Monday, May 7, 2018


In the late morning of 7 May 2018, Double Dragon Plaza makes its Grand Opening inside the Double Dragon Meridian Park at the corner of Macapagal Avenue and EDSA Extension, Pasay City. PAGASA’s STC was formally invited to grace the affair. In the group picture, you find (L-R) Anvil Business Club’s Chairman Emeritus George Siy, FFCCCII External Affairs Committee Chairman Nelson Guevarra, Rex Daryanani/Past Pres. of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce (Phils.), Inc., Federation of the Fil-Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industy, Inc. (FFCCCII) Pres. Domingo Yap, Peter Mangasing/ Former Pres.-Federation of Electrical & Electronics Suppliers & Manufacturing of the Phils. and PAGASA’s STC. The latter also had his picture taken with the creative and young business taipan, Edgardo “Injap” Sia>founder of Mang Inasal, Double Dragon, City Malls, Hotel 101, Jinjiang Inn, J. Co Donuts, etc. The food hall of this Mall makes the full circle in the cycle of Commercial Centers and offers a wide assortment of delicacies from the different regions of our country versus international cuisine one finds in most modern food courts.  Islas Pinas brings back the local cultural dances which were first presented during the 60’s  and 70’s at Taal Vista Hotel and Plaza Restaurant in Makati.

Thursday, May 3, 2018


Every year, The Foundation for Resource Linkage & Development, Inc. (FRLD)> organizer of the biggest Agribusiness Trade Show called “Agrilink, Foodlink, Aqualink” holds four meetings with their co-organizers to assure the public of a trade show worthy of visit. PAGASA has been a co-organizer for the last 20 years! It was even given the honor of being the Chair of the Show for the year 2007. To be held this year on 4-6 Oct. 2018, this pre-Show Meeting was held on 3 May 2018 at the usual breakfast venue>Annabel’s along T. Morato.  Chairman for this year’s Show is Edwin Chen Pres.-Pork Producers Federation of the Phils. and Managing Director/Bounty Fresh Farms which is the official sponsor of the Pilipinas Gilas Basketball Team.  This year’s theme: “Efficient Value Chain in the Hog Industry: A Must for Continued Growth.”

Friday, April 20, 2018


PAGASA is a partner of show organizer Philfoodex in the set-up of the Philippine Food Expo from 20-22 April 2018 at the SMX in Pasay City.  The Show has gone a long way from its early years at the SM Megamall’s Mega Trade Hall. STC bumped into Bicol’s retail magnate Romeo Tan of the LCC Group checking out new products with interest. One< exhibitor brewed beer called Pinatubo from Angeles and the different ales come in very creative labels.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018


On 18 April 2018, DTI Head Office called a Meeting for food manufacturers, food retailers and concerned Regional Heads of DTI to discuss preparations regarding food supply in the event that “The Big One” strikes.  Key resource person is DOST Usec. and Phivolcs Chief Renato Solidum, Jr. who has been “preaching” about the coming of “The Big One” for the last 2 decades.  Map with the red spot will be most hard hit> this is Metro Manila. The fault line has extended out to Bulacan/Pampanga and the Laguna/Rizal areas; thus, the need to prepare for its unpredictable coming. For this purpose, Metro Manila is subdivided into 4 quadrants separated by entry/exit points to unaffected areas which may provide food/shelter to affected MM residents.  This is the second of a series of meetings on this controversial but critical topic.

Thursday, April 5, 2018


PRA called a meeting with PAGASA and A.C. Nielsen to discuss the topics and speakers for the Supermarket Break-out Session at this year’s National Retail Conf. & Exhibition to be held in August at the SMX in Pasay City. The lunch meeting was held at the Golden Cowrie Resto inside the new Podium at Ortigas Center.  Meeting was held on 5 April 2018 with (clockwise) STC, PRA Asst. Sec.- Gen. Bing Miranda, PRA Sec.-Gen. Evelyn Balmeo-Salire, Supermarket Track Leader Aira V., A.C. Nielsen’s Maria Angelica Carolina and its Managing Director Patrick Cua. STC broached the idea of bringing in Mr. Chilam from Beijing (whom he just met in Chiba, Japan recently) as this young guy was operating unmanned supermarkets relatively successfully. He is spreading his idea now to his partners in Japan, Taiwan and Korea.

Monday, March 26, 2018


PAGASA was invited to the Philippine launch of the 5-in-1 Food Show on 26 March 2018 at the Manila Hotel.  The Food Show will be held from 27-30 June 2018 at Taipei’s Nangang Exhibition Center Hall 1 at the World Trade Center Complex.  STC had a picture taken with Ben Tan of TAITRA (Taiwan External Trade Dev’t. Council) in front of their tarpaulin stand. He was also introduced to TAITRA Manila’s 1-week old Director Mr. Clement Chan.

Friday, March 23, 2018


PAGASA was represented at the first quarter General Membership Meeting of the Phil. Retailers Association at the Marco Polo Hotel in Ortigas Center on 23 March 2018. The 1/Q Meeting of PRA is also called the CEO’s Eco. Outlook Forum (for the year).  Dept. of Fin. Asec. Mark Dennis Joven defended the TRAIN Program of the administration.  Main Speaker at this event was this very young Thai Ph.D. graduate in Economics who is the Country Economist for the Philippines from the Asian Development Bank.