The One Town, One Product (OTOP) Marketplace is a showcase of carefully crafted products from the various regions of the Philippines that make use of the country’s indigenous raw materials and local skills and talents. It provides a venue for home-based small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to sell their products, their means for a better life.
Here are a few exhibitors from the recently concluded edition of Manila FAME:
Delza’s Native Products
Hailing from Basey, Samar, Delza’s Native Product transforms hand-woven banig (mats) into colorful placemats, bags and floor rugs.
Lolo Bobby Handicraft
Nearly wiped out by Typhoon Yolanda, Lolo Bobby Handicrafts converts carabao horn into jewelry, home decor and unique upscale items.
PDES Batong Asul House of Silver International
PDES Batong Asul House of Silver is a jewelry manufacturer which offers a line of silver and turquoise jewelry.
Benelco Arts & Crafts
Benelco Arts and Crafts aims to embellish every home with the most beautiful furniture and furnishings that are truly Filipino such as trays, tables, dividers, and lamps. They use dried flowers to decorate them.
Cerra Furnitures, formerly known as Analobel Enterprises, offers a range of bags, placemats, hampers, packaging bags, boxes, novelty items, and decorative products.
Sarilikha Handicraft, which started off with only a budget of P250 in 2009, offers a range of pandan and water hyacinth bags, gowns, crafts, and slippers.
The 61st Manila FAME ran March 13 to March 16, 2015 at the SMX Convention Center, Pasay City.
A booth filled with flowers greets you at the One Town, One Product (OTOP) Marketplace of the 60th Manila FAME. Owned by Emilia Fernandez from Maddela, Quirino, Madella Flowers and Crafts was founded in 1998 with their primary products being flowers made out of real butterfly leaves. With the help of Red Box designer Red Box Rachelle Dagñalan, Madella Flowers and Crafts showcased a colorful range of flowers and even a beautiful bridal gown. Adding even more value to the aesthetic of the products was the advocacy that it was created for. Emilia Fernandez founded the brand for the rural women in her community. She wanted to help them and turn their idle time into cash to help them raise their families and themselves. You could hear the passion in her voice and even the emotion in her eyes as she shared her brand story and how much she wanted to provide livelihood for them. According to her, her life would not be lived if she wasn’t able to help the women back home. See and hear the heartwarming story behind Madella Flowers and Crafts at her booth at the OTOP Marketplace, second floor of the SMX Convention Center, Pasay City. The 60th Manila FAME, organized by the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions, is open till October 19, 2014!
One of the event highlights of the 60th Manila FAME, Asia’s premier design & lifestyle event, is the One Town, One Product (OTOP) Marketplace which reveals 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 Filipino history.
The OTOP Marketplace is the Bureau of Domestic Trade’s priority program, in partnership with the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions. It emphasizes local communities and their stories through their crafts.
Interviewing artisans from the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), South Luzon, Eastern and Central Visayas, Southern and Central Mindanao, Ilocos, MIMAROPA, Bicol and Davao, the strong sense of advocacy was a recurring theme. Livelihood, community, religion and even Typhoon Haiyan were just some of the things these exhibitors stood for.
Together with designers Rey Soliven, Vina Domingo-Roy and Red Box designers Joseph Rastrullo and Rachelle Dagñalan assisting them with product development, the craftsmen were able to create products that, not only symbolized the things they stood for, but also attracted the attention of both local and foreign buyers.
Manila FAME 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 de Foires Internationales (UFI), the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry. The 60th edition runs from October 16-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).
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.