“Serpent,” a wearable objet d’art by Philippine designer and entrepreneur Milagros “Mila” Imson was selected as one of the winners at the ASEAN Jewelry Design Competition 2015 held last September in Bangkok, Thailand. The jewelry set, handcrafted from silver and embellished with carved lapis lazuli blooms, presents a remarkable, modernized display of delicate jewelry metalwork that is distinctive in its asymmetry and intricacy.
Mila Imson, owner of the Kit Silver Jewelry company which manufactured the prize-winning “Serpent”, was awarded with an opportunity to showcase her creation at the 56th Bangkok Gems and Jewelry Fair on 10-14 September. She was also presented with a trophy as well as a study visit to the prestigious jewelry firm John Hardy in Bali, Indonesia.
Organized by the ASEAN Intellectual Property Offices in collaboration with the European Union, the ASEAN Jewelry Design Competition is part of the ASEAN Project on the Protection of Intellectual Property Rights conceived to motivate creativity, excellence, and research in high-class, top-quality fashion jewelry, and to uphold original, innovative design as a significant marketing instrument among the ASEAN business community.
Participants to the competition include jewelry designers, artists, professionals in the fashion industry, students, and apprentices from ASEAN member-countries Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.
From the hundreds of entries sent for the contest, five (5) designs were selected to be the national finalists by the Philippine panel of judges comprised of jeweler Mr. Hans Brumman, fashion icon Ms. Lulu Tan-Gan, Design Center of the Philippines Executive Director Myrna Sunico, and Architect Daisy Palattao of De La Salle University – Dasmariñas’ Innovation and Technology Support Office (ITSO).
From these five jewelry designs that qualified for the regional stage, Mila Imson’s “Serpent” was named by the ASEAN regional judges as the winner from the Philippines alongside the winners from other member-countries. The regional judges are composed of experts in the jewelry, design, and fashion industry from Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Spain, and Thailand.
Kit Silver Jewelry: leading the ranks in design excellence
Mila Imson’s company Kit Silver Jewelry was founded in 1980 in Meycauayan, Bulacan. Designing and manufacturing primarily gold accessories, the company expanded by adding silver and brass to its line of products and quickly acquired a bigger market. From selling in local bazaars, Kit Silver Jewelry has grown into an authoritative name in the industry of jewelry design and manufacture, exporting high-quality customized jewelry and accessories overseas to countries including France, Italy, Russia, and the United Arab Emirates.
Despite its impressive and still growing list of stable clients abroad, Kit Silver Jewelry regularly exhibits at the bi-annual trade show Manila FAME to showcase new product designs, meet new buyers, open new and promising business networks and opportunities, and discover new design inspirations. In the recently concluded 62nd Manila FAME, Kit Silver Jewelry unveiled a vivid collection of fashion accessories abounding with a sense of luxury and grace that interplays with the organic beauty of nature, which is always an infinite source of inspiration for Mila Imson.
The 62nd Manila FAME, which ran from 15-18 October, featured fashion apparel and accessories, furniture, home decor and home furnishings, holiday gifts and décor, lamps and lighting crafted by Philippine SMEs for global export. To know more about the 62nd Manila FAME and the upcoming edition on April 2016, visit www.manilafame.com.
The prestigious design development program initiated by DTI-CITEM culminated last night, 15 October 2015, with the awarding of the four grand winners out of the 140 aspiring designers who joined the competition. Under the mentorship of celebrated design icons Budji Layug and Lulu Tan-Gan, the four winners together with 10 other finalists, were immersed in a unique and intensive design and development process involving in-depth industry exposure and close collaboration with manufacturers.
Red Box aims to nurture the next generation of Philippine designers. In every edition of Manila FAME, Red Box continues its work with emerging talents by matching them with local manufacturers to create fresh concepts that reflect their unique design sensibilities.
In photo, from left: Lulu Tan-Gan, Mentor, Apparel & Fashion Accessories; DTI Secretary Gregory L. Domingo; Kristel Blancas, Grand Winner, Home Accents; Jim Torres, Grand Winner, Home Accents; Micki Olaguer, Grand Winner, Fashion Accessories; Thian Rodriguez, Grand Winner, Apparel; DTI-CITEM Executive Director Rosvi C. Gaetos; and Budji Layug, Mentor, Furniture & Home Accents.
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Manila FAME, as a purveyor of design, inspiration, and creativity, unveils on its 62nd edition an exhibit that explores a vibrant lineup of contemporary art set to spur enthusiasm among artists, designers, discerning collectors, and trade visitors, on 15-18 October 2015, at the SMX Convention Center, Pasay City.
Featuring works of both established names and promising newcomers in the Philippine art scene, ARTBLOCK is a provocative and engaging pop-up showcase of novel, avant-garde works handpicked from the progressive art galleries in the country such as Artlab, Avellana Art Gallery, Silverlens, The Drawing Room, and Tin-aw.
Artists Cesare and Jean Marie Syjuco own and curate Artlab, the family’s atelier that houses a large collection of artworks they have created and brought together over the decades. The art facility was a dynamic center for multi-media experimentation during the 1990s. Now located in Ayala Alabang Village in Muntinlupa City, it merges the studio and exhibition space that is eight times bigger than its previous site on EDSA in Makati City.
Brimming with an assortment of works on display through the year, Avellana Art Gallery is a showcase in a 1950s-style house situated in a tranquil compound in Pasay City. Owned by Albert Avellana, the gallery began as the storehouse for his art brokerage firm dedicated to visual arts in 1991, but in 1997 he transformed it into a gallery which has now gained a loyal crowd of supporters. Avellana Art Gallery has helped in the advance and success of many emerging and well-known artists in the country.
Established in 2004 by Isa Lorenzo and Rachel Rillo, Silverlens is known as a top-ranking contemporary art gallery by artists and collectors throughout Southeast Asia. Its roster of artists include Patricia Eustaquio, Yee I-Lan, Luis Lorenzana, Gary Ross Pastrana, and Maria Taniguchi. Silverlens Galleries are located in Manila and Singapore.
The Drawing Room, founded by Cesar Villalon Jr. in 1998, started as an expert venue that managed the revitalizing of artworks on paper. It supported the works of local draughtsman and eventually expanded to include other artistic formats of contemporary art. Besides its monthly exhibitions of its stable artists which include Juan Alcazaren, Alfredo & Isabel Aquilizan, Miguel Aquilizan, Yason Banal, Vermont Coronel, Gaston Damag, Roderico Jose Daroy, Kawayan De Guia, Kiko Escora, Roberto Feleo, and Alvin Gregorio, The Drawing Room regularly joins significant international events such as the Hong Kong Art Fair, Singapore Art Fair, and the Scope Art Fair in New York, Miami and Basel. The gallery was also an exhibitor in Pulse Los Angeles (2011), India Art Summit (2010, 2011) and Slick Paris (2010).
Launched in 2008, Tin-aw Art Gallery showcases artworks of influential Philippine and Asian artists such as Alfredo Esquillo, Mark Justiniani, and Joy Mallari. The gallery presents solo and group shows by both new and established artists in a humble space in Makati City. Although exhibitions at Tin-aw are often dedicated to paintings, art enthusiasts can also expect to view works in other media like sculpture, installation, and video, especially during group shows.
“The Philippine art scene is lively—as indicated by the active and remarkable art galleries all over the country. Our local artists are being praised in events abroad and their works are given high value in international auctions. We must give them our full support – provide them with more platforms to showcase their exceptional talent and connect with art collectors, investors, and enthusiasts. ARTBLOCK is a venue especially for that purpose,” said Executive Director Rosvi C. Gaetos of CITEM (Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions), the export promotions arm of the Department of Trade and Industry.
ARTBLOCK will be open for the expected 5,000 foreign and local trade buyers and visitors who will attend the 4-day run of Manila FAME to see the vast collection of export-quality products for home, fashion, and luxury lifestyle crafted by the small and medium enterprises from all over the Philippines.
ARTBLOCK will be open on 15-18 October 2015 in Manila FAME: The Design & Lifestyle Event, at the SMX Convention Center, Pasay City.
A collaborative project of DTI, DTI-CITEM, DA-AMAS, PhilFIDA, and the local governments of Albay, Laguna, Cagayan Valley, and Davao Region, The Artisan Village, a special showcase of heritage crafts and fibers of the Philippines, was launched yesterday, 15 October 2015, on the opening day of the 62nd Manila FAME. In photo, from left are: DTI-CITEM Executive Director Rosvi Gaetos; Albay Governor Joey Salceda; Quirino, Isabela Vice Mayor Victor Emmanuel Callangan; DTI Secretary Gregory Domingo; DTI Region II Director Ma. Esperanza Bañares; DTI Undersecretary of Management Services Group / Chief of Staff Nora Terrado; DTI Nueva Vizcaya Provincial Director Ruben Diciano; Department of Agriculture Assistant Secretary for Agribusiness Leandro H. Gazmin; DTI Undersecretary of Consumer Protection Group Victorio Mario A. Dimagiba; DTI Isabela Provincial Director Ma. Salvacion Castillejos; and DTI Region XI Director Maria Belenda Ambi, posing for a group shot after the ceremonial opening of the special setting.
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Out of the 400 exhibitors that showcase their products at the 62nd Manila FAME Design & Lifestyle Event, six (6) companies were chosen for their innovative and design-forward products by a panel of respected designers and artists.
The Loopy Chair by Industria Edition was named the Best Product Design for Furniture. Industria, a company based in Pampanga, specializes in the manipulation of steel into visually stunning furniture. The Twist, which won the Best Design for Home Décor, is a playful home piece crafted from wood by veteran furniture maker Vito Selma. Alchemista, Inc. won the Best Product Design Fashion for its Roma Collection of Ring Stands designed by Georgina Teng.
Crafted by Marmol Stone Work and designed by Janina Firmalo-Herrera, the Marble Tray was chosen as Best Product Design for Holiday Décor and Gifts. P&B Valises et Compagnie, Inc. took the Best Booth Display citation, while MASAECO was given the Special Citation for Best Eco-Design for its Gold Paper Bowls designed by Jinggoy Buensuceso.
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.
Since its inception in the early 80s, Katha Awards has been distinguished as a hallmark of Philippine product design excellence and innovation. It is an emblem and statement that seeks to inspire and challenge exporters and designers to constantly create and develop original designs for furniture, home décor and furnishings, holiday décor and gifts, and fashion complements relevant in the global market.
The prestigious award is one of the highlights of Manila FAME, a bi-annual design-driven event organized by CITEM, the export promotions arm of the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). Manila FAME features finely selected furniture and home furnishings, holiday gifts and décor, and fashion accessories designed and crafted in the Philippines for the global market.
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