IFEX Philippines 2017 is Every Foodies Epicurean Pilgrimage, and Definitely Worth Your Visit!

IFEX Philippines 2017 is Every Foodies Epicurean Pilgrimage
Hello ladies especially for our food-loving readers worldwide!
Remember when I share you a story about my delightful and extravagant foodie experience?!

Yeah! And this year it will be more exciting again, because…. Asia’s Ethnic Food & Ingredients Show / International Food Exhibition or IFEX Philippines 2017 is back this season and they are ready to amaze us with their newest and exciting offerings that we can’t never resists.

Since I’ve first attended the IFEX Philippines in 2015 and had my most amazing experience, I vowed that I will do my best, and clear-out my schedule for this month, to attend and witness more food and ingredients that our Momma and Grannies will surely make us ohh so proud!


IFEX Philippines 2017 is Every Foodies Epicurean Pilgrimage

IFEX Philippines 2017 is Every Foodies Epicurean Pilgrimage


Last Friday, I’ve got a privileged to be invited by DTI-CITEM (Department of Trade and Industry – Center for International Trade Exhibitions and Missions) for the media conference of this season’s IFEX Philippines 2017. This year, we will expect an over of 700 exhibitors/food firms, comprised of various food and ethnic ingredient manufacturers, exporters, consolidators, artisans, chefs, culinary historians and experts; and gourmet enthusiasts across the globe, each brining along distinctive products offerings, knowledge, and skills at the much-awaited feast!


IFEX Philippines 2017 is Every Foodies Epicurean Pilgrimage


Happening this coming weekend of May 19th to 22nd, buyers and visitors will experience and understand deeper the Philippine food through its multi-faceted origins in history, geography and culture.

Indeed this is definite an epicurean pilgrimage that you must never missed.


IFEX Philippines 2017 is Every Foodies Epicurean Pilgrimage

IFEX Philippines 2017 is Every Foodies Epicurean Pilgrimage


Wow that soo cool! But are these for buyers-and-exporters-only-kind-of event?

Definitely not! IFEX Philippines is open for everyone, foodie or non-foodie and it doesn’t discriminate.

Here are what you can expect this coming amazing weekend:


IFEX Philippines 2017 is Every Foodies Epicurean Pilgrimage

IFEX Philippines 2017 is Every Foodies Epicurean Pilgrimage


Food Philippines Hall - The Food Philippines Hall at IFEX Philippines is the premier venue for top and emerging Philippine food export companies to promote the country’s food products and strengthen links with buyers, importers, and retailers in the global food market.


IFEX Philippines 2017 is Every Foodies Epicurean Pilgrimage


International Hall - The International Hall showcases in one trade platform for the top food products and ingredients of leading companies and manufacturers across the globe.
With the theme ‘TASTE ASEAN’ for its 11th edition, IFEX Philippines spotlights the top brands from ASEAN member states and its Regional Dialogue Partners. It will also highlight the premium selections from European countries with the European Union as the event’s first international regional partner.


Malagos Chocolates made in Davao, Philippines
Malagos Chocolates made in Davao, Philippines


Food Artisans Village - The Food Artisans Village recreates the vibrant and colorful market environment of local artisan communities featuring terroir products and artisanal delicacies from the different regions of the Philippines presented by the Department of Agriculture through its Agribusiness Marketing and Assistance Service (DA-AMAS).

It features food products from the Mindanao region and province of Negros Occidental. The pavilion also showcases the country’s high-demand export commodities, such as seafood, coconut, coffee, cacao, and processed fruits and nuts.


I’ve got a chance to meet the super active lady here, the Regional Director of DTI-CAR Region Ms. Juliet.
I’ve got a chance to meet the super active lady here, the Regional Director of DTI-CAR Region Ms. Juliet.

I love these locally made ice cream by FIC – better try their pistachio, avocado and durian flavours. They are superb!
I love these locally made ice cream by FIC – better try their pistachio, avocado and durian flavours. They are superb!

The MarketPlace - The MarketPlace is a one-stop retail shop of premium food and food-related products ranging from fruits and vegetables, to meat and poultry, seafood products, processed foods, homemade regional delicacies, as well as personal care and wellness products and other allied products and services.


IFEX Philippines 2015
IFEX Philippines 2015


Aside from these highlights, buyers and visitors for this 3-days epicurean event will enjoy these Sixteen (16) more shows, and I bet you and your foodie friends will definitely will make you stick around:


ASEAN Pavilion
In line with the 50th founding anniversary and 30th Summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), TasteASEAN@IFEX Philippines presents the top food from 10 ASEAN member states as one of the official events in the ASEAN 2017 Business and Investment Program held in partnership with the Committee on Business and Investment Promotion (CBIP).

This exhibit hopes to capture the immense global demand for oriental flavors and drive up more trade opportunities between ASEAN and other countries—streamlining the region’s aspiration towards ‘Partnering for Change, Engaging the World.’


ASEAN Top Brands Showcase
The ASEAN Top Brands Showcase spotlights the leading food products and ingredients of top companies from 10 ASEAN countries through different presentations of native and iconic delicacies.


IFEX Philippines 2017


ASEAN Top Grocers Program - The ASEAN Top Grocers Program rounds up the major decision-makers of leading food retail chains, such as supermarkets, hypermarkets, convenience stores, supercenters, and wholesale clubs, across Southeast Asia.
The program serves as a link between ASEAN retail giants and food manufacturers to generate more trade opportunities within the region.


IFEX Philippines 2017 media conference


Negros Occidental Pavilion - IFEX Philippines rounds up local companies, communities, and cooperatives from Negros Occidental to expand its export opportunities through the presentation of new and innovative products of the Negrenses under the Food Artisans Village.
In collaboration with the Provincial Government of Negros Occidental, the Negros-based groups offer premium and artisanal products which include dried and processed fruits, seafood, noodles, sweets, native healthy and organic options, and other delicacies.


A photo from the Manila Gusto Gallery during IFEX Philippines 2015
A photo from the Manila Gusto Gallery during IFEX Philippines 2015


Mindanao Pavilion: The Food Basket of the Philippines
Taking the spotlight at the Food Artisans Village, this highly curated exhibit features the top food brands of Mindanao, which is recognized as the country’s food basket for its rich agricultural resources.


IFEX Philippines 2017 media conference


Seafood Pavilion - The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) supports 13 Philippine export companies in showcasing various export-quality seafood products to highlight the country’s premium seafood selections, such as shrimp, milkfish or bangus, canned tuna, canned sardines, frozen tuna, live lobsters, groupers, and other high-value seafood products.


A photo from the Manila Gusto Gallery during IFEX Philippines 2015


Food Artisans Village / Commodity Pavilion - In collaboration with the Department of Agriculture, IFEX Philippines lines up the hottest and most in-demand export commodities from different provinces across the country under the Food Artisans Village.

In this Pavilion, visitors can sift through a prime selection of globally competitive products from six different food sectors, namely vegetables; seafood; fruits; meat and poultry; grains and cereals; and healthy, natural and organic products.


TASTE PHILIPPINES by FCAP - IFEX Philippines collaborates with the Food Caterers Association of the Philippines to serve iconic dishes and heirloom delicacies rooted from the rich artisanal and culinary tradition of the Philippines.

TASTE PHILIPPINES offers a gustatory fete of food fusions and concoctions that had evolved from the unique lifestyle and preference in different Philippine provinces, such as Ilocos, Batangas, Negros and many more.


Bread Alley - Local companies line up their tasty and flavorful bread, pastries and other confections in a delightful showcase of the Philippines’ rich bread-making culture.
From the Philippines’ ubiquitous pan de sal and ensaymada to its ube jam offerings, this exhibit emphasizes on the significant role of bread as a staple food in the ever-evolving Filipino culture and lifestyle highlighting its support towards our rich food history and empowerment on small-scale community bakeries.

Hello to my Filipino 90s’ readers! Do you remember these little biscuits?!
Hello to my Filipino 90s’ readers! Do you remember these little biscuits?!


Food Innovation Gallery - Food Innovation Gallery showcases the rich array of innovative food product prototypes developed from indigenous raw materials by the Food Innovation Centers (FICs) of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) using DOST-developed and locally fabricated food process equipment.  

The FICs were established nationwide as support to local micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) to help move their up to the value chain and boost their productivity towards global competitiveness. Serving as hub for food product development and innovation, concepts are transformed into tangible and new products that have high potential in the global arena.  

EU Pavilion - In celebration of the ‘EU Month’ this May, the EU Pavilion highlights the economic relationship between the Philippines and the European Union (EU). The pavilion will feature the top brands and products from EU states, including Belgium, Estonia, France, Germany, Lithuania, Poland, and The Netherlands.

The pavilion aims to give more opportunities to the EU in penetrating Asian markets and to further boost its position as the Philippines’ fourth largest trading partner. In collaboration with the EU-Philippines Business Network, the European Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines, and the French Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the Philippines, the EU is IFEX Philippines’ first official international partner region.


IFEX Philippines 2017 media conference


IFEX Kitchen - In partnership with COOK Magazine, IFEX Philippines presents the Summit of Flavors @ IFEX Kitchen featuring celebrated international and local chefs. IFEX Kitchen showcases the iconic recipes, fusion ideas, and latest trend from different countries through a series of dynamic cooking demonstrations.


Food Export and Investment Seminars - Get ideas and be informed of the latest regulations, trends and innovations in the food industry from renowned experts, researchers and lecturers in a seminar series organized with the Culinary Institute of America, US Food and Drug Administration, Department of Trade and Industry-Export Marketing Bureau, Department of Agriculture, Management Association of the Philippines – Agri-Business and Countryside Development Foundation, Inc., and the Organic Coconut Association of the Philippines.


GMART Program - The G-MART (Grocers Exchange) Program is an exclusive business-to-business matching platform that connects international retail giants with Philippine manufacturers and distributors.

The program promotes the Philippines as a top sourcing destination for premium private-label products to opportunities for local food producers to take advantage of the growing global preference towards private label brands.


RIPPLES Plus  - The RIPPLES (Regional Interactive Platform for Philippine Exporters) Plus Program presents the export-competitive products developed and upscaled by local micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in coordination with the Department of Trade and Industry’s Export Marketing Bureau (DTI-EMB) and its Regional Operations Group (DTI-ROG) and the Philippine Trade Training Center (PTTC).

The exhibit highlights the products of MSMEs that underwent capacity-building training, packaging design workshops, product development, and market research to make them globally competitive.


IFEX Philippines 2017 media conference


IFEX Philippines 2017 media conference


Halal Pavilion - IFEX Philippines partners with the Philippine Halal Board to elevate the export competitiveness of halal-certified Philippine products in the international market.
This exhibit hopes to spread awareness of the availability, quality, and integrity of Philippine halal products to help cement the Philippines’ position as an international Halal processing and manufacturing hub.


ForUrbanWomen.com , media partner for IFEX Philippines 2017 media conference


So if I were you, I will #SavetheDate for IFEX Philippines this coming May 19 to 22, 2017 and instead of going out for a movie, why not support our local food and ingredients, and help it flourished in international market, and helping us the ONE ASEAN, that kick-ass (*wink)

Am inviting all of your and yes including all the foreign guests of Manila to visit this season’s IFEX Philippines and learn our epicurean food history, cultures and many others!

Don’t wait further and register now at www.ifexphilippines.com for FREE ADMISSION!




Update: May 18 - SORRY friends - Free Admission is already closed - BUT you can still visit and pay Php100.00 admission fee.






xoxo, Blair




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75 LOVES AND COMMENTS:

  1. Mmm, I am all about food, so I'd be thrilled to check this out. I always love to try new things. I'm intrigued by those iced gem biscuits.

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  2. I love visiting food and beverage trade fairs like this one. I get to learn about the many new products in the market, all under one roof.

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    1. Thank you Emily!

      I enjoyed attending tradeshows because I got to practice my networking skills, meet new contacts especially the suppliers and artisans, and also an opportunity to see new products under one roof, and SHOP MORE!

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  3. Definitely an event not to be missed. Was in Manila for a month to do a course and definitely love the food there! I love Epicure!

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    1. Ohh that's great! When you will come back here in Manila?

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  4. I would love to visit the event unfortunately I'm still not in the country during those dates. Thanks for the info and what to expect in the event. :-)

    Liz Gen | fatmoments.com

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    1. Don't worry Joy, I will share more stories soon about this season's IFEX!

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  5. Wow this looks like a great place to visit. So much food and culture all in one place. I will be travelling to Manila in November and can't wait to try some of the local food.

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    1. Oh that's cool! Let me know when you're here! I would be glad to be your guide and meet fellow blogger :)

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  6. OMG I would be in heaven there. I am definitely a foodie and would enjoy so much of the food there.

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    1. Yeah! I think every Mom will LOVE this event.

      During the media conference, they only invited 35 Filipino exhibitors, but during the tradeshow there will be 700+ exhibitors from all over Asia and some parts of Europe. That's pretty amazing! I need to ready my tummy for those days :)

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  7. I will definitely save the date! This seems like an awesome thing to do! I am all about supporting local food and shops!

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    1. Thank you Jessica! You should also take advantage of FREE seminars and cooking demos they will showcase. Bring your friends but refrain from bringing kids because its a tradeshow.

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  8. That looks like such a fun place to be! Congratulations on the invite. I bet you had your fill of so much while there!

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    1. LOL Yeah which I though I should bring my own mesh bag next time :) Exhibitors are very excited and very generous and I love talking with them. You can feel the passion on what they do.

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  9. Omggg paradise ! I would love to attend it. So much good food. Added to my bucket

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    1. Thank you Monika! You should check your community if they have related events like this because it is also a good source of inspiration for blogging.

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  10. Oh my gosh this looks so fun! I love sampling new food.

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    1. LOL yeah, e had sampling and buffet feast too!

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  11. This would literally make me jump for joy going to something like this. I bet you got to try so many things and collected so many goodies it's unreal! I need to find something like this close to me so I can attend one!

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    1. Yeah, I've collected a lot and its hard to resist and say NO from exhibitors. They are so generous and very happy that we accepted their "little gifts".

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  12. I'm not a foodie but your story & photos makes me think I should at least visit some type of show to learn more about all the new foods that are available. Thanks for sharing

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    1. You are welcome Tina. Try it and its a good source of new contract and new friends!

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  13. That food looks so delicious - I must admit I love the cuisine of South Asia - the fresh ingredients, burst of flavor and so many different spices and herbs. It's probably the tastiest food in the world. The bad thing is that in other places it doesn't taste as good as in Asia... You are lucky to have had a chance to be there!

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    1. Asians are very much experimental with foods and cooking. Thank you for loving our cuisine. You should try our Filipino foods!

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  14. Oh I miss the Philippines! My husband and I were there last year, and we had so much fun eating delicacies, and best coffee by the way.

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    1. Thank you! The coffee from Benguet and Batangas are one of the best :)

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  15. Wow! So much to see, taste and experience! Wish I was there! Wish they'll come over to join MaTrade one day!

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  16. So interesting. I'll take one of everything! It all looks so good. I've never heard of this event, but it sounds like something my whole family would enjoy.

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    1. It is a great and huge event and most anticipated. Participants are excited to boast their products to the visitors and prospective buyers and partners for a possible business.

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  17. Oh my goodness!! This looks like heaven on earth!! I would love to visit here one day.

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    1. Thank you for visiting my page! Keep posted on my upcoming posts.

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  18. This looks like so much fun! I had no idea the Philippines was such a foodie paradise. I think I'd especially like to eat that local ice cream!

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    1. Philippines is also experimental and adventurous with ingredients and flavours.

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  19. You look stunning beautiful! What an awesome event! Really enjoy reading your post. :)

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    1. Thank you Bella, you are so sweet! You are gorgeous too!

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  20. It looks like a fun event. I've been to Japanese food festival but this looks like a different level. There's so many interesting food to discover. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Oh this year, IFEX will also showcase a Japan food show and I am excited for this!

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  21. Food events like this are the best! There are so many new and different flavors to try. I can only imagine how unique the flavors and dishes would be at IFEX.

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    1. Oh it is! And the artisans are truly creative!

      Which reminds me to bring cash because this means shopping too!

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  22. Wow sounds awesome thanks for sharing I enjoyed your post.

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    1. You are welcome dearest! And thank you for taking time visiting my page :)

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  23. wow the fruit and veggies look amazing. I would love to hear more about the biscuits. Can you tell me more about it?

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    1. Hello Latoyia!

      You been those cute little biscuits? Yeah I will make a separate posts about it. It's freakin nostalgia!

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  24. Nice photos. I never eat Philippines food. But I would like to try. I'm waiting for your post about IFEX Philippines. Good luck with the event!

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    1. Thank you Maria! Yes I will!

      Philippine foods are combination of most Asian, Mexican, American, and European foods.

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  25. I love going to food festivals and the artisan markets! There is always very delicious food and unique products which are not found in regular stores. This event sounds like it would be a lot of fun! I would definitely attend an event like this if I was in the Philippines.

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  26. looks like a really nice event. I wish to try that ice cream!

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    1. Hello Wai Yee, the ice creams are superb especially the durian flavor!

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  27. I love going to exhibitions to get an idea, taste and feel of new upcoming products/brands to the market.

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    1. Visitors can also enjoy various trade show displays so if you are into design, this is a good avenue for you to learn also!

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  28. Ooohhh, I love discovering new foods! This would have been something for me! Loved your detailed description... and the pics made me hungry ;-)

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    1. Thank you Ariane! There will be more photos to come after the food trade shows, so please stick around :)

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  29. Wow! Looks like a super fun event! I would have totally enjoyed. Those sorbet look yum... Those dried fruits & nuts look perfectly healthy too.

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    1. Thank you Bhusha! This is just a media preview conference. More food displays and trade show booth displays will be available next week.

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  30. wow, they have all sorts of nuts and my favorite drink--buko juice. I did not know it can be sold in cans

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    1. I know right! They said that it is sold in can because they do export it in other countries like Saudi Arabia and Dubai, which makes the buko juice last longer while in-transit.

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  31. It looks amazing! What an awesome event to attend especially since it's all about getting to know more about the food that's available in the market. I think it's great to be part of this.

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    1. You are right. It is exciting to see new foods made locally, new innovations, and foods from nearby countries. I love it!

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  32. I'm a huge foodie so food events are always something I enjoy! This event looks like it was pretty sweet!

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    1. Thank you Courtneylyyne. Is your city also host food tradeshows like this?

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  33. I loved your initiative Blair for supporting local food! I'd love to visit this event if I were in Philippine to explore various amazing cuisines!

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    1. Hey Ana! You'll gonna love it! and you will learn a lot about our local food and ingredients and local cuisine :)

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  34. Hi Ms. Blair,

    As one of the organizers of the IFEX media event, I would like to thank you for joining us. More tasty treats and fascinating stories of Philippine food, and other Asian delicacies are in store for you in the actual IFEX event.

    See you there! :)

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    1. Hello Timothy,

      Thank you too for inviting me. Yeah I am so excited for the actual IFEX. I will be attending on Saturday and Sunday to attend the seminars / talks and explore the whole floor :)

      See yeah!

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  35. I love the fact that there are a lot of natural products. This is a place that I would be quite at home in

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    1. It is nice to promote locally produced products to help the local economy :)

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  36. Sounds like a pretty cool experience! It's nice to get the chance to see all the products and sample some of the food as well.

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    1. Yes and nothings more fun than free food tasting and free wine tasting too!

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  37. look so fun!!I wish i can join next time!!

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  38. Wow, it looks like you had a great adventure, great photos.

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    1. Thank you Crystal! We've just opened today, and tomorrow I'll be there to meet the exhibitors :)

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