batwan,” corn, “gabi,” canton squash, to “moringga”powder. Deputy speaker Loren Legarda (5th from left), Gov. Rhodora Cadiao (3rd from right) and officials of the Department of Tourism-Antique lead the ribbon-cutting ceremony of the Philippine Harvest at the Central Square in Taguig City on Nov. 29. PNA/JOYCE ROCAMORA “I have committed to dedicate 2020 to Antiqueand Guimaras because all our local government units are already up there butthese two provinces are still way below. They are among the smallest in thecountry,” Catalbas added.  “The province of Antique has a strongemerging tourist destination in Western Visayas. It has pristine beaches,majestic sceneries, unique adventures, exotic beaches, and agriculturalproducts derived from homegrown coconut, sugarcane, banana, cassava, and sweetpotato,” DOT-6 director Helen Catalbas said on Friday. SAN JOSE, Antique – The local foodproducts unique in this province, and its nature destinations, were under thespotlight during the 2019 Philippine Harvest Antique – a Department of Tourism(DOT) initiative launched in Taguig City.  Over 10 weaving associations sold theprovince’s famous “patadyong” or multi-functional wrap-around cloth made ofcotton blends in plaid pattern, and hand-woven scarf, shawl, bags, T-shirts,shoes, hand-painted pillows, “bariw” and “banig” bags, place mats, carpets, hotpods, runners, embroidered products, and accessories. Philippine Harvest is a trade fairthat brings together the “best” of what each region across the country has tooffer. For its seventh edition, Antique was the focus.(With a report from PNA/PN)last_img