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Lamb thrust highlights
trade fair opening

Top government officials joined the opening to the 27th Negros Trade Fair at Rockwell Tent in Makati City that began with cocktails featuring Negros’ lamb tendered by the Negros Occidental provincial government for business and tourism representatives, and Manila-based Negrense entrepreneurs.

Among those present at the affair was Senator Sergio Osmeña III who called on the public to visit the trade fair that features finely crafted products.

Osmeña said he was also set to meet with Negros sugar leaders to discuss legislative support for the sugar industry in Makati last night.

Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr., in his speech at the cocktails Tuesday night, thanked Manila–based Negrense Chefs Nena Vargas Tantoco and Tony Boy Escalante who cooked all the food served during the event, including the lamb which the province is showcasing as an introductory product, in line with its vision to make the Province the Lamb Capital of the Philippines.

Also featured at the cocktails were Negros talaba and crabmeat, the governor said.

The food served was delicious and heavenly, Osmeña said.

Marañon also invited everyone to patronize the Negros products and support the Negros Trade Fair, which is considered one the pioneering and longest running trade, marketing and promotions event in the country, organized by the Association of Negros Producers Inc.

The ongoing weeklong event which has for its theme “Beyond Limits” showcases Negrense cuisine, food products gifts and housewares, garments, decors, accessories, and furniture, among others.

The province of Negros Occidental is also showcasing its organic products such as the rainforest coffee, black, brown and red rice, muscovado sugar, organic lotions, drinks insect repellants, wines, botanical insecticides produced by farmer cooperatives, as well as the Japanese rice produced in Canlaon City and Moises Padilla.

It also maintains its information and tourism booth within the event area to further promote the province’ tourism, organic products and livestock potentials, the governor said.*

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