Metro Retail Stores livens up local fiestas with MSME offerings

Bayanihan Metro Caravan Metro Mandaue Ribbon CuttingOpening the GO LOKAL Bayanihang Metro Caravan at Metro Supermarket-Pacific Mall Mandaue, Cebu are, from left:  Hope Melgar, DTI Region 7 Assistant Director;  Ma Elena Arbon, DTI Region 7 Director; Manuel  Alberto, MRSGI President and Chief Operating Officer; and Glenda Navares, Regional Manager, MRSGI Store Operations for the Visayas.

Riding on the celebratory vibe of town fiestas to promote local industries in areas where it operates, Metro Retail Stores Group, Inc. (MRSGI) recently opened its GO LOKAL Bayanihang Metro Caravan in Mandaue, Cebu and in Lucena, Quezon, coinciding with the Mantawi and Pasayahan festivals, respectively.

These celebrations provide opportunities to showcase local products and services, particularly those in the health & nutrition, agribusiness, and food sectors managed by micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs).  MRSGI’s partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) further provides impetus to help these businesses find their niche in the market.

The GO LOKAL Bayanihang Metro Caravan aims to further push local MSME products to the mainstream public. Metro is equipping entrepreneurs with space and kiosks in select Metro stores in various areas across Luzon and Visayas to showcase and promote high-quality home-grown products for a duration of one month during town fiestas.

DTI has specially curated MSMEs to be featured in MRSGI’s supermarkets in these localities. At Metro Supermarket-Pacific Mall Mandaue, these include: LemonCito, Rachael's Homemade, Bakerlane Bakery, Hinam-is Sweet Sitsirya, Tuburan Coffee, Lamac Mulit Purpose Cooperative, Wodd PH, Yssa's Handicraft, and Metro house brands Gasa and Tropical.

Meanwhile, enterprises featured at Metro Supermarket-Pacific Mall Lucena include The Soap Farm, Em-ar Handicrafts Manufacturing, M.M. Salcedo's Marketing, C and H Cosmetics, Pasciolco International Inc., Greenlife Coconut Products, De Neubrandz Corp., Ccocodeli Coconut Products, and KXC Enterprises.

Upcoming festivals that will be livened up by GO LOKAL Bayanihang Metro Caravan are: Sangyaw Festival at Metro Tacloban; Pasig City Day at Metro Feliz; Ibalong Festival at Metro Legazpi; Karansa Festival at Metro Danao; Peñafrancia Fiesta at Super Metro Naga; MassKara Festival at Metro Bacolod; Binaybayan Festival at Metro Baybay; and Sinulog Festival at Metro Ayala Cebu & Metro Market! Market! In Taguig.

Super Metro Lapu Lapu MSMEsPhotos show some of the MSMEs featured in the GO LOKAL Bayanihan Metro Caravan: LemonCito in Mandaue (left), and the products in Lucena, Quezon (middle & right).