Sixteen (16) Philippine food companies generated US$23.4 million worth of export sales in the recently held Taipei International Food Show (TIFS) at the Nangang Exhibition Center Hall 1 in Taiwan last June 21-24.
Led by the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), the Philippine delegation in TIFS 2017 surpassed the target sales of US$22 million and exceeded the previous US$21.58 sales generated in 2016 by 8.4 percent.
“The Philippines had a successful participation in Taiwan. We surpassed our sales goal and actually brought 16 companies under the Philippine banner from an initial target of 12 companies,” said CITEM Executive Director Clayton Tugonon. “We were also able to share necessary information to these companies so that they can capitalize on the promising market opportunities in Taiwan.”
Part of the Philippine delegation are Celebes Canning Corporation, CJ Uniworld Corporation, DMI Medical Supply Company, Inc., Fitrite Inc., Greenlife Coco Products Philippines, Inc., JNRM Corporation, Malagos Agri-Ventures Corp., Mama Tina Pasta Company, Inc., Pasciolco Agri-Venture, Prosource International Inc., Raw Brown Sugar Milling Company, Inc., Team Asia Corporation, Tropicana Food Products, Inc., Weambard International Traders, Inc., and Yearluck Food and Industrial Food Corporation. Also included is the Department of Science and Technology-Industrial Technology Development Institute (DOST-ITDI).
Among the Philippines’ best-sellers in the event were ready-to-drink tropical fruit juices and preserves; canned tuna; coconut products, such as virgin coconut oil, coconut cream, sugar and medium chain triglycerides (MCT); muscovado sugar in powder form and rock form; banana chips; soft-served ice cream mix, cones and waffles; and herbal tea, MX3 coffee and food supplements.
Other products showcased in the Philippine pavilion included unsweetened chocolate powder, roasted cacao nibs and dark chocolates; bagoong; noodle pasta; canned meats; vacuum-fried vegetables and fruits; and premixed rice cakes and other food flavorings.
“Through our benchmarking and market visits, we observed that the Taiwanese market has a huge demand for health and organic food and beverages. There is also a big market potential for exporting high value fresh/frozen high-value fish, shrimps and prawns, abalone, scallops, and other seafood products,” said Tugonon.
“We also surveyed that the major international competitors for the Philippines’ best-selling products were China, Vietnam, and Thailand because of their price and packaging. Sri Lanka was also found as one of the toughest competitor for coconut products, while European countries, such as Switzerland, are also seen as a major competitor for chocolate products,” he explained.
The TIFS, or popularly known as FOOD TAIPEI, is an annual food fair that links the entire food industry supply chain in Taiwan and other countries—from agriculture and aquaculture, refrigeration, processed food, food machinery, packaging and packaging equipment.
The four-day event was held in conjunction with TAIPEI PACK, FOODTECH & PHARMATECH TAIPEI, TAIWAN HORECA and HALAL TAIWAN. It was participated by 1,717 exhibitors with a total of 4,011 booths, including participating representatives from 36 countries, to cover every link of the supply chain in Taiwan.
“CITEM looks forward to its next participation in FOOD Taipei next year. Hopefully, our participation this year has helped Philippine companies benchmark themselves in the international market to better improve their packaging, product labeling, and secure the necessary food standards and certifications to expand their reach on the Taiwanese export market,” said Tugonon.
According to the show organizer, the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA), the local revenue of the Taiwan food industry has already reached NT$ 618 billion (US$ 20 billion), and it is expected to increase to NT$ 620 billion (US$ 21 billion) by the end of 2017.
Best Travel Deals with Globe Platinum and Singapore Airlines at the Showcase and Travel Fair 2018
Globe Telecom once again partnered with Singapore Airlines (SIA) to give Globe Platinum customers the opportunity to get inspired and explore new destinations this year with the fifth installment of its much-awaited Showcase and Travel Fair 2018.
Slated on January 26 to 28, 2018 at the Glorietta 2 Activity Center in Makati City and at the TriNoma Activity Center in Quezon City, SIA offers some of the best travel deals in renowned destinations around the world!
This is also the fifth year that Globe Platinum has partnered with SIA to be able to give its customers exclusive access to various perks and privileges especially when they travel via Singapore Airlines.
“Our partnership with SIA complements the distinct experience we want to provide our Platinum customers. Through our collaboration with one of the world’s premiere airlines, we get to enable our customers’ travel goals and help them create wonderful memories for themselves or their families,” explains Vice President of Emerging Strategic Businesses Coco Domingo.
During the fair, there will be a “Globe Platinum Priority Lane” for Platinum members in Glorietta so they may enjoy priority service by simply presenting their Globe Platinum Signal or Digital cards. Additionally, Globe Platinum clients will enjoy priority check in when they fly SQ and those who fly Business Class will receive special treats during the entire year.
There will also be special, all-inclusive round-trip airfares for passengers flying Economy Class from Manila to Singapore (from US$150), Southeast Asia (from US$220), India (from US$490), Australia (from US$540), Europe (from US$700), South Africa (from US$700), and the United States (from US$870).
Those flying Premium Economy Class, on the other hand, may travel to select Asian destinations (from US$970), Australia (from US$1020), Europe (from US$1400), South Africa (from US$1550), New Zealand (from US$1550), and the United States (from US$1900). For Business Class flyers, explore Southeast Asia (from US$690), South Africa (from US$1900), Australia (from US$1980), Europe (from US$2370), New Zealand (from US$2400), and the United States (from US$2400).
Other available promos from event partners also include Real 0% interest up to six months installment plan for BPI Credit cardholders; 500 KrisFlyer Bonus Miles when travelling to selected destinations; up to 25% discount on select Sentosa Singapore attractions; a SGD60 Changi Gift Card for every two tickets to selected destinations; a SGD20 Changi Dollar Voucher when going to destinations beyond Singapore; and a chance to win 50,000 KrisFlyer miles exclusively for Glorietta and TriNoma mall shoppers.
Complementing the exclusive travel deals and privileges is Globe Platinum customers’ access to a worldwide concierge service and domestic airport lounges.
To know more about Globe Platinum, visit platinum.globe.com.ph.
Lenovo Officially Kicks off Highly-Anticipated Legion of Champions Series II Grand Finale
Lenovo, the world’s leading PC manufacturer, has officially kicked off the “Legion of Champions Series II” Grand Finale (LoC; former League of Champions). This three-day gaming extravaganza, held in partnership with Intel, is expected to bring together over 60 gaming talents in Asia Pacific together in a Bangkok, Thailand.
Following last year’s successful debut, the competition has expanded its footprint to include teams from Hong Kong and Taiwan, in addition to Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. The in-market champions from the eight markets will battle it out and the winning teams will walk away with a combined pool of close to 500,000 THB (approximately PHP 812,000) in cash.
After three days of intense competition, from January 26 – 28, the champion team will walk home with a cash prize of 210,000 THB (approximately PHP 341,000), while the first and second runners up will be awarded 110,000 THB (approximately PHP 178,000) and 70,000 THB (approximately PHP 113,000) respectively.
Lenovo Legion gaming devices will be the enablers for qualifying champion teams to compete during LoC, empowering them with a world-class experience in speed, performance and consistency. The anniversary edition of Legion Y520 laptop will also make its first appearance at LoC to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the launch of Lenovo Legion, a gaming sub-brand first introduced in CES 2017. Coming in two designs – one in red and another in black and gold. In the Philippines, the black and gold version will be available in limited stocks in February 2018.
Legion of Champions Series II is one of Lenovo’s major efforts in nurturing the next-generation gamers and growing the gaming community in Asia. Professional or amateur gamers alike, the teams competing at the Grand Finale of LoC are the best in Asia’s gaming scene. These in-market champions have stood out despite the fierce competition; all of them have gone through multiple elimination rounds at the local level to finally reach the highly-anticipated Grand Finale, competing against other top-notch talents for the ultimate gaming glory.
Hundreds of gaming fans are expected to attend this year’s Grand Finale of “Legion of Champions Series II” in Bangkok, Thailand to watch the heated battle and the birth of a new champion. For those who reside outside Bangkok, they can watch the live-streaming of the competition via https://www.facebook.com/LenovoTH/videos/10155550049041843/.
For more information on LoC 2018, please visit https://legionlenovo.com/loc2018/.
US-Based Pinoy Doctors to Hold Free Surgical Mission in Palawan
A US-based association of Filipino physicians is set to conduct the first-ever medical and surgical mission in Palawan for this year at the newly-constructed Aborlan Medicare Hospital (AMH) in Barangay Ramon Magsaysay in the town of Aborlan.
The medical mission would be from Jan. 22 to 24, Provincial Information Officer Gil Acosta Jr. said on Saturday.
It will be led by the North Texas Association of Philippine Physicians (NTAPP) in cooperation with Governor Jose Alvarez, 3rd District Congressman Gil Acosta, 3rd District Board Member Albert Rama, and the municipal government of Aborlan.
Acosta said the NTAPP was composed of 44 Filipino physicians who arrived Sunday to bring free medical and minor surgical services to indigent residents of Aborlan town.
These are circumcision, harelip, breast-lumpectomy, biopsy, simple mastectomy, herniorrhaphy, hysterectomy-myomectomy, oophorectomy, appendectomy, colon resection with end to end anastomosis, amputation for gangrene, thyroidectomy, lysis adhesions, colostomy, cesarean section and tubal ligation.
Dr. Maria Arlin Josue, AMH chief, said they had already prepared for the medical and surgical mission, and were excited for the residents of Aborlan.
“Para sa mga nais makibahagi sa naturang aktibidad, maaaring makipag-ugnayan sa mga Operation Centers ng Rescue 165 na nakatalaga sa mga munisipyo sa lalawigan (For those who want to avail of free medical and surgical services they offer, residents can coordinate with the Operation Centers of Rescue 165),” she said.
Josue added they are grateful that the first medical and surgical mission in the province for this year chose Aborlan as it will surely help a lot of residents who lack funds to pay even for minor surgeries.
AMH is a 50-bed capacity medicare hospital in the first class municipality of Aborlan, located 69 kilometers from the capital of Puerto Princesa.
Its construction was funded cooperatively by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), the Department of Health (DOH)-MIMAROPA, the Palawan government, and the local government unit of Aborlan.
It was part of 15 others being constructed in different municipalities in the province, including the island town of Coron.
Fiesta Señor and Sinulog 2018 Goes Digital
Amid the digital era, organizers of the Sinulog festival have decided to tap social media to help deliver the message on the real essence of the celebration, which is the devotion and gratitude to the Holy Child Jesus, Sto. Niño.
Sinulog Foundation Inc. has launched the Sinulog 2018 app, where users can plot their own Sinulog route and schedule, as well as take a good look at various Sinulog activities, parade contingents, and the official route maps.
The app also enables the user to vote for this year’s Sinulog festival queen of their choice.
“One of the goals for the Sinulog 2018 is to bring back the essence of Sinulog to the Sto. Niño, especially to the younger generation who generally just wants to party,” said Stephanie Villarica, Sinulog Foundation Inc. Marketing and Promotions head.
In coordination with the social media teams of the Cebu Provincial Government and the Philippine Information Agency (PIA), the organizers are also exerting efforts in expanding social media presence.
Both government institutions will serve as reliable sources and will provide real-time updates during the celebration.
Aside from downloading the Sinulog 2018 app, Sinulog head secretariat Fr. Ric Anthony Reyes also encourages the public to download prayer apps.
Dubbed as “Kalingawan sa Plaza,” nightly activities are held at the Plaza Independencia for free. Fresh farm produce are also sold around the area.
The organizers also stressed that there will no longer be booths and Sinulog activities held along the Fuente Osmeña circle.
The Cebu City Government recently banned all parties and sale of liquor within 300 meters of the route.
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