Tabuk City, Kalinga - Through the 2022 IMPAKABSAT trade fair of the Department of Trade and Industry - Cordillera, some 75 Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises showcased the region's local products at the Festival Mall, Alabang, Muntinlupa City.
IMPAKABSAT, according to the agency, stands for Ifugao, Mountain Province, Abra, Kalinga, Apayao, Benguet, Baguio City, and completed with “kabsat” (Ilocano for sister or brother).
Accordingly, the exhibition was conceptualized after the 1990 killer earthquake that wreaked havoc across the region, with Baguio City suffering the most devastating effects. It served as an avenue for the people of Cordillera to recover from the temblor.
This 2022, the trade fair was launched on November 18, featuring premium items such as wearables, bamboo crafts, furniture, collectible antiques, processed foods, and wines, among others.
Among the event’s highlights is the Kalinga Batok wherein one can experience getting inked the traditional way. Traditional tattoo is available up to the last day of the exhibition.
In addition, the educational book “Igorotak” by the young artist Tor Sagud was launched on November 19. Textile weaving, bamboo basket weaving, market matching, and fashion accessories making were held simultaneously from November 19 to 23.
Wood carving and pottery-making days will be conducted on Friday and Saturday, respectively.
In an interview with the Philippine News Agency, the director of DTI - Benguet and concurrent DTI - Cordillera assistant director Samuel Gallardo said the region targets “sales of P25 million or as much as possible the pre-pandemic sales of P35 million sales in the 2019 IMPAKABSAT.”
The trade fair will run until November 27.
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