(Santiago, 18 April 2022) As part of its continuing economic and cultural diplomacy efforts, the Philippine Embassy in Santiago, Chile participated in the Ranco Diseño 2022, an annual trade fair hosted by the Los Rios Region. The Trade Fair was held in Lago Ranco, Chile from 14 to 17 April 2022.
PHILIPPINE BOOTH AND ARTS EXPO
The Philippine booth showcased Philippine handicraft, including handmade decors, capiz shell ornaments, pearl jewelry, abaca purses and brass decors, as well as wooden artisanal products. Photographs and posters of renowned Philippine tourism destinations also served as backdrop for the booths, and DOT tourism promotion videos were shown throughout the four-day event.
The Philippine booth also provided guests the opportunity to sample Philippine cuisine and traditional beverages, including pancit bihon, lumpiang gulay, lumpiang shanghai, adobo, turon and buko pandan.
BILATERAL MEETING WITH THE GOVERNOR AND PRESIDENTIAL DELEGATE
On 14 April 2022, the Embassy’s Charge d’Affaires, a.i., Mr. Jim Tito San Agustin, met with Los Rios Regional Governor Luis Cuvertino and Presidential Delegate Paula Peña in Validivia, Los Rios to discuss bilateral tourism, trade and investment opportunities between the Philippines and the Los Rios region of Chile. CDA San Agustin noted the trade complementarities between the Philippines and Los Rios that both sides can build on to further strengthen existing linkages. He observed that the profile of Philippines-Chile trade relations, including top imports from Chile (Atlantic salmon, paper, poultry and grapes) and major Philippine exports to Chile (machinery parts, fishing materials and desiccated coconuts) can complement the operations of major industries in the Los Rios region, which include paper mills, agriculture and fisheries, and shipyards.
LIVE COOKING DEMONSTRATION
On 15 April 2022, Cultural Officer Jeffry Aranda hosted a live and regionally-televised cooking show at the main hall of Ranco Diseño 2022, where he prepared the classic Filipino dish, pancit bihon, followed by a sampling of the finished product.
EVENT PRESS BRIEFING
On 15 April 2022, CDA San Agustin joined Lago Ranco Mayor Mr. Miguel Meza in a televised Press Briefing during the Ranco Diseño 2022 Trade Fair, where he expressed the Embassy’s appreciation for the excellent arrangements and warm welcome by the local government, and invited guests to the Philippine booth for a sampling of Filipino cuisine, craftsmanship and hospitality.