Sunday, August 22, 2010

The Ninth Coconut Festival

The Philippines is one of the leading exporters of coconut in the world. And to continue on promoting and improving this industry, the Ninth Coconut Festival kicked off last Aug. 12-15 at the SM Megatrade Hall at the SM Megamall.

"The best coconut products were presented in the trade fair and exhibits, which was also a celebration and a tribute of honor and thanksgiving for the blessings and benefits derived from the industry to establish a continuing awareness of its [coconut] lasting importance to our national life," said Mr. Oscar G. Garin, president of the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA).

The celebration was mandated by Presidential Proclamation No. 142, Series of 1987, issued by former President Corazon C. Aquino.

The theme "Niyog "Yaman ng Pinoy" highlighted the national magnitude and of the coconut and its industry as one of the major sources of millions of Filipinos" livelihood and sustenance.

The PCA Central Office and regional and provincial offices spearheaded the event that further promoted the coconut as the "Tree of Life," the multitude of products that can be derived from it. The festival also provided a venue for information sharing and trading activities, and lectures and demonstrations on the latest coconut technologies.

For details, please contact the Philippine Coconut Authority Market Development Department at (632)928-4501 locals 412 and 403.


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