Since its inception in 1990, the Manila FAME Katha Awards has stood as the hallmark of Philippine product design excellence and innovation. The special distinction is awarded to Manila FAME exhibitors whose products embody the innovative design and material manipulation.
KATHA Awards puts a spotlight on sustainable products made by Philippine designers and artisans out of local indigenous materials for different sectors: furniture, lamps and lighting, home décor, fashion and seasonal décor.
The Manila FAME was recently held last April 25 to 27 at the World Trade Center Metro Manila. It is the Philippines’ premier design and lifestyle event organized by the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), the export promotion arm of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).
Best Product Design – Furniture Product Name: Rasty Chair Company: Coast Pacific Designer: Florian Barrete Jr.
Best Product Design – Lamps & Lighting Product Name: Vilo with Capiz Shade Company: AZCOR Designer: Eduardo Zulvaga
Best Product Design – Home Decor Product Name: Sayawan Company: Paperbound Designer: Patrick Henry Chua
Best Product Design – Fashion Product Name: Tamsi Company: Lara by Province of Samar Designer: Governor Sharee Ann Tan
Best Product Design – Festive/Seasonal Decor Product Name: Abaca Seda Tree Company: PMP Social Enterprise Designer: Jojo Sonillo
Best Booth Display Company: Zarate Manila
Special Citation: Eco-Design Award Product Name: Sunburst Company: Nature’s Legacy Designer: Chester John Lorete
Special Citation: Judges’ Pick Product Name: Party Animal Company: Art 24 Inc. Designer: Pauline Co. (through Design Center of the Philippines)
People’s Choice Award Product Name: Lara Company: Lara by Province of Samar Designer: Governor Sharee Ann Tan