Katha Awards: Appreciating Design-Forward, Popular, Artisanal and Soulful Craftsmanship

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The opening day of the 60th Manila FAME concluded with the Katha Awards Ceremony at the Welcome Reception at HallONE: Design for Exports, the year round showcase of the Center of International Trade Expositions and Missions, located at the International Trade Center Complex, Roxas Blvd., Pasay City.

The Katha Awards is a hallmark of Philippine design excellence through the recognition of product design and innovation that combine the ideals of form and function. It is a prestigious award given to exhibitors at Asia’s premier design & lifestyle event, encouraging exporters to raise their design standards for Philippine export products and to pursue a skillful exploration of new materials and techniques.

Left: DTI Secretary Gregory Domingo Right: DTI Undersecretary Ponciano C. Manalo Jr.

Left: DTI Secretary Gregory Domingo
Right: DTI Undersecretary Ponciano C. Manalo Jr.

Hosted by Issa Litton , TV and events host , the night was opened with opening remarks from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Undersecretary Ponciano C. Manalo Jr. Next up, came a speech from Gregory Domingo, Secretary of DTI.

Host Issa Litton

Host Issa Litton

Issa Litton also announced the news regarding the launch of the new Manila FAME mobile app under Guidebook. The app is available for download at the App Store and Play Store, featuring everything you need for the 60th Manila FAME in the palm of your hand.

Exhibitors, buyers and CITEM employees applauded the winners of this year’s Katha Awards trophies designed by Wataru Sakuma and Jinggoy Buensuceso.

From left to right: CITEM Executive Director Rosvi Gaetos, Paper Capers' Arlene Maceda and Arthur Gaddi, Tixxi Handbags' Tessa Nepomuceno,  DTI Secretary Gregory Domingo, DTI Undersecretary Ponciano C. Manalo Jr., Schema's Jerrick Yao, Kish Design Hub's Ito Kish, Indutsria's Jude Tiotuico

From left to right: CITEM Executive Director Rosvi Gaetos, Arthur Gaddi of Paper Capers, Wataru Sakuma of MASAECO, Arlene Gaddi-Maceda of Paper Capers, Tessa Nepomuceno of Tixxi Handbags, DTI Secretary Gregory Domingo, DTI Undersecretary Ponciano C. Manalo Jr., Jerry Jiao of Schema, Ito Kish of ITO KISH, Jude Tiotuico of Industria

Winning Best Product Design for Furniture was ITO KISH’s B-Luxe Chair by Ito Kish. As for Best Product Design for Home Décor, Industria took the award for its Flutty Candy Light by Jude Tiotuico. Paper Capers won the Best Product Design for Holiday Décor and Gifts for their Paper Finials by designers Arlene Gaddi-Maceda and Arthur Gaddi. Tixxi Handbags Mfg.’s Calli Ideal Design by Tessa Nepomuceno won the Katha Award for Best Product Design for Fashion. Schema won the award for Best Booth Display. MASAECO’s crystal clock by Wataru Sakuma, the same designer who designed the Katha Awards trophies, won the Eco-Design Award.

See the Katha Awardees of this October’s Manila FAME at SMX Convention Center, Pasay City! The 60th edition of Manila FAME runs till October 19, 2014.

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