TRAVEL & TRADE EXPO: April 11-14, 2016, Glorietta Activity Center, Makati City

Cavendish banana by Dole Philippines, Polomolok, South Cotabato.
Cavendish banana by Dole Philippines, Polomolok, South Cotabato.
The hidden bounty and beauty of Region 12 will be showcased on April 11-14, 2016 at the Glorietta Activity Center in Makati City.

Region 12 consists of South Cotabato, Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani and Gen. Santos City, including the cities of Cotabato, Tacurong, Kidapawan and Koronadal. The region is also known by the acronym Soccsksargen.

Pineapple products from Dole Philippines.
Pineapple products from Dole Philippines.

Soccsksargen is among the country’s top producers of corn, tuna, pineapple, coffee, muscovado sugar, coconut oil, cavendish banana, hogs and aquaculture products. It also boasts of various production and processing plants of tropical fruits like pummelo, mangosteen, durian, passion fruit, solo papaya, guyabano, cacao and lanzones.

Export quality tuna from General Santos City.
Export quality tuna from General Santos City.

The region has six tuna exporting and canning companies, exporter of black rice and pork in a box, cavendish processing plants, rubber, oil palm, coffee, and muscovado sugar. It is also home to Dole Philippines, a 65,000-hectare pineapple production and processing plant in Polomolok, South Cotabato.


Pineapple plantations with Mt. Matutum in the distance.
Pineapple plantations with Mt. Matutum in the distance.

A special event within the Expo is the SOX Food and Fashion Fair on April 14 featuring the Hinugyaw Cultural Troupe of Koronadal City which will present a dance drama depicting food production in cultural communities and a fashion show of Jared Servano’s avant-garde collections.

The event is organized by the Departments of Tourism, Trade and Industry, Agriculture, Environment and Natural Resources and Labor and Employment.(Press Release)

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