MAKATI CITY - Senator Cynthia Villar last night lauded the Negrense creativity and entrepreneurial spirit that she said is worthy of emulation.
Villar visited the 32 nd Negros Trade Fair at the Glorietta Activity Center here that was highlighted last night by the MassKara Night.
The annual NTF yesterday continued to surpass previous sales records.
An initial report last night placed sales at the NTF at P3.5 million, bringing the total since opening day to P13.8 million, Sybel Nobleza, ANP administrative manager, said.
Christina Gaston, ANP president, said, “We're very, very happy...we're about at least 30 percent higher than last year's sales already.”
Villar, who visited the booths of the Negrense exhibitors, said “I admire the people of Negros because they are so creative.”
The senator said that whenever she goes to expos, the biggest display usually is from Negros.
Negrenses are the best when it comes to trade fairs like the ongoing one at Glorietta, she said.
“I really admire you. Congratulations to the Negrenses for being very creative and very good in micro, small and medium enterprises,” she said.
Other areas should replicate what Negros is doing, Villar added.
At the MassKara Night program, Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia led the launching of the “Visit Bacolod Year 2018”, and invited those present to join the MassKara Festival from October 1-22.
The mayor said the MassKara has always been part of the NTF since its start.
He said showcasing the MassKara at the NTF promotes it to the rest of the country and the world.
Bacolod Rep. Greg Gasataya invited those who have not personally witnessed the MassKara to visit Bacolod.
Councilor Em Ang said the city was at the NTF to further help promote Bacolod and Negros Occidental that are now emerging as top tourist destinations.
She said they are also promoting MassKara that is one of a kind, and among the most sought-after festivals in the country.
City Administrator John Orola said last night's MassKara event was Bacolod's contribution to the overall campaign to promote trade and tourism in Negros Occidental.
Negrense charity diva Token Lizares, Marilyn Acot, and the MassKara dancers livened up the event with their performances. It was followed by dinner at the Glorietta Activity Center, hosted by Bacolod City.*CPG
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