|Melpha M. Abello with beautiful
The 14th National Mango Congress 2012 will be held on Nov. 14-16 at JCentre Mall Convention Hall, A.S. Fortuna St., Mandaue City, Cebu.
This year’s congress will focus on efficient mango production and increased investment in mango tourism, according to Virgie de la Fuente, president of the Philippine Mango Industry Foundation, Inc.
She said potential investments on proposed mango-tourism-related Private-Public Partnership Projects will be presented. One of them is cable cars bringing tourists to mango areas in mountain barangays for mango picking and eating. These cable cars can also serve as cheap transport system for mango harvests.
In flat and low-lying mango areas, horse or carabao-drawn calesas or simple rail system can be used, both for tourists and mango transport.
Another project is putting up uniquely designed, festive mango bistros or kiosks in tourist growth centers where fresh cold ripe and green mangoes and smoothies are served together with hot chocolate and native delicacies such as puto, suman and the like. Processed and Instant Quick Frozen mangoes will also be available in these kiosks.
The Mango Congress is a project of the Philippine Mango Industry Foundation in collaboration with the Visayas Chamber of Mango Industry MPC as co-host organize, and co-hosted by the Provincial LGU, City government of Mandaue, DA-Regional Field Unit 7, RAFC-7 are the lead support agencies while the DOST, DTI and DOT regional offices are the cooperating agencies.