Caceres to revive church trade fair

The Bishop Francisco Gainza Trade Fair, redeemed from the dusty pages of the Archdiocese of Caceres, will have a revival launching for the first time in September this year and every year thereafter and promises to relive the concern of the clergy for the poor.

In Circular No. 0026 addressed to all the faithful in the Archdiocese, Archbishop Leonardo Z. Legaspi declared that “as we pursue our mission as a Church, we engage in programs that respond to the realities of our faithful.  One of these realities is the poverty of our people.  We have consistently endeavored to find meaningful ways to help alleviate poverty. One way is by providing opportunities for entrepreneurship so our people, through their own industry, can augment their income and uplift their quality of life.”

With the Tercentenary celebration this year, and every year onwards, the Bishop Francisco Gainza Trade Fair will be conducted from Sept. 9 to 20, 2010 at the open parking space of  SM City Naga from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm.

Invited exhibitors are Bicolano entrepreneurs and other institutions in the region.  Eachof the six Bicol province will be represented.  There will be daily trainings and seminars on entrepreneurship as well as nightly cultural presentations.

Awards and recognitions will also be conferred on participating exhibitors for Best Booth, Most Promising Product and Most Innovative Packaging.

The clergy in the Archdiocese have been enjoined by the Archbishop to announce in their respective parishes and institutions that interested entrepreneurs may now contact the Trade Fair Secretariat for details.

The Trade Fair Secretariat is headed by the Consuelo “Chito” Madrigal Foundation – Bicol with office address at the Madrigal Center for Social Entrepreneurship, Ateneo de Naga University. Its contact number: 473-6445).

The clergy are likewise enjoined: to identify entrepreneurs and encourage them to exhibit their products at the Trade Fair; to organize Pilgrimage Tour in September to include visit to the Trade Fair; to send participants to trainings and seminars that will be held daily at the Trade Fair venue and to invite participants to watch the nightly Cultural Presentations also at the Trade Fair venue.

The fair is named in honor of Bishop Gainza who pioneered the first agricultural and industrial expo in Bicol in 1875. Bishop Francisco Escobas Gainza, O.P. was bishop of the Diocese of Caceres from September 25, 1862 to July 31, 1879.

Born in Logronio, Spain on June 3, 1818 Gainza was appointed Bishop of Caceres at 44 and died at the age of 61.

The 24th bishop of Caceres, Gainza was known to be responsible for organizing the first agricultural and industrial exposition in the Bicol Region in 1875.

The fair this year is envisioned to alleviate poverty through entrepreneurship and solidarity that promote integral development. It shall serve as an avenue for poverty alleviation by promoting entrepreneurship in the region. It shall generate income for all the stakeholders by showcasing the best of Bicol products and conduct activities that capacitate micro, small, medium enterprises and boost products’ competitiveness.

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