THE PHILIPPINES now has an answer to Bangkok’s Saphan Kao and Chatuchak markets, Malaysia’s Jalan Imbi, and Indonesia’s Jakarta Fruit Market with opening of Davao City’s Asian Fruit Market last Saturday, June 25, at the fountain area of Abreeza Mall.
Initiated by the Department of Tourism in partnership with the Tourism Infrastructure Enterprise Authority and Accendo Commercial Corporation, the owning company of Abreeza Mall, the Asian Fruit Market is primed to become Asia’s largest fruit market in the next 10 years.
“Sometime last year, tourism assistant secretary Arturo Boncato shared with us the idea of having a fruit market. We got excited that we immediately jump on board. This project is our humble contribution to the region’s tourism industry,” said Abreeza mall manager Luigi Escano.The idea of having a fruit market was conceived when tourism secretary Ramon Jimenez, Jr. asked DOT regional director Roberto Alabado on what tourists would normally bring back home when they visit Davao.