Exciting World Class Products and Services at the 16th Kabuhayan Livelihood and Travel Expo 2017

The Congressional Spouses Foundation Inc. just successfully launched the 16th Kabuhayan National Livelihood and Travel Expo in SM Megatrade Hall 1, SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City. An estimated 8,000 to 12,000 visitors attended in the annual 4-day trade, travel , advocacy and livelihood fair.

16th KabuhayanThe trade fair ran from November 9 to November 12. This is a project of the Congressional Spouses Foundation Inc., which gathers the best products from various congressional districts and provinces in the Philippines.


The trade fair aimed to benefit were the families and wives of the soldiers sent and killed in action in Marawi as well as donate to the current families of Marawi who are trying their best to restore their homes and livelihood in their war-torn city.


CSFI held its annual expo and showcases the products of various provinces and congressional districts. It also helps the exhibitors sell, market and receive orders for the coming Christmas season where buyers can buy gift items in the four day expo.

16th Kabuhayan Livelihood and Travel Expo Exhibitors


One of the more popular exhibit booth in the fair was from Quezon province . The booth showcased different products that were made by local farmers, small and medium scale entrepreneurs from the province. Two gorgeous ladies who wore traditional Filipinana costume made from coconut stood to greet visitors to the booth. Coconut is one of the major agricultural products of the province.


Vitrum Bottles – This booth showcases art and items made from beer bottles and discarded metal which were transformed into artistic lamps and equipment.

Contact Person : Mr. Ian Martinez Sarra +63 917-9707706

Website: https://vitrumupcycledbottles.weebly.com/


Villar Sipag Foundation – is a non-stock, non-profit organization that aims to support projects geared toward helping our less fortunate countrymen break free from the clutches of poverty.

The foundation is also responsible for several livelihood projects not only in far flung barangays, provinces throughout the country but also in urban areas. They have demo farms and urban gardens.  The booth also gave away sacks of compost.


Crispy chicharon ( pork crackling ), Minasa ( type of local cookie) from Bustos, Sukang Paombong ( vinegar from Paombong) are some of the popular treats from the first district of Bulacan province.


Artificial flowers  – They are sustainable since they are made from dried local plants.


Surigao del Sur booth- The province takes pride from different kinds of native products like coffee , tuna, vinegar made from coconut, basket, home furniture.

BJMP Tagaytay
BJMP Tagaytay

Bureau of Jail Management and Penology  had several interesting painting that were made by some of the inmates from Tagaytay City Jail. Some of the products were also sourced from Correctional Institute for Women in Mandaluyong.


Destileria Limtuaco  is an excellent locally-brewed brand whose portfolio consists of distilled spirits, whiskies, brandies, gins, rums, vodkas, tequilas, cocktails, herbal and sweet wines, and the original medicinal wines.

With over 160 years and 5 generations of master blenders. Their products is also exported in many countries which includes many Asian , European and American market.


Province of Sulu booth – The booth had interesting malong, woven mats and hats which were for sale.


The trade fair would not be possible without the generous support of PLDT, San Miguel Corporation, PAGCOR, Metrobank Foundation, GMA Network, Coca-Cola Foundation, Philippines, SM Foundation and other local partners.

There were free seminars to boost business interest and financial literacy.  There will also be several awards like Lingap Award ( Best Social Product) , Bighani Award ( Best in Fashion Accessories) Pinapangarap Award ( Best New Product) Katakam-Takan Award ( Best Food Product) Winners received cash prizes and trophies on November 12.


Rence Chan

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