05_21 usec pcm_ifex_IMG_6967a Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Undersecretary Ponciano C. Manalo, Jr. (second from left) together with (from left) Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM) Executive Director Rosario Virginia C. Gaetos, Senator Cynthia A. Villar, and Department of Agriculture (DA) Undersecretary Emerson U. Palad lead the ceremonial toast during the opening of the 10th International Food Exhibition (IFEX) Philippines on May 21, 2015 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City. For this year, the IFEX has 874 local and international food exhibitors, which includes leading food brands from Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) economies such as Australia, Brunei Darusalam, Canada, Chinese Taipei, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Russia, Singapore, Thailand, US and Viet Nam. Top export and import companies from Chile, China, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, and Portugal also participated. (DTI-PRU)