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Town products on display at Robinsons Galleria
By: Mylen Manto | Published Saturday, January 16, 2021
Local delicacies, souvenir items, and even plants from the 7th District of Cebu Province are on display in the Robinsons Galleria Cebu until Sunday, January 17, 2021. (Junjie Mendoza)

Local products and delicacies from the towns of the seventh district of Cebu are now on display at the Robinsons Galleria in Cebu City in the R’Cebu Experience Cebu Island-District 7.

These include Dumanjug’s bisnok, or roasted native chicken, and sinamak or pure coconut vinegar; Malabuyoc’s budbud or sticky rice snack; Ginatilan’s sinakol, tinumpi, and palagsing; Badian’s biko, bingka, puto, and other delicacies; and Ronda’s humba de Ronda.

Also showcased were various whaleshark souvenir items and molave sculptures from Moalboal; turmeric and moringa powder products from Alegria; and other native products from Alcantara.

Robinsons Galleria Cebu partnered with the Cebu Provincial Government in response to Governor Gwendolyn Garcia’s call to resuscitate the Province’s economy.

Garcia, who graced the opening of the exhibit Friday, January 15, was elated to see the exhibits.

“Nasulbong ang akong garbo pagka-Sugbuanaon. Makit-an nimo ang produkto dinhi, nakita ang creativity, artistry, talent of our Cebuanos sa probinsya. Congratulations mga Sugbuanon,” she said.

Provincial Tourism Officer Maria Lester 'Marti' Ybañez said the Robinsons Galleria Cebu called and expressed their intention for a partnership in showcasing local products.

The exhibit will last for six months. Each district of Cebu Province will be given three days to display their local products at the Robinsons Galleria.

The Seventh District will display their products from January 15 to 17; First District from February 19-21; Fourth District from March 19-21; Fifth District from April 23 to 25; Third District from May 21 to 23; and the Second and Sixth Districts on June 25-27.

Robinson Galleria Cebu offered the space for free.

Floramae Adolfo, senior regional operation manager for Cebu and Eastern Visayas, said Robinsons Galleria is happy to host and partner with Cebu Province.

She said they have been supporting locals to bring products closer to the consumers. 

“It’s been our thrust in Robinsons Land Incorporation and specifically, for this mall. We had a series of activities late last year when we were under the MGCQ status. In fact, there were farmers that showcased their products,” she shared.

Adolfo said this is their way to help the economy that is heavily affected by the lockdowns. 

Dumanjug Mayor Efren Guntrano “Gungun” Gica thanked the Capitol, especially the governor, for holding such exhibit. 

One of the customers, Romelyn Gimena of Barangay Tejero in Cebu City, commended the program as they can now buy the products without going to the municipalities and cities of the Province.

Garcia thanked the Provincial Board (PB) members and all mayors of Cebu who have come together and united in fighting Covid-19 and reviving the Province’s economy.

She said that Cebu’s status as the richest province in the country poses a bigger challenge for her to translate this to actions, programs, and projects that can make a positive difference in the lives of the Cebuanos. 

“This poses an even bigger challenge because it is incumbent upon me now to make each and every Cebuano feel that indeed, we are the richest province,” she said.

Also present in the event were Department of Tourism 7 Director Shalimar Tamano, representatives of the Department of Trade and Industry, PB members, and mayors of the towns and cities of Cebu. (Mylen Manto)