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Light & Shadow at Manila FAME’s 61st edition

“Light & Shadow,” a new highlight of the 61st edition of Manila FAME, Asia’s Premier Design & Lifestyle Event, brought together different minds, myriad of ideas, and varying materials with designers Stanley Ruiz, Jinggoy Buensuceso and Wataru Sakuma.

In celebration of the United Nations’ proclamation of 2015 as the International Year of Light and Light-based technologies, Manila FAME tapped these three ”gypset” designer-artists with uncommon design instincts to give their own interpretation of the age-old interplay of light and shadow through their own designs.

Wataru Sakuma

Wataru Sakuma

Wataru Sakuma

Wataru Sakuma

Wataru Sakuma

Wataru Sakuma

“They are all of same shape, yet they are different. One shape transformed into multiple and distinct works through the utilization of the uniqueness of various materials, each with their own strengths just waiting to be realized. My own understanding of each material, a personal level of relationship, manifested in each and every piece.” – Wataru Sakuma

Stanley Ruiz

Stanley Ruiz

Stanley Ruiz

Stanley Ruiz

“The modular pieces allow for exploration, combination, play, reconstruction.  The design presents limitless potential and infinite possibilities.” – Stanley Ruiz

Jinggoy Buensuceso

Jinggoy Buensuceso

Jinggoy Buensuceso

Jinggoy Buensuceso

“We have to start thinking differently about lighting and how we can manipulate it. We can bend it and throw it but the big difference is when you marry it with lines and organic forms to create a theatrical play of light and shadow. This is when we are brought to another dimension and into an elevated experience.” – Jinggoy Buensuceso

Working closely with a select group of manufacturers, these designers found themselves undertaking personal passion projects to bring to life their ideas and highlight the expertise of their partner companies. Wataru Sakuma worked with CSM Philippines, E. Murio and South Sea Veneer while Stanley Ruiz worked with Venzon Lighting, Triboa Bay Living, Bon-Ace Fashion Tools, MASAEco and Prado Filipino Artisans. Jinggoy Buensuceso worked with That One Piece, Industria Home, Shell Arts, and Cancio (furniture).

Slated at the SMX Convention Center, Pasay City on 13-16 March 2015, Manila FAME is the country’s premier trade platform for exports and design.

The Show Window: Blurring the boundaries between design and art

The design journey continues for Rachelle Dagñalan, Gabriel Lichauco, Lilianna Manahan and Joseph Rastrullo as they showcased the results of their design challenge at the recently concluded 61st Manila FAME

For this edition, the Red Box talents used the the show window concept to capture unique design aesthetic and language. Blurring the boundaries between design and art, each show window provided a glimpse of the designers’ minds and their collaboration with their partner manufacturers. Manila FAME Creative Director Budji Layug oversaw this creative process.

Rachelle Dagñalan

Rachelle Dagñalan

Rachelle Dagñalan

Rachelle Dagñalan

A proud native of Albay, Rachelle Dagñalan took us on a personal journey as she dug deep into her roots and used her intimate knowledge of the province to work alongside local artisans, designers and manufacturers in partnership with the Provincial Government of Albay PTCAO (Provincial Tourism & Cultural Affairs Office). Her setting featured a fresh approach on the province’s abundant raw materials and traditional crafts.

Gabriel Lichauco

Gabriel Lichauco

Gabriel Lichauco took inspiration from the controversial postmodernism movement by fusing patterns, colors and materials in his entire structure-object installation.  Four different artisanal techniques were highlighted in a singular surface – lahar lamination, marquetry, carving and hand veneering – which provided a didactic approach to his design. South Sea Veneer Corporation, a furniture and wood veneer panels manufacturer based in Pampanga, worked with Gabby in this setting.

Lilianna Manahan

Lilianna Manahan

Curiosity was the base of Lilianna Manahan’s design and turned the world of her imagination into reality by staging a safari-inspired setting which infused her capsule collection for the home.  With a touch of whim, she explored the material language of the Philippines to express her craft. Featured in this setting are collaborations with Prizmic & Brill, Basket & Weaves and TAN-GAN.

Joseph Rastrullo

Joseph Rastrullo

Joseph Rastrullo

Joseph Rastrullo

Exploring material transparency and translucency, Joseph Rastrullo experimented on fibers, resin, iron, wood, and plastic, and the potential combination of these. In this setting, he focused on the subject of his exploration through different ways of manipulating material such as glass and acrylic, playing and exploring on forms and textures.

Red Box is a design development program aimed at harnessing talent and creating the next generation of Philippine designers. It introduces and nurtures emerging talents from various disciplines of design, with potentials to become the new corps of young designers and artists.

While developing Philippine talents, Red Box also simultaneously assists the country’s small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in their product development.

The 61st edition of Manila FAME ran from March 13-16, 2015 at the second level of the SMX Convention Center.

Creating an impression of a real home

Manila FAME’s recently concluded 61st edition featured selected furniture and home furnishings, holiday gifts and décor, and fashion accessories designed and crafted in the Philippines for the global market. The country’s trade platform for exports and design ran from March 13 to March 16, 2015 at the second level of the SMX Convention Center, Pasay City, Philippines.

Design Philippines Scenography March 2015

Design Philippines Scenography March 2015

Reinventing and broadening its sphere for this edition, Design Philippines gave visitors a whole new experience as it put together the latest collections from exhibitors and synthesized them in one bold curatorial presentation, capturing the latest trend in the lifestyle retail concept. Its grand ambition is to boost desires and ideas as catalysts for the next season’s merchandise collection.

Under the curation of Manila FAME creative director, Budji Layug, the Design Philippines scenography applied the concept of the apartment store – a concept in space planning where individually designed interiors center around the people occupying space – in showcasing select homegrown brands from Home, Fashion, and One Town One Product (OTOP) companies. These companies include Industria Home, Tara Designs, MCCA Industrial Corp., CSM Philippines, Schema, Chanalli, Cebu Fil Veneer, Asia Ceramics, Kenneth Cobonpue, Domicillo by Peter and Paul, S.C. Vizcarra, Shelmed Cottage Treasures, P&B Valises, JB Woodcraft, Maze Manufacturing, Filtra, Shell Arts, Basket & Weaves, Triboa Bay Living, Bon-Ace Fashion Tools, Vito Selma, Tadeco, Obra Cebuana, Venzon Lighting, Prado Filipino Artisans, Padi Outdoor, and A. Garcia Crafts.

Design Philippines March 2015

Design Philippines Scenography March 2015

From a resort/beach theme to a more rustic, home lifestyle and lastly, to an urban opulence, the evolution of  style in the “apartment store” differentiated it from department stores or single brand corners because it virtually had the fingerprints of the designer all over the place where a guest can imagine using the product and can buy anything he sees. It provided greater drama and merchandising charm with less reliance on in-store inventory.

Manila FAME is one of the longest-running trade shows in the Asia-Pacific and the only trade event in the country approved by UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry.

Manila Wear is chic and relevant fashion

On its fourth edition, Manila Wear brings together 10 Philippine fashion-forward designers who will showcase their latest fashion collections infused with traditional yet contemporary elements at the 61st edition of Manila FAME, slated on March 13-16, 2015, at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City, Metro Manila. Bespoke fashion items at Manila Wear showcase are once again anticipated to excite international and local buyers, visitors, and fashion enthusiasts.

Designed by Avel Bacudio

Designed by Avel Bacudio

The international trade fair is organized by the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), the export promotions arm of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

“Philippine craftsmanship and design sensibility is one of the best in Asia. The Manila Wear showcase at Manila FAME is the annual center stage of Philippine fashion designers for the global market,” said Ms. Rosvi C. Gaetos, Executive Director of CITEM.

Designed by Avel Bacudio

Designed by Avel Bacudio

Designed by Avel Bacudio

Designed by Avel Bacudio

Chic, stylish and relevant, Manila Wear is a confident statement to the growing internationalization of the Philippine fashion design sector. Since its launching in 2012, select designers and their products were honed through CITEM’s integrated approach to export promotion. The program involves product development, export coaching, creative consultation, and buyer matching. To date, Manila Wear has nurtured and honed 54 Philippine apparel and accessories designers who have received training and exposure to international fashion trade fairs and events. Adante Collections, Aranaz, Beatriz, Filip + Inna and Joanique are some of the featured brands that have found a loyal following in the global sourcing community.

Designed by Avel Bacudio

Designed by Avel Bacudio

International fashion icon Josie Natori serves as mentor to Manila Wear designers who will present their fresh collections such as Avel Bacudio, Len Cabili, Maco Custodio, Joel Escober, Carissa Evangelista, Adante Leyesa, Malou Romero, Anne Marie Saguil, Ken Samudio, and Michelline Syjuco. Samudio and Syjuco, who represented Fashion Philippines at the International Fashion Showcase in London held during the London Fashion Week, earned rave reviews for their avant-garde creations with Samudio selected as a runner-up for the Best Designer award.

Designed by Avel Bacudio

Designed by Avel Bacudio

One of the longest-running trade shows in the Asia-Pacific, Manila FAME features the latest Philippine-made creations from artisans and manufacturers. It is the only trade event in the country approved by UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry. On its 61st edition, Manila FAME ushers in a fresh approach with the 21st century-consumer in mind, with an impressive show of handcrafted products for the home, including holiday décor and fashion wearables – all designed in the Philippines for the global market.

Manila FAME turns all the LIGHTS ON!

Different minds, myriad of ideas, and varying materials skillfully brought together to form a perfectly unified whole. This is what best describes the work of Stanley Ruiz, Jinggoy Buensuceso and Wataru Sakuma in the special setting called “Light & Shadow” at Manila FAME, slated at the SMX Convention Center, Pasay City on 13-16 March 2015.

Recognizing the market opportunities presented by the global lighting market and in celebration of the United Nations’ proclamation of 2015 as the International Year of Light and Light-based technologies, Manila FAME tapped three ”gypset” designer-artists with uncommon design instincts; to give their own interpretation of the age-old interplay of light and shadow through their own designs. Working closely with a select group of manufacturers, these designers found themselves undertaking personal passion projects to bring to life their ideas and highlight the expertise of their partner companies.

“CITEM and Manila FAME are very proud of the synergy we have nurtured with the Philippines’ brightest design talents. Through Light & Shadow, we are likewise redirecting awareness of the Philippine exporters on the range of possibilities and opportunities in the global lighting market,” said CITEM Executive Director Rosvi Gaetos.

“The modular pieces allow for exploration, combination, play, reconstruction.  The design presents limitless potential and infinite possibilities” – Stanley Ruiz on his  Light & Shadow design.

“The modular pieces allow for exploration, combination, play, reconstruction. The design presents limitless potential and infinite possibilities” – Stanley Ruiz on his
Light & Shadow design.

“The modular pieces allow for exploration, combination, play, reconstruction.  The design presents limitless potential and infinite possibilities,” said Stanley Ruiz who collaborated with Bon-Ace Fashion Tools, Inc., MASA Ecological Development, Inc. (MASAECO), Prado Filipino Artisans, Inc., Triboa Bay Living by Vivere Lifestyles Company, Inc., and Venzon Lighting Manufacturing, Inc. for his special setting.

 Jinggoy Buensuceso’s design principle is not just to create products which are already aesthetically excellent, but also serves a higher function.


Jinggoy Buensuceso’s design principle is not just to create products which are already aesthetically excellent, but also serves a higher function.

Jinggoy Buensuceso’s design principle is not just to create products which are already aesthetically excellent, but also serves a higher function. He works with Cancio Contract Furniture Corporation, Industria Home Vico Manufacturing Corporation, P&B Valises et Compagnie Inc., Shell Arts Company, Inc., and That One Piece Enterprise. “We have to start thinking differently about lighting and how we can manipulate it. We can bend it and throw it but the big difference is when you marry it with lines and organic forms to create a theatrical play of light and shadow. This is when we are brought to another dimension and into an elevated experience,” says Buensuceso.

The Philippine-based Japanese designer Wataru Sakuma identifies the material as the cornerstone of his design process.

The Philippine-based Japanese designer Wataru Sakuma identifies the material as the cornerstone of his design process.

Wataru Sakuma identifies the material as the cornerstone of his design process. “They are all of same shape, yet they are different. One shape transformed into multiple and distinct works through the utilization of the uniqueness of various materials, each with their own strengths just waiting to be realized. My own understanding of each material, a personal level of relationship, manifested in each and every piece.” The Philippine-based Japanese designer collaborates with CSM Philippines, Inc., E. Murio Inc., and South Sea Veneer.

As other Asian countries are now introducing their designs to the global market, the strength of our material together with the daring nature of Filipino and Philippine-based designers in exploring new territories, are what set it apart from other countries. However, there are still several facets which have room for improvement.  “The Philippines need to have a more solid design culture which requires the involvement of the government to provide venues for public exhibition and to tap the media to capture the interest of the public,” says Ruiz.

Manila FAME is a global platform to the country’s small and medium enterprises (SMEs), which features certified, export-quality products such as furniture and furnishings, holiday décor and gifts, 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 apartment’: a concept store like home

Visitors will witness a different Design Philippines as it reinvents and broadens its sphere at the 61st edition of Manila FAME, the design and lifestyle event of the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), slated at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City on March 13-16, 2015.

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The Design Philippines Scenography puts together the latest collections from exhibitors and synthesizes them in one bold curatorial presentation to capture the latest trend in the lifestyle retail concept.  Design Philippines Scenography’s grand ambition is to boost desires and ideas as catalysts for the next season’s merchandise collection. This scenography is curated by Manila FAME’s creative director, Budji Layug.

In the same way that concept stores revolutionized the idea of retail stores by focusing on providing a consistent and carefully selected array of merchandise across a variety of product categories, this scenography applied the concept of the apartment store – a concept in space planning where individually designed interiors center around the people occupying space – in showcasing select homegrown brands from Home, Fashion, and One Town One Product (OTOP) companies.

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The focus is strong on furniture, art and design that maintain or appreciate in value such that when warm rugs blend with the furniture so pronounced, it brings to mind a design universe.  It is differentiated from department stores or single brand corners that an apartment store virtually has the fingerprints of the designer all over the place where a guest can imagine using the product and can buy anything he sees. It provides greater drama and merchandising charm with less reliance on in-store inventory.

“Whether contemporary design, rare vintage complements, art in private homes or even commercial spaces are applied, the purpose is the same:  to create viable charismatic spaces that address the life lived within. Or simply put, creating the impression of a real home,” said Rosvi Gaetos, the Executive Director of CITEM.

Design Philippines is a branding initiative that positions the Philippines as a sourcing destination for products for the world market. It is a design movement that nurtures and celebrates the creativity and originality of a globally competitive and passionate community of Filipino designers and craftsmen.

Manila FAME 2015 offers a blend of culture and designs with its partner ASEAN country

Different nationalities, sensibilities, and cultures meet in the 61st Manila FAME as the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM) continues to accept foreign exhibitors in the 61st edition of Manila FAME.

“With the success of the previous October edition of Manila FAME, we are confident that the inclusion of a partner country in this year’s March edition will yield a very good turnout as well,” said Rosvi Gaetos, executive director of CITEM.

Indonesian Pavilion at Manila FAME October 2014 edition

                                   Indonesian Pavilion at Manila FAME October 2014 edition

Manila FAME first opened its doors to foreign exhibitors last October 2013. Originally exclusive for the October edition, this March’s edition of Manila FAME will feature exhibitors from its partner ASEAN country: Indonesia.

Indonesia will be joining Manila FAME for the second time with their Fashion and Home Décor. Listed by Indonesia’s Trade Ministry as one of the top industries providing export profits, Indonesia’s Fashion Industry is now gaining global attention mostly for their unique collection of batik and Muslim wears.

Indonesian Pavilion at Manila FAME October 2014 edition

                                  Indonesian Pavilion at Manila FAME October 2014 edition

“Buyers can look forward not only to the products but also to the history, culture, and heritage these items carry,” added Gaetos. CITEM’s Executive Director might as well have referred to the stories these products tell and take with them. Each product, each story – creates an experience.

Slated at the SMX Convention Center on March 13-16, 2015, Manila FAME is a bi-annual showcase of craftsmanship, design innovation, eco-sustainability, and artisanship in Philippine products. It features selected furniture and home furnishings, holiday gifts and décor, 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 the only trade event in the country that is approved by the Union des Foires Internationales (UFI), the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry.