Leyte Governor Leopoldo Dominico Petilla (third from left, holding the ribbon) leads the ribbon cutting ceremony of the beach nursery hub opening as part of the “Forest and Community Rehabilitation in Leyte,” a project of the Philippine Tropical Forest Conservation Foundation (PTFCF), based in Makati City, in partnership with the Philippine Science High School-Eastern Visayas Campus (PSHS-EVC) in Barangay Candahug, Palo and in cooperation with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-8 supported by the USAID during the project launching last August 14. Also in picture (l-r): Dr. Paciencia Milan, chairperson, PTFCF; Allison Feaster, a WNBA legend; Dr. Reynaldo Garnace, PSHS-EVC director; Derrick Alston, NBA legend (tallest at the back) as a NBA envoy; Region 8 tourism director Karen Tiopes.(Photo by: Restituto A. Cayubit)

PALO, Leyte- The food festival showcasing native food delicacies of this town would now be a regular activity as this would help local producers. This was revealed by Mayor Remedios “Matin” Petilla who said that the food festival will now be held every Sunday at their town plaza. The food festival has been a regular activity every time the town celebrates its fiesta on August.

The food festival opens at 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. with an array of display of native delicacies like “sulam” or suman filled with viand such as adobo and humba, bibingka, kutsinta, puto, biko, banana cue and other food items made from banana, lechon baboy and lechon manok, gabi steak and many more. Vegetables harvested from farms of farmers’ organizations in Palo that is being supported by the Presbyterian Church of Korea are also being displayed at the fair. Petilla said that the fair does not only fill the stomach of those who visit the plaza but is also a good venue for family bonding after going to church. “The foods are best cooked for you and your family so you have to visit it and enjoy,” said Petilla.

The Department of Trade and Industry through Leyte Provincial Director Desiderio Belas during the opening of the trade fair before Palo fiesta had acknowledged the effort of Mayor Petilla’s administration in helping local entrepreneurs by conducting local trade and livelihood fair. Belas said that trade fair such as what Palo is doing will help local manufacturers a lot adding that it is a marketing strategy. (ROEL T.AMAZONA)