Cultural Potpourri | Davao Welcomes PHILBEX & TLEX 2018

DUBBED as “the biggest thing to happen to Mindanao’s construction industry,” the four-day Philippine Building and Construction Exposition in Davao (PHILBEX Davao) was officially opened to the public last May 10, 2018, at the SMX Convention Center of SM Lanang Premier. Mounted by Worldbex Services International (WSI), the country’s “leading authority in events and trade exhibitions,” PHILBEX & TLEX2018 Davao has for its theme “Elevating the Way We Build and Travel.”This is the 4th PHILBEX and the 2nd Travel and Leisure Expo event held in Davao City.

On hand to welcome the guests during the festive opening held last Thursday were WSI founding chairman Joseph L. Ang, WSI Exec. Director Francisco Flameno, Jr., friendly businesswoman Levi S. Ang, WSI Managing Director Jill Aithnie S. Ang, and WSI Marketing Director Jon Richmond S. Ang who all flew in from Manila.The VIP guests included Davao City Vice Mayor Bernie Al-ag, NEDA Region XI Dir. Ma. Lourdes Lim, DOT Regional Dir. Antonio Blanco, City Tourism Operations Officer Generose Tecson, to mention some.

“PHILBEX Davao 2018 spurs another round of lucrative economic activity as it delivers world-class exhibition… From an extensive range of product presentations, equipment, and various services, to a menagerie of design and cultural innovation that boasts of Mindanao’s distinct aesthetic DNA, this one-of-a-kind trade exposition reflects the drive and commitment of the entire region to global ascendance…WSI engages with partner associations which include the European Chamber of Commerce, the United Architects of the Philippines, Chamber of Real Estate and Builders’ Association, Institute of Integrated Electrical Engineers of the Philippines, Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers, and the Philippine Institute of Interior Designers just to ensure that nothing less than an all-inclusive trade experience is guaranteed to the public,” reiterated Chairman Joseph L. Ang as he continued, “Highlighting this trade show are the Architects’ and the Interior Designers’ Galleries which will surely generate interest among design and style aficionados.If you’re looking to find budget-friendly and yet innovative products to redecorate or build your spaces with, you’re guaranteed to walk away fulfilled and satisfied with the amazing deals and finds that await you in this trade show.”

“PHILBEX Davao prides itself for being a venue for continued learning as well as serving as a platform to generate business-to-business opportunities. This year, WSI features a roster of influential and notable industry players to enlighten attendees with insights on design trends as well as informative know-how to equip professionals in an increasingly global market. And if you’re looking to find budget-friendly travel opportunities to go on that much needed getaway, you’re in for a treat in this trade show,” guaranteed the young WSI Marketing Director, Jon Richmond Ang.

It is well known that Pres. Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s administration has placed regional development at the forefront of its national development strategy by addressing regional disparity and socio-economic inequality while promoting balanced growth throughout the country. Pres. Duterte’s term focusing on his battlecry “Build, Build, Build,” is envisioned to be the “Golden Age of Infrastructure” in the country.

“Metropolitan Davao, which covers Digos, Sta. Cruz, Davao City, Carmen, Panabo, Tagum and the Island Garden City of Samal, is among the metropolitan centers in the country serving as a major international gateway and Mindanao’s commercial hub; center for education, health and services; tourist attraction. As the Crown Jewel of Mindanao, Davao City plays an important role in further boosting the Mindanao Regon’s position among the premier destinations for local and foreign investments in the country… Davao City and the Davao Region as a whole are on a rapid economic growth trajectory as manifested by the upsurge of local construction activities in the region… Davao Region’s economy expanded by 10.9 percent in 2017, higher than the national average of 6.7 percent, and the second fastest among all regions (second only to the 12.1 percent growth rate of the Cordillera Administrative Region). This growth was propelled by the industry and services sectors, with the construction subsector registering the fastest growth rate at 28.2 percent. Thus, this is timely for an event such as this to be held here…,” stated NEDA Sec. Ernesto M. Pernia in his speech delivered so eloquently by NEDA Reg’l. Dir. Maria Lourdes D. Lim to the applause of the guests.

“Development prospects are burgeoning in Mindanao specifically in Davao with construction taking the lead as growth driver in view of the rising private sector investments in real property development such as hotels, condominium buildings, housing and business structures; and the government’s accelerated and increased infrastructure expenditures to enhance the connectivity of Mindanao. We are also anticipating improvement and expansion of foreign direct investments in the light of the ASEAN integration and globalization…We applaud the efforts of PHILBEX and WORLDBEX Services International for organizing events such as this and for having the initiative and commitment to contribute to the achievement of our national and local development goals,” stated the bright Vice Mayor Bernie Al-ag in his friendly message.

Do check out PHILBEX Davao/Travel and Leisure Expo at the SMX Convention Center. Today, Sunday, is the last day of the exhibition.

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