Aperitivo Italiano Cagayan de Oro 2017

Sep 15, 2017

by Lorens Ziller

 

An EU Business Networking Event at Seda

 

The 2nd edition of the Aperitivo Italiano business networking event in Cagayan de Oro was held 08 September during the 2017 Mindanao Business Conference (Minbizcon) to complement the activities of the European Philippine Business Network (EPBN) which also set up a European Pavilion for the Minbizcon Exhibit.

 

Guests from DB Schenker led by VisMin GM Vanessa Sumanpan (2nd from right).

Guests from DB Schenker led by VisMin GM Vanessa Sumanpan (2nd from right).

Organized and led by the Italian Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines this networking event was first launched in Cagayan de Oro in 2015 during the Oro Best Expo in partnership with Oro Chamber and had already a great success during its first edition.

 

Dante Sudaria with Maia Poblete

Dante Sudaria with Maia Poblete

Building on the experience gathered in previous years with similar Aperitivo events in Makati where VIPs, foreign and Filipino entrepreneurs, members of various chambers of commerce, government agencies and diplomatic staff gather for memorable evenings with a sumptuous buffet of unlimited Italian food enjoyed with Italian wines.

 

A Lively Conversation among fellow Europeans at the Aperitivo

A Lively Conversation among fellow Europeans at the Aperitivo

In modern days most of us are aware of the Italian habit of taking an Aperitivo (an alcoholic beverage and appetizers served before a meal to stimulate the appetite) before dinner or even lunch. But perhaps not everyone knows that this habit, so popular today, draws its origins from ancient Rome.

 

Ms Earth PH Fire 2017 Ella Bautista with Harvey Lanticse and Ella's mom Elsa

Ms Earth PH Fire 2017 Ella Bautista with Harvey Lanticse and Ella’s mom Elsa

At that time it was called gustatio and consisted of appetizers, usually accompanied by mulsum, a high-alcoholic and flavored wine. The gustatio was intended to stimulate the appetite, before a sumptuous banquet. During these gatherings business is being discussed, strategic relationships are fostered, and new friends are made. All to bring people from different cultures and businesses closer.

 

An Italian folk dance livens up the evening

An Italian folk dance livens up the evening

The evening was colored with the presence of a live entertainment, a group of local dancers who performed Italian inspired dances, as well as a raffle with interesting prizes with the contribution of the sponsors like Primavera Residences, Seda Hotel, Luna Ristoranti, Junno’s and Business Week Mindanao.

 

Our hosts from Seda Centrio

Our hosts from Seda Centrio

The Italian Chamber of Commerce is already planning the next edition of this unique business networking event in Cagayan de Oro.

 

Volt Flores wins free advertising from Business Week Mindanao in the raffle draw

Volt Flores wins free advertising from Business Week Mindanao in the raffle draw

“Cagayan de Oro has a strategic role in the growth of Mindanao. It is an important regional investment hub for various businesses from industry, food processing as well as simply services. European entrepreneurs are already either present or exploring the region to find partners and to set up their businesses. We will try to assist them and promote the province as much as we can. We know we can help the Philippines to grow.”

 

Lorens Ziller with Eya Pupos and Bobby Ansaldo

Lorens Ziller with Eya Pupos and Bobby Ansaldo

Mr. Lorens Ziller is the Executive Director of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines.

 

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