In Orange County, Filipino American business leaders from the Fil-Am Chamber of Commerce held their annual Green Expo, featuring the latest products, trends, and programs when it comes to health and environment.
Despite political issues when it comes to climate change, community leaders say it’s business as usual, and it’s a matter of knowing how to adapt to the climate.
“We definitely need to keep everyone current on things, without the information being passed down, just demonstrating and showing other people whats going on how do they know if we want to be at the forefront of the organization,” says Neil Estrada.
This year, participants included tech companies, government and utility agencies, and products ranging from house projects to health and beauty.
One burning new industry also made its presence felt.
“It’s cannabis cuisine, it’s more than just pot brownies, for example, we have Filipino food that’s infused,” says Christine Espiritu.
This is the first expo after the legalization of recreational marijuana in California, and Filipino businesses are exploring ways to get into the industry.
“People are very welcoming to this type of this cannabis, especially for medicinal purposes, so we do a lot of workshops and we teach seniors how to cook with cannabis for medicinal reasons. That’s one thing the chamber and a lot of seniors are open to.”
Whether it is cannabis or solar panels, the chamber has also brought in many other ethnic groups in putting this annual event, believing that health and the environment is an issue and a business that crosses cultures.