After a grueling but fun five days for the ANP Producers and helping guests like yours truly from the Negros Bloggers, the 26th Negros Trade Fair officially closed its doors to the public at 9pm. The longest running single provincial trade fair in the country may have ended but certainly the closed door will be a door awaiting for the even more special 27th year.
Braving the onslaught of typhoon Pedring and Quiel, this year’s trade fair managed to gather thousands per day to wonder and as well purchase handicrafts made by the skillful hands of our Negrénse producers. Despite the two typhoons, almost every store I interviewed posted a record high in sales, even higher than the Silver Anniversary edition last year. People flocking to Rockwell Tent braving the storm and rains is a testament of the reputation of excellence that the Association of Negros Producers and the Negros Trade Fair for that matter carefully taken cared of for more than two and a half decades. From its origins in the darkest moment of Negros, the Sugar Crisis in the 1980’s, the Association of Negros Producers has indeed proved that Negros offers more than just sugar but a variety of products that have catered to the highest taste. This would not all be possible without the help of our Lord God in all these endeavour. As a gesture of thanksgiving, the Secretary-General of ANP led everyone in a prayer of thanksgiving.
Indeed, there is much to thank for the recently-ended trade fair. For my part, its the new camaraderie and for the most, maybe new lessons learned from this experience. In behalf of the Skyscrapercity Bacólod, Inc. and Negros Bloggers, Inc., I would like to extend my thankfulness to the Association of Negros Producers for making us part of this yet another historic trade fair. We would like to thank our organization’s sponsors, Merci Bakeshop and Negros Occidental Sixth District Congw. Ched Alvarez, for helping us contribute significantly for the 26th Negros Trade Fair.
The displays may have been torn down, doors closed and a bridge crossed but indeed, the experiences will help usher a better trade fair for next year’s 27th Negros Trade Fair. To God be all the glory and praise!