Catandungan Summer Bazaar “A Success” - CT

The first ever Catandungan trade fair on a summer season, dubbed as "Catandungan Summer Bazaar", has been dubbed a success, generating a total sales of P280,630.00 in its extended run of two-and-a-half months.

The fair helped out more than 30 local micro processors from the different towns, majority of them members of the Catanduanes Producers Association, Inc. (CPAI ), in promoting their products.

Food items were the top sellers, with sales amounting to P125,000.00, followed by Wearables (caragumoy bags, macramé bags and abaca slippers) with P83,380.00, Home Furnishings (wall frames and furniture) with P49,750.00, and Gift and Holiday Decors (handmade paper by-products) with P22,500.00.

The Catandungan Summer Bazaar at the JMA Memorial Park in Sta. Elena, Virac, was originally planned to be staged for two weeks from March 29 to April 11, 2010, but had to be extended to May 15 due to insistent public demand. This year’s venue was at the JMA Memorial Park in Sta. Elena, Virac, Catanduanes.

It featured different local products in the province such as caragumoy bags, hats and crafts, rattan crafts, abaca twine bags, hammocks, abaca handmade paper & by-products, wall decors, abaca bacbac slippers, lasa brooms, bigaho trays, lamps, quilted bags, furniture and souvenir t-shirts. Also, the bazaar offered an array of delicacies like pili treats, latik, special polovoron, rice coffee, pancit bato, instant salabat, bukayo (coco balls), ampaw, banana chips, taro chips, sampaloc candy and many more.

During the opening of the fair, a motorcade around the poblacion was held to herald the event, followed by the ribbon-cutting ceremony led by PBM Shirley Abundo of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, Station Commander Col. Adan Magdasoc of the Virac PNP and Ms. Zeny Vargas of the Provincial DILG, assisted by PD Ireneo Panti Jr. of DTI, Mr. Cesar Angeles, President of Catanduanes Producers Association, and Virac Municipal Agriculturist, Ms. Jessie Urbano. Fireworks signaled the ceremony’s highlight.

The Summer Bazaar was an idea that came out of the opportunity to promote local products to visitors and bakasyonistas expected during the Holy Week, summer vacation and fiestas.

Meanwhile, the OTOP Cariton stationed at the Virac Airport has already generated a total sales of almost P174,000.00 from its launching last February this year to date. It sells pasalubong food items made by 15 micro processors of the province.

The Catandungan Summer Bazaar and the OTOP Cariton are joint undertakings of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Catanduanes Producers Association, Inc. (CPAI), with funding and technical support from the Provincial Government of Catanduanes and the Civil Aviation Authority.

Source: Catanduanes Tribune - 29 May 2010