World-class Filipino products and services were put on display at ABS-CBN Middle East’s “Tiangge, Bazaar at iba pa,” the first Filipino expo in the Middle East.
ABS-CBN Chief Correspondent Korina Sanchez and celebrity doctor Vicki Belo led the opening of the expo. More than 60 Filipino businesses and companies participated.
The Pinoy expo was the largest gathering of Filipino companies in a trade exhibit, which was held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
ABS-CBN Middle East Managing Director Edgardo Garcia said the project is part of the broadcast network’s mission to continue make Filipinos abroad feel closer to their homeland wherever they may be.
“We know that we have much to be proud of as Filipinos. ABS-CBN has made its mission to bring the Philippines to Filipinos wherever they may be… to promote the best of our country to the rest of the world,” Garcia said.
Philippine consul general Benito Valeriano said the project is a “perfect fit” in the UAE because the country hosts one of the largest Filipino communities abroad.
“For the organizers who have conceptualized this expo, I think you hit the jackpot,” Valeriano said.
Around 2,000 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) visited the expo, which featured products ranging from electronics, clothing, accessories and jewelry, to real estate, schools, and other services which are in demand by Filipinos.
Sanchez also praised the OFWs for their contribution to the Philippine economy.
“Kaya kayo po ang tunay na number one… at tandaan nyo po mga Kapamilya sa Middle East at sa inyo, walang iwanan,” Sanchez said. ABS-CBN Middle East News Bureau..
There’s definitely more reason to join the merry festivities at The 2nd FILEXPO in Dubai: Tiangge, Bazaar, Atbp. In the line with The Filipino Channel’s 15th anniversary, we are bringing you a BIGGER, BETTER and MORE FUN-FILLED EXPERIENCE on July 2 to 4, 2009 at the Hall 3, Dubai World Trade Center.
The 1st Filipino Expo in Dubai and Qatar held in 2008 gathered a tumultuous number close to 60,000 attendees making it the most successful and most attended all-Filipino organized event in the Middle East to date. Shoppers and exhibitors alike had a superb experience in the event that is beyond doubt for the Filipino, by the Filipino.
This year, set your sights to the largest convergence of Philippine companies in Dubai. Expect the leading groups in the industry of real estate, banking, cargo and remittance, transportation and automobile products to offer their best deals for the Global Pinoy. Don’t get left behind with the most up-to-date offers on electronics and telecommunications. Plan your next trip with travel and leisure packages within your reach. You want ‘tiangge’? Then ‘tiangge’ it is! Get ready for more stylish apparels, accessories and cosmetics to satiate the fashion frenzy.
Various services will be offered to the Filipinos in the UAE. Representatives of the Philippine Government will be present through the three-day affair. Employment and business opportunities are also available in the exhibition hall.
And after hours of shopping, treat yourself to the soothing sounds of ASAP Sessionistas. A variety of Kapamilya artists will serenade the audience with their distinct mellow tunes paired with their authentic musical talent that is proudly Filipino. Savor the soothing vocals of crooner Richard Poon in Ballad Thursday. Meet you Pinoy Dream Academy idols Bugoy Drilon and Laarni Lozada in Pop Radio Friday. Chill with the Bossa Nova siren Sitti on Bossa Saturday. Radio DJ of WRR 101.9 China Heart will be the on-the-ground jock to provide extra entertainment to the expo-goers.
Entry to the venue is absolutely FREE. Tickets for the nightly shows are at AED 20 only. Plus, a free shuttle service will be offered to the venue. All these and more will be made possible especially for you at The 2nd FILEXPO IN DUBAI: TIANGGE, BAZAAR, ATBP.
MECO organizes housing fair in Taiwan for OFWs
By Ma. Elisa P. Osorio Updated November 14, 2008 12:00 AM
The government is looking at helping overseas Filipino workers (OFW) in Taiwan to buy houses in the Philippines.
The Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO) has organized the first ever housing fair in Taiwan at the end of the month.
MECO managing director and resident representative Antonio Basilio said the Housing Fair is done in coordination with other government agencies like the Pag-ibig Fund, the Landbank of the Philippines, Philippine Health Insurance Corp. and the Philippine Labor and Employment Office.
Basilio said the 85,000 Filipinos in Taiwan are enduring difficulties in order to provide well for their families.
“Many dream of building a new house for their loved ones. We hope to help them achieve the latter by hosting a Housing Fair in Taipei this month,” said Basilio.
Basilio said the Housing Fair will serve as venue for OFWs and developers to meet and make arrangements for housing projects that are tailor-made to the OFWs’ needs and requirements.
“Most of the housing projects that will be offered are affordable. At the fair, OFWs will also be given a wide array of housing projects in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao,” Basilio said.
OFWs residing in northern Taiwan including those hailing from Taoyuan, Jhongli, Hsinchu and Keelung are expected to flock to the Housing Fair.
“This fair is an offshoot of the successful participation of Pag-IBIG and Land Bank of the Philippines in our National Day celebration in Taipei in June of this year,” Rodolfo Sabulao, labor affairs director of MECO said.
Last month, Pag-IBIG officials led by Amado Dizon III, the agency’s manager for overseas operations, flew to Taiwan to promote Pag-IBIG’s housing project among OFWs in Taipei, the central city of Taichung , and Taiwan ’s southern port city of Kaohsiung.
The Pag-IBIG delegation visited factories and dormitories where they gave presentations on the programs and services of the Pag-IBIG Fund for OFWs. Pag-IBIG is one of the country’s leading housing agencies.