Espina: The best of Cebu

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Monday, February 18, 2013

CEBU, the convention hub? We have made a head start, and still moving on.

From March 13 to 15, the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) will host the 27th “Confederation of Asia Pacific Chambers of Commerce and Industry” (Cacci), where some 27-30 countries and local chambers will participate to discuss the theme, “Asia Pacific: Catalyst to Global Recovery.”

INIMITABLE SONGS. Sakdap will render Cebuano and English songs to welcome the delegates.
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The chamber is ably led by president Prudencio Gesta, convention chairman Joe Ng, budget guru Felix Tiukinhoy and secretariat coordinator Lito Maderazo, energized by able committee chairs.

Lecturers and parallel breakout sessions are the main features. Topics include the “Euro Crisis: Implications for Asia Business”; “Sustainable Energy Resources and Food Security”; “The Role of Women and Youth in Economic Development”; “Trade and Investment Opportunities in Cebu and the Philippines.” Special tours will capture Cebu’s heritage and natural wonders as well as visits to some business and manufacturing companies.

President Benigno Aquino Jr. and Vice President Jejomar Binay have been invited. So are Acting Gov. Agnes Magpale and Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama and selected dignitaries, business leaders and government officials.

The Best of Cebu will be showcased and venues had been identified to be the Radisson Blu Hotel Cebu and the Cebu International Convention Center. I chair the committee on program management, synchronizing venue preparations and technical facilities (chaired by Tess Chan); cultural and entertainment (formerly chaired by Joy Pollozos), in cooperation with the food committee headed by Lita Urbina.

World renowned personalities and local entertainment stars have been invited in cooperation with the Province and City of Cebu (Cebu City Tourism Commission) Academe and GMA-7. The Miss Earth International Karla Henry; Miss Cebu 2013 and her court; former Miss Cebu titleholders; Cebu Festival Queens; Miss Tourism International 2013; Sakdap, Anna Fegi; Renaissance Band; GMA-7’s Lovi Poe or Heart Evangelista (Francis Monera promised to coordinate with GMA-7 president Atty. Felipe Gozon and Annmarie Tan of GMA7 Cebu); the CNU Chorale; Asian Troubadours; The UC Cadet Corps; Girlie Las Piñas, Sandiego Dance Troupe; USJ-R Lhuillier scholars, to name a few, will make Cebu the cutting edge in the performing arts.

The success of Cacci will a trophy for Cebu and the Philippines, so we hope our communities help in making Cebu clean, safe and beautiful!

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on February 19, 2013.


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