Our daily meals would normally consist of pork meat and eggs. Our fridge would always have the two because we would often include them in our weekly grocery shopping list. A visit to the grocery and market would always take us to the meat and egg stalls as we consider these food as basic supply for weekly consumption.
However, there has been a great clamor for healthy foods recently that encourages people to eat healthy by staying away from "fattening" or "oily" foods which are wrongly perceived as greatly attributed to pork and eggs due to the public's lack of correct information.
Thus, with the very honorable goal to create better public awareness on the benefits of pork and egg products, the Pork Producers Federation of the Philippines (ProPork) and the Philippine Association of Breeder Layers, Inc., (PABLI) have teamed up for the very first time to organize the 1st National Pork and Egg Festival.
The event was open free to the public so many would have the opportunity to learn as much about pork and egg, as well as the ins and out of their production.
During the event, the two organizations unveiled their respective seal of excellence that they will give to companies that underwent rigorous process of ensuring high quality products which translates to more consumer safety.
The theme for the event was "Sustansiya at Sarap ng Lechon at Itlog para sa Pilipino", the two day event from October 13 to 14 gathered various activities and exhibits to spread information on the nutritional benefits and new developments on por and egg produce among Filipino consumers. This was held at the Megatrade Halls of SM Megamall located in Ortigas Center of Pasig City.
The main highlights of the event was the Wow Lechon Grand Competition and the launching of the World Egg Day. It also featured celebrity chefs like Chef Sharwin Tee, Janice De Belen, Claude Tayag, Sau Del Rosario, and Nancy Reyes-Lumen.
|Chef Sharwin Tee at the 1st National Pork and Egg Festival|
As what the president of the Philippines, Benigno Simeon Cojuangco Aquino III has said in his special message to the event, "This event is a vital opportunity for you to bolster both the livestock and poultry industries, create meaningful linkages that will allow you to introduce new ideas and technologies to your businesses, and promote more dynamic commerce that benefits the entire Filipino populace."
Vice President Jejomar Binay also hopes that "this event further bring key players more knowledge and expand business opportunities, and hopefully, pave the way to ensure that these Filipino produce gain international export quality in the future." He further hopes that the event "continue to collectively catalyze our economic growth trough the contributions of your own sector."