The Philippine Agri-Business delegation together with First Secretary and Consul General Christian De Jesus and Agriculture Attache Aleli Maghirang, at the opening of Seoul Food 2018, 1 May 2018, KINTEX Convention Center.
First Secretary and Consul General Christian De Jesus represented PH Ambassador to Korea Raul S. Hernandezduring the formal opening the Seoul Food Expo and the inauguration of the Philippine pavilion on 1 May 2018.
The Embassy of the Philippines in Seoul, through its Philippine Agriculture Office led by AgricultureAttache Maria Alilia Maghirang, facilitated the participation of an agri-business delegation composed of 16 Philippine food exporters. The Philippine pavilion showcased notable agricultural products such as fresh bananas and mangoes, dried mangoes and banana chips, calamansi products (juice and concentrate), coconut products (fresh coconut water, virgin coconut oil, coconut body oil and body lotion), yacon tea and syrup, organic teas (moringa, turmeric and guyabano), organic food supplements, special salsa and sauces, cashew, peanuts, chicharron, and other snacks.
The Philippine pavilion, likewise, introduced new items to the Korean public such as native pili nuts, pickled mangoes (original and spicy), and fresh okra.
The Philippines' participation in the Seoul Food Expo was a resounding success as Philippine agri-products showcased during the event attracted the keen interest of the public and potential buyers.
The Philippine participation in this year's Seoul Food Expo was made possible through joint collaboration between the Department of Agriculture-Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Service (DA-AMAS) and the Philippine Embassy in Seoul.
Seoul Food Expo, considered to be one of Asia's largest food exhibitions, has annually served as a venue for international and local exhibitors to showcase their agricultural products and processed food as well as the latest trends in food processing and packaging. The Exhibition has also provided opportunities for business matching.