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DTI Sikat Pinoy National Fashion Fair brings unique designs to the metro

DTI Sikat Pinoy is back with its second trade fair for this year. This time, the focus shifts to the vibrant local fashion industry.
By Press Release |

Recognizing the need to promote Filipino MSMEs (micro, small and medium enterprises), the DTI-Bureau of Domestic Trade is organizing five trade fairs this year under the Sikat Pinoy brand. With 60% of total exports coming from MSMEs, it is important for the department to provide marketing support for these entrepreneurs so they could reach a wider domestic market and eventually become globally competitive.

This year’s second trade fair highlights the vibrant fashion industry. The Sikat Pinoy National Fashion Fair is themed Piling-Piling Panamit Pilipino, and will be held from May 21 to 25, 2014, at the SM Megatrade Halls 1-3 at SM Mega Mall in Mandaluyong City.

Fashion pieces ranging from handcrafted accessories, to intricately woven fabrics and unique apparel from MSMEs across the country’s 16 regions will be showcased at the event. About 150 participants are expected to display their wares in different fashion categories, such as clothing, apparel and other wearables, footwear, leather goods, bags and accessories, jewelry, health and wellness products, etc.

Among the event highlights will be a fashion show of bridal gowns using indigenous raw materials, to be held as part of the formal opening on May 21. The Cebu Fashion Accessories Manufacturers will display their export-quality costume jewelry and fashion accessories in a special setting. For those looking for more traditional craftsmanship, the Ilocos region will also have its own pavilion to showcase the work of the MSMEs from Region 1.

To encourage aspiring entrepreneurs, Awareness Seminars are being offered free of charge. The Bureau of Internal Revenue will hold a seminar on BIR matters and the duties of SMEs as responsible taxpayers on May 22 & 23, from 9:30 – 10:30 AM. Those interested in venturing into Online Marketing can attend the seminar by Air21 Global on May 24 & 25, from 9:30 – 10:30 AM.

There will also be training demos during the event. These are scheduled from 2:00 – 4:00 PM as follows: May 22 – Bag Accessorizing; May 23 – Beadworks; May 24 – Hair & Make-up; May 25 – Massage Oils.
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