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By: Joanna C. Guerrero, PITO-LU

Mr. Xavier B. Mercado, owner and manager of Halo-halo de Iloko Balay, one of the most sought tourist destinations in Region I because of its unique business concept and distinctive preparation of Halo-Halo, was conferred as Injap Sia Outstanding Young Entrepreneur Awardee by the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry during the 42nd Philippine Business Conference and Expo at Marriott Grand Ballroom, Pasay City on October 12, 2016.

After being nominated by the Provincial Government of La Union headed by Gov. Francisco Emmanuel R. Ortega III, Mr. Mercado represented the Province of La Union in the said competition. Out of more than a hundred entries, he was shortlisted and eventually made it to top 18 who were asked to undergo a panel defense. After his impressive business presentation, he, together with 4 other representatives coming from South Luzon, National Capital Region, Visayas and Mindanao were chosen as 5 National Awardees of said citation. This is the first time that a resident of the Province obtained said award.
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