With the theme, “Coco Farm Productivity, Answer to Poverty,” Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) OIC – Administrator Glenn B. Santos proudly announces the opening of the 30th National Coconut Week and 3rd International Festival slated at the Megatrade Hall 1, SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City on August 18-21, 2016.
This year’s celebration will highlight the versatility of coconut through a showcase of various food and non-food products and by-products from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao, recent coconut processing technologies and innovations, for a on the potentials of virgin coconut oil (VCO) in the local and international markets, state-of-the-art coconut wood-making and interactive trainings on handicraft-making and traditional uses of coconut.
“The public will also have the chance to savor and enjoy coconut-enhanced native culinary fares from the different regions of the country through “Coco Mania.” Various authentic coconut dishes will be prepared by chefs including the famous celebrity Chef Boy Logro. Child wonder Ryzza Mae Dizon will also entertain us during this event,” Administrator Santos said.
Also, success stories and windows of opportunities for the KAANIB participants will be presented through the KAANIB Partners’ Forum. KAANIB or the “Kasaganaan sa Niyugan ay Kaunlaran ng Bayan” is one of the sustainable livelihood programs being implemented by PCA to help augment the income of the coconut-farming communities.
Administrator Santos added that this celebration will be a convergence of all coconut stakeholders envisioned to optimize opportunities and address challenges through cooperation among Philippine industry players and enablers.
An annual celebration of PCA, Coconut Week pays tribute to the coconut as the “Tree of Life,” mandated by Presidential Proclamation 142 signed by the late President Corazon C. Aquino in 1987.