The 60th edition of Manila FAME unveiled recently the second edition of NeoTextiles Philippines that underlined the Filipino weaving artisans’ craftwork and artistry. Held at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City, Manila FAME is the Asia’s premier design and lifestyle event that exhibits the finest Philippine-made products from the home, holiday, and fashion sectors.
This edition of NeoTextiles Philippines brought the spotlight on six weaving communities from the Visayas and Mindanao regions. The featured Visayan textiles and manufacturers were piña by Heritage Arts and Crafts of Aklan, Philippine silk by Negros Silk Manufacturers’ Association of Negros Occidental, hablon by Salngan Multi-Purpose Cooperative with Tinukib of Iloilo, and raffia textile by Tubigon Loomweavers Multi-Purpose Cooperative of Bohol. The Mindanao textiles and manufacturers were hinabol by the Higaunon Women Weavers of Bukidnon with CustomMade Crafts Center and t’nalak woven by the T’boli weavers of Klowil Multi-Purpose Cooperative in South Cotabato.
“The textiles produced by these ethnic communities boast of excellent quality. In light of the significant decline in textile trade and export, NeoTextiles Philippines will continuously provide a platform in helping promote the potential of the design and creative traditions of the country,” said Rosvi Gaetos, executive director of the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM).
At the helm of the NeoTextiles Philippines special setting were two of the country’s young designers: Olivia d’Aboville (designer for home) and Amina Aranaz-Alunan (designer for fashion). D’Aboville exhibited modern home applications of the fabrics developed with the participating weaving communities, while Aranaz-Alunan designed collections of fashion wearables that showcased how indigenous textiles can both be trendy and functional.
Launched last year by the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) through CITEM, its export promotions arm, the Material Development Program gave birth to NeoTextiles Philippines as a textile development and branding initiative for contemporary Philippine textiles.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
Manila FAME expands its platform for design and craftsmanship with the inclusion of an International Hall at its 60th edition slated at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay City on October 16-19.
The International Hall will feature exhibitors from Asia and the Pacific; and will carry furniture, furnishings, home décor, gifts and premiums, and fashion items.
Participating countries are Australia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan, South Korea, and Taiwan.
“The growing number of international exhibitors expands the product offerings of Manila FAME to cater to both our local and foreign buyers who come twice a year to the show to source for finely crafted products,” said Rosvi Gaetos, executive director of the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM).
Organized by CITEM, Manila FAME is a bi-annual showcase of craftsmanship, design innovation, eco-sustainability, and artisanship in Philippine products. It showcases finely selected products such as furniture and home furnishings, holiday gifts and décor, and fashion accessories designed and crafted in the Philippines for the global market.
Manila FAME is the second longest-running trade show in Asia Pacific and the only trade event in the Philippines approved by the Union des Foires Internationales (UFI), the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry.