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01/10/2009: Manila Hosts the Second ASEAN Handicrafts Promotion and Development Association (AHPADA) International Arts and Crafts Expo

Washington DC – In celebration of the United Nation’s Declaration of 2009 as the International Year of Natural Fibers, the Philippines will hosting the 2nd ASEAN Handicraft Promotion and Development Associations (AHPADA) International Arts & Crafts Expo to be held on October 26 - 28, 2009 at the Philippine Trade Training Center, Manila, Philippines.

This three-day event will hopefully be able to bring country participants and private exhibitors the opportunity to:

  • Promote and bring greater awareness of the importance of arts and crafts in a country’s cultural roots and economic development;
  • Market skills and talents of their respective artists, craftspeople and producers;
  • Nurture a spirit of cooperation and sharing between artists, craftspeople and producers and counterparts in other parts of the world.

The AHPADA was formally established and inaugurated in Jakarta in March 1981 as a forum for both the government and private sectors concerned to meet and to complement each other in the promotion and development of arts and crafts activities. The Founding Members of AHPADA are Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines and Indonesia. Singapore, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Vietnam joined AHPADA in September 1999. For more information on AHPADA and the forthcoming exhibition in Manila, please go to the event’s website at: http://www.ahpadaexpo.com/home.php. END