The 26th Negros Trade Fair of the Association of Negros Producers was held at the Rockwell Tent, Makati City last September 28 which ran till October 2, 2011. The annual Negros Trade Fair was a much awaited event by buyers and exporters. Negrense products such as fashion accessories, garments, furniture and furnishings, gifts and housewares and food were featured in the event. Manila based Negrenses also awaited this event in order to touch base with family and friends and to be updated on the latest in Negros Occidental. This year’s trade fair was dubbed iNegros and featured Natural and Organic Products as a new sector of the Association of Negros Producers. This year’s Bulawan Awards, the ANP’s product design competition, featured products from bamboo, coffee and moringa (malunggay).
Rodney Martinez who has dedicated his life to his love for arts since 1975 poses humbly with his magnificent works.
The very first Negros Trade Fair was in 1985. The farm -owners who were the early members of the ANP brough t their trade to the Ayala carpark in Makati. Podded by the image of Batang Negros, foreigners and Filipinos alike trooped to patronize the trade fair to support the socio-economic development of the farmhands that diligently produced the products. the same framhands that used to cultivate the land, but were trained to produce intricately-designed and delicately-made placemats, bags, baskets and other items that used raw materials like twigs, coconuts and bamboo that were abundantly found in the haciendas.
To date, ANP has a total of 106 members. Their products are displayed and sold in the Negros Showroom. So if you weren’t able experience the fare this year, there will be more in the coming years and Negros, welcomes everyone to visit the province and experience a vast novelty products with quality packaging and priced competitively and say Pinoys are truly ingenious producers.