LINGAYEN, Pangasinan –The festivity vibes still pervade at the Capitol Complex as the 11th Pangasinan Tourism and Trade Expo remains open until May 13 for public viewing, one-stop-shop hub and for ‘food cravings gratification’ featuring products and services from Pangasinan and elsewhere.
Located at the Capitol Beachfront near the Capitol Resort Hotel, the expo features not only “One Town, One Product” of some municipalities in Pangasinan, but also, some manufactured goods and products of neighbouring provinces of Pangasinan.
As the opening salvo to the biggest festival of the province, the expo formally opened on April 20 through a brief program led by Governor Amado I. Espino, III followed by a night of music featuring famed local orchestras from Basista town and the newly-formed Capitol Orchestra.
Highlighted by plants and garden landscape and bonsai exhibit, the expo also recognized masterpieces of local garden and landscape design enthusiasts.
Earlier, PTCAO head Ma. Luisa A. Elduayan said that the Expo serves as a venue where a wide array of the best Pangasinan products and delicacies are showcased and promoted.
The food strip also features top-favorite products of the following: Dapuyen’s Vigan Empanada & Delicacies (San Fernando, La Union), Empanada ni Behang (Batac City, Ilocos Norte), Teophilus Pasalubong (Baguio City), Oddiebelle’s Food Products (San Fernando, La Union), and Berg’s Food Products (Sto. Tomas, La Union).
As such, even interested groups based outside Pangasinan also joined the festivity through their on-sale souvenirs and gift items including: Jeffe Handicraft, (Baguio City), QuiobeArt & Handicrafts (Talisay City, Cebu), RJM Accessories & Handmade Product (Marikina City), Frajel Design and Crafts (Antipolo City, Rizal), LPB Gifts and Handicrafts (Taytay, Rizal), Moonlight Handicrafts (Bicol), Novocijiano Novelty (Nueva Ecija) and many more.
Furthermore, household materials including furniture products furnished by invited exhibitors from La Union, Nueva Ecija, and Ilocos Sur are also on display for interested buyers.
Based on the report of the Provincial Tourism and Cultural Affairs Office (PTCAO), the expo gathered the most number of visitors and guests from April 29 to May 1.
Pulling off a great number of spectators, the ‘SMB Night’ was also held at the Expo Compound on May 1 featuring prominent Manila-based bands including: “Wilabaliw,” “Primeapes,” and “Northdrive.”
A film-showing which usually starts at 6:00 p.m. courtesy of the Provincial Information Office (PIO) is also set to give leisure to spectators who are enjoying the galore of food stalls within the Expo Compound.