By Irma A. Guhit
SORSOGON CITY, (PIA) — The Sorsogon Pili Festival Street Dance will highlight this year’s Bicol Pili Congress on March 3-4, 2011 at the Concourse Convention Center, Legaspi City, now on its third year, to provide the cultural dimension of promoting the pili (Canarium ovatum) and its by-products to the local and international market.
Benita Tanyag, coordinator of the event said that this 3rd Pili congress will be very different since the pili as the high value product of the Bicol Region will be more showcased not only in its marketability component but also in its tourism value.
The Bukawel Theater Group Performing Arts in this city that will provide the participants another dimension of Bicol’s high value product more on its cultural and tourism aspect.
The Sorsogon Pili Festival which used to be the festival of Sorsogon City will be incorporated in the opening ceremony of the congress through the performance of the Pili Festival Dancers -Bukawel Theater Group.
It can be recalled that the Philippine Information Agency- Sorsogon Information Center had been tapped in 2010 to provide the cultural dimension of the pili and provide the congress with the aesthetic value of the product as a festival.
Exhibits of pili products and the diversified use of the pili fruit will also be showcased.
The Department of Agriculture (DA), in collaboration with Hon. Edcel C. Lagman of the 1st District of Albay, hosts this year’s congress with the theme: Bicol Region: Taking the Lead for a Sustainable and Globally Competitive Pili Industry.
Secretary Proceso J. Alcala of the Department of Agriculture will keynote the launch pad activity for the Bicol Region’s pili industry.
Governor Joey Salceda of the province of Albay will deliver the opening message to welcome the participants comprising of industry and business experts,foreign market representtives.technical experts,capital and investment specialists.
This two-day congress will provide policy directions for the pili industry through the different topics to be discussed that will set the Pili Roadmap for Economic Industry Development for Bicol.It will define the competitive edge of the pili in the global markets and provide directions for a sustainable industry.
Participants in the said congress include municipal agricultural officers, high value crop council coordinators, pili farmers, pili producers, pili traders and pili processors and to include pili business enthusiasts.
The Bionet Commerce Philippines Advocacy Inc. is the co-organizer of the event. (PIA Sorsogon/mal)
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