1. Luneta Hotel
414 T.M. Kalaw St. Ermita, Manila
Check in at Luneta Hotel, a World War II survivor that has reopened earlier this year after more than two decades of closure. Dubbed as one of the most romantic spots in the entire world by US President Dwight Eisenhower, the historical gem has been restored to its former grandeur, merging styles from the past and the present.
2. National Museum
Padre Burgos Drive, Manila
Take a walk down the path of Philippine history at the National Museum in celebration of Museums & Galleries Month this October! The National Art Gallery, known as the Legislative Building back in the day, is the main building of the National Museum which houses, not only Juan Luna’s Spoliarium, but also artworks by Jose Rizal, Felix Resurreccion Hidalgo, Guillermo Tolentino and Fernando Amorsolo. The Museum of the Filipino People is another component of the National Museum which holds the anthropology and archaeology division.
3. Design Week Philippines
October 13-19, 2014
If the thought of a week-long celebration of design and creativity excites you, then Manila would be the perfect place to be this October. Design Week Philippines brings you seven days filled with Design talks and lectures from experts, tours, design districts, competitions, and festivals bringing together creatives from diverse backgrounds and disciplines. Serving as a platform to foster creativity among Filipinos and the rest of the world, Design Week puts emphasis on why the Philippines is Asia’s premier design destination.
4. Manila FAME
October 16-19, 2014
SMX Convention Center, Pasay City
Furniture, fashion, holiday décor and gifts, arts and crafts—discover all these export-quality innovations at the 60th Manila FAME. Showcasing the best of the Philippine design community, the country’s premier design and lifestyle event will feature works crafted by prolific Filipino craftsmen and emerging designers alike. Manila FAME is also one of the longest-running trade shows in the Asia-Pacific and is the only trade event in the country approved by UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry. With so many unique creations, Manila FAME is an event not to miss for design enthusiasts out there.
5. Design Talks
October 16-19, 2014
SMX Convention Center, Pasay City
Learn all about Design for Life from the experts in the industry this October. Design Talks brings you Giusy Bettoni, Motomi Kawakami, Felipe de Leon Jr., Bernardo Urbina, Joseph Boitano, Donald Lim, Johnny Chiu, Oliver Segovia, Liza Morales-Crespo, Colvin English and Emmanuel Miñana to give talks on design innovation, technology and marketing and visual merchandising, giving you a glimpse into their industries and how they have succeeded. Millennial creatives, engineers, entrepreneurs including Carl Mamawal, Jen Horn, Aisa Mijeno, Alessandra Lanot and Joshua de la Llana will also be speaking at Design Talks during the last day.
6. ManilArt 2014
October 16-19, 2014
SMX Aura Convention Center, Taguig City
Elevating the standards and celebrating the dynamic Philippine art scene through various art exhibitions connecting world-class artists, institutions and the community, ManilArt is back with its sixth edition as the country’s biggest visual arts fair.
International fashion icon Josie Natori leads Manila Wear‘s island –inspired collection at the 60th edition of Manila Fame on October 16-19 at the SMX Convention Center, Pasay City.
Manila Wear is a platform for the country’s finest collections of tropical and resort wear collections of apparel, accessories, and other wearables infused with traditional yet contemporary elements.
For this edition, Natori unifies 10 of the country’s most celebrated apparel designers to present fashion collections in a special setting that will feature Luxe’s timeless, and universal fashion pieces. The select group of designers as principal proponents in the local fashion industry are: Ivarluski Aseron, Avel Bacudio, JC Buendia, Rhett Eala, Cesar Gaupo, Rajo Laurel, Dennis Lustico, Randy Ortiz, and Lulu Tan-Gan.
Filipinos’ mastery in handicraft is exemplified in a separate special setting withthe collaboration of rising designers Amina Aranaz, Len Cabili, Tipay Caintic, Carissa Cruz-Evangelista, Maco Custodio, Lally Dizon, Joel Escober, Twinkle Ferraren, Emi Jorge, Adante Leyesa, Joyce Makitalo, Arnel Papa, Malou Romero, Anne Saguil, Ken Samudio, Michelline Syjuco, and Nicole Whisenhunt.
Manila Wear’s collective designersare set tocapture what the local fashion is all about: Filipino and global at the same time.
The Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), the Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI) export-marketing arm, will redefine the Philippine fashion as Asia’s Premier Design and Lifestyle Event that exhibits the finest Philippine-made products from home, holiday, and fashion sectors.
From carving to weaving to shell inlay to leather embossing to upcycling, visitors of the 60th Manila FAME on October 16-19 will witness the unfolding of the Philippines’ rich and colorful craft heritage through a showcase of hometown handcrafted pieces by passionate Filipino craftsmen whose skills have been passed on through generations of artisans.
This edition of Manila FAME, the country’s premier design and lifestyle event, will highlight the country’s cultural narrative at the One Town, One Product (OTOP) Marketplace, a priority program of the Bureau of Domestic Trade (BDT), in partnership with the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM) of the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).
“True to CITEM’s commitment of promoting the global competitiveness of Philippine products, this edition intends to emphasize the local communities’ age-old techniques and their use of homegrown materials to craft items that narrate the vibrant stories of history, heritage, and talent of the Filipino craftsman,” said CITEM Executive Director Rosvi Gaetos.
Various towns, provinces, and regions will take pride in their distinctive products at the OTOP Marketplace, transforming the abundant natural resources available to them into masterpieces of Philippine craft. Local artisans from the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), South Luzon, Eastern Visayas, and Southern and Central Mindanao,will unveil their exquisite techniques and styles to unearth distinctive woodwork. Craftsmen from Ilocos, MIMAROPA, Bicol, Central and Eastern Visayas, and Davao tell their stories through weaving cotton, palm, pandan, and ticog (a type of local wild grass), celebrating the country’s rich culture and traditions. The art of upcycling waste materials such as coconut shells, leaves, or newspapers by Bohol, Cagayan Valley, and National Capital Region (NCR) speaks not only the talents of the individual local artisans but also their genuine appreciation for nature and their natural environment.
“Ultimately, CITEM strives to generate a pool of market-ready manufacturers that create innovative and market-driven products made from locally sourced raw materials in order to bring livelihood to their local communities,” Gaetos added.
CITEM, the export promotions arm of the DTI, organizes the Manila FAME, which nurtures and promotes upcoming designers and manufacturers. The bi-annual event is a global platform for the country’s small and medium enterprises (SMEs), which features export-quality products such as furniture and furnishings, holiday gifts and décor, garments, and fashion accessories designed and crafted in the Philippines for the global market.
Manila FAME, slated at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay, is the second longest-running trade show in the Asia-Pacific, and is the only trade event in the country that is approved by Union des Foires Internationales (UFI), the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry.
International product development specialist Detlef Klatt from Germany is set to transform Manila FAME with a special setting of handcrafted tabletops under the Design for Exports Program of the country’s premier design and lifestyle event Manila FAME for its 60th edition.
Manila FAME will feature a collection of tabletops, which include dinnerware, flatware, and other table accessories, produced by 17 different home design companies using different materials and techniques. The special setting, with the supervision of Klatt, is developed under CITEM’s Design for Exports Program which aims to translate trend-forward designs into products that have strong commercial value.
The Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), the export promotions arm of the Philippines Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), organizes the bi-annual Manila FAME, which continuously nurtures and promotes Philippine design in the global market. Design for Exports is CITEM’s multi-tiered and multi-faceted assistance program that provides Philippine exporters, manufacturers, and designers with a full range of design and product development services.
The Design for Exports Program seeks to provide Manila FAME buyers a wider range of merchandise. With the help of this program, Manila FAME will promote and market the Philippines as Asia’s design trendsetter and as the leading source destination for creative export products and services in Asia.
“CITEM will once again excite buyers and guests to the show with the newly-revived category of tabletops. It is equally important to increase the number of exhibitors carrying ceramics and pottery and to boost the product development for natural fibers,” said CITEM Executive Director Rosvi Gaetos.
Klatt will provide product and material development assistance to local manufacturers to create a diverse yet cohesive range of merchandise, particularly ceramics, pottery, and other table top categories. Klatt worked with leading home design companies including Asia Ceramics, Asia Embroidery, Basket and Weaves, Bon-Ace Fashion Tools, Celestial Arts, Chanalli, CSM Philippines, Filtra, Globeasia Nature Industries, Maria Vinecraft, MCCA Industrial Corp., Oricon, Prado Filipino Artisans, Robles Heritage, Shell Arts, Shelmed Cottage Treasures, and TADECO Home, and assisted them in maximizing business opportunities through product development, market intelligence, and buyer matching.
As part of Klatt’s assistance on material and product development, he has embarked on visits to participating companies located in Bicol, Cebu, Davao, Metro Manila, Pampanga, and Tarlac where he did an evaluation on the materials and techniques utilized by each company. Along with the assessment of each company was his introduction of the program and his concept for the special setting.
“I know the potential of this country as a source of finely crafted products. In the Philippines are materials which you will not find anywhere else. On one side, the materials and techniques show creativity. On the other side, each has a character and tells a story,” said Klatt when asked about his collaboration with the Philippine companies, adding that the companies were very open and enthusiastic to the idea of working with him to develop new products.
Manila FAME is a global platform for the country’s small and medium enterprises (SMEs), which features certified, export-quality products such as furniture and furnishings, holiday gifts and décor, garments, and fashion accessories designed and crafted in the Philippines for the global market. It is the second longest-running trade show in the Asia-Pacific, and is the only trade event in the country that is approved by Union des Foires Internationales (UFI), the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry.
The 60th Manila FAME is slated at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay on October 16-19.
The new movement on the rise, Design PH brought together 12 diverse design brands for the occasion, each bringing their own style and innovation, coming together to showcase what the Philippines has to offer the world of design and modern living. Design and craftsmanship featured were by Betis Crafts, Hive, Industria Home, Ito Kish, LUISA Home, MASAECO, Mayumi by CSM Philippines, Peter and Paul, Inc., Schema by Kalikasan Crafts, Tadeco Home, Triboa Bay Living, and Vito Selma.
Here are some of the sights from the recent interior trade event:
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Design PH brings exceptional Philippine design and craftsmanship to Maison et Objet on 06 – 10 September 2013 at the Paris Nord Villepinte. Hive, along with 11 other design brands, will represent The Art of the Craftsman at the biggest trade event for interior design.
A collective of creative minds in design and artisanship creating under one roof, Hive produces some of the world’s most exceptional products in lighting and interior accessories. Founded by Kenneth Cobonpue and Celso Advincula Jr., Hive merges design excellence and innovative manufacturing, using locally-sourced and sustainable organic materials in crafting unique products inspired by nature, fusing it with handmade production techniques and using tradition as a tool in creating modern design.
Design PH will also feature the products from Betis Crafts, Industria Home, Ito Kish, Luisa Home by Luisa Robinson, MASAECO, Mayumi by CSM Philippines, Peter and Paul, Inc., Schema by Kalikasan Crafts, Tadeco Home, Triboa Bay Living, and Vito Selma.
See all these design brands and more at Manila FAME, The Design and Lifestyle Event on 17 – 20 October 2013 at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines.
Design PH goes to Maison et Objet on 6 – 10 September 2013 at the Paris Nord Villepinte, representing The Art of the Craftsman through 12 design brands from the Philippines. Part of this new movement on the rise is Vito Selma, who brings his exceptional designs and woodcraft to the show.
Vito Selma’s creations are deceptively simple with beautiful complexity at its heels. His chosen medium, wood, is transformed into extraordinary shapes and his designs coax the material into unexpected forms, with undulating lines belied by stillness. His pieces are crafted from unadorned natural wood, showing the medium for what it is and what it can be in its simplicity.
Design PH will also feature the products from Betis Crafts, Industria Home, Ito Kish, Luisa Home by Luisa Robinson, MASAECO, Mayumi by CSM Philippines, Peter and Paul, Inc., Schema by Kalikasan Crafts, Tadeco Home, Triboa Bay Living, and Kenneth Cobonpue’s Hive.
There’s more in store on Design PH right here at FAME Speak. In the meantime, read up on our stories under Design PH in Focus series.