By Marivir R. Montebon
In ‘Explore Islands Philippines’ the best of Philippines comes to life in one of the world’s largest train terminal,
the Grand Central
New York City – Jerry Sibal and Edwin Josue of the JS Productions pulled off an elegant and electrifying opening salvo for what is to happen in Spring 2018 – a Philippine cultural and business exposition at the colossal and gorgeous Grand Central Terminal in the city.
Explore Islands Philippines will be on May 9 to 12, 2018 and promises to breathe the vibrant Philippine life in Grand Central with its Food Truck, virtual reality booth, fashion show, weaving and arnis demonstrations, fashion show, Ati-atihan, and food tasting. The festival is co-organized by the Department of Tourism. For fun-loving, nostalgic Filipinos and adventurous individuals, there will be scheduled Jeepney rides from Times Square to Grand Central Station and back.
At the Kalayaan Hall of the Philippine Center, the festival-exposition was introduced to the media and public on the evening of January 11 as a “festival of the best of the best of Philippine culture, networking, and investment opportunities.” Sibal, known for his innovative and creative genius as an artist, interior designer, and businessman, chose to hold the exposition at the Vanderbilt Hall of the Grand Central because of the high volume of traffic at about 7500 persons/hour. “It is my way of giving back. Success starts in believing in yourself,” he said.
“We have been planning about this for the past three years, and now it is happening. It is a promotional opportunity, and anything can happen from there. We plan to do this annually,” Sibal said during the press conference on the first hour of the opening salvo.
During the launch party which was hosted by Karen Gamba, Edwin Josue warmly made sure everyone had fun as the “right way to start the new year.”
Guests were indeed having fun hobnobbing and dancing as the organizers had transformed the Kalayaan Hall into a real dancing floor for the night.(Featured photo is L-R: Halim Bulos, Edwin Josue, Paola Isabella, and Jerry Sibal; photos by Boyet Loverita and Edwin Josue)