Come up with ‘pride products’, Himamaylan producers urged  

Come up with market-ready products that Himamaylan City can be renowned for, Mayor Raymund Tongson challenged local producers from the  19 barangays of his city on Wednesday, April 3. 

“We are looking for these top #PrideProducts that will best represent Himamaylan City,” Tongson said, adding that the products have to be “rooted in Himamaylan’s local culture, industries, and creativity.” 

Himamaylan offers a bounty of fresh produce and locally made products, Tongson said. However, the local government is on the look out for the best products and services that will help boost tourism and industries in the city, he said. 

Tongson assured the local producers that the LGU will support the development of local products and ensure that they are world-class and market-ready. 


On Monday, April 1, local products and produce took center stage at the week-long Himaya Festival Agri Trade Fair at Crossing Diot, Brgy. 1. 

The trade fair features fresh agricultural produce such as vegetables, fruits, mussels, oysters, fish, among others. Locally made products such as dried and bottled fish, chips, vinegar, handicrafts, and potted plants are also on display and for sale. 

“I am very grateful to you, our farmers, fishers, and indigenous people, because of your contribution to the development of the City of Himamaylan,” Tongson told the  participants during the opening ceremony. 

The city mayor said  that he is proud and thankful for the efforts of local producers in supplying food for the city despite the effects of the dry spell. 

“The high-quality products our local producers have put out for the trade fair are definitely ready for our festival guests to enjoy and bring home,” Tongson said. 

Flora Panaligan Planog, a member of the Sawangan Daku Farmers Association (SADAFA), said she has a lot to thank for because of the annual agri trade fair. 

Prior to the ribbon cutting ceremony, the City Agriculture Office organized the cultural and cooking contests.

Tongson, Rep. Emilio Yulo III (Neg. Occ., 5th District) along with city and barangay officials tried the dishes prepared by the 28 cooking contestants.

The winners of the contests will be announced during the culmination of the trade fair on Saturday, April 6.*

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