The country’s top product designs were given due recognition in the recently concluded Katha Awards in the 60th show edition of Manila FAME, the country’s premiere design and lifestyle event staged by the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM).
In celebration of Design Week Philippines, Katha Awards gives distinction to ingenious designs and encourages exporters to raise their design standards for Philippine export products and pursue a skillful exploration of new materials/processes. Design Week Philippines is a multi-faceted platform that brings together creative visionaries from diverse backgrounds and disciplines in a series of programs and events that celebrate design and artistry.
The Katha Awardees for October 2014 are B-Luxe Chair by Ito Kish of Ito Kish (Best Product Design for Furniture); Flutty Candy Light by Jude Tiotuico of Industria (Best Product Design for Home Décor); Calli-Ideal Design by Tessa Nepomuceno of Tixxi Handbags Mfg. (Best Product Design for Fashion); Paper Finials by Arlene Gaddi-Maceda and Arthur Gaddi of Paper Capers(Best Product Design for Holiday Décor and Gifts); Schema (Best Booth Display); and the Crystal Clock by Wataru Sakuma of MASAECO (Special Citation: Eco-Design Award).
Trade Secretary Gregory Domingo, Trade Undersecretary Ponciano Manalo, Jr., CITEM’s Executive Director Rosvi Gaetos, and local and foreign trade buyers graced the Katha Awards awarding ceremony hosted by TV personality Issa Litton.
CITEM is the export promotions arm of the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).