Bishop Gainza trade fair opens Sept. 9

Its all systems go for the Bishop Francisco Gainza Trade Fair.

Msgr. Nelson B. Tria said during the launching of the Bishop Francisco Gainza Trade Fair (BFGTF) said that the Archdiocese of Caceres seeks to fulfill its social apostolate by giving micro and small enterprises a “fighting chance” in an economic landscape ruled by big players.

“We want to give our local entrepreneurs the opportunity to promote their products,” Msgr. Tria who heads the BFGTF executive committee said. The Department of Trade of Industry (DTI) is a partner agency of the Archdiocese in this venture.

The trade fair is set on Sept. 9 to 20, 2010 at the SM City Parking Area A, B and C. It will feature Bicolano entrepreneurs engaged in producing processed food, homestyle and living items (furniture, gifts, toys, housewares and wearables), tourism services, organic and natural products, religious and souvenir items.

To further encourage visits to the fair, the trade fair has component activities such as the daily raffle draws, livelihood trainings and seminars and cultural events.

There will also be a Peñafrancia exhibit within the trade fair premises. The Peñafrancia exhibit will present historical pictures of the devotion and the entries to the Peñafrancia photo contest.

A highlight of the cultural events is the Countdown to 300 years on Sept. 9, 2010, at 9:00 p.m. to 12:00 midnight, at the trade fair premises.

The countdown will welcome the 300th anniversary of the devotion, similar to a New Year’s Eve celebration. It will feature live bands, celebrity performers and a world-class fireworks display. But on top of the colorful festivity is the heartfelt thanksgiving for the gift of the devotion that will be expressed through a solemn candle-lighting ceremony.

On Sept. 20, 2010, the trade fair will conduct the Best of Bicol Awards to give due recognition to the participants who excelled during the activity. The awards include Best Dressed Booth, Best Managed Booth, Most Innovative Packaging and Top Seller among others.

“The devotion to Ina does not end in joining processions and praying the novena. It includes being socially responsible. By giving our fellow Bicolanos a chance to improve their quality of life through entrepreneurship, we are stressing this message,” Msgr. Tria said.

Admission fee to the trade fair is P10. Each admission ticket also serves as a raffle ticket that may win in the daily and grand draws.The trade fair is named after Bishop Francisco Gainza who organized the first trade fair in Bicol in the 1870s as a feature of the Peñafrancia festivities.

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