Category: 63rd Manila FAME

Lighting pieces that spark inspiration at Manila FAME trade fair

Light up your home with these locally made lamps.

The recent Manila FAME delivered some eye-catching lighting pieces that attracted trade buyers and guests from all over the world.

The Cherry Blossom Pendant Lamp by Venzon Lighting

The Cherry Blossom Pendant Lamp by Venzon Lighting

Venzon Lighting’s newest star collection, the Cherry Blossom Pendant Lamps, marries natural materials, such as translucent capiz shells, with branches fashioned from aluminum.

Whether clustered at an entrance foyer to welcome guests, or lined above a rectangular dining table, the Cherry Blossom Lamp designed by Cris Venzon creates an organic elegance and warmth to any room in the house.

Venzon Lighting has collaborated with many industrial and interior designers like Stanley Ruiz, one of the Rising Asian Talents at the March 2016 Singaporean edition of MAISON&OBJET, and Jim Torres, Red Box Talents Grand Winner for home accents category in October 2015 Manila FAME, to produce every season new lighting designs that are engineered for precision manufacturing.

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Venzon Lighting worked with designer Stanley Ruiz through CITEM’s Design for Exports Program to create a new line of lighting pieces that was launched in Manila FAME 63rd edition held last April at the World Trade Center in Pasay City.

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The Urban Pendant Lamp by SCHEMA

The contemporary-industrial Urban Pendant Lamp is designed by SCHEMA’s Celia Gamboa Jiao, who has mastered the art of metal weaving, allowing her to create innovative and modern pieces that give character to various spaces.

At SCHEMA, lamps, furniture, and home accents are not manufactured by machine, but handcrafted by artisans in their workshop, and as such, every piece is unique.

Made from galvanized iron wire in powder-finish, the versatile Urban Pendant Lamp complements an industrial- or urban-themed environment and provides a modern addition to a traditional-style home.

The Decima Pendant Lamp by Native Crafts and Arts Industries, Inc.

The Decima Pendant Lamp by Native Crafts and Arts Industries, Inc.

Native Crafts and Arts Industries, Inc. uses natural materials – bamboo and rattan peel – to create the Decima Pendant Lamp, which was featured in designer Ito Kish’s curated landscape Spring Forward, one of the highlights of last April’s Manila FAME. The piece was designed by Napoleon Chan and Bernice Chan-Juan, with nature and simple elegance in mind.

A veteran in the industry, Native Crafts and Arts Industries, Inc. has been making and exporting eco-friendly handicrafts for over 40 years to countries including the U.S., the U.K., France, Germany, Japan, Australia, Sweden, and Switzerland.

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Spring Forward by Ito Kish featured lighting pieces by Native Crafts and Arts Industries, Inc., along with many other top quality and high-concept furniture and home accents made by local companies.


Manila FAME, the country’s premier design and lifestyle event, is organized by CITEM, the export promotions arm of the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

Philippine and international SMEs manufacturing home, holiday, and fashion products are encouraged to join Manila FAME in its 64th edition to be held in October 20-22, 2016. For more information, log on to www.manilafame.com.

Yakan weavers showcase their art and culture at One Town, One Product (OTOP)

Yakan table runners (top) and purses (bottom) are bestsellers at the OTOP in the 63rd edition of Manila FAME.

Yakan table runners (top) and purses (bottom) are bestsellers at the OTOP in the 63rd edition of Manila FAME.

When the Yakan Weavers Albarakkattu Multi-Purpose Cooperative decided to be part of the One Town, One Product (OTOP) program in the recently concluded 63rd Manila FAME at the World Trade Center (WTC), they knew that they were off to a good start.

The multi-purpose cooperative’s OTOP booth, which displayed a wide array of authentic Yakan handwoven souvenir items — from wall décor, table runners, place mats, and shawls to slippers, purses, bags, espadrilles, and travel kits — was a sure hit among local and international buyers and visitors.

The Yakan Weavers Albarakkattu Multi-Purpose Cooperative carries out the responsibility to provide quality handwoven products for sustaining the development of the Yakan community, both locally and internationally.

Angie Ilul: ‘Let us support the weavers of Zamboanga and Basilan.’

Angie Ilul: ‘Let us support the weavers of Zamboanga and Basilan.’

“Each product we have here is a labor of love. It entails a slow and steady process. A one-meter cloth material with intricate and beautiful motifs, for instance, takes around five days to finish,” said Angie Ilul, a multi-purpose cooperative member who actively champions the cause of the local weavers in Zamboanga and Basilan.

The Yakans, who are exquisitely known for the vibrancy of color in their cloth and their exceptional weaving techniques, exert so much effort and consume days in every fiber they weave to create a vibrant and colorful single handmade cloth. It is said that almost every Yakan fabric can be described as ‘unique’ since the finished products are not exactly identical. There will always be differences that can be seen in the pattern, design, or distribution of colors.

Colorful, intricate patterns made by Yakan weavers.

Colorful, intricate patterns made by Yakan weavers.

Ilul, who has a village shop in Zamboanga and who has 20 weavers under her helm, shared that the cooperative was able to generate approximately Php100,000.00 in sales during the four-day trade show. “This is already good. If only we have the capacity to increase our production, we can meet the demands of the foreign buyers we meet here at Manila FAME. Right now, we’re just using the mano mano style,” said Ilul who also participates in other local trade shows in Metro Manila and in the provinces.

A Manila FAME visitor (right) shops for authentic Yakan souvenir items.

A Manila FAME visitor (right) shops for authentic Yakan souvenir items.

Weaving, she added, is the only form of livelihood of the Yakan women in the Yakan Village in Zamboanga City and in Basilan. It is a tradition carefully passed down from one generation to another – from the lola to the nanay up to the granddaughter.  It has become an after-school pastime for quite a number of school girls who, as young as seven, would engage in textile weaving done on a back strap loom so they could earn some extra income for their school allowance.

For her part, Ilul would like to delve into product development that would allow her and her team of local weavers to cater to the needs and demands of the global market. She currently envisions to have more Yakan handwoven products with simple color combinations which trade buyers from Japan, Korea, and some European countries find more appealing. “We might have these products for the October 2016 edition of Manila FAME,” she said.

OTOP visitors have their ‘Yakan fix’ at Manila FAME.

OTOP visitors have their ‘Yakan fix’ at Manila FAME.

Their participation in Manila FAME afforded the Yakan Weavers Albarakkattu Multi-Purpose Cooperative a considerable amount of market exposure which, in turn, would benefit the weaving communities in Zamboanga and Basilan. The multi-purpose cooperative also promotes its Yakan products through social media outlets like Facebook and Instagram.

“We are extremely grateful to the Bureau of Domestic Trade Promotion for allowing us to join Manila FAME where we can promote and sell our products as well as help the small entrepreneurs…the weavers back in Basilan,” said Ilul.

The OTOP program of the Department of Trade and Industry’s Bureau of Domestic Trade Promotion (DTI-BDTP) is a priority program of the government that aims to promote entrepreneurship and job creation in the country’s various regions.

Angie Ilul (right), an active member of the Yakan Weavers Albarakkattu Multi-Purpose Cooperative, represented the cooperative in the 63rd Mania FAME with her brother.

Angie Ilul (right), an active member of the Yakan Weavers Albarakkattu Multi-Purpose Cooperative, represented the cooperative in the 63rd Mania FAME with her brother.

Manila FAME is a bi-annual showcase of craftsmanship, design innovation, and artisanship in Philippine products. Organized by the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), the export promotions arm of the DTI, it features finely selected furniture and home furnishings, holiday gifts and décor, and fashion accessories designed and crafted in the Philippines for the global market.

For the 63rd show edition, Manila FAME returned to its April season to bring the global trade buyers to the optimal buying cycle. It was envisioned to be a specialized one-stop source of high-concept products and an exclusive platform for business matching between choice exporters and buyers.

Design Center of the Philippines presents innovative, sustainable, and retrospective designs at Manila FAME

The Design Center of the Philippines envisions to become the “leading advocate of design innovation in the Philippines.”

The Design Center of the Philippines (Design Center) showcases various innovative designs, sustainable crafts, and reflective creations through five informative and engaging exhibits at the recently concluded Manila FAME Boutique Edition on April 21-24, 2016 at the World Trade Center Metro Manila.

Driven to promote innovation and increase productivity in the design industry, Design Center is the country’s primary design servicing agency.

“Mandated to promote design, the Design Center takes the opportunity to present the agency’s collection of innovative, sustainable crafts and designs in Manila FAME where global buyers and leading international designers turn for inspiration this side of Asia-Pacific,” said Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM) Executive Director Rosvi C. Gaetos, also Design Center’s Officer-in-Charge.

In cooperation with CITEM, the organizer of Manila FAME, Design Center is exhibiting Balay Sisidlan: Architectural Baskets, Likha Kawayan: The Philippine Bamboo Showcase, Bamboo and Coco Coir Material Showcase; Sinag Papel: Paper Lamps; and, A Retrospect.

Balay Sisidlan: Architectural Baskets

With the vision of expressing the heart and soul of Filipino craftsmanship, the Balay Sisidlan features a line of baskets inspired by the architectural styles of different countries. The house baskets were launched in the late 1980s and were recently reinvented, with combined handwoven techniques and 3D printing for molds.

Balay Sisidlan reflects industrial designer Stephen Buñi’s reinvention strategies that address the decline in the demand of handwoven baskets and other Philippine rural crafts.

For the Manila FAME Boutique Edition, the Balay Sisidlan exhibit introduces a new addition to the architectural houses collection — handwoven and handpainted hanging and table lamps that also use natural and sustainable materials.

Balay Sisidlan house baskets are crafted by Design Center’s team of designers and researchers in collaboration with manufacturer That One Piece Enterprise.

Likha Kawayan: The Philippine Bamboo Showcase

In 2010, then president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo signed Executive Order No. 897, which specifies the use of bamboo for at least 25% of the desk and other furniture requirements for public and elementary schools. Design Center’s The Philippine Bamboo Showcase, in collaboration with the Philippine Bamboo Industry Development Council (PBIDC)  and the Forest Products Research and Development Institute (FPRDI), in compliance with EO 897, is an exhibit of high quality school chairs crafted from bamboo.

The Likha Kawayan  exhibit at Manila FAME showcases home and school furniture and furnishings that used metal-veneered, wood-veneered, flattened, and engineered bamboo. Val Padilla was commissioned as designer, consultant, and mentor to Design Center’s designers. Also featured were cross veneered bamboo tiles, bamboo pole tiles, and an engineered bamboo console table.

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Bamboo and Coco Coir Material Showcase

Another exhibit by Design Center in partnership with HallONE: Design for Exports promotes the innovative uses of sustainable materials bamboo and coco coir, a natural fiber extracted from coconut husk.

The Bamboo and Coco Coir Material Showcase stages a collection of floor tiles and wall panels using veneered, flattened, engineered bamboo, and art deco-inspired wall panels.

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Sinag Papel: Paper Lamps

Design Center’s young industrial designers under the agency’s mentorship program crafted eco-friendly paper lamps from available scrap paper. The suspended lamps are minimalist and uses subtle color and lighting. Similar to making papier mache, several layers of recycled paper were shaped into globes and cones to create the lamps. The project promotes recycling, upcycling, and sustainability.

A Retrospect

The exhibit A Retrospect reflects Design Center’s long history of product development and innovation. Featured in this showcase are an array of pottery molded from well-mixed white clay and finished using different firing methods to display the aesthetic potential of the material. Several pieces incorporate the use of narra lids, giving the objects an organic charm. 

The contemporary ceramic bowls and containers were designed in 1983 while the vessels inspired by traditional pottery forms were designed in 1988 by Joel Enriquez with Ceramika Enzon.

The staff manning the Design Center exhibit at Manila FAME are young industrial designers from the agency’s designer immersion program. They regularly attend various workshops conducted by the top industrial designers in the Philippines and participate in workshops on materials manipulation. Exposure to different clients in the industry, design consultations and seminars are also a part of their learning program in Design Center.

“Our country has a strong design culture and we are blessed with talented and creative young people who are enthusiastic in learning more about design and creating solutions for current, real world issues. The Design Center contributes by intensifying its efforts in training and nurturing the country’s young minds and ensuring that the future has a ‘solid and vigorous design community,’” explained Gaetos.

The Design Center exhibit is one of the highlights of Manila FAME Boutique Edition.

Manila FAME, the country’s premier design and lifestyle trade show, ran from April 21-24, 2016, at the World Trade Center Metro Manila in Pasay City.

For more information on Design Center and Manila FAME, log on to www.manilafame.com.

 

 

Manila FAME Highlights: Day 4

Chilean designer Nelson Sepulveda takes part in DCP workshop at Manila FAME

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Renowned Chilean designer and stylist Nelson Sepulveda (left) actively participates in a design workshop on palm frond weaving held recently at the lobby of the World Trade Center during the 63rd Manila FAME. Organized by the Design Center of the Philippines (DCP), the workshop was led by young industrial designers on materials, who also organized workshops on handmade paper filigree making, paper lamp making, and lamination of raw materials. DCP also presented pop-up settings on paper lamps, architectural baskets, and the Philippine bamboo as well as a raw materials gallery featuring bamboo and coco coir. Sepulveda is  currently in the country to develop product designs for Philippine handicrafts, as part of his commitment to stage a special setting in the forthcoming Manila FAME October 2016 show edition, in close coordination with international trend consulting company Edelkoort Etc.

The DA Pavilion at Manila FAME showcases gourmet gifts and health & wellness items

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The Department of Agriculture – Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Service (DA-AMAS) partnered with the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM) in setting up the DA Pavilion in the 63rd edition of Manila FAME at the World Trade Center in Pasay City. DA-AMAS and CITEM organized the participation of the food as gifts as well as the body and wellness sectors in the trade show through a well-coordinated presentation of Gourmet Gifts and Health & Wellness items. The products featured in the pavilion were manufactured by select grassroot communities supported by DA-AMAS.

GIGA’s natural products featured at the DA Pavilion

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GIGA Natural Products Specialist Corporation, a manufacturer and retailer of natural products, recently participated in the 63rd Manila FAME as one of the select MSMEs in the DA Pavilion. Manila FAME visitors raved about the company’s all-natural set of personal care products such as tea tree oil soaps, shampoo bars, virgin coconut oil soaps, body sprays, scalp conditioners, massage oils, baby soaps, and dog shampoo bars. GIGA seeks to expand its client base through active participation in both local and international trade shows. In photo: GIGA Sales Coordinator Jocelyn Bacay holding a sample of a tea tree oil soap, one of the company’s best-selling products in Manila FAME.

Yakan weaving products a hit at Manila FAME

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Visitors to the 63rd Manila FAME flock to the booth of the Yakan Weavers Albarakkattu Multi-Purpose Cooperative, represented by member Angie Ilul (third from left). Featured in this One Town, One Product (OTOP) booth were a variety of Yakan products such as intricately woven table runners, place mats, shawls, slippers, espadrilles, purses, and travel kits. Ilul, a weaver-turned-entrepreneur, said that the cooperative’s participation in the Manila FAME April 2016 edition helped promote Yakan products in both the local and international markets, which would greatly benefit the Yakan weavers in Basilan. The Yakans are exquisitely known for the vibrancy of color in their cloth and their exceptional weaving techniques. The OTOP program of the Bureau of Domestic Trade Promotion (BDTP) of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is a priority program of the government that aims to promote entrepreneurship and job creation in the country’s various regions.

Silya, Elektrika atbp. promotes sustainable design

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A family-run business based in Nueva Vizcaya, Silya, Elektrika atbp. designs and handcrafts products made from reclaimed wood and other materials and turns them into one-of-a-kind conversational pieces. In the 63rd edition of Manila FAME, the company’s well-designed and unique creations – from stools and benches to torch lights and wall arts — were a sure hit among OTOP visitors. Silya, Elektrika atbp. provides a distinct form in each product design, plans to open a shop in Manila soon for environment-conscious shoppers who are into sustainable design. In photo:  Silya, Elektrika atbp. Manager Gariel Peros and Industrial Designer Manolet Africa showcasing their products at their OTOP booth.

Manila FAME Highlights: Day 3

World-renowned Chilean designer Nelson Sepulveda to participate in Manila FAME October 2016 edition

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Chilean designer, scenographer, and stylist Nelson Sepulveda presents his creative ideas on his would-be special setting in the October edition of Manila FAME during his recent visit in the 63rd edition of the trade show this April. He spoke about the importance of ‘romanticizing the handmade and abstracting everyday objects’ in doing design before a group of students, exhibitors, members of the press, and representatives of the Design Center of the Philippines (DCP) and the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM). For the October 2016 show edition, Sepulveda will collaborate closely with the international trend consulting company Edelkoort Etc. to develop designs for Philippine handcrafted baskets using natural materials, with the possibility of expanding the product lineup to include other everyday objects.

RIPPLES Plus highlights globally competitive SMEs at Manila FAME

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The Regional Interactive Platform for Philippine Exporters (RIPPLES) Plus is a partnership program of the Export Marketing Bureau (EMB) with the Department of Trade and Industry-Regional Operations Development Group’s (DTI-RODG) Export Pathways Program (EPP). It enables the regional and provincial staff to handhold potential exporters through capacity-building trainings and provides direct interventions (e.g., product designs, market info seminars, compliance with market requirements, export marketing activities, and international trade fair participation) to potential and existing exporters enrolled under the EPP. The program aims to expand the supply base of globally competitive products and services as well as increase Philippine exports and international market shares. The RIPPLES Plus enrollees for 2016 include Calfurn Manufacturing Philippines, Inc.; Globeasia Nature Industries, Inc.; Jalikee Arts & Craft, JER Shellcrafts Creation International, Jhaz Footwear Store, Markalex Creative Crafts Corporation, Melquiades Ceramics, Shelmed Cottage Treasures, Starcrest Asia Corporation, and Tadeco, Inc.

The Artisans Village tells the stories of crafts from the islands

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Lifestyle designer PJ Arañador teams up with product specialists Imelda Datul and Rachel Dagñalan in a creative collaboration with the local governments, regional offices of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), and 45 SMEs from Albay, Cagayan, Davao, and Laguna. The Artisans Village plays a significant role in protecting, preserving and promoting the arts and crafts of the islands. It aims to celebrate the work of local artisans and master craftsmen highly skilled in weaving, wood carving, metal forging, and other various forms of traditional crafts. The Artisans Village at the 63rd Manila FAME is open until April 24. It remains to be one of the favorite trade show highlights of Manila FAME trade buyers and guests alike.

UAP Convention Exhibits deemed a success

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The United Architects of the Philippines (UAP) Convention Exhibits (CONEX) Organizing Committee presents a token of recognition for CITEM’s participation in CONEX 2016 at the Manila FAME Pavilion in SMX Convention Center. The Manila FAME Pavilion was a curated lounge which served as a promotional platform for the featured Philippine furniture and lighting manufacturers. The sophisticated presentation was well received by architect delegates, architecture practitioners, and the general public. UAP CONEX 2016 is the Philippines’ premier building and construction exhibition. In photo are the CONEX Organizing Committee members (from left); Architect Bryan Patrick Tan, CONEX Adviser; Architect Eduardo S. Casares, CONEX Adviser; Oliver Rempillo, Senior Exhibition Designer of CITEM; Architect Richard Garcia, CONEX Director; Architect Alejandro Cua, CONEX Adviser; Cristalle Bernardo, Senior Trade and Industry Development Specialist of CITEM; and Architect Gary Chung of CONEX Marketing.

Design Trails by Bambike at the Design Week Philippines

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Design Trails by Bambike offers an exciting and unique opportunity for Design Week Philippines (DWP) visitors to rediscover the history, culture, and art scene of Intramuros through a guided bamboo bike tour of the Walled City. The DWP April 2016 celebration was well received by design aficionados from here and abroad. The Bambike tours will run until April 24. DWP 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. It fosters connections between creative industry practitioners and design enthusiasts in an interactive sharing of knowledge, ideas, and trends. It has become a national agenda that nurtures the creativity and design capability of the Philippines to usher in trade opportunities.

Australian buyer wins Manila FAME dream vacation raffle promo sponsored by the Tourism Promotions Board

The Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) sponsored the Luxe Escape Raffle Promo of Manila FAME April 2016 edition organized by the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), the export promotions arm of the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Adrian Cristobal Jr. awards Luxe Escape Dream Destination Raffle Promo winner Pru Ellen McMillan of Community Projects Worldwide (CPW), an Australian company.

Trade Secretary Adrian Cristobal Jr. awards the Luxe Escape Raffle Promo prize to Australian winner Pru Ellen McMillan (left).

The winner, Pru Ellen McMillan, from the Australia-based company Community Projects Worldwide (CPW) received a trip for two to Donsol, Sorsogon, Bicol Region during the Manila FAME Welcome Reception at the World Trade Center in Pasay City on April 21, 2016.

McMillan, a first-time visitor to the Philippines, plus one companion will get to enjoy complimentary flight arrangements, a 4-day/3-night stay at the deluxe Siama Hotel, and a tour package in the beautiful province of Sorsogon.

The Luxe Escape Raffle Promo is an incentive program for international buyers aimed at promoting Manila FAME as a prime sourcing event, and the Philippines as a home of wonderful island destinations.

Manila FAME Highlights: Day 2

UAP Convention Exhibits (CONEX) 2016 features Manila FAME Pavilion

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The United Architects of the Philippines (UAP) Convention Exhibits (CONEX), ongoing at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City until 23 April 2016, features the Manila FAME Pavilion, as part of a partnership that aims to fortify the Philippine design and architectural enterprises’ foothold in the global scene. CONEX is the Philippines’ premier building and construction exhibition. It coincides with the 63rd edition of Manila FAME, a bi-annual showcase of craftsmanship, design innovation, and artisanship in Philippine products.

 

HallONE’s Manila FAME exhibit highlights the versatility of coco coir

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HallONE teams up with DTI regional offices of CALABARZON, Philippine Textile Research Institute (PTRI), Philippine Fiber Industry Development Authority (PHILFIDA), Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA), and the Design Center of the Philippines (DCP) in presenting a special exhibit that explores new applications of coco coir as a raw material for home, lifestyle, and fashion products, amid its existing horticultural uses in the country. A complementary material showcase, featuring other Philippine indigenous materials that are just as versatile and available for sourcing, provides the backdrop for this exhibit.

 

Sen. Aquino supports the startups sector

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Senator Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV, Chair of the Senate Committee on Trade, Commerce and Entrepreneurship, speaks on the second day of the Slingshot Philippines 2016 conference recently concluded at the Philippine Trade and Training Center (PTTC) in Pasay City. Aquino said that it’s high time to “kick-start changes and catapult the Philippines into the future” in order to be at the forefront of inclusive growth. A government-initiated platform for public dialogue and partnership, Slingshot Philippines 2016 is a national summit and exhibit which aims to develop the Philippine startup and innovation ecosystem.

 

Electric vehicle makes waves in Slingshot Philippines 2016 exhibit

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The electric quadcycle known as “eQUAD” is one of the products of innovation featured at the Slingshot Philippines 2016 startup exhibit mounted at the PTTC recently. eQUAD is one of the first locally designed, manufactured, and mass produced electric vehicles by the Philippine Utility Vehicle (PhUV) Incorporated, the umbrella organization of companies and institutions that pioneered the electric vehicle industry in the Philippines. The exhibit targeted startup exhibitors from the following groups: funders and accelerators; startup/social enterprises, education services, and co-working spaces/incubators.