Okasyon high­lights event sup­pli­ers, or­ga­niz­ers

Sun.Star Davao - - BUSINESS -

THE 5th Okasyon, a cel­e­bra­tions fair, opened yes­ter­day Septem­ber 15, at the SMX Con­ven­tion Cen­ter, SM Lanang Pre­mier, fea­tur­ing Davao City's wed­ding, de­but, and other party or­ga­niz­ers, fashion de­sign­ers, and pho­tog­ra­phers, among oth­ers.

Ac­cord­ing to SMX Con­ven­tion Cen­ter Davao branch man­ager Daphne Jezelle Alo­jado, the three­day event will show­case dif­fer­ent event sup­pli­ers based in Davao City while dif­fer­ent talks from distin­guished per­son­al­i­ties of the in­dus­try will be con­ducted si­mul­ta­ne­ous to the expo. Okasyon is the first in-house event of SMX Con­ven­tion Cen­ter Davao since usu­ally clients come to the con­ven­tion cen­ter and con­duct their own events.

"Through Okasyon, we also want to show and pro­mote that SMX can also cater to so­cial events, and not only meet­ings and con­fer­ences. They can see how we are able to dress up a venue de­pend­ing on what oc­cas­sion it is needed," Alo­jado said.

As Davao City has be­come a hub of big events in the south­ern part of the coun­try, Alo­jado said they saw the need to con­duct a cel­e­bra­tions fair fea­tur­ing the dif­fer­ent events sup­plier in the city.

"For five years, we be­live that we have be­come the home of big events here in the south­ern part of the Philip­pines. To name a few we had As­so­ci­a­tion of South­east Asian Na­tions (Asean) events, Miss Uni­verse Ta­pes­try Fashion Show, in­ter­na­tional con­certs like that of Patti Austen, Boyce Av­enue and of some lo­cal artists like Martin Niev­era and Lani Misalucha. Ba­si­cally, we cater to all kinds of events," she said.

Although the tourist ar­rivals and the events con­ducted in the city were tem­po­rar­ily af­fected by the Min­danao-wide dec­la­ra­tion of Mar­tial Law, Alo­jado said with the con­sol­i­dated ef­forts of the city gov­ern­ment and the pri­vate sec­tor, slowly tourists are com­ing back to Davao City from the other parts of the coun­try. Now, she said they are ex­pect­ing around a thou­sand vis­i­tors to visit their three-day expo.

Okasyon 2017 will last un­til Septem­ber 17 with talks ti­tled "En­tre­pre­neur­ial Tips for Bud­ding Events Sup­pli­ers" by Cherry Al-ag, "DRESS UP!: Mak­ing Your Pres­ence Your Ul­ti­mate Present by Emi Englis, and "Make Your Photo Stand Out" a wed­ding pho­tog­ra­phy mas­ter class by Eight Espino VIII.

Fea­tured event sup­pli­ers in­clude El Bonita Events, Eight Pro­duc­tions, Salome's Garden, Al­terModerne Events, Jacs Di­vine Events, and Cameo among oth­ers.

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