Sen. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III committed to support the Philippine Retailers Association’s (PRA) programs to enhance the competitiveness of the country’s retail sector when he led the ribbon-cutting rites and opening ceremonies of the 26th National Retail Conference and Stores Asia Expo (NRCE) 2019 at the SMX Convention Center on Thursday with the theme “Retail Reimagined”.
The two-day event organized annually by the PRA, the country’s biggest organization of top notch retailers and prime movers in the retail industry, again showcased to the world the vibrance of the Philippine retail industry and why thousands of big international brands, executives and trade buyers are flocking to the NRCE every year.
Photo shows Pimentel (center) with members of the PRA Board and officers and NRCE 2019 Platinum Sponsors (from left): Globe Telecom cluster head of retail industry Michael Agustin, PRA vice chair Roberto Claudio (Toby’s Sports), FAPRA and PRA vice chair Lorenzo Formoso (Ace Hardware), PRA vice chair Mars Chua (Sportshouse), PRA chairman Atty. Paul Santos (Picture City), Binibining Pilipinas Miss Intercontinental 2019 Emma Tiglao, Binibining Pilipinas Miss International 2019 Bea Patricia Magtanong, Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) and PRA vice chair Ma. Alegria Sibal-Limjoco, Binibining Pilipinas Miss Universe 2019 Gazini Ganados, technology evangelist and former managing director of Zara-Inditex (Spain) Jesus Vega, PRA president and Wilcon Depot Inc. SEVP-COO Rosemarie Bosch Ong, Binibining Pilipinas Miss Globe 2019 Leren Bautista, Binibining Pilipinas Miss Grand International 2019 Samantha Lo, PCCI honorary chair and treasurer and Philexport president Sergio Ortiz – Luis Jr., Simon Burke of Amazon Web Services, PLDT Alpha First vice president & head Vic Tria, PRA director Donnie Tantoco III (Rustan’s), PRA chairman emeritus Dr. Samie Lim (BLIMS Global Group), PRA director Arthur Coronel (Cinderella) PRA vice chair Jorge Mendiola (The SM Store). Stores Asia Expo 2019 is a twin event of the National Retailers Conference.