Tuesday, September 26, 2017

PROMOTION OF SPANISH WHITE HOGS FOR PHIL. MARKET

As in previous years, INTERPORC>Spanish Interprofessional Agri-Food Organization of White Pork invited PAGASA to a cocktail dinner called “Spanish Pork Night” on 26 September 2017 at the Fairmont Hotel. This year, they brought in Michelin Star Chef Kisco Garcia.  Group picture features new friends (L-R) Rex Liao/AVP-Sales & Franchising for iFresh Corporation, Francisco “Jong” Jimenez Jr./AVP & Bus. Mgr.-San Miguel Foods, Inc., PAGASA’s STC, Señor Alejandro Rodriguez Spanish White Meat Exporter and the guest Chef both in formal and wacky formats!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

PRA 3/Q GENMEET AT CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL

On 21 Sept. 2017, the Phil. Retailers Assn. held its Third Quarter General Membership Meeting to discuss updates on the retail scene as well as continue with the last two sessions of the National Retail Conference which was suspended in view of the earthquake that took place during NRCE. The two sessions were entitled: “Emerging Generation: Engaging Millennials” and “The Centennial Shoppers” by Kantar Phils. The GenMeet tackled “Understanding the Data Privacy Act” by Commissioner Raymond Liboro of the National Privacy Commission. As it turns out, this 5-year law is just being implemented now to guarantee the privacy of consumers in the day-to-day

Thursday, September 14, 2017

INDIAN EXHIBITORS LOOKING FOR FILIPINO MARKETS

On the second eve of the exhibit of ASIAFOOD 2017, LNA Events Group EVP Josephine P. Miranda seeked the assistance of PAGASA’s STC to answer some of the questions regarding market penetration of the head of delegation of Indian Exhibitors at the on-going Trade Show at the World Trade Center. They met on INDIAN EXHIBITORS LOOKING FOR FILIPINO MARKETS 14 Sept. 2017 at the Coffee Shop of the Jen Hotel.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

DTI MEETING WITH USEC. PASCUA ON AVIAN FLU IN PAMPANGA

DTI called a Special Meeting on the effects of the recent Bird Flu that hit Pampanga and how it is affecting demand and prices for chicken in Metro Manila.  Meeting was held on the afternoon of 13 Sept. 2017 at the Offices of DTI Usec. Teodoro Pascua. Discussion reveals that consumers continued to partake of chicken in their meals especially at Fast Food Outlets but were a bit wary to buy unbranded dressed chicken from market vendors and supermarkets. Representatives from the Dept. of Agriculture attended to allay fears of the epidemic spreading elsewhere outside of Pampanga.

ASIAFOOD on SEPT. 13 AT THE WORLD TRADE CENTER

At the Opening Ceremonies of Asiafood 2017, PAGASA’s STC was again invited to be a speaker together with (L-R) His Excellency the Ambassador of India to the Phils.; Treasurer of the Phil. Assn. of Food Technologists; Ms. Elizabeth de Leon-Lim/Pres.-Phil. Chamber of Food Manufacturers, Inc.; Josephine Miranda/EVP of LNA Mgt. Group (Show Organizer); Mr. Sergio Ortiz-Luis/ Pres.-Philexport; Joseph Ross Jocson/Pres.-Packaging Inst. of the Phils.; and Noel Paguia/Pres.-Food Caterers Assn. of the Phils.  STC was also invited to the Ribbon- Cutting Ceremonies for the Indian Pavilion at the Show which featured fifty exhibitors from India.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

CONTINUING SENATE HEARING ON BILLS FOR ADDITIONAL EXCISE TAXES

PAGASA and PRA was represented by Steven T. Cua on 7 September 2017 at the Senate with Ways & Means Committee Chairman Sen. Sonny Angara conducting the hearings with Senators Sherwin Gatchalian and Nancy Binay. Asked of the retailers was what we think of the Bureau of Internal Revenue’s plans to link all cash registers (whether electronic or POS) online to the data center of the BIR.  Of course without being sarcastic, STC expressed apprehension regarding the readiness of the government to do this considering the state of connectivity in our country.  He also cited fear in the confidentiality of data passing online and the cost of compliance.

FOOD & DRINKS ASIA 2017 AT THE WORLD TRADE CENTER

On 7 September 2017, PAGASA’s STC was given the honor to be the first speaker at the Opening Ceremonies of the long-running food fair Food & Drinks Asia 2017.  He was also one of two ribbon-cutters (given the scissors) at the same event. Cheers were in order and that was done at the booth of Ralph’s Wines & Spirits with Ralph Lim Joseph himself (to the right of STC), Josephine P. Miranda/Show Organizer, Joseph Ross Jocson, MNSA/Pres.-Packaging Institute of the Phils. (taking a group selfie) and Noel Paguia/Pres.-Food Caterers Assn. of the Phils.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

72nd National Day of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam

PAGASA was invited to the celebration in the Philippines of the National Day of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam on 2 Sept. 2017 at the New World Hotel in Makati.  PAGASA Pres. Steven T. Cua was able to have a picture taken with H.E. Ly Quoc Tuan, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam to the Philippines together Madame Vu Thji Tam Dan and daughter.  He was able to rub elbows too with the key security officers of the said Embassy in the country. To STC’s right is Senior Col. Nguyen Van Hung/Defence Attaché of the Embassy.