27 years since its inception, the biggest and the most comprehensive exhibit show in the country, the PHILCONSTRUCT Manila is impressively getting bigger and better over time. Set to break records once again, the show will be held from November 9-13 in two massive venues, the SMX Convention Center and the World Trade Center Manila.
Organized by the PhilConstruct Events, Exhibitions, and Conferences Corporation (PEECC), together with the Philippine Constructors Association (PCA), Inc., and the Philippine Society of Ventilating, Air-Conditioning & Refrigerating Engineers (PSVARE), Inc., the four-day event is committed to bridge buyers and sellers, connect industry leaders, disseminate information on new technological innovations, expand networks, and inspire young builders, engineers and designers.
Where exhibitors flock and thrive
From its humble beginnings in 1990, PHILCONSTRUCT has grown into an engaging and profitable platform where thousands of companies and trade buyers flock and thrive. This year, the show features diverse products on building materials, furniture & furnishing, interior decorations, heavy machineries, and latest equipments for mining.
“The PHILCONSTRUCT promise is to bring you a venue where the top brands and service providers gather. We have exerted great efforts to grow the show in terms of exhibit categories, number of companies participating, and quality as well as quantity of visitors to the show. Today, we can say that it is the leading meeting place for industry stakeholders,” says Wilfredo Decena, PHILCONSTRUCT 2016 Overall Event Chairman.
This year, the event gathered approximately 2,500 exhibitors, 500 foreign exhibitors, and with more than 1, 300 represented brands.
“We keep coming back because this is the number one construction trade show in the Philippines. When you’re number one, people will surely go back to join you,” commented Sheryll Bautista of RIDGID, an American manufacturing company whose been joining PHILCONSTRUCT for four years now.
"PHILCONSTRUCT will get us to international level because our eyes are being opened to new technologies and possibilities," said Bayani Fernando, former Chairman of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA). Representing his construction company BF Corporation, Fernando is one of the consistent local exhibitors of the show.
Where Nation Building develops
Aside from gathering thousands of local and international exhibitors, the PHILCONSTRUCT show similarly en masses the biggest names in the industry to inspire and stir Filipino builders.
"Construction is a good business because we are Nation Builders," said Delfin "Ding" Wenceslao, PCA Past President and the current Chairman and President of D.M. Wenceslao and Associates Incorporated. "We don't only profit for ourselves but for our country. We are the only industry who can claim that we're leaving a legacy from a generation to the next."
Currently, Wenceslao serves as the chairman of Aseana City , a big ticket flagship national government project to rise along Roxas Boulevard and Manila Bay with a total area of about 204 hectares.
Meanwhile for Augusto "Tito" Manalo, President of J.E. Manalo & Co. Inc., leaders of the construction sector should look more into the welfare of the Filipino employees in order to keep a more intact industry.
“When workers leave to work in other countries, we lose not only manpower but also some Filipino social values. Those who leave our country is also forced to leave their families.It would be better if we can retain them here, give them more training and benefits, ” Manalo shared.
For Manalo, who is also a past President of PCA, competition is inevitable, particularly in the global arena. With the local construction industry seen growing more than 50% by 2020 and with other countries joining in, to settle is the last thing that he would advise.
"We [Filipino builders] must continuously challenge ourselves. We cannot prevent other countries from participating into local projects but we can keep up with this competitive pace by learning and by doing even better."