A HUNDRED exhibitors are participating in this year’s 5th Philippine Building and Construction Expo (PHILBEX) Davao and 3rd Travel and Leisure Expo (TLEX), up from 80 in 2018. “We’ve been returning here in Davao for five years already because it is a booming city in Mindanao… For the construction, we want to showcase the Build Build Build program of President (Rodrigo R.) Duterte,” Carmen Grace P. Paragas, marketing assistant of event organizer Worldbex Services International, said in a press conference. The event gathers leading players in the industry, including construction companies, product manufacturers, and professionals. For TLEX Davao, Ms. Paragas said they have around 60 exhibitors, up from 40 last year, consisting of local and foreign hotels, travel agencies, airlines, cruise lines, resorts, shipping companies, and recreational destinations. Both events will also have conferences, talks, and business-to-business meetings. PHILBEX and TLEX Davao opened on May 9 at the SMX Convention Center and will run until May 12. — Maya M. Padillo