Friday, September 22, 2006


A province in the Visayas region of the Philippines, Negros Occidental is located at the northwestern half of Negros Island; Negros Oriental is at the southeastern half. Bacolod City is the capital of Negros Occidental.

Negros Island, the fourth largest island in the Philippines, is believed to have once been part of the island of Mindanao, but was cut off either by continental drift or the rising waters at the end of the ice age.

I had an appointment in Makati City earlier this afternoon, and as soon as it was finished, I rushed over to Rockwell to check out the 21st Negros Trade Fair that’s being held there until Tuesday.

As usual there are many exhibitors showcasing their wonderful products -- costume jewelries, fashion accessories, handicrafts, and of course, foodstuffs.

I’m a big fan of furniture and home furnishings from Bacolod. In fact, Bernie Sason of Bacolod City custom-designed most of mine. In this fair, there are many beautifully-crafted products for the home, but too many to feature individually.

My favorite are the fiberglass bamboo floor lamps which retail from 3,000 to 5,000 pesos. They would certainly make an interesting alternative to those Japanese shoji paper lamps. On the other hand, those mats, bowls and fans (top photo) are ideal as pasalubong when going abroad, or as gifts to balikbayan friends and relatives.

An exciting exhibitor is VITO. Its booth is filled with a collection of costume jewelries, home accessory products, and Maskara Festival masks. They have no store in Metro Manila, only at #6 Down, 8th Street, Bacolod City. Telefax (034) 433-5965. Its proprietor is Marianito “Jojo” Vito, Jr.

As for some delectable dishes, there is Inasalan sa Dalan. They have a restaurant in Jupiter Place, Makati and another at Textite Building in Ortigas. Telephone number is 890-4964.

Cecil Plotena, owner of Clara’s Food Products, is at hand to help those craving for Bacolod delicacies such as butterscotch, barquillos, piaya, lubid-lubid, and brojas. She can also arrange to ship orders anywhere in the Philippines. Just give her a call at (034) 433-4199 or 441-4290.

The featured exhibitors are just a trickle of the many other designers, manufacturers, and food creators from the Negros island that are making this trade fair festive and fun. If nothing else planned for the weekend, check out this fair and enjoy yourself.

posted by Señor Enrique at 10:08 PM


Blogger Sidney said...

Do they sell? Or is it just an exhibition?
From what I can see on your pictures they have nice products.

September 22, 2006 10:55 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

This looks like an awesome fair! I'm sure you did enjoy yourself there.


September 22, 2006 11:02 PM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Yes, Sidney, all those items are for sale. It's fun! Take the whole family.

September 22, 2006 11:07 PM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

It is, Kyels!

Actually, would be a good place to start shopping for Christmas gifts.

September 22, 2006 11:11 PM  

Blogger Iskoo said...

i like the wooden maskara, ganda pang display yun.

at siyempre gusto ko yung mga pagkain, nagutom tuloy ako, hehe

September 23, 2006 12:08 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Vito's masks made of a much lighter and durable fiberglass, Iskoo. Used to be when they were made of paper mache, but it supposedly doesn't last too long.

Sarap talaga ng mga pagkain!

September 23, 2006 6:01 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The bamboo lamps look cool! I like the way you photograph your subjects. I can see the diagonal pattern you mentioned before in one of your comments/post.

You are really a lover of art. Custom made pa pala ang mga furnitures mo. :)

September 23, 2006 10:56 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, that's a good idea; Christmas gifts. Did you manage to get any then?


September 23, 2006 11:31 AM  

Blogger D@phneL@ur@ said...

Oh thanks for the info, it looks like a good fair.

I just might head over to Rockwell for a look see. :)

September 23, 2006 1:00 PM  

Blogger ipanema said...

I love the maskara too! I have a collection from different countries that we've lived and been to. I like the one on the left with a stand. I have one like this from Bali which doubles as a candelabra, one of my 'collectibles' :)

And of course, the food!

September 23, 2006 3:08 PM  

Blogger E. S. de Montemayor said...

we went there yesterday just before the opening ceremony. i'm soooooo proud of the fantastic food and the great style and sophistication of the household products from my province. namit talaga. so many odd foods like black squid salsa and crispy piaya. the household products are really world-class and very exportable- to think this province is not as metropolitan as Cebu!

going there makes my heart swell with pride. heeheeheehee...

i was surprised that my mom's hometown has a booth of its own- Hinigaran, 5th district of Iggy Arroyo. The owner said that Loi Ejercito passed by hours ago and good thing she didn't see her adversary's name on the booth!

September 23, 2006 6:20 PM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Thanks, Irene!

I almost purchased a set of three, but contained myself ... hehehe.

The guy who designed my furniture is originally an architect, and he is really incredible with furniture and lighting fixtures. I like his design philosophy as well.

September 23, 2006 7:12 PM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

I bought some to send to NYC, Kyels :)

September 23, 2006 7:13 PM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

It is really interesting, Daphne -- the food, fashion accessories, home furnishings and etc. :)

Bring cash because most exhibitors aren't connected for credit card transactions.

September 23, 2006 7:16 PM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

That must be some collection you have, Ipanema. Do you have them on one wall?

Take a pic!

September 23, 2006 7:17 PM  

Blogger ipanema said...

I have some here Eric. The others are in the house in Manila. We used to move a lot, so if my things are piling up, I have to send it to Manila. The small ones are easy to carry and pack that's what I keep here.

Pic? hmmm, somebody could identify I've had visitors from Manila, Europe and the US - brothers friends, sister's friends, my!

September 23, 2006 7:27 PM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Oh, right, Ipanema. Don't then :)

September 23, 2006 7:32 PM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Jukes, you have much to be proud of! There are many incredible products from your hometown being exported worldwide, especially in Europe. I couldn't believe it myself in the beginning, but now I'm so used to seeing so many wonderful products from Negros!

September 23, 2006 7:39 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Eric! I was in Iloilo and didn't have access to the internet. I'm glad you went to the Negros Trade Fair and liked what you saw. So did you find the butterscotch pastries you've been longing for in the fair?

September 23, 2006 11:11 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the great post on Negros Senor. The food photo, esp the inasal certainly renewed my craving for Ilonggo food, being from Negros myself !

September 24, 2006 1:14 AM  

Blogger Analyse said...

the maskaras on frame are great. do you have the price, if it's just ok to post it here ;)

September 24, 2006 1:17 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Lots of butterscotch, indeed, Bugsybee ... hahaha! Even my mother got addicted to its great flavor and texture :)

And so many wonderful products!

One of these days, Bugsybee, I shall visit Negros.

September 24, 2006 7:46 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

My pleasure, BW. A festive fair filled with great food and beautiful products. Really nice!

September 24, 2006 7:49 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

I didn't jot down their prices, Analyze. Sorry.

However, I have his email:

Just refer give him URL od this photo:

so he'd be able to give you correct price.

September 24, 2006 7:52 AM  

Blogger TOW Blog said...

great post! i will get in touch with bernie sason and hopefully, order the lamps!!

September 24, 2006 11:33 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Hi Minotte!


These particular lamps weren't designed by Bernie Sason. It was by another designer/manufacturer. They didn't have any more biz cards left when I was there. I'll see if I can swing back over there and find out their number. Sorry for confusion.

September 24, 2006 7:44 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ang galing talaga! I especially like the crafts in the top photo.

September 25, 2006 3:16 AM  

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