Weeklong trade fair at La Laguna Festival

A festive exhibit and selling happens at the La Laguna Festival at the Provincial Capitol Compound in Sta. Cruz, from April 11 to 17, 2011.

The La Laguna Festival is a week-long celebration that highlights the biodiversity of the lake and the rich natural resources of Laguna.

All of Laguna's cities and municipalities are allocated booths where flagship products under the One Town, One Product comprising fresh and processed food, native crafts, wares and produce from the 26 towns and 4 cities of Laguna - are on exhibit and for sale.

Not to be missed are Paete's woodcarvings and paper crafts; Mabitac's furniture of nito and rattan; the woven pandan items, e.g., banig, hats, and bayong, the pride of the towns of Cavinti and Luisiana; Lumban's famous embroidered items featuring the barong; and the fast- becoming popular footwear of Liliw.
Nagcarlan's espasol; the centuries-famous puto of Biñan; the buko pie of Los Banos; Victoria's duck, eggs, balut and itlog na maalat; and Calauan's fresh pineapple are only a few of Laguna's mouthwatering food items.

According to the Department of Trade and Industry's Laguna Provincial office, the trade fair has drawn attention from businessmen and investors even just on its first day.

"Our office received queries from a South Korean national interested to import Laguna products into his country, said Susan Palo," Director of DTI-Laguna.

The festival also showcases competitions and races, trade booth competition, flora and fauna farms, cookfest, and fireworks competition.

Aside from its rich agro-industrial heritage, Laguna is among the country's highly industrialized province carrying the titles 'Resort Capital', 'Silicon Valley', and 'Detroit City' of the Philippines, referring to its many resorts and as hosts to the various electronics and automotive industries.

The La Laguna Festival is organized by the Provincial Government in cooperation with the Municipal and City Mayors of Laguna. (Charlie S. Dajao/DTI 4A)

SOURCE: http://www.pia.gov.ph/?m=1&t=1&id=27390