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CBM 2019’s Grand Opening Salvo

Grand Opening Salvo. Members of the organizing committee of the Cebu Business Month 2019

CEBU, Philippines – Cebu Business Month (CBM) 2019 has officially kicked-off its month-long celebration at The Terraces of Ayala Center Cebu.

Now on its 23rd year, with the theme “Innovation in Action”, CBM aims to empower micro small and medium enterprises (MSME) through innovations that will promote growth and increase  productivity by engaging member-companies, aspiring MSMEs, business-enabling government agencies, local government units, national and international players into a collaborative undertaking to leapfrog Cebu’s position in the competitive global landscape.

(L-R) Grand Oepning Salvo Chairman Ms. Herminia Go, Publicity & Promotions Chairman Mr. Robby Alugar, CCCI Executive Director Ms. May Ybanez, CBM Division Head Ms. Maribel Melgar, Mr. Felix Taguiam, CBM 2019Over-all Chairman Ms. Lilu Alino, Ways & Means Chairman Mr. Regan King, SEE Cebu Chairman Mr. Lawrence Panganiban and Innovation Expo Chairman Mr. Karl de Pio

Guests were treated with a mood music by the Cebu Hand Bells Ensemble during the salvo which was hosted by Cebu Holdings Inc., Ayala Malls and Ayala Center Cebu. The program started with an opening production number by SZHD of Cebu – World Supremacy Battleground Grand Champion Visayas and also featured a spot number by Ms. Jing Fegi, the longest playing Nala of Hong Kong Disneyland.

In between these performances, business and government leaders spoke in inspiring tones, describing the passion and excitement of the CBM 2019 working committee, CCCI officers and members, and CBM 2019 partners.

The program was graced by CHI President Aniceto Bisnar Jr., CCCI President Virgilio Espeleta and CBM 2019 Overall Chairman LiluAlino.

(L-R) CCCI Past President Dr. Efren Valiente, Congressman Raul Del Mar and CCCI President Virgilio Espeleta

The salvo, which is chaired this year by Ms. Herminia Go and co-chaired by Ms. Wilma Besin Monares, also included a ceremonial reveal of the three thrusts of CBM 2019 tourism, entrepreneurship, and information and communications technology and business process managementwith their respective committee chairmen Edwin Ortiz, Virgilio Espeleta, and Paulo Uy.

One of the highlights of the Salvo is the opening of the One Town, One Product exhibit in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry on May 31 at the Rotunda Area and Paseo Solana, Ayala  Activity Center, Cebu City. This will run for six days until June 5.             The fair will showcase delicacies and food products; gifts, decors, and housewares (GDH); fashion accessories; and health and wellness products of OTOPreneurs.  It will also feature products that underwent intensive product development as part of the OTOP PH’s Marketing/Promotion Assistance.

Cebu Hand Bells Ensemble entertained the guests prior to the program

CBM 2019 is organized in partnership with the Cebu Provincial Government and the Cebu City Government. Omnibus Event partners include the Department of Agriculture, Department of Labor and Employment, Department of Manpower Development and Placement, Department of Tourism, Department of Science and Technology, Department of Trade and Industry and the Philippine Franchise Association.

Omnibus co-presentors include Ayala Center Cebu, Cebu Holdings Inc., PLDT Enterprise, Robinsons Land Corporation, SM Prime Holdings, Inc. and Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino.

Diamond sponsors Aboitiz Power Corporation, Cathay Pacific Airways, Golden Prince Hotel & Suites, Oriental Port and Allied Services Corporation, and Marco Polo Plaza Cebu.

Spot number by Ms. Jing Fegi, the longest playing Nala of Hong Kong Disneyland

Event Sponsors: Appleone Properties, Inc., Cebu Cordova Link Expressway Corp., Cebu Pacific Airlines, Contempo Property Holdings, Inc., Duros Land Properties, Inc., Eastern Communications, Global Business Power, Golden Sands Destination, GT Cosmetics Manufacturing, Inc., Hyundai Cebu Inc., Isuzu Cebu Inc., Jollibee Foods Corporation, Kandaya Resort, King Properties, Lexmark Research & Development Corporation, Maayo Hotels, MDI, Philippine Airlines, Philippine Springwater Resources, Inc., Philippines AirAsia Inc., Prime Software, RAFI-Center for Leaders, SB Capital Investment Corporation, Security Bank Corporation, Skygo Marketing Corporation, Taiheiyo Cement Philippines, Inc., Treasure Island Industrial Corporation, and Visayan Electric Company.

Prime media partners are Alcordo International Inc. (Alcordo Advertising), SkyCable Pacific CATV, and Steel Art Billboards Inc.

Media partners include: ABS-CBN Corporation, Businessworld Publishing Corporation, Cebu Daily News Digital, Expat, GMA Network, GraphicStar Imaging Corporation, Greenworld Led Solutions, Innopub Media, Inquirer Bandera, Manila Bulletin, Mynimo Inc. (Mynimo.com), iNews.Ph, NU107.com Co., RMA Public Relations & Marketing Services, SMNI-Sonshine Radio Cebu, Sunstar Publishing Inc., The Freeman, Viva Communications, Inc. and WRock.

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