THREE expositions, geared towards forging an avenue to connect with the pillars of different industries to showcase and innovate potentials, are happening right in the economic powerhouse of Western Visayas.
Strategically located in the heart of the country, Iloilo City has been a regional hub for construction developers, food and beverage connoisseurs, and travel and leisure enthusiasts. The southern city has never been short of historical establishments with political and ecclesiastical influence, delicious cuisines birthed by fertile lands and abundant seas, and day-or-night indoors-or-outdoors recreation hotspots.
Worldbex Services International (WSI) – the biggest event organizer in the country – is bringing to Ilonggos the Philippine Building and Construction Expo (PHILBEX) that highlights the
world-class wonders of the city and the entire region, the Iloilo Foods and Beverages Expo (IFBEX) for a delectable showcase of Ilonggo flavors, and the Travel and Leisure Expo (TLEX), where visitors will be able to see some event-exclusive deals and promos.
“We find Iloilo as the best venue because, apart from its a booming city, it is a lovely city which has a lot of potential opportunities that we, our exhibitors and partners can collaborate with in the Western Visayas Region,” said Ms. Jill Ang, Managing Director of WSI.
The three events were warmly welcomed by its distinguished guests of honor during its grand opening yesterday. Some of the biggest names from the government were Mr. Jose Al V. Fruto, DPWH Assistant Regional Director; Ms. Phoebe Zelie Areno, DOT Western Visayas Supervising Tourism Operations Officer; Mr. Nene Dela Llana, Executive Assistant to Iloilo City Vice Mayor, Jeffrey Ganzon; Mr. Salvador D. Sarabia Jr., Iloilo City MICE Director representing Iloilo City Mayor, Jerry Treñas; and Engr. Romeo C. Andig, Provincial Engineer of Province of Iloilo representing Gov. Arthur R. Defensor Jr.
In the keynote remarks of Mayor Jerry Treñas delivered by Iloilo MICE Director Mr. Salvador D. Sarabia, Jr, the local chief executive said “These events provide platforms to professionals and construction, food and beverages, and travel and leisure industry to showcase their expertise and shared knowledge in innovation and sustainable practices. Iloilo City has always been known for its rich heritage, culture, and architectural firms. PHILBEX Iloilo 2023 perfectly captures the city’s charm by celebrating the seamless splendor of the old and the new.”
Meanwhile, WSI Founding Chairman, Mr. Joseph L. Ang highlighted in his speech that “As we step foot into the vibrant spaces of Iloilo Convention Center, you will be transported into a world where imagination knows no limits. Every corner reveals a new discovery, a fresh perspective, and a glimpse into the future.”
PHILBEX is an opportunity where contractors, developers, architects, suppliers and firms across the country could tap Ilonggo talents or vice versa.
The World of Architecture gathered local and renowned architecture firms in the country. The World of Interior Design will feature interior designers from the various chapters of the Philippine Institute of Interior Designers taking center stage to showcase their skills and talents. The City of Tomorrow provided designers an avenue into future-building, providing the idea of what the future holds for Western Visayas.
Innovative products will also be featured in The Lab and with Projeto, while young designers will show their skills through a design challenge and identifying roadblocks to our sustainable future.
“PHILBEX is a building and design expo. So relatively, the purpose of this one is to showcase not only the products but also the different talents we have here put under one roof.” Ms. Jill Ang said.
Among the big companies she mentioned supporting the event were Boysen, Puyat Steel Corporation, Wilcon, AllHome, MultiRich Home Decors Inc., and Wilsonart. There are also local companies like Far Eastern Hardware.
IFBEX & TLEX
Bidding for the title, “Creative City of Gastronomy,” Iloilo City sure has much to offer on the table waiting to be savored. At the IFBEX, visitors will see the different culinary options across the region, giving everyone a taste of their best dishes. They can also learn from local chefs through cooking demos to learn how to elevate different dishes. There are also various competitions where young and beginner chefs can show their skills.The event also features the TLEX, where visitors can see fantastic deals and promos with travel agencies, resorts, airlines and top hotels in the country.
Worldbex Services International has forged ties and provided a platform for homegrown innovations. With so much to offer Iloilo in just three days, the tri-expo is expected to bring overwhelming avenues.
“We expect this initial venture to be very successful not only for us but for the Ilonggos to be able to network and create potential opportunities,” Ms. Jill Ang said. “Visit Iloilo’s trio, namely PHILBEX, IFBEX and TLEX, at the Iloilo Convention Center in Mandurriao district until July 16! We hope to see all of you here!”/PN