THOMASIAN-LED corporations will showcase their excellence in commerce and trade on October 8 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City.

Jollibee Foods Corporation’s Tony Caktiong, Mercury Drug’s Viviene Que-Ascona, and Joel Cruz of Aficionado perfume, among other Thomasian businessmen, will join the Thomasian Global Expo.

UST Alumni Association president Robert Sy, one of the organizers of the event, said the expo will also include job fairs, design and construction shows, shopping stalls, and wellness festivals.

Sy said the project was conceived as to highlight the Thomasian-owned and Thomasian-led corporations in time for the University’s Quadricentennial celebration come January 2011.

Student Affairs director and former Alumni Affairs chief Evelyn Songco said the project aims to showcase Thomasian excellence in business, entrepreneurship and management.

“This expo would also create network among our alumni since they get to showcase their projects, and as well as inspire our students to be like them,” Songco said.

Aside from Jolibee and Mercury Drug, Songco said big firms headed by Thomasians like Century Pacific, Palafox Associates, Gloria Jean’s Coffee, among others, will also join the expo.

Sy said they will also sell commemorative medals to alumni authenticated by the Banko Sentral ng Pilipinas. The medal costs P1,500 for the silver brass while the gold-plated medal costs P2,000.

Some of the proceeds will go to the fund for erecting the Alumni Center on 2012, Sy said.

Food and beverages will be the theme for the first day, business and entrepreneurship on the second day, while wellness will be on for the last day of the expo.

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Songco said they are hoping to meet the target of at least 400 firms to participate in the event.

The expo is open to everybody but Thomasians will have the privilege of entering SMX during the three-day expo for free, Sy said. Darenn G. Rodriguez


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