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PHILIPPINE CONSUL GENERAL WELCOMES AGRI-BUSINESS MISSION

photo above shows Consul General Maria Hellen Barber De La Vega addressing the guests of the cocktail reception welcoming the Agri-Business Mission.

photo above shows Consul General Maria Hellen Barber De La Vega addressing the guests of the cocktail reception welcoming the Agri-Business Mission.

photo above shows (L-R) DTI Rep. Jojil Dinsay, DAR Info Service Director Noel Reyes, Asian Food Trade Association President Damon Chiu, Port of LA Trade Development Dir. Jim MacLellan, LA Area Chamber of Commerce Senior VP Carlos Valderrama, DAR Asst. Secretary Allan Umali, DAR Marino Samar, DAR Int’l Affairs Dir Leah Samson, Consul General Maria Hellen Barber De La Vega, LA Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Gary Toebben, PHL Embassy Agriculture Attaché Josefine Javelosa, LA Economic Development Corporation President and CEO William Allen, DAR Agri-Business and Marketing Assistance Official Rene Remanes, DAR Budget Division Official Jean Caldino, DAR (Region 7) Agri-Business and Marketing Assistance official Jerry Avila and DAR Accounting official Edna Camacho.

photo above shows (L-R) DTI Rep. Jojil Dinsay, DAR Info Service Director Noel Reyes, Asian Food Trade Association President Damon Chiu, Port of LA Trade Development Dir. Jim MacLellan, LA Area Chamber of Commerce Senior VP Carlos Valderrama, DAR Asst. Secretary Allan Umali, DAR Marino Samar, DAR Int’l Affairs Dir Leah Samson, Consul General Maria Hellen Barber De La Vega, LA Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Gary Toebben, PHL Embassy Agriculture Attaché Josefine Javelosa, LA Economic Development Corporation President and CEO William Allen, DAR Agri-Business and Marketing Assistance Official Rene Remanes, DAR Budget Division Official Jean Caldino, DAR (Region 7) Agri-Business and Marketing Assistance official Jerry Avila and DAR Accounting official Edna Camacho.

Consul General Maria Hellen Barber De La Vega addressing participants of the Outbound Business Mission.

Consul General Maria Hellen Barber De La Vega addressing participants of the Outbound Business Mission.

(L-R) DAR Asst. Secretary Allan Umali presenting a token of appreciation to Consul General Maria Hellen Barber De La Vega.

(L-R) DAR Asst. Secretary Allan Umali presenting a token of appreciation to Consul General Maria Hellen Barber De La Vega.

Photo above shows seated (L-R) Mapagmahal Foods' Representative Nandy Esguerra, TamCor's Tony Ang, Consul General Maria Hellen Barber De La Vega, DAR Asst. Secretary Allan Umali, DTI Rep. Jojie Dinsay, PHL Embassy Agriculture Attaché Josefine Javelosa with representatives of the 18 participating companies in the Agri-Business Mission.

Photo above shows seated (L-R) Mapagmahal Foods’ Representative Nandy Esguerra, TamCor’s Tony Ang, Consul General Maria Hellen Barber De La Vega, DAR Asst. Secretary Allan Umali, DTI Rep. Jojie Dinsay, PHL Embassy Agriculture Attaché Josefine Javelosa with representatives of the 18 participating companies in the Agri-Business Mission.

ribbon-cutting ceremony by Consul General Maria Hellen Barber De La Vega "Barkadahan Fair" at Seafood City, Chula Vista, California

ribbon-cutting ceremony by Consul General Maria Hellen Barber De La Vega “Barkadahan Fair” at Seafood City, Chula Vista, California

Photo above shows (2nd from L-R) DTI Rep. Jojie Dinsay, Consul General Maria Hellen Barber De La Vega, Mega Sardine President William Tiu Lim, Agriculture Attaché Josefine Javelosa

Photo above shows (2nd from L-R) DTI Rep. Jojie Dinsay, Consul General Maria Hellen Barber De La Vega, Mega Sardine President William Tiu Lim, Agriculture Attaché Josefine Javelosa

Photo above shows (L-R) MFP Business Development Head Benson Tanoja, TamCor's Tony Ang, Consul General Maria Hellen Barber De La Veg

Photo above shows (L-R) MFP Business Development Head Benson Tanoja, TamCor’s Tony Ang, Consul General Maria Hellen Barber De La Vega

"Barkadahan Fair at Seafood City, Chula Vista, California on 17 August.

“Barkadahan Fair at Seafood City, Chula Vista, California on 17 August.

c10Los Angeles – 19 August 2013, Philippine Consul General Maria Hellen Barber De La Vega welcomes the Outbound Business Mission (“Barkadahan 2013”) with a reception at the Consul General’s Official Residence in Los Angeles on 13 August 2013.

The Agri-Business Mission was organized by the Department of Agriculture (DAR) and led by DAR Assistant Secretary Allan Umali in coordination with Agriculture Attaché Josefine Javelosa. The Agri-Business Mission is composed of 18 companies namely: Aiza’s Sweets; Amarich Marketing Int’l, Balaw-Balaw Foods, Inc.; Dealo Koffee Klatch Bakeshop; Golden hands Manufacturing Corp.; Jamla Corp.; La Carlotta Food Enterprise; La Pacita; Mapagmahal Foods Quality Factors Corp.; Mega Fishing Corp.; MFP Home of Quality Food Corp.; MLGS Herb Products; Monde M.Y. San Corporation; Pasciolco Agri Ventures; Pearl Foods Int’l, Inc. Philippine Seawealth Food Inc.; Sasmuan Delicaies; and, Vacal Vino De Coco.

The members of the Agri-Business Mission had a day of successful Business Matching with US based companies at the Pacific Palms Hotel, City of Industry on 14 August 2013. This event provided an opportunity for the Philippine companies to establish new contacts and to market their products to potential buyers for distribution and sale in the U.S.

The members of the Outbound Agri-Business Mission culminated their activities in San Diego where they held a “Barkadahan Fair” at Seafood City, Chula Vista, California on 17-18 August 2013. Consul General Barber De La Vega led the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Fair on August 17. Consul General Barber De La Vega with Vice Consul Mary Joy Ramirez and Trade Representative Jojie Dinsay went around the Fair to try the sample agri-products of the participants. The members of the agri-business mission will conduct a market survey in San Diego before they return back to the Philippines.

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