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"TIKME Ahoy sa Bacoor!" showcases traditional food

by Ruel Francisco
October 5, 2019

Bacoor City Mayor Lani Mercado- Revilla welcomes guests and participants. Currently seated are DOST Undersecretary Brenda Nazareth-Manzano, DOST-CALABARZON Assistant Regional Director Lydia Manguiat, Ms. Irene Bencito representing Governor Jonvic Remulla, Ms. Alda Lou Cabrera from the office of 2nd District Cong. Strike Revilla, City Councilor Rowena Bautista-Mendiola and Bacoor City Livelihood Office Head, Ms. Carmelita Fabian-Gawaran.


BACOOR CITY, Cavite – A three-day fair and exhibits showcasing food and non-food exhibits of LGU-Bacoor and the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) assisted homegrown entrepreneurs was held from September 30 to October 2 at the Activity Area of the Main Square Mall in Molino Boulevard here.

Dubbed as “TIKME Ahoy sa Bacoor!,” the event was considered as the First Provincial S & T Fair and Exhibits initiated by the DOST-Cavite in cooperation with the Office of the City Mayor Lani Mercado-Revilla.

TIKME was conceptualized by DOST-Batangas with literal meaning in said province as “to taste” or "tikmanin" in Tagalog and aims to revolutionize traditional food expositions and at the same time highlights homegrown entrepreneurs assisted by DOST.

DOST Undersecretary Brenda Nazareth-Manzano recognized the importance of MSMEs saying, “The MSMEs are the lifeblood of Philippine economy as they compose the majority of businesses in the country and provide more employment than big industries and corporations.”

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Usec Manzano hopes that with the program, everyone will be inspired and influenced to improve not just their business but also the quality of their life.

TIKME Ahoy sa Bacoor! not only exhibited the products of the DOST assisted MSMEs but also promoted to the general public other programs and services of DOST.

DOST-CALABARZON Assistant Regional Director Lydia Manguiat in her discussion, mentioned DOST's technology upgrading program, grants and aids for community-based projects, food safety programs including trainings and certification.

Officials of the local government of Bacoor led by Honorable Mayor Lani Mercado-Revilla together with City Councilor Rowena Bautista-Mendiola and Bacoor City Livelihood Office Head, Ms. Carmelita Fabian-Gawaran and other guests were present during the launching.

A seminar on Product Packaging and Food Safety Awareness and Livelihood Seminar on Tahong Chips Processing was conducted on the second day while a Cook Off challenge using Tahong as the main ingredient took place on the last day of the event.

The success of the first exhibit conducted in Lipa City in 2018 prompted another TiKME event in Taal Batangas last August 1, 2019 and recently in Bacoor and this will pave the way to more succeeding events in other provinces in CALABARZON. (Ruel Francisco, PIA-Cavite)

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