Legarda launches Antique trade, tourism fair in Old Capitol

Legarda launches Antique trade, tourism fair in Old Capitol
MANILA, Philippines— Senatorial Candidate Loren Legarda invited tourists to Antique province as she launched the Antique Trade & Tourism Fair in the newly restored Old Capitol Building.
The incumbent Antique Congresswoman continues to invest invaluable support in culture-based livelihood and protection of natural wonders all over the Antique, recognizing the significance of culture and tourism in empowering micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs).
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“Antique is considerably a small province, but each of the 18 municipalities has its unique features including cultural and heritage landmarks, historical significance, natural wonders such as rich landscape and seascape,” Legarda said.
“Nararapat lamang na ating mabigyan ng pagkakataon ang bawat munisipalidad na maipakilala ang kani-kanilang ganda sa buong Pilipinas at maging sa buong mundo. This trade and tourism fair is an opportunity for our kasimanwa to showcase the natural wealth and the potential of our home province as a premier ecotourism destination that will also provide sustainable livelihood and employment opportunities,” Legarda added.

The Trade and Tourism fair was held in coordination with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), the Provincial Tourism Office, the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist, and the Antique Hotel and Restaurants Organization.
To make her home province a premier ecotourism destination, Legarda has been supporting local micro-enterprises like the Bagtason Loom Weavers Association (BLWA) in Bugasong; the Malabor Abaca – Piña Weavers Association (MAPWA), and the Tibiao Active Weavers and Knitters Association (TAWKA) in Tibiao; the Sto. Rosario Multipurpose Cooperative in Pandan; the Pahinis Muscovado Sugar of Laua-an Multipurpose Cooperative (LMPC); and the Ati Bukidnon Tribal Organization in Libertad, among others through government programs.

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