Koronadal City and the towns of Norala and Surallah won the Top 3 Best Booth award in the Provincial Tourism Investment, Product Display and Trade Fair held at 4th Floor, KCC Mall, City of Koronadal from September 15 – 30 in celebration of the National Tourism Month with its theme “Tourism for Inclusive Growth.”
With the win, the 3 LGUs got P15,000 cash incentive each while the other participating LGUs got P10,000 each as consolation prize during the awarding held last September 30 at the South Cotabato Gymnasium and Cultural Center.
Aside from Best Booth award, special awards were given such as Most Visited Booth and Best Design Booth both won by Koronadal City, Best in Product Display – Surallah and Highest Gross Sales – Tantangan. The LGUs combined gross sales,both from mall plus online selling, amounted to P232,084, according to Tourism Operations Officer Francisco Cerbo Jr.
Participating LGUs that showcased their One Town One Product and One Barngay, One Product during the 16-day event were Tupi, Tampakan, City of Koronadal, Tantangan, Banga, Surallah, Sto. Nino, Norala, Tbolin and Lake Sebu, with special participation of South Cotabato Rehabilitation and Detention Center.
Criteria of the Contest are as follows:Display Area (Cleanliness/Proper Waste Management – 10%),(Informativeness of Socio-Economic Profile – 10%) and (Landscape & Productive Value – 20%); Product Display(Includes at least Top 5 Commodities/Products & One Barangay One Product, Quality & Variety of Display – 10%)(Sustainability of the Product Display – 10%),(Arrangement, Packaging & Labelling – 10%); Declared OTOP/Tourism Product & Marketability – 30%, for a total of 100%.
Judges of the conest were DOT 12 CTOO Armin Hautea Jr., DA-ATI 12 Dormitory Manager Jim Raborar and Ria Hallarsis of DTI 12.
Highlight of the culmination and awarding program is the Hair Style Show featuring legendary hair stylist Marlon “Olai” Estrabon and a fashion show participated by the Neo Fashion Models together with the Powerhouse Dancers with artist/choreographer Sofia Jude Palmejar.