Category: Event Highlights

The Peacock Chair Reemerges at Manila FAME, October 20-22


Like a party of peacocks, nine emblematic chairs are poised to enthrall global buyers this October 20-22 at the World Trade Center in Manila FAME, the country’s premier design and lifestyle event. In collaboration with top Philippine SMEs, nine young and notable designers will recast the Peacock Chair (also called Philippine Chair) in uniquely modern versions, founded on the original design that captivated the world since its debut in the early 1900s.

Collaborating in this special showcase titled, ICON: Peacock Chair Redux, are Leo Sano for Locsin International, Mark Gerby Rivera for Country Accents, Inc., Jim Torres for Industria Home Vico Design and Manufacturing, Corporation, Tony Gonzales representing his own brand, A Greeting Card Co., Budji Layug for Kenneth Cobonpue, Jinggoy Buensuceso for Prizmic and Brill et Compagnie, Inc., Val Padilla for Luzon Rattan Industries, Leeroy New for MCCA Industrial Corporation, and Tes Pasola for Prado Filipino Artisans, Inc.

In a simple and organic design using steel frames and arorog weaves, internationally trained designer Leo Sano, in tandem with Locsin International, aim for the light, airy, and fluffed-up look, resembling the peacock’s feathers in its wide-open magnificent spread.

Country Accents, Inc., which collaborates with designer Mark Gerby Rivera, explores the essence of a peacock’s beauty and references on royalty. Using eyespots in resplendent hues of blue and yellow as highlights of a “birdcage-like” form, their design succeeds in combining the flexibility of rattan and firmness of steel and acorn wood.

Industria Home Vico Design & Manufacturing Corp. taps Jim Torres, a young Filipino designer for its Peacock chair entry in Manila FAME. Jim chooses metal to demonstrate the design values of the original Peacock Chair, including its intricate details, dramatic upper tail called coverts, and distinct hourglass base.

Designer and artist Tony Gonzales, who authored out of the box and globally acclaimed creations such as the Genie and the Melon chairs, is designing the peacock chair for A Greeting Card Company, a firm which Gonzales also heads. The company, which has been creating products out of handmade papers, is expected to produce a standout metal piece worthy of another global design award.

Kenneth Cobonpue, the self-titled company whose exceptional creativity and ingenuity has been recognized in various countries, including London, Italy and Germany and by renowned Hollywood celebrities, partners with designer Budji Layug to create its version of the iconic chair. With these two design bigwigs coming together to create a piece, nothing less than superlative is certain.

Prizmic and Brill et Compagnie, Inc., a company known for its signature style of juxtaposing the raw and traditional with choice modern materials such as select hardwood, hand tipped hides, brass, rattan, steel, glass and textile, very well complements the skills of visual artist and sculptor Jinggoy Buensuceso. Buensuceso, who made the 2,000-scale monumental modern dragon sculpture that wraps around the Green Sun Building in Makati City, is expected to produce a modern statement this October.

Luzon Rattan Industries picks veteran designer Val Padilla for its chair entry in Manila FAME, a challenging feat for the company that has been manufacturing and exporting original Peacock Chairs as well as other rattan furniture since the 1940s. Padilla, however, gamely accepts the opportunity to contemporize the once globally acclaimed design without losing its essential Filipino roots and taking advantage of the company’s deep weaving expertise.

Leeroy New, one of Lady Gaga’s costume designers in her music video, Marry The Night, designs for MCCA Industrial Corporation, an internationally renowned wrought-iron and glass-blowing company that produces indoor and outdoor furniture and decorative accessories. New, who has partnered with MCCA in the past, presents a stunning design of the peacock chair in all its bluish iridescence, achieving it through glass and metal.

The peacock chair has been described as “the fan chair, with its flared back and intricately woven details and throne-like, (its) head-framing seat reserved for royals.” More interestingly, the peacock chair carries its personal cachet, as narrated in “The Development and Effects of the Twentieth-Century Wicker Revival” by Emily A. Morris in her thesis for the Smithsonian Associates and Corcoran College of Art and Design in 2012. She stated that while few sources can track the accurate origins of the peacock chair, which she tagged “Manila” or “Philippine,” the American critics wove fantastical tales that involved Southeast Asian royalty and lush surroundings.

Come October Manila FAME, worldwide buyers will be treated to this one-of-a-kind metamorphosis and evolution at its ICON: PEACOCK CHAIR REDUX showcase.


Capture another piece of Philippine history as Manila Peacock Chairs preens its feathers again, this time in all its glorious plumage for the world to see!

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). For more information, log on to

Katha Awards: Appreciating Design-Forward, Popular, Artisanal and Soulful Craftsmanship


The opening day of the 60th Manila FAME concluded with the Katha Awards Ceremony at the Welcome Reception at HallONE: Design for Exports, the year round showcase of the Center of International Trade Expositions and Missions, located at the International Trade Center Complex, Roxas Blvd., Pasay City.

The Katha Awards is a hallmark of Philippine design excellence through the recognition of product design and innovation that combine the ideals of form and function. It is a prestigious award given to exhibitors at Asia’s premier design & lifestyle event, encouraging exporters to raise their design standards for Philippine export products and to pursue a skillful exploration of new materials and techniques.

Left: DTI Secretary Gregory Domingo Right: DTI Undersecretary Ponciano C. Manalo Jr.

Left: DTI Secretary Gregory Domingo
Right: DTI Undersecretary Ponciano C. Manalo Jr.

Hosted by Issa Litton , TV and events host , the night was opened with opening remarks from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Undersecretary Ponciano C. Manalo Jr. Next up, came a speech from Gregory Domingo, Secretary of DTI.

Host Issa Litton

Host Issa Litton

Issa Litton also announced the news regarding the launch of the new Manila FAME mobile app under Guidebook. The app is available for download at the App Store and Play Store, featuring everything you need for the 60th Manila FAME in the palm of your hand.

Exhibitors, buyers and CITEM employees applauded the winners of this year’s Katha Awards trophies designed by Wataru Sakuma and Jinggoy Buensuceso.

From left to right: CITEM Executive Director Rosvi Gaetos, Paper Capers' Arlene Maceda and Arthur Gaddi, Tixxi Handbags' Tessa Nepomuceno,  DTI Secretary Gregory Domingo, DTI Undersecretary Ponciano C. Manalo Jr., Schema's Jerrick Yao, Kish Design Hub's Ito Kish, Indutsria's Jude Tiotuico

From left to right: CITEM Executive Director Rosvi Gaetos, Arthur Gaddi of Paper Capers, Wataru Sakuma of MASAECO, Arlene Gaddi-Maceda of Paper Capers, Tessa Nepomuceno of Tixxi Handbags, DTI Secretary Gregory Domingo, DTI Undersecretary Ponciano C. Manalo Jr., Jerry Jiao of Schema, Ito Kish of ITO KISH, Jude Tiotuico of Industria

Winning Best Product Design for Furniture was ITO KISH’s B-Luxe Chair by Ito Kish. As for Best Product Design for Home Décor, Industria took the award for its Flutty Candy Light by Jude Tiotuico. Paper Capers won the Best Product Design for Holiday Décor and Gifts for their Paper Finials by designers Arlene Gaddi-Maceda and Arthur Gaddi. Tixxi Handbags Mfg.’s Calli Ideal Design by Tessa Nepomuceno won the Katha Award for Best Product Design for Fashion. Schema won the award for Best Booth Display. MASAECO’s crystal clock by Wataru Sakuma, the same designer who designed the Katha Awards trophies, won the Eco-Design Award.

See the Katha Awardees of this October’s Manila FAME at SMX Convention Center, Pasay City! The 60th edition of Manila FAME runs till October 19, 2014.

Manila FAME turns 60

MANILA FAME creative director Budji Layug took Philippine design to a whole new level in this Design Philippines special setting last October 2013

MANILA FAME creative director Budji Layug took Philippine design to a whole new level in the Design Philippines special setting last October 2013

Manila FAME, the country’s premier design and lifestyle event, once again unveils the modern Filipino’s design sensibility and brings together promising talents and seasoned artisans all under one roof in its 60th edition at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay on October 16-19.

Each edition of Manila FAME features various programs aiming to position the Philippines as an ideal sourcing hub of finely crafted products for the local and global market. Among the event highlights this October are Design Philippines Scenography, ‘Be Our Guest’: A Table Accessories Showcase, Manila Wear, NeoTextiles Philippines, Red Box (Home), OTOP Marketplace, International Hall, and Modernizing the Masters.

“This edition of Manila FAME is set to unfold cutting-edge collections of handcrafted products designed by the Filipino craftsmen. Through this bi-annual event, CITEM intends to solidify the image of the Filipinos’ artistry and design ingenuity in the global community,” said Rosvi Gaetos, executive director of the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM).

Under the creative direction of Budji Layug, the Design Philippines scenography gives life to three stories with a strong statement on what is design-forward, popular, artisanal, and soulful – Soulcrafts, Luxe, and Gen C. It features the latest designs from a collection crafted by designers and exhibitors under the Design for Exports program, as well as, choice pieces from the experts in home design and fashion. Eric Paras and Stanley Ruiz collaborate in designing the Design Philippines central setting.

Detlef Klatt, Manila FAME's German home specialist

Detlef Klatt, Manila FAME’s German home specialist

CITEM has tapped German master florist and designer Detlef Klatt who celebrates the art of dining with an attractive, ready-to-buy collection of table accessories developed under the Design for Exports Program in collaboration with 17 manufacturers who are experts in working with materials such as abaca (a plant fiber), ceramic, wood, metal, capiz, mother of pearl, and other natural materials. On three 13-meter-long tables, baskets and bowls, trays and centerpieces, and tablecloths and placemats are laid out in an extraordinary presentation — a play of patterns, textures, and shapes that masterfully blend the table, products, and surrounding elements to create still-life compositions that speak of a love for feasting and merrymaking.

Manila Wear (March 2014)

Manila Wear (March 2014)

In the fashion scene, renowned fashion designers Cesar Gaupo, Lulu Tan-Gan, and JC Buendia team up with international fashion icon Josie Natori as curator for this edition’s presentation of Manila Wear. Manila Wear continues to position the Philippines as an advocate of unique fashion pieces that combine artisanal crafts with contemporary sensibilities — a fresh take on a more individualized and personal style of fashion.


NeoTextiles promotes Philippine indigenous fibers and textiles, and aims to support the multitude of weaving communities that produce them.  With new design directions from CITEM’s product specialists Amina Aranaz-Alunan and Olivia d’Aboville, these fibers and textiles become commercially viable and globally competitive; enabling traditional weaves to embrace today’s trends to create products that are versatile and modern.

Red Box Home (March 2014)

Red Box Home (March 2014)

In every Manila FAME edition, the Red Box introduces young designers matched with local manufacturers to create innovative products that reflect their unique design sensibility. Red Box is a design development program of CITEM which aims to create the next generation of Philippine design talents. This October edition, Red Box Home Scenography features Rachelle Dagñalan, Lilianna Manahan, Leeroy New, and Joseph Rastrullo.

One Town, One Product (OTOP) Marketplace (March 2014)

One Town, One Product (OTOP) Marketplace (March 2014)

The One Town, One Product (OTOP), a priority program of the Bureau of Domestic Trade (BDT), aims to promote entrepreneurship and job creation in the country’s various regions. OTOP Marketplace showcases handcrafted pieces by passionate Filipino craftsmen whose skills have been passed on through generations of artisans. OTOP manufacturers team up with senior designers Viña Domingo-Roy and Rey Soliven, who both mentored Dagñalan and Rastrullo, to produce the latest collection from the regions.

International Hall at Manila FAME's 60th edition this October

International Hall at Manila FAME’s 60th edition this October

This edition, the International Hall features more exhibitors of home and fashion from Asia and the Pacific, who will present their brand of creativity and skillful workmanship. Trade buyers from the Philippines and overseas who regularly come to Manila FAME will find a wider variety of products to source. Participating countries are Australia, India, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, and Taiwan.

At the entrances leading to the ground-floor exhibits, Rogue magazine presents “Modernizing the Masters” where four talented artists pay tribute to the undisputed luminaries of Philippine art by creating works that evoke their spirit and style while ushering them into the realm of modernity.

Manila FAME is one of the longest running trade shows in the Asia Pacific, and is the only trade event in the country approved by the Union des Foires Internationales (UFI), the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry. It is organized by CITEM, the export promotions arm of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

PH textiles get a new look for the 60th Manila Fame

The Center for International Trade Expositions & Missions (CITEM) commissioned two of the country’s hottest young designers to create new collections for Home and Fashion using Philippine indigenous materials at the 60th Manila FAME slated October 16-19 at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay City.

Olivia d'Aboville

Olivia d’Aboville

Olivia d’Aboville, the program’s Designer for Home, will show modern Home applications of the fabrics developed with the participating weaving communities. Amina Aranaz-Alunan, Designer for Fashion, will create collections of fashion wearables  showing how indigenous textiles can both be trendy and functional.

Amina Aranaz-Alunan

Amina Aranaz-Alunan

The 2nd edition of NeoTextiles Philippines will feature six weaving communities coming from the Visayas and Mindanao regions – twice the number of  textile manufacturer-participants as compared to its introductory launch last year. The Philippine Textile Research Institute (PTRI) provided textile development support and consultancy to the participating designers  as part of  the textile development component of the program.



The featured Visayan textiles and manufacturers are: piña by Heritage Arts and Crafts of Aklan, Philippine silk by Negros Silk Manufacturers’ Association of Negros Occidental, hablon by Salngan Multi-Purpose Cooperative of Iloilo, and raffia textile by Tubigon Loomweavers Multi-Purpose Cooperative of Bohol. While the Mindanao textiles and manufacturers are: hinabol by the Higaunon Women Weavers of Bukidnon and t’nalak woven by the T’boli weavers of Klowil Multi-Purpose Cooperative in South Cotabato.

T'nalak Bag Making

T’nalak Bag Making

To showcase the versatility of the NeoTextiles, Olivia d’Aboville teams-up with CustomMade Crafts Center and Tinukib to produce Home items made of hinabol and hablon. Another participating company, That One Piece, collaborates with Olivia to create eye-catching lamps using the developed fabrics. While Amina Aranaz-Alunan will introduce the ARANAZ chic collections of Fashion wearables using the NeoTextiles.

Last year, CITEM, the Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI) export-marketing arm, launched its Material Development Program which gave birth to NeoTextiles Philippines as a textile-development and branding initiative for contemporary Philippines textiles.

For more information on NeoTextiles Philippines at Manila FAME, interested parties can visit or email

Island-inspired fashion at Manila FAME

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.

Manila Wear pre-event photo-page-001

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.

For more information on Manila Wear at Manila FAME, interested parties can visit or email