Category: Katha Awards

Top design and lifestyle brands take center stage at Manila FAME October 2018 Edition

Now on its 68th edition, the country’s premiere trade platform for exports and design, Manila FAME, will gather the country’s best micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) on October 19-21, at the World Trade Center Metro Manila, Pasay City, Philippines.

Limitless possibilities abound in Manila FAME 2018

The bi-annual trade show will continue to stand as a blank canvas for the country’s skillful artisans, providing a platform that nurtures creative freedom among entrepreneurs. It showcases the distinct design imprint of the Philippines to the global audiences.

For its October 2018 edition, Manila FAME will anchor on the shades of off white and ivory, the palest pinks and skin-toned hues. These soft colors are basic, discreet, timeless and classic. The perfect base that leaves plenty of freedom to add more.

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                                  CITEM Executive Director Paulina Suaco-Juan

“To emphasize the teeming ingenuity of local designers and entrepreneurs, Manila FAME serves as a springboard where they can explore their imagination. This will help us take Filipino craftsmanship to the next level,” said Paulina Suaco-Juan, the newly appointed CITEM Executive Director.

Manila FAME will put together exporters, designers and retail brands from all over the country under one roof to highlight Filipino artistry in the global marketplace. It will gather the best products from homegrown MSMEs in the home, furniture, lighting, holiday and gifts, fashion, visual arts and “food as gifts” sectors.

Organized by the Center for International Trade Expositions and Mission (CITEM), the export promotions arm of the Department of Trade and Industry, Manila FAME aims to strengthen the country’s position as a viable source of high-quality, and design-forward home décor and houseware products.

Design forward special features to behold in Manila FAME

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Design Commune

The upcoming edition of Manila FAME will feature the third edition of Design Commune. This special setting was conceptualized to establish a steady designer-manufacturer relationship where designers understand the skills of manufacturers, and manufacturers recognize the significance of product design and development.

This collaboration will conceive a constant output of well-designed products, creating an extensive showcase that meets the buyers’ expectation of a sourcing destination. The products to be developed will be segmented towards various markets including Europe, U.S. and Japan.

The main special setting will be designed by award-winning artist Tes Pasola who previously worked as a co-curator in the Product Design Consultancy Program during the April 2018 Edition of Manila FAME. During the same period, she was commissioned to make paper art collages for the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Manila.  She is part of Movement 8, a group of the country’s finest and choicest designers that seeks to establish the Philippines as a serious player in the international high-end consumer market.

Artisan Village

A staple of Manila FAME, the Artisan Village is a venue for masterfully made handcrafted pieces designed by Filipino MSMEs to be introduced in the international market. As part of CITEM’s commitment to promote the participation of local communities in Manila FAME, handicrafts from Antique, Bohol, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental, and Marawi will be displayed to showcase the artistic capabilities and product selection of local artisans.

Bamboo Extreme

Taking after the youthful energy of today’s generation, the Bamboo Extreme program pushes the use of bamboo as a raw material for high-end lifestyle pieces. It seeks to provoke and renew interest in the local resource, veering away from bamboo’s reputation as a “poor man’s material.”  Spearheaded by the Design Center of the Philippines, the program is a disruptive, conceptual presentation of the bamboo material as it speaks of adventure, exploration and experimentation through the application of bamboo into product collections that capture the millennials’ way of life.

Home and Wellness Pavilion

Another returning special feature for this edition is the Home and Wellness Pavilion. This special area will showcase a wide range of gourmet gifts, health & wellness products and services, and other fiber based goods manufactured by select grassroot communities supported by the Department of Agriculture-Agribusiness Marketing Service (DA-AMAS).

KATHA Awards

To continue the tradition of giving recognition to design-forward local enterprises, Manila FAME will also hold the annual KATHA Awards, the hallmark of product design excellence and innovation. It will distinguish the most innovative local fashion and lifestyle industries among the Manila FAME exhibitors who continue to develop and redefine the prestige of Philippine design.

Interested buyers and exhibitors can check out the official Manila FAME website at http://www.manilafame.com/Registration/Trade-Buyer for more details. You can also follow Manila FAME on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for the latest updates.

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Sustainable Designs Win Big at the KATHA Awards April 2018

Green thinking swept the KATHA Awards for the 67th edition of Manila FAME as four out of the six awardees showcased innovative sustainable designs for their winning products.

As the hallmark of design excellence in the Philippines, the KATHA Awards recognizes artisans who continue to innovate and redefine the Philippine design imprint from Manila FAME’s pool of exhibitors. Winners are selected based on their product’s overall aesthetics, functionality, and innovative use of materials.

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“Anak ng Tupa” by Junk Not won the KATHA Award for Eco-Design. Made from twined recycled plastic and foil, the Anak ng Tupa mimics the appearance of sheep’s wool—a nod by designer Wilhelmina Garcia to the sheep that have died from digesting plastic at their farm.

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The KATHA Award for Best Product Design for Holiday Décor and Gifts went to Virtucio for its coasters and placemats made from recycled plastic. The Bohol-based company laser cuts the recycled plastic molds and accents the pieces with brass.

Design by Tes Pasola.

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The big winner of the night, Cebu Homecraft won the KATHA award for Best Product Design for Furniture and for Home Décor for its Denim Cabinet and Candelabras, respectively. Both items were created from Molave deadwood with upcycled denim used for the Denim Cabinet.

Candelabra design by Detleft Klatt.

Denim Cabinet design by Tes Pasola.

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Eccentric’s pair of goat horn and wild boar tusk earrings received the KATHA Award for Best Product Design for Fashion. The fashion-forward piece garnered praise from the judges for its boldness and possibly, the next big thing in fashion.

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Lastly, a Special Citation for Best Design 2018 was given to Siklesa for its eponymous vehicle that incorporates the heritage of traditional Philippine design with modern details to create a new, revolutionary mode of transportation.

“[Siklesa] encompasses what being a Filipino is. If you could make a product that symbolizes the Philippines, this would be a perfect match for having all the right nuances of what makes it Filipino,” said KATHA Judge Rajo Laurel.

The KATHA Awards was judged by a lineup of design experts. For home décor and furniture were Francis Alañon, Principal Designer of FTA Design and Phoenix Home; IDr. Cynthia Almario, Principal Designer of Atelier Almario; Arch. Tobias Guggenheimer, Dean of the School of Fashion and the Arts Design Institute; Arch. Anton Mendoza, Principal Architect of J. Antonio Mendoza Design Consultants; Arch. Royce Nicdao of WTA Architecture and Design Studio; and Jennifer So Hu-See, Founder and Chief Creative Officer of Sohu Designs.

While for fashion and holiday décor and gifts were Sky Gavin, COO of WheninManila.com; Angel Guerrero, President and Editor in Chief of Adobo Magazine; John Herrera of House of Herrera Philippines; Rajo Laurel of House of Laurel; and Lulu Tan-Gan, Principal Designer of TAN-GAN Atelier and Program Consultant for Fashion Design & Merchandising at the School of Design & Arts.

Since its inception in 1990, the KATHA Awards aims to encourage manufacturers and designers to create premium designs for furniture, home décor and furnishings, holiday décor and gifts, and fashion complements for the global market. It is held in every edition of Manila FAME.

The Center for International Trade expositions and Missions (CITEM), the export promotions arm of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is the proud organizer of the Manila FAME – the second longest-running trade show in the Asia-Pacific, and the only trade event in the Philippines approved by Union des Foires Internationales, a Paris-based association of trade fair organizers founded 90 years ago in Italy.

Manila FAME is a bi-annual business sourcing platform of export ready and finely crafted furniture and home furnishings, holiday gifts and décor, and fashion accessories. It showcases the best of Philippine design and craftsmanship. For more information, please visit http://www.manilafame.com/

KATHA October 2017 Spotlights New Material and Design Ingenuity in Manila FAME

Manila FAME, the country’s premier lifestyle and design event, closed its first day with the exciting announcement of the KATHA October 2017 winners at the World Trade Center Metro Manila, Pasay City.

Since its inception in 1990, the Katha Awards has stood as the hallmark of Philippine product design excellence and innovation. The special distinction is awarded to Manila FAME companies and designers whose products embodied the innovative design and material manipulation.

Here are the winners of the KATHA October 2017:

1. Designer Wataru Sakuma’s MasaEco Development Inc. brought home the Katha for best booth design

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2. The Antipolo-based company Schema won the KATHA for Best Product Design (Furniture) for its Lilou Lounge Chair.

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3. Industria’s metal Reef Panel won the Katha for Best Product Design (Home Décor).

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4. The unique Carabao Horn Glasses of Elm’s Accessoria De Casa was named Best Product Design (Fashion).

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This year’s judges included School of Fashion and the Arts Design Institute Dean Tobias Guggenheimer, Sohu Designs Chief Creative Officer Jennifer So Hu, fashion designer Jojie Lloren, Print & Magazine Vice President Suki Salvador, Heima Creative Director Rossy Yabut-Rojales, Gallego Architects owner Eduardo Gallego, and Design Center of the Philippines Executive Director Maria Rita Matute.

Manila FAME recognizes Philippine design ingenuity at the KATHA Awards

Six local companies and designers bagged trophies in the recently concluded KATHA Awards during the 63rd edition of the Manila FAME held on 21 April 2016 at the World Trade Center, Pasay City.

Schema, formerly a Christmas decor company, wins the Best Product Design for Furniture award for their Schema console table designed by the owner herself Ms. Celia Jiao. Inspired by modern architectural design, the console table features an equally-angled design that creates a negative space in between, discarding the need for braces or support.

Best Product Design for Furniture: Console Table by Schema

Best Product Design for Furniture: Console Table by Schema

Vito Selma bags the Best Product Design for Home Decor. The award-winning floor lamp stands with the statement that no two lights are the same no matter how similar. Selma has always been adamant in his focus on the natural, and this is exuded in his Henesius floor lamp design.

Best Product Design for Home Decor: Henesius Floor Lamp by Vito Selma

Best Product Design for Home Decor: Henesius Floor Lamp by Vito Selma

Joanique gets the Best Product for Fashion award for their Adlaw necklace and Buwana clutch of the Maskara Collection. Inspired by the colorful Maskara Festival in Bacolod City, designer Malou Romero patterned the sun- and moon-shaped winning products after the masks and faces that are prominently featured in the said festival.

Best Product Design Award for Fashion: Adlaw necklace and Buwana clutch of Maskara Collection by Joanique

Best Product Design Award for Fashion: Adlaw necklace and Buwana clutch of Maskara Collection by Joanique

Casa Mercedes’ ladies fans are recognized as the Best Product for Holiday Decor and Gifts for this edition’s KATHA Awards. Designer Monchet Olives incorporated Filipino expressions, and images depicting Philippine current events in his designs.

Best Product Design Award for Holiday Decor and Gifts: Ladies Fans by Casa Mercedes

Best Product Design Award for Holiday Decor and Gifts: Ladies Fans by Casa Mercedes

Ito Kish took home two awards–the Best Booth and Special Citation for Eco-Design Award.

The Ito Kish booth breathed organic and natural with their presentation through the use of bamboo and rattan in their new product designs. The Binhi, which won the Eco-Design Award, culled inspiration from the seed itself. Using the form of a seed, “Binhi” speaks volumes of possibilities that can go with it, and eventually grow into something beautiful.

Best Booth Display: Ito Kish

Best Booth Display: Ito Kish

Special Citation (Eco-Design Award): Binhi by Ito Kish

Special Citation (Eco-Design Award): Binhi by Ito Kish


The Katha Awards has been distinguished as a hallmark of Philippine product design excellence and innovation. It gives distinction to ingenious designs, and encourages 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.

Philippine design excellence recognized in Katha Awards

Schema (Best Booth Display)

Schema (Best Booth Display)

The country’s top product designs were given due recognition in the recently concluded Katha Awards in the 60th show edition of Manila FAME, the country’s premiere design and lifestyle event staged by the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM).

Flutty Candy Light by Industria (Best Product Design for Home Décor)

Flutty Candy Light by Industria (Best Product Design for Home Décor)

In celebration of Design Week Philippines, 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. Design Week Philippines 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.

B-Luxe Chair by Ito Kish (Best Product Design for Furniture)

B-Luxe Chair by Ito Kish (Best Product Design for Furniture)

Calli-Ideal Design by Tixxi Handbags Mfg. (Best Product Design for Fashion)

Calli-Ideal Design by Tixxi Handbags Mfg. (Best Product Design for Fashion)

The Katha Awardees for October 2014 are B-Luxe Chair by Ito Kish of Ito Kish (Best Product Design for Furniture); Flutty Candy Light by Jude Tiotuico of Industria (Best Product Design for Home Décor); Calli-Ideal Design by Tessa Nepomuceno of Tixxi Handbags Mfg. (Best Product Design for Fashion); Paper Finials by Arlene Gaddi-Maceda and Arthur Gaddi of Paper Capers(Best Product Design for Holiday Décor and Gifts); Schema (Best Booth Display); and the Crystal Clock by Wataru Sakuma of MASAECO (Special Citation: Eco-Design Award).

Paper Finials by Paper Capers (Best Product Design for Holiday Décor and Gifts)

Paper Finials by Paper Capers (Best Product Design for Holiday Décor and Gifts)

Crystal Clock by MASAECO (Special Citation: Eco-Design Award)

Crystal Clock by MASAECO (Special Citation: Eco-Design Award)

Trade Secretary Gregory Domingo, Trade Undersecretary Ponciano Manalo, Jr., CITEM’s Executive Director Rosvi Gaetos, and local and foreign trade buyers graced the Katha Awards awarding ceremony hosted by TV personality Issa Litton.

CITEM is the export promotions arm of the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

DESIGN FOR EXPORTS EXCELLENCE

Katha Awards October 2014

Katha Awards October 2014

DESIGN FOR EXPORTS EXCELLENCE. In the recently concluded 60th edition of Manila FAME, the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM) recognized exporters and designers through the Katha Awards, considered as a prestigious award in the Philippine design scene. Its goal is to give distinction to ingenious designs and encourage exporters to raise their design standards for Philippine export products and to pursue a skillful exploration of new materials/processes. The Katha Awardees for October 2014 are B-Luxe Chair by Ito Kish of ITO KISH (Best Product Design for Furniture); Flutty Candy Light by Jude Tiotuico of Industria (Best Product Design for Home Décor); Calli-Ideal Design by Tessa Nepomuceno of Tixxi Handbags Mfg. (Best Product Design for Fashion); Paper  Finials by Arlene Gaddi-Maceda and Arthur Gaddi of Paper Capers (Best Product Design for Holiday Décor and Gifts); Schema (Best Booth Display); and Crystal Clock by Wataru Sakuma of MASAECO (Special Citation: Eco-Design Award). In photo are (from left): CITEM Executive Director Rosvi Gaetos, Arthur Gaddi, Wataru Sakuma, Arlene Gaddi-Maceda, Tessa Nepomuceno, Trade Secretary Gregory Domingo, Trade Undersecretary Ponciano Manalo, Jr., Jerry Jiao, Jr. of Schema; Ito Kish, and Jude Tiotuico.

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

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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.