Philippine Design Represented at Paris Fashion Week

Two Filipino designers – Bea Valdes ( and milliner Harvy Santos ( – made the cut to be among the 350 edgy, high-end fashion designers featured at PREMIERE CLASSE which was held from 28 February to 3 March 2014 at the Tuileries Gardens in Paris. Held simultaneously with PREMIERE CLASSE, THE BOX at the Pavillion Cambon is another fashion trade fair which featured 100 international fashion accessories designers. This season, two other Filipino designers – Rafe Totengco ( and Malou Romero ( – were able to showcase their collections. Milliner Michelle Dulce (, who recently participated in WHO’S NEXT, opted to have a private showroom a few steps from the Tuileries Gardens. During Paris Fashion Week, the world’s most exclusive retailers are also drawn to the trade fairs and private showrooms of designers. It is therefore an achievement to make the cut as an exhibitor and to have one’s own showroom. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA From left to right: Commercial Attaché Vichael Angelo Roaring, Bea Valdes, Third Secretary and Vice Consul Rapunzel Acop at Première Classe OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Rafe New York stand at The Box OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Rafe New York clutch OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Joanique stand at The Box OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Joanique ring and cuff OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Mich Dulce hats at her private showroom in 29, rue du Richelieu 75001 Paris

Several Filipino designers recently participated in the prestigious fashion trade fair PREMIERE CLASSE which is organized twice a year during Paris Fashion Week.

6th PH-RI JCBC Bilateral Meeting

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February 24, 2014 - The Philippine Trade and Investment Center (PTIC) in Jakarta, Indonesia participated at the 6th Philippines-Indonesia Joint Commission on Bilateral Cooperation (JCBC) Meeting held in Jakarta, Indonesia. The meeting discussed commitments to enhance cooperation in the areas of economy, defense, maritime, politics and socio-cultural and consular affairs. On trade, investment and other economic cooperation, the Philippine Trade and Investment Center reported on the areas of collaboration discussed with state-owned enterprises (SOEs) following the visit of Special Envoy T.B. Silalahi and Enterprises Minister Dahlan Iskan in June 2013. The said visit was quickly followed-up by business meetings both in the Philippines and Indonesia. Continue reading

DTI cites optimism in doing business in Mindanao

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) sees that the signing of the Bangsamoro Peace Agreement in Mindanao will provide renewed confidence for investors.

In his keynote address during the Invest Philippines Business Forum at the Financial Club in Jakarta, Indonesia, Trade Undersecretary Ponciano C. Manalo, Jr. underscored the opportunities that could open up in Mindanao once the framework agreement is implemented.

“This occurrence opens up Mindanao in more ways that we have ever seen. Mindanao now becomes a very fertile area for investments, particularly for agricultural activities. In fact, we are developing economic zones and incentives in affected areas in Mindanao to be able to spur economic growth,” Manalo added. The forum highlighted recent economic developments in the Philippines as well as trade and investment opportunities in the country.

Manalo also said that Mindanao is fertile ground for palm oil, rubber and coconut production, aquaculture, fisheries, food manufacturing, and other agribusiness activities. “We can foresee the growth curves that we will have in Mindanao in the next 10 to 15 years. It is clearly an area of growth and development, and while our investment plea is not limited to Mindanao, if you look at spots in the country which are truly going to be big growth areas, then Mindanao is it,” Manalo said. Manalo, together with representatives from the National Development Company (NDC), visited Jakarta to explore areas of cooperation with the government of Indonesia. The NDC is a government-owned corporation mandated to promote economic development through assistance in commercial, industrial, mining, agricultural and other enterprises.

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Philippine Investment Seminar held in Beijing

Investment Seminar in Beijing

Photo: Executive President Dr. Xu Ning Ning of China ASEAN Business Council delivering a speech

On February 21, 2014, The Philippine Trade and Investment Center in partnership with the Philippine Embassy and the China-ASEAN Business Council held an Investment Forum at Kuntai Hotel in Beijing. The said Investment Forum was sponsored by China Water and Electricity Corporation. Philippine Economic Zone Authority Director General Lilia de Lima presented investment and incentive policies. Commercial Counselor Christine dela Cruz presented opportunities in both agriculture and non-agricultural sectors. 130 representatives from different China industry associations, businesses, and media people attended the event.

First-ever Investment Promotions Engagement of the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) Director General Lilia de Lima in China – 20 and 21 February

PEZA Director General (DG) Lilia de Lima keynoted two (2) investment fora organized by the Philippine Embassy in Beijing, in collaboration with the East Asia Business Council (EABC) and with the China-ASEAN Business Council (CABC) Chinese Secretariat, on February 20 and 21, respectively.

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