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Philippine Jewels Earn International Interest

Ever since it made its debut at the 2001 Vicenza Oro, intricately-crafted Philippine jewelries have steadily generated international interests. The annual Vicenza trilogy of fairs (Vicenza Oro 1 in January, Vicenza Oro 2 in June and Orogemma in September) is considered the leader in international exhibition of golf, jewelry, silverware, watches, jewelry production, and machinery.

The country is recognized as a top Asian jewelry supplier to Italy, owing to the combined efforts of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), the Guild of Philippine Jewelers, and Philippine Ambassador to Italy, Philippe J. Lhuillier.

Lhuillier has been at the forefront in establishing ties for our local manufacturers with major industry players in Italy. He was instrumental in the success of the Meycauayan Jewelry Industry Association (MJIA) 11-man study mission sent to there as part of the Asia-Invest Business Priming Fund/Technical Assistance of the European Union.

The team visited the Le Arti Orafe Jewelry school in Florence, the Scuola d' Arte Mestieri of Vicenza, and the Ronco Spa, a leading manufacturer of world-famous jewelry, to learn the latest techniques in goldsmithery, stone setting, engraving, casing and surface finishing. Impressed by the Filipino's craftmanship and knowledge, owner Leonardo Ronco of Ronco Spa expressed his intention to set up a shop at the Subic Free Port Zone. It will be the third Italian jewelry company to invest in Subic, joining Ilios Jewelers and Galante International.

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