OVER 150 manufacturers and exporters participating at the 30th Buy Pinoy Exporters Fair slated on October 17 to 23 expect to generate P9 million in sales, as they turn to the local market amid weak global markets.
Cecilia Ramos, Buy Pinoy Movement Foundation, Inc. (BPMFI) trustee and corporate secretary, over the weekend, downplayed the impact of political developments on local businesses.
“Businesses continue, we receive more orders as the Christmas season nears. We expect the arrival of balikbayans,” she said.
The pearl edition of the fair, organized by the BPMFI, to be held at the Glorietta Activity Center in Makati City, will highlight Philippine-made corporate giveaways with export quality.
The corporate giveaways will have a special setting for the product which underwent product development at the Design Center of the Philippines.
The fair will showcase a wide-range of products of Filipino exporters and suppliers such as apparel, shoes, handicraft, Christmas and other holiday decors, fine jewelry, fashion accessories, food furniture and premium items.
Leonor Abella, BPMFI Trustee and Vice President for Promotions of the Philippine Exporters Confederation Inc. (PhilExport), said the movement continually evolves to keep in step with global competition and subscribers to the anti-poor formula with its “Buy Pinoy Create Jobs!” battlecry for the past 14 years.
The fair will feature Christmas gifts at affordable prices. It will have a Christmas motif and carols will be playing in the background to give it that Yuletide feel.
The opening ceremonies will be held on October 18 with Sen. Manny Pacquiao as the guest of honor. The fair carries the theme “Pakyawin ang Produkto at Serbisyong Pinoy.”
The BPMFI is spearheaded by various exporters group including PhilExport, Philippine Food Processors and Exporters Organization Inc., Home Accents Group of the Philippines Philippine Chamber of Handicrafts Exporters and Artisans Inc., Meycauayan Jewelry Industry Association Inc., Christmas Décor Producers & Exporters Association of the Philippines and the Federation of the Filipino-Chinese Chambers of Commerce & Industry Inc.