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Philippines eyed as consumer electronics expo hub

Yahoo! to host TechnoStorm trade event


MANILA, Philippines—Internet pioneer Yahoo! is pushing for the Philippines to be one of the region’s centers for consumer electronics technology given the young population’s love for gadgets, from computers and mobile phones to high-end cameras.

Yahoo! Philippines will hold its first consumer electronics exposition, called TechnoStorm, where the company plans to bring under one roof the biggest names in technology such as Nokia, Samsung and Apple to show off their latest products for the local market.

“The dream is to host an event like CES [Consumer Electronics Show],” Yahoo! Philippines country ambassador and sales director Arlene Amarante said, referring to the Las Vegas tech show known as the world’s largest exposition for the latest in consumer electronics.

Amarante said TechnoStorm would be at a much smaller scale, but it was aimed at eventually competing with Computex, an annual information technology expo hosted by Taiwan for more than a decade now.

“To get Smart, Globe, PLDT and Wi-Tribe in the same event is hard. It’s also hard to have Nokia, Samsung and other companies in the same arena. But they look at it as an industry push,” Amarante said.

“If the industry is able to do this with the help of all the parts, as a whole, it would be a lot better. Yahoo is there to be a core platform to help them out,” she said.

The TechnoStorm expo, to be held at the TriNoma mall in Quezon City from November 26 to December 2, comes just in time for the holiday season, when millions of Filipinos are expected to shop for gifts for friends and relatives.

Complementing the physical event is the launch of an interactive online site featuring cutting-edge products and services from leading global and local brands.

Aside from featuring latest gadgets, the site ph.news.yahoo.com/technostorm will also have latest news and updates on tech companies, as well as “expert” columns for consumer questions.

“Technostorm is a celebration of all things tech. Yahoo’s digital capabilities provide a unique platform for Filipinos to explore, discover and understand the world of technology, and bring them face to face with gadgets and devices that create connectivity,” Amarante said.

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  • watS_uP

    magtuloy tuloy na sana pag unlad ng Pilipinas!

  • vinzerx

    The quotes here are from someone who’s trying to spread the word about their event, so this is more of a marketing thing for Technostorm than a sign of things to come. I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt and drop in their event, but until I see fairer prices here on items sourced from official local distributors compared to our neighbors, this is a flash in the pan.

  • NoWorryBHappy

    Oh yeah !
    Now they notice us.
    This is good. Really good.
    It will serve as s catalyst to further modernize and improve our telecommunications infrastructure
    and encourage more companies to set up business.

  • http://twitter.com/PINOYPOWER100 JUAN DELA CRUZ

    Iba talaga kapag hindi corrupt ang presidente. 

  • kulittwit

    Go Philippines!

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