Design-driven products showcased at the Asia Pacific Ladies Festival

Design-driven products showcased at the Asia Pacific Ladies Festival

On Wednesday 6th April 2016, the Philippine Embassy in Tokyo led by H.E. Ambassador Manuel M. Lopez and Madame Maria Teresa L. Lopez, participated in the 40th Asia-Pacific Festival and Charity Bazaar organized by the Asia-Pacific Ladies Friendship Society (ALFS) at the ANA InterContinental Tokyo.

The Asia Pacific Festival and Charity Bazar is an annual event of the ALFS, whose members include spouses of former ambassadors of 26 Asia Pacific countries, including the Philippines. A highly anticipated event among Japanese and international women, the event provides visitors an opportunity to check the latest fashion accessories (pearls, jewelries, wearables), special clothing and fabrics, indigenous food and crafts from Japan and various countries. As in the previous years, Her Imperial Highness Princess Hitachi graced the event. Also gracing the event, was Madame Akie Abe, spouse of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

This year, through the efforts of Madame Lopez, the Philippine Trade and Investment Center in Tokyo (PTIC Tokyo), the Department of Agriculture Office, and the Cultural Section of the Philippine Embassy, a wide variety of Philippine food and non-food items were sold and showcased, from culinary favorites such as adobo, chicken and pork barbeque, pancit, lumpia and turron to design-driven products from sofa throws (Ylocos Heritage Arts & Crafts), shoes (Ai-she footwear and Risque Designs) handbags, home décor like pillows (Tara Designs Philippines, Inc.), fashion accessories (La Piezza Jewelry Creations) and more, highlighting craftsmanship and sensitivities of Philippine design.

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The Philippines at FOODEX 2016

Philippine FOODEX 2016Ambassador Manuel M. Lopez with Philippine food exporters and Embassy officials at the 41st International Food and Beverage Exhibition (FOODEX Japan 2016) held from March 8 to 11, 2016 at the Makuhari Messe in Chiba.

Philippine coconut, bananas, frozen fish, snacks and beverages were showcased in the #FoodPhilippines pavilion during FOODEX Japan, the largest food and beverage trade show in Asia, from March 8 to 11 in Makuhari Messe, Chiba, Japan.

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Processed coconut products and by-products featured include organic coco sugar, organic coco nectar, coconut sap vinegar, coconut flour, coconut amino sauce, coco red wine and coconut jam. The virgin coconut oil (VCO) and pure coco medium chain triglycerides (MCT) forms are highlighted to cater to the growing demand for health food and specialty products among the Japanese market.

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Japan’s largest biz group calls on President Aquino

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President Benigno S. Aquino III (10th from left, first row) poses with members of the Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) led by their Chairman Akio Mimura (8th from left, first row) during a courtesy call on February 5, 2015 at the Rizal Hall of the Malacañang Palace in the City of Manila. From February 4 to 7, about 100 top-level officials and members of the JCCI were in the Philippines for an economic mission. This mission was organized by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA), the Philippine Japan Economic Cooperation Committee (PhilJEC) and the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI). It aims to explore business opportunities for a number of large and multinational corporations, trading houses, and small and medium scale enterprises in Japan. Since 1992, this mission is the first mission led by JCCI’s Chairman. JCCI is the largest business organization in Japan composed of 1.26 million companies. (DTI-PRU)

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JCCI Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Undersecretary Ponciano C. Manalo, Jr. emphasizes the readiness of the Philippines as a global investment destination before 100 top-level executives of Japanese companies during the Philippines-Japan Economic dialogue on February 5, 2015 at the Shangri-La in Makati City. The Japanese business delegation intends to advance the bilateral economic relations between the two countries, and explore business opportunities for a number of large firms and small and medium scale enterprises of the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI). The JCCI is a network of comprehensive local economic organizations. It is composed of 514 regional chambers in Japan and 79 chapters outside Japan. It is the largest business organization in Japan, and an influential organization in the country’s economic circles. The business mission ran from February 4 to 7, 2014. (DTI-PRU)

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Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Industry Promotion Group (IPG) Undersecretary Ponciano C. Manalo, Jr. (center), together with Philippine Trade and Investment Center-Tokyo Commercial Counselor Dita Angara-Mathay (right), poses with (from left) Japan Chamber of Commerce (JCCI) International Division Manager Tetsuya Matsuoka, JCCI International Division Project General Manager Hidefumi Kobayashi, and JCCI International Division Head and General Manager Takeshi Akagi during a courtesy call on 7 November 2014 in Tokyo, Japan. In their meeting, the JCCI officials said that the chamber will send the largest business delegation of high-ranking executives to the Philippines early next year to boost bilateral economic ties. JCCI is the central organization of all Japanese regional chambers of commerce business. The delegation will include heads of top Japanese companies as well as chief executive officers (CEOs) of Japan’s small and medium enterprises (SMEs) from various sectors such as metal manufacturing, trading, telecommunications, travel and tourism, banking, general construction, automotive and auto parts, food, electric power, air transport, and chemicals. The mission is set from 4 to 7 February 2015. The DTI will serve as JCCI’s principal government partner in this historic mission.