The International Feng Shui Association (IFSA) has confirmed its next convention in Manila, the Philippines. Taking place November 18 and 19 this year, the International Feng Shui Convention is expected to attract 200 attendees.
Mayet S Santillan, project development officer with the Events Marketing and Services Division, MICE Department, Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) Philippines, told TTGmice that the country won hosting rights because of its proven track record in welcoming trade meetings, close historical ties with China, and a large Filipino-Chinese community that believes in feng shui.
Mayet S Santillan
Santillan explained: “We have more than adequately provided a hospitable venue for (many) international conventions and promoted international camaraderie, service and understanding among trade associations in the region.”
She added: “We have a thriving local feng shui community and industry. We have many local feng shui masters and one of them is Marites Allen, the first and only Filipina to be accredited and awarded the prestigious title of Master in Feng Shui by the IFSA.”
According to Santillan, the local feng shui community is active and conducts an annual convention since 2005.
When asked how hosting the convention would benefit the Philippines, Santillan said: “People pursuing feng shui as a professional career will get training while individuals will gain guidance on life decisions related to wealth, health and relationships.”
Santillan believes other industries will stand to gain too.
“Many feng shui practitioners in businesses such as real estate, fashion, lifestyle and education, can benefit from new knowledge coming through the convention,” she said.
The TPB will support IFSA and delegates with venue selection, link-ups with government and private entities, airport facilitation, souvenirs, a welcome dinner, and tour packages through the Philippine Tour Operator Association, among many others.