Every now and then, the economic and socio-cultural bonds strengthened by the BIMP-EAGA cooperation initiative are highlighted in special events that are usually held in certain cities in Mindanao. Just last September marked the inaugural holding of the new “Budayaw” Festival of Culture and the Arts that was held here in GenSan and nearby areas. Now Indonesia, one of the Philippines’ fellow BIMP-EAGA partner nations, will take its turn holding a cultural event in our country, with their Indonesia Fashion Expo (IFE) 2017 to be held in Davao City later this month.
As Minda News tells it, the Indonesia Fashion Expo, the first of its kind to be held, will take place over a three-day period from November 24 to 26 in Davao City, not that far from GenSan. This was announced on Monday, November 13, by a diplomatic letter from the Indonesian Consul General Berlian Napitupulu. He stated in the announcement of the IFE that it is part of their country’s efforts to hype the longstanding Philippine-Indonesia economic partnership. The event is slated to be staged at the Abreeza Mall of Davao, and will showcase the best of proudly Indonesia-made clothing lines, bags, shoes, and fashion accessories.
In addition to the fashion showcase, the Indonesia Fashion Expo will also feature music and cultural performances, alongside promotion of tourism to Indonesia and one-on-one business matching opportunities. Consul General Napitupulu also noted that the IFE event has the full logistical support of the City Government of Davao, the regional office of the Department of Tourism, and the entire Department of Trade and Industry. The opening of the fashion expo will also be presided by Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, daughter of former Mayor and current President Rodrigo Duterte, as well as Mindanao Development Authority chair Abul Khayr Alonto.
This is the latest major Indonesia-Philippine undertaking in the area following the April 30 launching of a direct trade good shipping route between the two nations. A RORO cargo vessel plies the route, connecting the North Sulawesi port of Bitung and the Mindanao cities of Davao and GenSan, with the trip taking only one or two days compared to the older 3-to-5-week route with Manila and Jakarta as ports of call.
Photo courtesy of FB 1st Indonesia Fashion Expo 2017 Events