Indigenous, design-savvy arts and crafts products will take the spotlight in the One Town, One Product (OTOP) Marketplace, one of the show features of the 59th Manila FAME slated at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex on March 14-17.
Organized by the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), the export promotions arm of the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Manila FAME is a global platform for the country’s small and medium enterprises (SMEs), which features certified, export-quality products such as furniture and furnishings, holiday gifts and décor, garments, and fashion accessories designed and crafted in the Philippines for the global market.
A project of the DTI-Bureau of Domestic Trade (DTI-BDT), OTOP Marketplace topbills the 25 “Rising Stars” of the regions, whose products are created by local communities, highlighting tradition, culture, and craftsmanship while emphasizing sustainability and generating livelihood. It showcases local arts and crafts products from select regions in the Philippines.
Last year’s OTOP Marketplace featured design-forward products made from locally sourced raw materials such as water hyacinth, bamboo, burnt wood, coconut, and tikog, among a variety of natural fibers. More promising products are in the offing in the 59th show edition of Manila FAME, which was curated by Manila FAME Creative Director Budji Layug.
Six young and emerging design talents from the Red Box program were tapped to work with the participating OTOP Marketplace companies to beef up their product development endeavors. They are Leah Sanchez, Vernice Songco, Marga Espiritu, Bong and Rossy Rojales, and Rachelle Dagñalan.
Manila FAME is the second longest-running trade show in the Asia Pacific, and is the only trade event in the country that has been approved by UFI (Union des Foires Internationales) or the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, the association of trade show organizers, fairground owners, national and international associations of the exhibition industry and its partners.