Thanks for a very fitting write-up. Dios mabalos, for coming to OKB-Gayon Bicol 2012. Looking forward to your next visit and buying spree, next year.

Salt & Pepper

I counted at least 15 Catandungan entrepreneurs at this trade fair, which opened yesterday at SM Megatrade Hall 2—a good number considering the 80-plus from all over the Bicol region who are exhibiting their best homegrown products in this annual event. (Please see my earlier post on OKB-Gayon Bicol 2012).

More than the good turnout it’s the range of products that pleases me about this event. New and refreshing initiatives are clearly creating some productive dynamics in this once sleepy isle in the eastern seas.

I’ve read about quilting in Catanduanes and was pleasantly surprised to see some actual products at the event. The detailing and craftsmanship of the hand-sewn bags, pouches, potholders and comforters are of the type that finds good market overseas. The labor-intensive venture not only provides livelihood to families in Virac, Bato and Baras towns but also keeps formerly idle housewives and other family members off…

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