Manila FAME October Show to Highlight PH Culture, Design Ingenuity

Manila FAME, the Philippines’ premier lifestyle and design event, is set to make waves again among international and local buyers as it returns on October 20-22 with a range of new show features and artisans in a showcase of the country’s rich cultural heritage and design ingenuity.

The 66th edition of Manila FAME will strip down to its roots to present a show built upon the intertwine of the country’s rich cultural heritage and design excellence and the promotion of Philippine products. Artisans from across the country will showcase their best products at the World Trade Center Metro Manila and the Philippine Trade and Training Center in Pasay City across the three-day event.

“For this edition of Manila FAME, we put focus on how our culture has influenced generations upon generations of Filipino artisans. Manila FAME has always stood as a canvas to which the best of Philippine lifestyle and design talents embellish their work to showcase the country’s vibrant and multi-layered cultural heritage,” said CITEM Executive Director Clayton Tugonon.

design-ingenuityLed by Paris-based design specialist Nelson Sepulveda, New Generation Weaves pays homage to Philippine indigenous and natural materials.

 

No less than eight show features will be included in the upcoming show. New Generation Weaves, a staple of Manila FAME for the past three editions, will return with Paris-based design specialist Nelson Sepulveda at the helm. Sepulveda will work with more than 30 small and medium enterprises to invoke harmony and balance through Philippine craftsmanship and the beauty of natural raw materials.

GREAT Women Project 2 will also return to highlight the works of women artisans across the country. The project was launched by the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) in partnership with the DTI Project Management Team and is funded by the Canadian International Development Agency.

World-renowned designer Tony Gonzalez will also have his own curated setting that will marry the strengths of each Manila FAME participant to create a versatile collection made to match a variety of material requirements, techniques, and price points. Design Commune: Patterns and Palettes will be presented in four themes: Blues and Whites, Ethnic Nomads, Green Tinted, and Natural Black and White.

“Small and medium enterprises from across our country will join us in October to showcase the best artisanal products the Philippines has to offer,” Tugonon added. “Through Manila FAME, we will work towards supporting the success of our artisans and uplifting the Philippine brand internationally.”

 

 

The Center for International Trade expositions and Missions (CITEM), the export promotions arm of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is the proud organizer of the Manila FAME – the second longest-running trade show in the Asia-Pacific, and the only trade event in the Philippines approved by Union des Foires Internationales, a Paris-based association of trade fair organizers founded 90 years ago in Italy.

Manila FAME is a bi-annual business sourcing platform of export ready and finely crafted furniture and home furnishings, holiday gifts and décor, and fashion accessories. It showcases the best of Philippine design and craftsmanship. For more information, please visit http://www.manilafame.com/

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ASEAN Program champions women entrepreneurs in Manila FAME April

“GREAT Women” leads 35 PH firms, targets global contract market in Asia’s premiere design and lifestyle show

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Bags made with leather and textile made by women entrepreneurs from GREAT Women.

 

The Gender Responsive Economic Actions for the Transformation of Women (GREAT Women) returns to the April edition of Manila FAME to tap the booming global contract market for the home, fashion, and lifestyle products at the World Trade Center Metro Manila.

GREAT Women is an ASEAN initiative that provides opportunity to improve sustainability, productivity, and competitiveness to local craftsmen and women entrepreneurs.

In partnership with the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), the GREAT Women Project 2 will demonstrate the creativity and ingenuity of manufacturers and artisans from 35 women-led companies from the National Capital Region (NCR); and regions of Ilocos, Cagayan Valley, Cordillera, CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, Bicol, Central Visayas, Northern Mindanao, CARAGA, SOCCSKSARGEN, Zamboanga Peninsula, and Davao.

“With the rising awareness for gender equality in the global market, CITEM partners with GREAT Women Project 2 to enable new product and material innovations while promoting gender-responsive work environments and generating more jobs for women all over the country,” said Clayton Tugonon, newly appointed CITEM Executive Director.

Launched in 2006, GREAT Women was pioneered by female entrepreneurs to help their fellow artisans penetrate regional and global markets while empowering women communities and sustaining culture and tradition. It was conceived through a public-private partnership with the Philippine government and the Canadian International Development Authority.

In 2015, it became an ASEAN Brand after it integrated 40 women entrepreneurs from different Southeast Asian countries, in partnership with the ASEAN SME Agencies Working Group (SMEWG), the U.S.-ASEAN Business Alliance for Competitive SMEs, and the ECHOsi Foundation.

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Philippine companies under the GREAT Women brand showcased home and lifestyle products under the Artisans Village in the previous Manila FAME edition

As Manila FAME expands its market scope under its “Projects” theme, female entrepreneurs target to generate more opportunities for women in the booming contract market, including hospitality and residential developments; commercial establishments and malls; special edition products for institutions, theme parks, and concept stores; and tourism branded products.

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Design experts Arañador (upper left), Pabillon (upper right), and Dagñalan (lower left) are the product specialists of the GREAT Women setting at the 2017 April edition of Manila FAME.

In partnership with the Design Center of the Philippines (DCP), CITEM tapped local lifestyle designers PJ Arañador, Rachelle Dagñalan and Mon Pabillon to provide assistance in developing market-responsive and design-driven crafts for the global export market.

Under this creative direction, participants will produce Home and Lifestyle products, such as huge lamps and vases, sculptural pieces, tapestries, and other products for hotel and resorts scales.  They will also develop furnishings for millennial condominiums and small spaces in the form of window blinds, sofa throws and floor rugs, modular furniture, wall art, decals, knock-down furniture and functional art.

New products will also include functional objects in concept stores and museums, as well character-inspired adornments in theme parks and souvenir products in tourist destinations.

Participating companies from Luzon are Aleli’s Buricraft, Highland Women’s Multipurpose Cooperative, Kabayan Weaving Arts and Crafts, Kenro Boutique, Leila’s Loomweaving, Mayat-An Handicrafts, Namarabar  Ethnic Crafts & Antiques, Banaue Loomweaving, Kinwa Etnika Handicrafts, Lab Tie Dye Weavers Association, Malamin Buricraft, Mikah’s Souvenir, Montañosa Weavers Association, San Jose Multi-Purpose Cooperative, Gantsilyo, Namnama Batal Women Association (NABWA) – Santiago City , Santos Women Weaver’s Association, Nagbalacan Loomweavers Multipurpose Cooperative, Sta Praxedes, Threads and Trend Crochet Prod ucts, Julie Anne’s Handicraft, LHSM Handicrafts, Laguna Water Hyacinth Handicrafts Producers Association, Labo Progressive Multipurpose Cooperative, Lumban Marketing Cooperative, Monte de Ramos Handicraft and Lynkies Native Products.

Hailing from Visayas is Tubigon Loomweavers Multipurpose Cooperative. Coming from Mindanao are Puyo Handicrafts, Lynkies Native Products, City of Cabadbaran Abaca Handicraft, Sibagat Federation of Women Association, K’Datu, Yakan Weavers MPC, Tribal handicrafts Makers Association and Muslim Christian Women’s Association.

Manila FAME is a bi-annual showcase of craftsmanship in Philippine products. It features finely selected furniture and home furnishings, holiday gifts and accessories, designed and crafted in the Philippines for the global market.

Organized by the Philippines’ Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), through the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), Manila FAME is the only trade event in the Philippines approved by the Union des Foires Internationals (UFI), or the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, a Paris-based association of trade fair organizers founded 90 years ago in Milan, Italy, on April 1925.

 

 

Trip to Palawan Up for Grabs for Manila FAME Overseas Buyers

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Manila FAME, the Philippines’ premier design and lifestyle event, is set to open its doors to global buyers of Philippine-made artisan products for the home, lifestyle, and fashion industry on April 21 – 23, 2017 at the World Trade Center in Pasay City. As one of the oldest trade shows in Asia, the bi-annual event offers a vast selection of exquisite products, such as furniture, home accents, and fashion accessories from the country’s best artisans and designers.

As part of the event, all Manila FAME April 2017 overseas trade buyers who are at least 21 years old and based outside of the Philippines are eligible to join the Luxe Escape raffle promo for a chance to win the ultimate four-day, three-night vacation at the lush tropical paradise of Palawan!

Voted as the World’s Best Island for Beaches and Natural Attractions in Travel + Leisure magazine for 2015 and 2016, Palawan features crystalline waters, lush forests, unique rock formations and a number of exciting spots for everyone to enjoy, including the Puerto Princesesa Subterranean River National Park, El Nido Marine Reserve, the Tubbataha Reef, and the prehistoric Tabon Caves.

The Luxe Escape raffle promo will include two (2) roundtrip flight tickets and accommodations for two (2) in Daluyon Beach and Mountain Resort in Puerto Princesa, Palawan. Don’t miss out on your dream destination, pre-register now for Manila FAME at manilafame.com/en/Registration/Buyer.

Manila FAME is organized by the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions, the export promotions arm of the Department of Trade and Industry.

Visit the upcoming 65th edition of Manila FAME on 21-23 April 2017 for a chance to discover emerging talents from the Philippines, and find out more about the country’s rich artisanal heritage.

Manila FAME the country’s premier design and lifestyle event, is organized by CITEM, the export promotions arm of the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). For more information, log on to http://www.manilafame.com.

65th Manila FAME to Conquer Booming Hospitality and Real Estate Industries

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Manila FAME April 2017 focuses its creative direction on catering to Projects, featuring products for the international home décor, interior design, and lifestyle contract markets.

The most anticipated design and lifestyle event in the Philippines returns this April 21-23, 2017, at the World Trade Center Metro Manila (WTCMM) with a compelling showcase of the country’s robust brands, innovative crafts, diverse materials, dynamic design pool, and top quality home exterior, interior, and lifestyle products and services, that caters to the rapidly expanding hospitality, real estate, travel, and tourism global markets.

Organized bi-annually by the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions of the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry (DTI-CITEM), Manila FAME upholds its premier status as a sourcing destination for export-quality Philippine design and craftsmanship.

There’s going to be a lot of exciting additions in Manila FAME this year.  In keeping with the reputed dynamism of the show and its rapidly evolving global markets, CITEM rallies together the country’s finest talents to put up spectacular shows for April and October,” CITEM Deputy Executive Director Ma. Lourdes Mediran said. “With the participation of the Philippines’ best artisans, manufacturers, designers, and creative groups from all over the country and the collaboration of private and government entities, I am confident that the Philippines will be more than ready to demonstrate its capability as a must-visit sourcing hub.”

For its April 2017 edition, Manila FAME sets its eye on the lucrative design services, and architectural and interior contract projects for real estate and hospitality developments in key regions in the Middle East, Asia, and the Philippines.

With this particular focus, CITEM partners with the Design Center of the Philippines (DCP) for the show’s special settings, exhibiting items of scale and decorative pieces for architectural and building contract markets. Meanwhile, small concept products shall also be developed for millennial homes, theme parks, museums, tourism and travel sectors, and contemporary and high-design merchandise for specialized consumers.

materiabambooThe Materia: Coconut setting last Manila FAME October 2016 housed hexagonal products developed under the collaboration of Mañosa & Co. and Philippine-based Japanese Designer Wataru Sakuma.
lucentobjectsThe Lucent Objects setting featured lamps and lighting pieces that resulted from Product Specialist Stanley Ruiz’ experimentation with indigenous Philippine materials like corn husk, peanut shell, palm husk, pandan leaves, anabo fiber.

Product Specialist for the Lucent Objects setting Stanley Ruiz will develop a collection of Holiday-themed lamps and lighting that will set it apart from the usual seasonal items this April. The second phase of Manila FAME’s Materia: Bamboo and Materia: Coconut special exhibits will showcase the works of veteran Philippine furniture designers Dem Bitantes, Rey Soliven, and Stephen Buñi; and Japanese designer Wataru Sakuma. This time, the creative roster will introduce new material innovations of the ubiquitous bamboo and coconut.

Materia, which means ‘material’ in Latin, is a Manila FAME showcase series of specific indigenous materials in the Philippines, exploring its innovative applications for global market production.

Another highlight this April is the special showcase of the GREAT Women 2 Project of the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) in partnership with the DTI Project Management Team, funded by the Canadian International Development Agency. International lifestyle designer PJ Arañador, Red Box Junior Designer Rachelle Dagñalan, and DCP Senior Designer Mon Pabillon will serve as the product specialists for this project.

“Manila FAME strengthens the Philippines’ international reputation as a reliable source of export-quality products, materials, and services. As the lead organizer, CITEM endeavors to make every edition of Manila FAME a notch higher than the last one,” Mediran said. “This April, we hope to give our buyers and other stakeholders a powerful ambiance – one that packs a surprise in every corner of the halls,” Mediran added.

Manila FAME is a bi-annual showcase of craftsmanship in Philippine products. It features finely selected furniture and home furnishings, holiday gifts and accessories, designed and crafted in the Philippines for the global market.

Organized by the Philippines’ Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), through the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), Manila FAME is the only trade event in the Philippines approved by the Union des Foires Internationals (UFI), or the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, a Paris-based association of trade fair organizers founded 90 years ago in Milan, Italy, on April 1925.

Five Notable Designers To Expect in 64th Manila FAME

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ANTONIO ‘BUDJI’ LAYUG is a globally acclaimed designer whose works can be seen in shops in Thailand, Malaysia and United States. He is a co-owner of BUDJI+ROYAL Architecture+Design firm, and founding member of Movement 8, a group that made Filipino design shine in the global market in 1999.

Layug’s devotion to modern craftsmanship gave him success in utilizing bamboo for his designs. He is the first Filipino designer featured in Bloomingdale’s magazine for his Giant Bamboo furniture collection.

For more than three decades, the veteran designer has developed a holistic approach in combining innovative eclectic techniques and indigenous organic materials to build contemporary furniture with superior quality in form and function.

Layug will be the overall creative director of the 64th Manila FAME. He will also showcase his modern uptake of the “Philippine Chair” from 1900s in the ‘Icon: Peacock Chair Redux’ special setting exhibit.

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NELSON SEPULVEDA is a world-renowned Chilean stylist, scenographer, and designer. For more than 20 years, he has served as a creative director for Studio Edelkoort Etc, an international trend consulting company based in Paris, France.

Sepulveda began his career as a make-up artist and consultant for major cosmetic brands. Later on, he was named art director of Bloom magazine, a trend revue about nature, flowers, and plants, and the way they impact design.

Since then he built several collections for design brands–Ay Illuminate, ABC Pottery, Cinq Étoiles–in different parts of the world. Subsequently, he has been traveling in Morocco, Egypt, Tunisia, and several Asian countries to help artisans gain deeper understanding in crafting works that reflect their inner soul.

For the October edition of Manila FAME, Sepulveda will help develop designs for Philippine handcrafted baskets using natural materials in the ‘New Generation Weaves, Basketwork, and Related Wares’ exhibit.

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STANLEY RUIZ is a multi-awarded international designer and the creative director of Estudio Ruiz Design Consultancy, a design studio he founded after working in Bali, Indonesia, and New York City.

Ruiz has been involved in seven editions of Manila FAME as a product specialist, assisting Philippine manufacturers in creating globally competitive and export-quality products.

This October, he is working with the Design Center of the Philippines (DCP) and nine local manufacturers to brighten up the 64th edition of Manila FAME through their ‘Lucent Objects’ exhibition.  His special setting is the result of several months of experimentation with indigenous materials – such as corn husk, peanut shell, palm husk, pandan leaves, anabo fiber – and turning these materials into lighting objects.

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WATARU SAKUMA is a Philippine-based, Japanese designer recognized for his intricate organic pulp art. He is currently the president of Masa Ecological Development, Inc. (Masaeco), a Cavite-based pro-people and pro-environment company known for its paper artistry.

A graduate of Memphis College of Art and at the New York Studio Program, Wataru already made a name in international exhibits held in the US, Taiwan, Germany, and Japan.

In his creations, Wataru uses even the most basic materials to craft functional yet artistic pieces for urban living. Evident in his work is his profound respect for nature and an innate ability to see the beauty inside discarded or overlooked materials.

For the 64th Manila FAME event, Wataru completes the creative ensemble with architectural firm Manosa & Company, Inc with the gamut of exquisite to practical décor pieces—all crafted from the many functional parts of the coconut tree.

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REY LUCIANO SOLIVEN is a multi-awarded Filipino artist and educator with more than 20 years of expertise in industrial product and design consultancy for international and local trade fairs.

Soliven honed his artistic expertise and knowledge by having virtually traveled almost every region in the Philippines, where he gained insight on innovative local techniques, as well the lifestyle of local artisans. He also observed best practices in the international exhibits by working with clients in the US, and key European and Asian countries.

Having dedicated more than half of his life in arts and crafts, this 45-year-old artisan professes a deep commitment to developing the craftsmanship of fellow Filipino artisans. In the 60th Manila FAME, he curated exhibits to develop the craftsmanship of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the Philippines.

This coming October, Soliven will once again work with local craftsmen in the ‘Materia:Bamboo’  exhibit to showcase the practical use and innate flexibility of bamboo materials.

 

The Peacock Chair Reemerges at Manila FAME, October 20-22

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Like a party of peacocks, nine emblematic chairs are poised to enthrall global buyers this October 20-22 at the World Trade Center in Manila FAME, the country’s premier design and lifestyle event. In collaboration with top Philippine SMEs, nine young and notable designers will recast the Peacock Chair (also called Philippine Chair) in uniquely modern versions, founded on the original design that captivated the world since its debut in the early 1900s.

Collaborating in this special showcase titled, ICON: Peacock Chair Redux, are Leo Sano for Locsin International, Mark Gerby Rivera for Country Accents, Inc., Jim Torres for Industria Home Vico Design and Manufacturing, Corporation, Tony Gonzales representing his own brand, A Greeting Card Co., Budji Layug for Kenneth Cobonpue, Jinggoy Buensuceso for Prizmic and Brill et Compagnie, Inc., Val Padilla for Luzon Rattan Industries, Leeroy New for MCCA Industrial Corporation, and Tes Pasola for Prado Filipino Artisans, Inc.

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In a simple and organic design using steel frames and arorog weaves, internationally trained designer Leo Sano, in tandem with Locsin International, aim for the light, airy, and fluffed-up look, resembling the peacock’s feathers in its wide-open magnificent spread.

Country Accents, Inc., which collaborates with designer Mark Gerby Rivera, explores the essence of a peacock’s beauty and references on royalty. Using eyespots in resplendent hues of blue and yellow as highlights of a “birdcage-like” form, their design succeeds in combining the flexibility of rattan and firmness of steel and acorn wood.

Industria Home Vico Design & Manufacturing Corp. taps Jim Torres, a young Filipino designer for its Peacock chair entry in Manila FAME. Jim chooses metal to demonstrate the design values of the original Peacock Chair, including its intricate details, dramatic upper tail called coverts, and distinct hourglass base.

Designer and artist Tony Gonzales, who authored out of the box and globally acclaimed creations such as the Genie and the Melon chairs, is designing the peacock chair for A Greeting Card Company, a firm which Gonzales also heads. The company, which has been creating products out of handmade papers, is expected to produce a standout metal piece worthy of another global design award.

Kenneth Cobonpue, the self-titled company whose exceptional creativity and ingenuity has been recognized in various countries, including London, Italy and Germany and by renowned Hollywood celebrities, partners with designer Budji Layug to create its version of the iconic chair. With these two design bigwigs coming together to create a piece, nothing less than superlative is certain.

Prizmic and Brill et Compagnie, Inc., a company known for its signature style of juxtaposing the raw and traditional with choice modern materials such as select hardwood, hand tipped hides, brass, rattan, steel, glass and textile, very well complements the skills of visual artist and sculptor Jinggoy Buensuceso. Buensuceso, who made the 2,000-scale monumental modern dragon sculpture that wraps around the Green Sun Building in Makati City, is expected to produce a modern statement this October.

Luzon Rattan Industries picks veteran designer Val Padilla for its chair entry in Manila FAME, a challenging feat for the company that has been manufacturing and exporting original Peacock Chairs as well as other rattan furniture since the 1940s. Padilla, however, gamely accepts the opportunity to contemporize the once globally acclaimed design without losing its essential Filipino roots and taking advantage of the company’s deep weaving expertise.

Leeroy New, one of Lady Gaga’s costume designers in her music video, Marry The Night, designs for MCCA Industrial Corporation, an internationally renowned wrought-iron and glass-blowing company that produces indoor and outdoor furniture and decorative accessories. New, who has partnered with MCCA in the past, presents a stunning design of the peacock chair in all its bluish iridescence, achieving it through glass and metal.

The peacock chair has been described as “the fan chair, with its flared back and intricately woven details and throne-like, (its) head-framing seat reserved for royals.” More interestingly, the peacock chair carries its personal cachet, as narrated in “The Development and Effects of the Twentieth-Century Wicker Revival” by Emily A. Morris in her thesis for the Smithsonian Associates and Corcoran College of Art and Design in 2012. She stated that while few sources can track the accurate origins of the peacock chair, which she tagged “Manila” or “Philippine,” the American critics wove fantastical tales that involved Southeast Asian royalty and lush surroundings.

Come October Manila FAME, worldwide buyers will be treated to this one-of-a-kind metamorphosis and evolution at its ICON: PEACOCK CHAIR REDUX showcase.

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Capture another piece of Philippine history as Manila Peacock Chairs preens its feathers again, this time in all its glorious plumage for the world to see!

Manila FAME, the country’s premier design and lifestyle event, is organized by CITEM, the export promotions arm of the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). For more information, log on to www.manilafame.com.

DTI-CITEM and LOCALE Magazine Tie-up Generates over 10M Worth of Global Publicity to Philippine SMEs

The Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), the export promotions arm of the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), and LOCALE Magazine of the media and publishing giant ALC Group of Companies, are teaming up to connect to millions of readers worldwide the Philippine SMEs exhibiting at the 64th Manila FAME on October 20-22, 2016.

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Front/Seated from left to right: CITEM Executive Director Rosvi C. Gaetos and LOCALE Publisher Dominga Cabangon Chua
Back/Standing from left to right: CITEM Marketing Communications Department Manager Arturo Cruz Dimaano; CITEM Media Communications Chief Marilou Farnacio-Cantancio; CITEM Project Management Department Manager Romleah Juliet Ocampo; CITEM Deputy Executive Director Maria Rita Matute; LOCALE Advertising Manager Gina Verzosa; LOCALE Editor-in-Chief Carla Mortel.

“The partnership with LOCALE makes possible achieving over PhP 10 million worth of local and international publicity that would promote Philippine home, fashion, and gift products in the Philippines and abroad, reaching significant audience with interest in design, craftsmanship, business connections, and quality products,” said CITEM Executive Director Rosvi C. Gaetos.

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CITEM Executive Director Rosvi C. Gaetos and LOCALE Publisher Dominga Cabangon Chua

img03LOCALE, which will be launched at the World Trade Center on October 21 during the second day of Manila FAME, is a bi-monthly magazine for the well-traveled decision makers from various industries.

The partnership between CITEM and LOCALE also extends to the magazine’s sister publications such as BusinessMirror, the Philippines’ leading business newspaper, and the Philippine Graphic, the longest running newsweekly and literary magazine in the Philippines (88 years).

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img04Manila FAME will be held at the World Trade Center Main Hall and Tent, Philippine Trade Training Center, HallONE, and Intramuros. The trade fair will showcase the best of Philippine craftsmanship and offer a dynamic business-to-business (B2B) platform for international trade buyers and visitors.

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Manila FAME is the only trade event in the Philippines approved by the Union des Foires Internationales (UFI), or the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, a Paris-based association of trade fair organizers founded in Milan, Italy in 1925.

For more information on Manila FAME, interested parties may visit the official Manila FAME website at www.manilafame.com.