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Valencia LGU opens tourist Pasalubong Center

Various tea products on display at the Valencia Pasalubong Center. (RAL/PIA7 Negros Oriental)

VALENCIA, Negros Oriental, May 9 (PIA) -- The municipal government here is assisting local producers and manufacturers in promoting their products by establishing a Pasalubong Center at the center of the town.

Valencia Mayor Edgar Teves, together with his wife Juna May who is also a municipal councilor and the Chairperson of the Sangguniang Bayan Committee on Tourism, Municipal Tourism Officer Designate Desiderio Tilos, and other local officials attended the opening of the Pasalubong Center inside the Municipal Tourism Office on May 5, 2023.

Over 21 local producers and manufacturers have partnered with the municipal government and agreed to have their products on display and be sold at the Pasalubong Center.

The items showcased at the center range from food items to handicrafts and souvenir items.

“We were thinking about this for sometime already. Karon na-materialize na gud nato. We are trying to showcase the different products in our municipality. Makita ninyo unsa ka creative ang mga Valencianon (We have finally materialized this. You can see how creative the Valencianons are),” Teves said.

“We are promoting other products also katong atong mga weaving didto sa Barangay Malabo. Naa pod na diha makita ninyo (You can also see here woven products from Barangay Malabo),” he added.

Valencia Mayor Edgar Teves (right), and his wife Juna May Teves (2nd from left), also a municipal councilor and the chair of the Sangguniang Bayan Committee on Tourism, lead the ribbon cutting ceremony during the opening of the town's Pasalubong Center on May 5, 2023. Witnessing the event is Municipal Tourism Officer Desiderio Tilos Jr. (leftmost) (RAL/PIA7 Negros Oriental)

Councilor Juna May Teves added that it has been a longtime dream of the LGU to establish a center where local sellers can showcase their products.

“I would always want local suppliers to have a place where they can go and they can display their products. This one is a reality to that dream. Even sa among Sibaan, we only encourage everyone especially local (sellers) to display and to showcase whatever best dishes we have,” Teves said.

Valencia Tourism Officer Desiderio Tilos explained that local sellers were allowed by the LGU to display their products for free and the revenue of the shop will be divided among the sellers based on the sales of their products. 

Visitors and tourists can purchase locally-made coconut vinegar, herbal teas, chocolates bars, cake bars, local delicacies, bamboo weave products, condiments, virgin coconut oil, slippers, etc.

The Valencia Pasalubong Center is open daily. (RAL/PIA7 Negros Oriental) 

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Roi Anthoni Lomotan


Region 7

Roi Anthoni Lomotan is an Information Officer at Philippine Information Agency (PIA) - 7. He is currently based in Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental. His job at PIA includes covering general beat assignments and other important events in the province.

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