SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union – The City Government participated in La Union’s 166th Founding Anniversary celebration with a health and wellness-inspired bamboo booth during the launch of the 9th Annual Agri-Trade Fair and Bamboo Exposition, in front of the City Hall last Monday.
The city booth was made of several bamboo species such as “bayog,” “runo” and “kawayang tinik,” for flooring (“tinedted” or splintered bamboo), walls and railings. The furniture display are made of “kawayang tinik” including the giant bamboo for the hanging vertical garden accentuated with herbal plants.
Concept designer Jerome Galledo. agriculture technologist of the City Agriculture Office, explains further, thus:
“The vertical hanging garden is a concept of urban gardening in which 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 came from the barangays.”
“Bamboo is very useful– it can be a source of food, for making furniture and base for certain infrastructures.” Galledo, who is also the coordinator of the technical working group of the booth, added.
Inside the booth and for sale are income generating products of some of the city’s 59 barangays.
City Mayor Pablo C. Ortega attended the opening and ribbon cutting ceremony along with Governor Manuel Ortega and Vice-Governor Aureo Nisce. Present were Abono Party list Representative Francisco Emmanuel Ortega III and Dir. Silvino Tejada, Executive Director of the Department of Agriculture and the Guest of Honor and Speaker.
The main components of the booths are from the income generating projects of the 10 barangays. Some of the are bamboo baskets from Barangay Abut; ube cakes of Langcuas, papaya pickles of Pias; bagoong or fish sauce from San Francisco; salabat tea (ginger ale) of Cabaroan; red rice of Calabugao’s; San Vicente’s vinegar, Apaleng’s mushrooms; Bato’s fertilizers; and souvenirs from Bacsil Ridge, according to City Agriculturist Eduvijis Flores
To end on March 2, the fair also showcases the province’s 19
municipalities with their one town- one product (OTOP), such as Naguilian with its famous basi (wine from sugar cane juice). James Bjorkroos-Intern/CMB/northboundasia.com