Philippine Harvest At Central Square Promotes Sustainable Farm and Responsible Tourism

Dubbed Philippine Harvest: Sustainable Living, Food, and Travel, the recent Philippine Harvest at Central Square celebrated the richness of Philippine agriculture.

SSI, Central Square, and Department of Tourism, in partnership with the Tourism Promotions Board and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Philippines, celebrated sustainable living, food, and travel on its recent 3-day Philippine Harvest.

With its second edition under the helm of the Department of Tourism, highlights from the three-day food and travel fair included farm tourism, local food, and tourist destinations around the country.

“At the core of our programs and projects in the Department is our sustainable and responsible tourism advocacy which we aim to promote with this edition of Philippine Harvest,” shared DOT Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat.

A ceremonial toast marked the formal opening of the fair. (L-R) Department of Tourism Development Usec. Bong Bengzon, Sen. Nancy Binay, SSI Group President Anton Huang, and WWF-Philippines President Joel Palma

SSI Group President Anton Huang, Sen. Loren Legarda, Sen. Nancy Binay, and Department of Tourism Development Usec. Bong Bengzon

SSI Group President Anton Huang, Ambassador Koji Haneda of Embassy of Japan, Minister for Thai Embassy Urawadee Sriphiromya, Department of Tourism Development Usec. Bong Bengzon, and French Embassy Charge d’ Affaires Laurent Le Godec

In addition to showcasing organic, artisanal, natural, and indigenous products—dried seafood, coffee, heirloom rice, chocolate, craft beers, fruit wines, fresh fruits, and local sausages, among others—the SSI Group and Central Square, in partnership with the Department of Tourism and the Tourism Promotions Board, DOT-accredited farm sites across the different regions were brought together, alongside selected travel agencies and local food exhibitors. There were mini-lectures on sustainable tourism and dining as well, which was organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Philippines.

“We hope to develop sustainable farm tourism as a dependable source of income for Filipinos in line with implementation of the Farm Tourism Development Act of 2016, which serves as one of our strategies for countryside development,” added Secretary Romulo-Puyat.

SSI Group President Anton Huang said, “As we continue to provide lifestyle offerings to our consumers, we at SSI are proud to, once again, showcase the best of what the Philippines has to offer—not only for our guests to appreciate the Philippines’ finest flavors, but also to create more awareness when it comes to how our travels impact our planet. Travel has become a big part of all of our lives and this is our way of practicing this advocacy here in our own backyard, and presenting Filipino travelers with options and ideas.”

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