PASALUBONG CENTER. Leyte Governor Carlos Jericho ‘Icot’ Petilla with his wife, Frances Anne, led in the opening of the Pasalubong Center on Saturday (Dec.9)

PALO, Leyte–Leyte Governor Jericho Petilla and his wife, provincial tourism consultant Frances Ann Petilla, along with other government officials, led the opening of the new Leyte Pasalubong Center Tours and Products at the Leyte Convention Center Grounds in Barangay Pawing, this town on Saturday (Dec.9).

“This is not just a store; it’s a haven for the best local products and treats that Leyte has to offer. From delicacies to crafts down to its travel and tour services, the Leyte Pasalubong Center is your one-stop-shop for authentic Leyteño goodness,” Gov. Petilla said.

The governor also urged the exhibitors and stall owners to continue to be innovative with their products in the face of globalization while assuring them of the government’s support, particularly on the packaging and promotion of their products and services, among other things.

Karen Tiopes, the regional director of the Department of Tourism (DOT), lauded the Provincial Tourism Office’s initiative.

According to her, the Pasalubong Center “is not merely a commercial venture; it is a gateway to the heart and soul of Leyte, showcasing the warmth of our hospitality and the diversity of our local products.”

“It is through initiatives like these that we strengthen the foundations of our tourism industry and contribute to the prosperity of our region,” Tiopes said.

The Leyte Pasalubong Center is open from Tuesdays to Sundays, 9 am to 7 pm.