Bataan province marked its 266th Foundation Day earlier this month by holding a trade fair showcasing local products.
Under Republic Act 11138, January 11 is a special non-working holiday known as Bataan Foundation Day.
A trade fair was launched at the Capitol compound to signal the start – after a two-year halt due to the pandemic – of the simple but memorable commemoration of the day when Bataan was declared a separate province from Pampanga on Jan. 11, 1757.
The Galing ng Bataeño Trade Fair was held in front of the old Capitol building, now housing the provincial health office. The new seat of the provincial government, the stunning structure known as The Bunker, is at the back of PHO.
The trade fair lasted until January 13, offering various items produced in Bataan that Bataan Governor Jose Enrique Garcia III and Vice Gov. Cris Garcia described as products the province can be proud of in the whole country.
These included fresh fruits and vegetables, plants, house decorations, bags, clothes, food items, among some others, produced and raised in 11 towns and one city in Bataan.
Food items sold included peanuts, bukayo, cassava cake, ensaymada, peanut butter, chocolate cake, araro cookies, cassava cookies, camote chips, ginger brew turmeric, banana chips, cashew butter, cashew nuts, pickled green chili, pickled mango, pickled papaya, buko juice, and buko pie.