‘Grandioso Venta’ starts today at Plaza del Pilar PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 19 February 2015 12:01

The first-ever “Grandioso Venta del Mercado” or Grand Market Sale kicks off at 10 o’clock this morning at Plaza del Pilar and will run for eight days until Feb. 26 with live entertainment every night.

Featuring the city’s agri-fishery products and other goods that are considered innate and distinct to selected barangays under the “One Barangay One Product” (OBOP), the grand market sale is one of the activities that the city government has lined up to commemorate Zamboanga City’s 78th Charter Day Anniversary or “Dia de la Ciudad de Zamboanga”.

For Internet and social media fanatics, the entire Plaza del Pilar is a free Wifi zone throughout the eight-day activity, which is being organized by the Investment Promotion Services Division headed by Sales and Promotions Supervisor Marie Angelique C. Go of the City Mayor Office in partnership with the City Agriculturist Office and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

It hopes to gather in one venue the city’s angi-fishery businessmen, micro-, small- and medium entrepreneurs, native food chefs and dealers of barangay products.

At least 25 businessmen, entrepreneurs and dealers have officially registered for the event as of yesterday morning. They include Savannah Dairy Products, Handicrafts, Pasalubong Products and Delicacies, BPI Globe Bano, Agri-Fishries, Assorted Fruits, Ornamental Plants, Plant Growers/Fruits and Plant Nursery, Bangus Products, Street Foods, Furnitures, Ukay-Ukay (RTWs), Native Products, Seedlings and Crafts. A registration fee of P1,000 is charged from each exhibitor.       The grand market sale, the first during “Dia de Zamboanga”, primarily aims to reach out to the city’s 98 barangays and look for distinct products that will be showcased during the “City of Charm” activity slated sometime in September this year with some businessmen from China coming over.

It will transform Plaza del Pilar into a market place by day and an alternative live entertainment hub by night; it is where the locals can see, buy, eat, drink and enjoy the products, foods and drinks on grand sale at special prices.

Other partners of the event are the Barangay Affairs Division, Liga ng mga Barangay, City General Services Office, Public Information Division, the Zamboanga City Police Office and Task Force Zamboanga with Pepsi, Globe, KCC Mall, Alberei and Safety Enterprises as sponsors.

The event will likewise launch the city’s investment program dubbed Barangay ENtrepreneurial Growth (BENG) which seeks to discover the so-called “Star” micro entrepreneurs of Zamboanga. — Vic Larato