‘Kahimunan’ NorMin food and lifestyle show opens

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Sunday, August 24, 2014


THE Kahimunan Northern Mindanao Food and Lifestyle Show, one of Higalaay fiesta’s core events, is now underway at SM City Cagayan de Oro.

Launched on Saturday morning, August 23, the Kahimunan Show has been an annual event that has been modified from last year’s Kahimunan Northern Mindanao Trade Fair.

Unlike the usual five–day affair, Northern Mindanao's top delicacy and native goods suppliers are allowed to display until the end of the month, offering great food and unique handmade products such as native delicacies, abaca made bags, furniture, room decors and more at low prices.

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According to Liza Alcantar, division chief of Business Development Division, Department of Trade and Industry–Northern Mindanao, this year’s products have undergone development making them definitely better.

“Over the years, our exhibitors have made their products more world class. They have been around since 1990s when we started the fair. They participated in activities to upgrade their products and this is very timely because the Go Negosyo Bill has been signed into law already, and now, we can level up or MSMEs. We can say that we are getting there, our products are finally getting a spot in the global arena,” Alcantar said.

“Kahimunan means celebration and gathering. Today, we celebrate the hard work, passion, creativity and dream of Northern Mindanao to find a place in the global market,” she added.

Exhibitors for this year are 2N Handicrafts, SLERS Industries Inc., Alubijid Weavers, Pan E Dolci Co., Cherry Michelle’s Cake and Pastries, Rustic Woodworks, Bukidnon’s Bounty, Poona’s Finest, FOPANORMIN, Greenminds Inc., Misamis Oriental ARC Abundance, Greenpastures Corporation, Alwana Wood Products Inc., Buhat sa Misamis Occidental, Chino’s Deli, Chris Gomez Creative Design, Highland Fresh, Hinam-is, Kinilaw Mix, Dessert Strip, LANORPA – Made in Iligan, Southern Yui Farms Inc., Tinabuan Arts and Crafts, and Dayawan Handmade Paper.

Dayawan Handmade Paper Project

"Suga" or lamp shades are the latest product innovation of the women in Villanueva, Misamis Oriental who are part of the livelihood project of the San Roque Handmade Paper Products Multi-Purpose Cooperative.

It is a non-stock, non-profit organization in the municipality of Villanueva, Misamis Oriental and popularly known by its trade name which is "Dayawan Handmade Paper."

Supported by the STEAG State Power Inc. (SPI), Dayawan Handmade Paper is exhibiting its products at the Kahimunan NorMin Food and Lifestyle Show 2014 selling handmade paper from abaca fiber turned into greeting cards, storage boxes, pen holders, lamp shades and other innovative novelty items.

Prices of the lamp shades range from P430 to P2,500, according to Elena Sayre, in charge of the Dayawan Handmade Paper stall.

Kahimunan Special Awards

“This year, we will be awarding our exhibitors some special awards.This is the first time we are doing this ever since Kahimunan started,” Maria Eliza Pabillore, DTI Misamis Oriental provincial director, announced during the launching ceremonies of Kahimunan.

Out of all the 24 exhibitors, winners will be chosen for the three categories, which is the Best Product Design for Houseware and Furnishing, Best Product Design for Fashion and Most innovative Food Product.

The "Best Product" awards will be given to the exhibitors. This combines creativity of form, function, quality, workmanship and innovations as well as the materials used and local value, while the "Most Innovative Food Product" will be judged through product innovation, packaging innovation, certifications, export potentials, and hundred percent made of local ingredients.

The winners of the three categories will be given special privileges for the whole year and for Kahimunan 2015.

Mayor Oscar Moreno, who headed the launching and ribbon cutting ceremony, said that Kahimunan is another opportunity to create inclusive growth.

“These activities for MSMEs is very helpful in pushing growth in the region. As the region grows, CdeO will also benefit. As we celebrate the coming feast, we have to be grateful for these blessings,” Mayor Moreno said in his keynote speech.

Kahimunan stalls will be available until August 31.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on August 25, 2014.

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