The Negros Trade Fair
ANP organizes trade fairs and exhibits and trade missions, establishes linkages for producers, serves as their data bank, particularly on information useful to buyers and traders, and conducts or arranges training programs for the members on product, business and trade development, export and related concerns.
In recognition of the ANP initiatives, organizers of international trade shows have welcomed Negros Producers in exhibitions in Hongkong, Japan, the United States, Singapore, Brunei and Germany among others.
Negros Trade Fair is the longest running provincial trade fair started in 1985 by the Manila-based Negrenses who were moved by the news of poverty among the sugar farm workers in Negros Island. The First Negros Trade Fair was held at the Makati Carpark at the behest of Bea Zobel from Ayala Land, Inc. with goods coming from backyard industries of Negros. Daniel “Bitay” Lacson, Jr., then Negros Navigation President and CEO, shipped the goods from Bacolod to Manila for free. The movement later grew as Bitay Lacson was appointed as OIC Governor of Negros Occidental and was re-elected into office.
This annual trade fair became a precursor for a vision to organize a formal association to consolidate the then fledgling individual producers. The Association of Negros Producers (ANP) was formed and registered in 1988 with the Securities and Exchange Commission, incorporated by the so-called “14+1” from the fourteen housewives and one gentleman who became incorporators of ANP. From then on, the task of organizing the annual Negros Trade Fair was passed on to the newly formed association.