By Patricia Bianca S. Taculao
Now on its 34th year, The Negros Trade Fair formally opened to offer the public a taste of Negrense products that are sourced and made in the region. The event also gives fairgoers a glimpse of the heritage of Negros.
Following the theme “Timeless Traditions,” the trade fair shines the spotlight on the culture and stories of the Negrense that brought the fair to life in the first place.
Started in 1985 out of a need to provide an alternative source of income for the Negrense due to the global sugar crisis, the event has long evolved into a platform for the locals of Negros Oriental and Negros Occidental to showcase their products.
The trade fair serves as an opportunity for small to medium entrepreneurs to introduce their products to a wider market.
Spearheaded by the Association of Negros Producers, Inc. (ANP), the fair aims to promote the culture, craft, and heritage of Negros as it unites producers from various industries who reperesent the best of the region.
Fairgoers can enjoy delicacies native to Negros Oriental and Negros Occidental as well as purchase non-consumable crafts, accessories and furniture made from natural materials that grow in the region.
Negros Oriental is known to produce goods such as sugarcane, corn, coconut, and rice. In the meantime, while Negros Occidental also produces sugarcane and corn, it is also noted for non-food agricultural crops like natural fibers used for weaving.
The Negros Trade Fair is held at the Glorietta 2 Activity Center in Makati from September 25 to 29 and is open to the public during mall hours.