As one of the fastest growing cities in the Philippines, Davao’s construction and tourism industries are both experiencing an unprecedented upsurge in growth and development. Amid such favorable economic conditions, the Philippine Building and Construction Expo (PHILBEX) and The Travel and Leisure Expo (TLEX) to Davao returns in perfect timing as the region gears up for expansion and far more ambitious undertakings.
Officially opening its doors last May 9, the back-to-back trade shows of PHILBEX and TLEX Davao 2019 held a joint grand opening ceremony to officiate its launch. In attendance during the momentous occasion were guest of honor Vice Mayor Bernard Al-ag along with Worldbex Services Internationals’ Founding Chairman Joseph Ang; Co-Founder Levi Ang, Executive Director, Arch. Francisco Flameño Jr., Directors Rene Ramos and Tessie Roque As remarked by Region XI Director of the National Economic and Development Authority, Ma. Lourdes Lim, “As the crown jewel of Mindanao, Davao City plays an important role in further boosting Mindanao’s position as among the premier destinations of local and foreign investments throughout the country. Thus, it is timely for an event such as PHILBEX and TLEX Davao to be held in the region to showcase some of the best and modern global standards and practices in the construction and tourism industry.”
A bolder construction and design hub for everyone
Now on its 5th year, PHILBEX Davao aspires for “A World Built Bolder” as it turns the spotlight on the world-class expertise of homegrown and regional talents who have boldly dedicated their skills and resources to improve Philippine communities, particularly in Mindanao. In line with this vision, this year’s PHILBEX Davao gathers leading players in the industry – from construction companies, manufacturers, professionals, and stakeholders – with the goal of developing and improving industry standards to the fast-growing construction and design sector of Mindanao.
Taking over a total of 4,480sqm of exhibition space, this year’s PHILBEX Davao boasts of 219 booths and over 100 exhibitors who all share the common goal of developing sustainable communities for the future generations to come. In line with the objectives of its theme, this year’s PHILBEX Davao has added new fixtures to its roster of event highlights.
These are the World of Safety and Security Davao, a section that features various safety and security products for the home, office, and the community as well as the Furniture Pavilion, which showcases the region’s finest furniture suppliers and their unique and topnotch interior fixtures. Apart from these new show attractions, making a comeback are PHILBEX Davao’s line-up of signature events.
This year’s Architect’s Gallery showcases unique design perspectives and insights to the latest design trends from the region’s top architects and their respective firms such as the Far East Architects, the Philippine Institute of Architects – Greater Davao, the Raid Builders, UAP Balajaw Davao, UAP Datu Bago, and ILI Architects. Likewise, this year’s Interior Designer’s Gallery will be showcasing impressive interior spaces as envisioned by the Mindanaoan designers.
Taking pride in being a platform for the free-flowing exchange of information as well as a venue where industry professionals, both seasoned and burgeoning, can share their talents and insights to the community, this year’s PHILBEX Davao also invites everyone not to miss the PHILBEX MiniCons, a series of conventions as presented by the IIEE Davao Chapter and the PICE Davao Chapter; the City of Tomorrow, scale model exhibit by select architectural firms; and the 3rd Projeto Design Competition, which challenged student participants to redesign a space-saving and child-friendly 30sqm space for a small family.
Conceived to cater to industry professionals, students, investors, and enthusiasts alike, it is no wonder that PHILBEX Davao is considered by the industry’s most prestigious associations as the most significant construction event in the region. As expressed by IIEE Davao Chapter President Edgar Ebeun, PHILBEX Davao is the ultimate venue for “public and private sector to collaborate and interact for the benefit and development of the Philippine Building and Construction Industry.”
A Mindanaoan’s travel haven
As Mindanao’s economy continues to grow, so does the mobility and travel activity among its communities as well as the influx of foreign visitors with varied agendas in the region. One factor considered to have prompted this boost was the newly launched flights between the city and key destinations in East Asia. With this, Davao City Tourism Operations Office Head Generose Tecson has declared that the city is targeting to reel in 2,640,000 tourists for this year, from last year’s tourist count of 2,376,000.
With these conditions set in motion, the role of TLEX Davao has only grown more apparent. Now on its third year, the highly-anticipated travel show is expected to fortify and empower the region’s fast-growing tourism and hospitality industry. Intent on letting everyone “Experience the Escape” from the hustle and bustle of daily life, this year’s TLEX Davao boasts of over 90 booths and over 40 exhibitors as it maximizes a total of 1,500sqm of exhibition space.
Gathering only the most reliable and trusted hotels, travel agencies, airlines, couriers, cruise lines, resorts, shipping companies, and recreational destinations, TLEX Davao 2019 aims to make travelling and tourism pursuits more accessible for the people of Mindanao. In the process, TLEX Davao also seeks to foster limitless B2B opportunities for industry players in the field.
Truly the ultimate back-to-back events not to be missed, PHILBEX and TLEX Davao 2019 not only serve to “showcase the latest industry innovations and products” as stated by DCCCII President Arturo Milan, but also, “provide the best platform for suppliers to showcase the latest industry innovations and products to a captive audience.”
Organized by Worldbex Services International, the 5th Philippine Building and Construction Expo (PHILBEX) Davao and 3rd Travel and Leisure Expo (TLEX) Davao will simultaneously run until May 12 from 11am to 8pm at the SMX Convention Center, SM Lanang Premier. For more information, call (02) 656-9239, email firstname.lastname@example.org, visit www.philbexdavao.com and www.tlex.ph, or follow @worldbex and @tlex.ph on Facebook and Instagram.