City of San Fernando, La Union – The City Government of San Fernando, La Union joined the Province’s 166th Founding Anniversary with a health and wellness-inspired booth during the launch of the 9Th Annual Agri-Trade Fair and Bamboo Exposition, infront the City Hall in San Fernando, La Union, Monday (Feb. 22, 2016).

The booth of the City of San Fernando is designed and made from several species of bamboos ­­­­such as the “tinedted” for the flooring, combination of “bayog” and “rono” for walls, “muscle” for the railings, “kawayang tinik” for the furniture, and the giant bamboo for the hanging vertical gardens accentuated with herbal plants. Also featured are the Income Generating Project (IGP) products of the city’s barangays.

“The booth is garden-inspired, built and made from several species of bamboos. We have the vertical hanging garden, a concept of urban gardening in which instead using of plastic bottles as the pots, we used the natural giant bamboos inserted with fertilizers, and herbal plants such as aloe veras, oreganos, papayas, lemon grasses, violas (memory enhancer) and different varieties of mayanas which are came from the barangays to bring round to the city’s vision as the center for health and wellness”, confided by Jerome Galledo, Agriculture Technologist, City Agriculture Office and who happens to be the concept designer and coordinator of the technical working group of the city’s booth.

“Bamboo is very useful in all form of things, it can be a source of food, and at the same time, it can be used as furniture and base for certain infrastructures.” Galledo added.

City Mayor Pablo Ortega attended the opening and ribbon cutting together with Governor Manuel Ortega and Vice-Governor Aureo Nisce. Also invited are Abono Partylist Representative Francisco Emmanuel Ortega III and Dir. Silvino Tejada, Executive Director of the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Guest of Honor and Speaker during the launching.

“The main components of the booth are the respective income generating projects (IGPs) of the 10 barangays. Some of the IGP varieties displayed are from Barangay Abut’s bamboo baskets; Ube processing of Langcuas, papaya pickles of Pias, San Francisco’s bagoong (fish sauce), salabat tea (ginger ale) of Cabaroan, Calabugao’s red rice, San Vicente’s vinegar, Apaleng’s mushrooms, Bato’s fertilizers, and souvenirs from Bacsil Ridge,” said Eduvijis Flores, City Agriculturist.

The fair started on Monday until March 2 also showcases the 19 municipalities of the province also displaying and showcasing their one town, one product (OTOP). James Bjorkroos-Intern City Media Bureau/ CGSFLU/northboundasia.com