The Department Trade and Industry (DTI) Marinduque Provincial Office partnered with the Provincial Government of Marinduque, Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry Marinduque, Local Government of Boac, and Marinduque Tourism Development Council to bring back the much-anticipated tourism trade fair- Marinduque Expo. 

This year’s run of the trade expo was organized from 10 – 17 April 2022 at the Marinduque Expo Ground, Boac, Marinduque, with the theme, “Marinduque: Ekonomiyang Muling Magbubukas para sa Mas Masaganang Bukas”. 

The week-long trade fair generated a total sale of PHP5,054,512.00 from 28 local micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs), composed of producers of cookies, banana chips, bagoong, patis, buntal, and buri products, nito products, bamboo products, coconut by-products, other novelty items, and 18 food service providers, among others. This is a 772% increase from the 2021 sales of PHP654,475.00.

DTI Marinduque Provincial Director Roniel M. Macatol underscored in his opening message that the MSMEs’ recovery amidst the pandemic served as DTI’s inspiration to deliver beyond the expectations of the agency’s mandate. He also encouraged residents as well as tourists to support local products to help MSMEs and further improve the local economy.

Moreover, DTI Marinduque launched the Moriones Creative Industry Contest and Exhibit to encourage local artists to innovate and showcase Marinduqueños’ artistry through softwood carving, throw pillow designing, doll making, and other media. Twenty (20) prototype products inspired by the Moriones Lenten Rites were submitted by the participants which were exhibited during the duration of the Marinduque Expo 2022.

Moriones prototype products exhibit during the 2022 Marinduque Expo from April 10-17, 2022, at the Marinduque Expo Ground, Boac, Marinduque

The trade expo launching program was graced by DTI Marinduque PD Roniel Macatol, Marinduque Provincial Governor Presbitero Velasco Jr., Bishop Marcelino Antonio Maralit Jr., Boac Mayor Armi Carrion, Provincial Administrator Michael Vincent Velasco, Provincial Development Tourism Council Chairperson Susan Nace. and PCCI Marinduque President Ma. Josefina F. Tan. 

The expo was held simultaneously with the “Moriones”, a Lenten festival held annually during Holy Week to promote and support local products of the province. ♦

Date of Release: 10 May 2022