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ZN trade fair highlights cocoa for World Chocolate Day

DIPOLOG CITY, Zamboanga del Norte, July 8 (PIA) - It's your day chocolate lovers!

Locally manufactured chocolates lined up the countertops in booths in front of the Department of Trade and Industry Zamboanga del Norte (DTI)-ZN Office Building, Dipolog City in celebration of the "World Chocolate Day".

DTI-ZN spearheaded a mini trade fair during the event to showcase the province's assorted cocoa products.

Armi Lopez-Garcia, national chairperson of the Philippine Cacao Industry Development Council and an Honorary Consul of Russia joined the launching together with Mr. Rogelio E. Balladares, president of the Zamboanga del Norte Cacao Industry Cluster.

Lopez was ecstatic to celebrate the event as it falls on the same date as her birthday. She used to celebrate the World Cacao Day in her establishment, Ariana, where they have the Tablea Hall to showcase local chocolate products.

In her message, DTI-ZN Provincial Director Maridel Dengal is proud to share how the cacao industry had progressed through the intervention of the government and the active participation of the private sector.

She expressed her gratitude to the invaluable support the industry had received over the years from the various stakeholders.

The mini trade fair runs from 8am to 5pm with some free-tasting hot chocolate for visitors and shoppers. (RVC/EDT/PIA9-Zamboanga del Norte/with reports from DTI-ZN)

About the Author

Emmanuel Taghoy

Regional Editor

Region 9

Emmanuel Dalman Taghoy is the Information Center Manager of the Zamboanga del Norte Information Center and Executive Assistant for Regional Operations of the Philippine Information Agency IX, the country’s chief information arm under the Office of the President. PIA’s expertise is development communication.

He is the Regional Editor of PIA-IX who also writes news and feature stories for the agency’s website and other social media platforms. He also reports for PTV news.

As the InfoCen Manager for Zamboanga del Norte, he represents PIA in inter-agency meetings and other activities, providing media coverage and other technical assistance to partner agencies.

Having been trained locally and abroad, he serves as lecturer on journalism, public and media relations, social media handling and promotion, among others.

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