Calgary, 10 August 2022 – The 2nd leg of the Philippine Trade Expo Roadshow, an economic diplomacy project of the Philippine Consulate General (PCG) in Calgary to promote Philippine exports, was successfully held at the PCG office in Downtown Calgary on 5 to 7 August 2022.

About 400 visitors went to the trade expo to buy export quality handcrafted products from the Philippines, such as Christmas decor ornaments, Capiz parol (Christmas lanterns), wooden nativities, ladies fashion jewelry and accessories, handbags, and purses. Also sold were Filipiniana dress, Barong Tagalog (traditional and coat), tops, gowns, seasonal wear, bamboo and wood products, abaca footwear, home decor, and other specialty food products.

Consul General Zaldy Patron (6th from left) and Ms. Edna Gilera, FCTEM President (5th from right) with some of the exhibitors of the Philippine Trade Expo Roadshow in Calgary.

The exhibited products were produced by eight Philippine-based small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), namely, Jedidiah Food Industry OPC, Petals Artificial Flowers Manufacturing, Armyths International Fashion Design, Notica Collection Garments Manufacturing, Hands of Claire Handy Crafts, Liz Embroidery, Eva Marie Arts and Craft, and Andrei House of Barong.

Three importers of Philippine products from Alberta - Istilo Pilipino and ARM-G Group of Companies from Calgary, and Kathleen Creations & Designs from Edmonton - also joined the trade expo.

The PCG and the Edmonton-based not-for-profit organization Filipino Canadian Trade Expo and Mission (FCTEM) are jointly organizing the Philippine Trade Expo, which had its initial exhibit in West Edmonton Mall on 15 to 17 July 2022. The third and final leg will be held on 12 to 14 August 2022 in Cornwall Centre in Regina, Saskatchewan.

(Left photo) Consul General Zaldy Patron with US Consul General Holly Monster. (Right photo, left to right) Calgary Catholic Immigration Society CEO Fariborz Birjandian, Japanese Consul General Tatsukuni Uchida, Consul General Zaldy Patron and Serbian Honorary Consul Milica Opacic at the Philippine Trade Expo Roadshow in Calgary.

“I am glad that we were able to showcase the export quality products of Philippine-based SMEs during the Philippine Trade Expo in Calgary. I addition, we were able to connect these SMEs to potential importers and buyers which can help them export to Canada after the trade expo. Through this connection, we hope that our SMEs will grow their business and employ more Filipinos back home,” said Consul General Zaldy Patron about the trade expo. END.