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part­ners and buy­ers of their prod­ucts and ser­vices and see how they can max­i­mize the boom­ing trend in China,” said Ter­rado.

The coun­try’s con­tin­gent in China high­lighted the Philip­pines’ trade po­ten­tial through an ex­hibit of prod­ucts and com­modi­ties from var­i­ous sec­tors, in­clud­ing home, fash­ion and wear­ables, gifts, hand­i­craft, per­sonal care, and food.

More­over, the Philip­pine par­tic­i­pa­tion also gave spot­light to this year’s Philip­pine fea­tured des­ti­na­tion, the prov­ince of Aurora. Tagged as the “Prov­ince of Charm,” the Aurora pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment led by Vice Gov­er­nor Rom­mel An­gara, pre­sented its boom­ing tourism in­dus­try and eco­nomic po­ten­tial par­tic­u­larly its agri­cul­ture sec­tor.

"High on our agenda as we send Philip­pine trade mis­sions abroad is open­ing more op­por­tu­ni­ties for coun­try­side de­vel­op­ment. That is why we are happy to in­tro­duce Aurora prov­ince to the Chi­nese and South­east Asian mar­ket as it has tremen­dous po­ten­tial in the tourism and agri­cul­ture sec­tor,” ex­plained Ter­rado.

Cur­rently, Aurora’s growth is pri­mar­ily driven by agri­cul­ture. The sec­tor em­ploys ap­prox­i­mately half of its pop­u­la­tion with about 49,991 hectares or 15% of the pro­vin­cial land area clas­si­fied as cul­ti­vated farm­lands. Ma­jor crops in­clude rice, co­conut, cof­fee, bananas, root crops, corn, citrus fruits, peanuts, and abaca. The prov­ince is also a ma­jor pro­ducer of the Philip­pine's co­conut dis­tilled al­co­holic drink known as "lam­banog," and “tuba” which are made from the sap of co­conut tree flow­ers.

Ter­rado was the key speaker at the China-Philip­pines Pro­duc­tion Ca­pac­ity and In­vest­ment Co­op­er­a­tion Fo­rum co-or­ga­nized by the Na­tional De­vel­op­ment and Re­form Com­mis­sion of China and the Na­tional Eco­nomic and De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity (NEDA) of the Philip­pines.

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