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Bacolod City, Philippines Monday, April 27, 2015
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Negrense tourism,
food get boost

Prospects for more Negrense investment opportunities in the areas of food and tourism were once again strengthened with the participation of Negros Occidental province in the three-day Madrid Fusion Manila at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia in Pasay City, Manila, that ended yesterday.

Benja Lucasan, provincial government project development officer IV, said yesterday that as of 6 p.m. yesterday, total sales at the Negros Occidental booth was almost P50,000.

The event that featured the Trade Expo, Gastronomy Congress and Flavors of the Philippines was organized by the Philippine Association of Convention/Exhibition Organizers and Suppliers headed by Matisa Nallana.

On Saturday, Negrense chefs featured a Medley of Kilawin of fresh fish, vinegar, and spices and the slow Roasted Baby Lamb by Enting Lobaton of Enting's Restaurant, the Silay Lumpiang Ubod and Dinugu-an with Puto by Tony Boy Eacalante of Antonio's, Batchoy by JP Anglo of Sarsa, Liberation, Maipao and Mushu, Lukus Adobo and Pilit Croquetas and Alupi by Fernando Aracama of Aracama and the grilled Capiz angel Diwal by Margarita Fores at the Visayas Regional Lunch.

Also served at the lunch was the all-time favorite piaya of Fresh Start.

Inquiries for bookings were also made by various suppliers at the Negros display and selling booths on the muscovado seasoning, raw and processed batwan, squid ink, arabica coffee, honey and locally produced beer and wine products, Lucasan said.

It was a good venue to promote Negrense organic products which will be showcased again at SMX next month during the International Food Exhibition , she said.

Negrense officials who visited the fair were Gov Alfredo Marañon Jr., Board Members Salvador Escalante Jr. and Dr Miller Serondo, and former Gov Rafael Coscolluela, consultant on trade and investment promotions.

Provincial staff who manned the display, information and selling booths were Benja Lucasan and Cristine Mansinares, office of the Governor, and Lucille Gelvolea and Achy Azuro of the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist. *


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