“Serpent,” a wearable objet d’art by Philippine designer and entrepreneur Milagros “Mila” Imson was selected as one of the winners at the ASEAN Jewelry Design Competition 2015 held last September in Bangkok, Thailand. The jewelry set, handcrafted from silver and embellished with carved lapis lazuli blooms, presents a remarkable, modernized display of delicate jewelry metalwork that is distinctive in its asymmetry and intricacy.
Mila Imson, owner of the Kit Silver Jewelry company which manufactured the prize-winning “Serpent”, was awarded with an opportunity to showcase her creation at the 56th Bangkok Gems and Jewelry Fair on 10-14 September. She was also presented with a trophy as well as a study visit to the prestigious jewelry firm John Hardy in Bali, Indonesia.
Organized by the ASEAN Intellectual Property Offices in collaboration with the European Union, the ASEAN Jewelry Design Competition is part of the ASEAN Project on the Protection of Intellectual Property Rights conceived to motivate creativity, excellence, and research in high-class, top-quality fashion jewelry, and to uphold original, innovative design as a significant marketing instrument among the ASEAN business community.
Participants to the competition include jewelry designers, artists, professionals in the fashion industry, students, and apprentices from ASEAN member-countries Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.
From the hundreds of entries sent for the contest, five (5) designs were selected to be the national finalists by the Philippine panel of judges comprised of jeweler Mr. Hans Brumman, fashion icon Ms. Lulu Tan-Gan, Design Center of the Philippines Executive Director Myrna Sunico, and Architect Daisy Palattao of De La Salle University – Dasmariñas’ Innovation and Technology Support Office (ITSO).
From these five jewelry designs that qualified for the regional stage, Mila Imson’s “Serpent” was named by the ASEAN regional judges as the winner from the Philippines alongside the winners from other member-countries. The regional judges are composed of experts in the jewelry, design, and fashion industry from Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Spain, and Thailand.
Kit Silver Jewelry: leading the ranks in design excellence
Mila Imson’s company Kit Silver Jewelry was founded in 1980 in Meycauayan, Bulacan. Designing and manufacturing primarily gold accessories, the company expanded by adding silver and brass to its line of products and quickly acquired a bigger market. From selling in local bazaars, Kit Silver Jewelry has grown into an authoritative name in the industry of jewelry design and manufacture, exporting high-quality customized jewelry and accessories overseas to countries including France, Italy, Russia, and the United Arab Emirates.
Despite its impressive and still growing list of stable clients abroad, Kit Silver Jewelry regularly exhibits at the bi-annual trade show Manila FAME to showcase new product designs, meet new buyers, open new and promising business networks and opportunities, and discover new design inspirations. In the recently concluded 62nd Manila FAME, Kit Silver Jewelry unveiled a vivid collection of fashion accessories abounding with a sense of luxury and grace that interplays with the organic beauty of nature, which is always an infinite source of inspiration for Mila Imson.
The 62nd Manila FAME, which ran from 15-18 October, featured fashion apparel and accessories, furniture, home decor and home furnishings, holiday gifts and décor, lamps and lighting crafted by Philippine SMEs for global export. To know more about the 62nd Manila FAME and the upcoming edition on April 2016, visit www.manilafame.com.
Out of the 400 exhibitors that showcase their products at the 62nd Manila FAME Design & Lifestyle Event, six (6) companies were chosen for their innovative and design-forward products by a panel of respected designers and artists.
The Loopy Chair by Industria Edition was named the Best Product Design for Furniture. Industria, a company based in Pampanga, specializes in the manipulation of steel into visually stunning furniture. The Twist, which won the Best Design for Home Décor, is a playful home piece crafted from wood by veteran furniture maker Vito Selma. Alchemista, Inc. won the Best Product Design Fashion for its Roma Collection of Ring Stands designed by Georgina Teng.
Crafted by Marmol Stone Work and designed by Janina Firmalo-Herrera, the Marble Tray was chosen as Best Product Design for Holiday Décor and Gifts. P&B Valises et Compagnie, Inc. took the Best Booth Display citation, while MASAECO was given the Special Citation for Best Eco-Design for its Gold Paper Bowls designed by Jinggoy Buensuceso.
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.
Since its inception in the early 80s, Katha Awards has been distinguished as a hallmark of Philippine product design excellence and innovation. It is an emblem and statement that seeks to inspire and challenge 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.
The prestigious award is one of the highlights of Manila FAME, a bi-annual design-driven event organized by CITEM, the export promotions arm of the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). Manila FAME features finely selected furniture and home furnishings, holiday gifts and décor, and fashion accessories designed and crafted in the Philippines for the global market.
Visit www.manilafame.com for more information.
Manila Wear will unveil its Bridal Wear collection at the 62nd edition of Manila FAME on October 15-18 at the SMX Convention Center, Pasay City.
On its 8th edition, Manila Wear will showcase a collection of finely crafted bridal wear to promote the Philippine traditional craftwork such as handloom, weaving, beadwork, among others in designers’ pieces that are both ethereal and feminine. Manila Wear’s collective designers are set to capture what the local fashion is all about: Filipino and global at the same time.
“Bridal wear has become a staple merchandise for the local fashion industry. A country with a rich wedding tradition, the Philippines records a daily average of 2,000 nuptials, generating a positive shift in the country’s wedding business,” said Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), Executive Director Rosvi Gaetos.
The Bridal setting features a Blush motif that will set out a palette of an all-white and barely-there shades. It is a collection of timeless and romantic bridal wears, accenting classic lines and pleating with hints of Victorian-bold construction, feminine cuts meant to show-off figures, elaborate beadwork, lacey insets and panels, soft and tactile constructions, intricately embroidered, and ornate patterns in voluminous silhouettes.
Under the central theme Blush, the Iconoclash (the clash of icons) is a bridal wear exhibition that mirrors the different generations’ design principles, inspiration, and aesthetics. It is where masters of the romantic trends of the past meet the iconoclastic design principles of the young. Iconoclash will feature the creative works of the The Millennials (Happy Andrada and Joel Escober), The Breakthroughs (Jaggy Glarino, John Herrera, and Tony Evan), and The Masters (Rhette Eala, Randy Ortiz, Rajo Laurel, and JC Buendia).
“The Philippines has a large wedding industry. It’s a very good idea that Manila FAME is now having this Bridal setting, as this would bring the local bridal industry to the next level,” said fashion design master JC Buendia.
Manila Wear’s individual booths will house seasoned designers and the new generation of fashion talents who will present a fresh take on contemporary trends in the local and the global market.
Organized by the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), the export promotions arm of the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Manila FAME features finely selected furniture and home furnishings, holiday gifts and décor, and fashion accessories designed and crafted in the Philippines for the global market. It continues to inspire with a strong statement on what is design-forward, popular, artisanal, and soulful.
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.
Culmination of a one-year design dev’t prog
From over 140 aspiring designers, the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), the export promotions arm of the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), introduces its 14 finalists in the Red Box Design Talents, a platform to discover and nurture young designers that aims to produce breakthrough Philippine design talents by 2017.
“To strengthen the Philippine’s reputation as ‘Asia’s Design Destination,’ we should continue nurturing and inspiring young designers to make great strides in showcasing their design ingenuity,” said Rosvi Gaetos, executive director of CITEM.
Under the mentorship of celebrated design icons Budji Layug and Lulu Tan-Gan, the 14 finalists were immersed in a unique design and development process involving in-depth industry exposure and close collaboration with manufacturers. The result is a renewed understanding and intimate knowledge of the process of design, material and craft techniques.
The Furniture and Home Accents finalists of Red Box learned the art of woodworking from Pampanga’s Betis Crafts Inc./ JB Woodcraft, Triboa Bay Living and South Sea Veneer. Ms. Leslie Bituin-Mendiola, owner of Betis Crafts, Inc., stressed the importance of knowing the target market in the design process, while Mr. Randy Viray, owner of Triboa Bay Living, explained the significance of discovering one’s identity as a designer, urging the talents to “live and breathe design.” At South Sea Veneer, they witnessed and learned about veneer cutting and application. The finalists also strengthens their metalwork skills at Venzon Lighting Manufacturing, Industria, and Prizmic & Brill.
“An artist creates for himself. A designer creates for another entity,” explains Mr. Jude Tiotuico of Industria of the difference between an artist and a designer. Mr. Matthew Brill of Prizmic & Brill emphasizes the importance of understanding the material and the designers to understand the production costs when collaborating with exporter-manufacturers.
The Furniture and Home Accents finalists acquired exposure to materials in Cebu from Bon Ace, Obra Cebuana, and Nature’s Legacy, and gained deeper understanding of the design process from Vito Selma, Kenneth Cobonpue, and Cebu Fil Veneer.
In Bohol, the finalists discovered how technology such as 3D printing can aid their prototyping process through the assistance of FabLab Bohol Team, composed of representatives from the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) -Bohol, local designers, and volunteers from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
Josie Natori, internationally acclaimed Filipino designer and CEO and founder of The Natori Company, opened her doors to the Fashion finalists for an opportunity to learn about the production of high-end fashion garments, allowing them a tour on a large garments production house to witness the intensive labor and the different stages of manufacturing process.
To broaden their perspective on tradition, a recurring theme in design, and its inspiring adaptation into contemporary works, the Fashion finalists proceeded to the Metropolitan Museum of Manila to witness a prestigious showcase of indigenous and contemporary designs of French and other international artists at the International Festival of Extra Ordinary Textiles (FITE).
The Fashion finalists learned Discharge Printing and Wrinkled Pleating in a two-day workshop on Fabric Treatments and Manipulation, under Lulu Tan-Gan and Ms. Vie Alvarez, a textile expert and instructor under the Fashion Design and Merchandising (FDM) Program at the College of De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde. They also attended a Trends Briefing and Workshop on Decorative Finishing for Fashion Accessories, led by Design Center of the Philippines Design Division Head Luis Manalang and Resource Person Marilyn Munio.
The Fashion designers learned the handmade footwear production from Ai-She Footwear. This involves processing of raw materials, pattern-making, cutting, and stitching; shaping and lasting; and finishing and packing. The finalists also participated in the bakya making of RTC Woodcraft.
Apart from the workshops, The Red Box Design Talents attended seminars on Elevating Filipino Artistry in Modern Fashion by JC Buendia, Integrating Filipino Aesthetics in Contemporary Design by Felipe De Leon, Jr., and Reinventing Filipino Craftsmanship by Rita Nazareno.
“A most striking quality of Philippine ethnicity or traditional cultures is their great creative diversity and richness,” De Leon stressed during his talk.
The pioneer batch of Red Box Design Talents will exhibit their collections developed in collaboration with local manufacturers at the October 2015 edition of Manila FAME slated October 15-18 at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay City. The showcase is a culmination of a year-long design journey. At the same time, it is a glimpse into a work in progress. A panel of distinguished industry experts and stakeholders will determine the winning designers from each category.
The finalists under the Furniture and Home Accents sectors are Viktoria Laguyo, Mariel Lazo, Edward Sibunga, Kristel Blancas, Diana Ramirez, and Jim Torres.
For the Fashion Apparel and Fashion Accessories categories, the finalists are Leby Le Morìa, Thian Rodriguez, JM Rosario, Vince Tolentino, Jeffrey Manahan, Jelvin Mujar, Micki Olaguer, and Michille Sabulao.
Organized by CITEM, the export promotions arm of DTI, Manila FAME features finely selected furniture and home furnishings, holiday gifts and décor, and fashion accessories designed and crafted in the Philippines for the global market. It continues to inspire with a strong statement on what is design-forward, popular, artisanal, and soulful.
October 15-18 at SMX Convention Center
Manila FAME, the country’s most anticipated bi-annual design and lifestyle event, sets in motion another edition of bringing creative and design-forward home and fashion products to the global market.
The second longest-running trade show in the Asia-Pacific, Manila FAME expands its role in presenting the portraiture of Philippine ingenuity through two new event highlights: The Artisan Village and the ARTBLOCK.
Featuring the arts and crafts of Albay, Cagayan Valley, Laguna, Davao Region, and the natural fibers of the Philippines, The Artisan Village upholds the genius loci of each community, town, or city — the moving spirit behind the country’s skilled artisans and master craftsmen whose hands work with exceptional ease and expertise in weaving, wood carving, metal forging, marquetry, and in so many other forms of traditional crafts.
The Artisan Village essays the quest for craft promotion and revivalism to inspire local government units to embrace the concept and thereby establish centers of craft excellence in their communities.
ARTBLOCK brings together leading Philippine galleries for a special showcase of contemporary art, highlighting the exceptional talent of Filipino artists, carefully selected from the roster of each participating gallery.
ARTBLOCK in the Manila FAME aims to develop cultural exchanges with other art markets such as Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Basel, and set the stage for Philippine Art in the global lifestyle circuit.
Under the creative supervision of German product specialist Detlef Klatt, The Manila Gusto Gallery: In Pursuit of Pleasure is more than just a neo-baroque-inspired special setting — it is an ornate, lavish, and exuberant collection that promises to awaken the senses with its fanciful mix of the modern and classic styles. The florid ornamentation and luxurious attention to detail is an enticement, a visual and tactile invitation to be bold, to seize life’s precious moments, and to create significant connections. Frolicking with black and white, and infused with layers of gold, the Manila Gusto Gallery celebrates a life in pursuit of pleasure, an ode to the life well lived. The 21 local companies sharing their collection for the Manila Gusto Gallery are: Asia Ceramics, Basket and Weaves, Bon-Ace, Chanalli, Chrysara, CSM, Dekokraft, Fae Decorcrafts, Gyrma Import Export, J.E.R. Shellcraft, Joami International Trading, Manila Precious Moments, MCCA, Marykel, Navidad Crafts Export Corporation, Obra Nicolas, P&B Valises, Peter and Paul, and Philippines Treasures, Prado, and Sarilinlikha Novelties.
On its 8th edition, Manila Wear features a Bridal Setting that will exhibit bridal apparels and wearables. Manila Wear also unveils a fresh take on contemporary trends by seasoned designers and the new generation of fashion talents in order to woo foreign buyers to their brands.
The country’s leading designers Rhett Eala, Randy Ortiz, Rajo Laurel, and JC Buendia will showcase timeless and romantic bridal gowns, along with millennial and breakthrough designers who will present a distinct collection of wedding dresses.
HYBRID, an art and design group composed of Jinggoy Buensuceso, Wataru Sakuma, and Stanley Ruiz collaborate on an installation that fuses light and time to form an enchanting 3D imprint mid-air that mimics the colors of the Aurora Borealis. This installation is made in celebration of United Nations’ proclamation of 2015 as the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies to bring to life Filipino creativity and imagination through a unique interpretation of light.
CITEM strengthens its commitment to developing and nurturing globally competitive Philippine micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs), exporters, designers, and manufacturers as Manila FAME serves as an MSME incubator.
The One Town, One Product (OTOP) program features select small and medium enterprises (SMEs) that make use of the country’s indigenous raw materials and local skills and talents. Upholding the global competitiveness of Philippine products, the OTOP program of the Bureau of Domestic Trade (BDT) of the DTI is a priority project of the government to promote entrepreneurship and job creation in the country’s various regions.
NeoTextiles Philippines continues with a vibrant showcase of textiles that marries the age-old weaving tradition of ethnic communities with modern and innovative 21st century techniques.
Red Box is a designer development program which aims to nurture the next generation of Philippine designers. Red Box works with emerging talents by matching them with local manufacturers to create fresh concepts that reflect their unique design sensibilities.
Red Box Design Talents is a platform to discover and nurture young designers. 14 finalists handpicked from over 140 aspirants by a high-caliber jury of design professionals under the mentorship of celebrated design icons Budji Layug and Lulu Tan-Gan were thoroughly immersed in a unique design and development process and close collaboration with manufacturers. The result is a renewed understanding and intimate knowledge of the process of design, material and craft techniques.
Designers Lilianna Manahan, Joseph Rastrullo, and Rachelle Dagñalan, who have been part of the Red Box Program since 2013 and are continuing their design journey as the country’s next generation of designers.
For the October 2015 edition, the three designers are given the freedom to create and curate individual spaces reflective of their design aesthetic. The showcase provides a glimpse into their growth as designers, individually and collectively.
International Exhibitors Pavilions
The International Hall houses companies from India, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Korea, Malaysia, and Taiwan carrying fashion items, furniture and furnishings, home décor, gifts, and premiums. Taiwan will introduce 60 brands under its Taiwan Excellence brand. These participating countries recognize the huge potential of the Philippine consumer market and are ready to tap the vast opportunities offered by the country’s growing affluence.
Parallel Event: Design Week Philippines
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. It has its roots from Proclamation No. 277 signed by President Benigno S. Aquino III on October 20, 2011, where he declares the third week of March and October of each year as Design Week Philippines. It has thus become a national agenda that nurtures the creativity and design capability of the Philippines to spur innovations directed towards ushering in of trade opportunities, and positioning the Philippines as Asia’s design destination.
Design Week Philippines has three components—Design Talks, Design Tours, and Creative Environment—that will be held inside and outside of the SMX Convention Center in the duration of the event.
Design Talks, the key thought platform on design and creativity, masters and industry movers from various creative industries will flesh out the key values of the maker culture in a three-module forum to provide insight towards the co-creation of a better future.
Design Tours journeys north of Manila to highlight Pampanga as more than just the culinary capital of the country. It will take Manila FAME VIBs (very important buyers) and special guests to Pampanga to witness age old living traditions.
Starting this edition, Design Week Philippines will be rolled-out to key cities in the Metro through Creative Environment to reach an even broader audience and bring together a diverse group of design enthusiasts that encourages dynamic meet-ups and exciting encounters with members of the creative class.
For the Creative Environment component, The Design Week Philippines partners with Animation Council of the Philippines, Inc. (ACPI) and SMX Aura for the celebration of Filipino Talent in the field of animation as they hold Animahenasyon 2015: 9th Philippine Animation Festival on 15-16 October 2015.
2680 F.B. Harrison Compound tenants The Henry Hotel, Atelier of Mr. Jojie Lloren, Artelano 11 and Avellana Art Gallery likewise opens their space exclusively for select Manila FAME guests and buyers on 16 October 2015 for “Conversations at 2680 F.B. Harrison Compound,” a curated event where design, art, architecture and fashion intersect.
The Asia Cosplay Meet Philippines, organized by the Norman Goss Training Services in cooperation with Asia Cosplay Meet main organizer Singapore Cosplay Club and in partnership with Intramuros Administration, is set to select a three-person cosplay team that will represent the country in the upcoming Asia Cosplay Meet 2015.
Hallmark of Philippine Design Excellence
Since its inception in the early 80s, Katha Awards has been distinguished as an important hallmark of Philippine product design excellence and innovation. It is an emblem and statement that seeks to inspire and challenge 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.
The major categories of Katha Awards are Best Product Design (Furniture, Houseware/Furnishings, Holiday Décor and Gifts, and Fashion), Best Booth Display, and an Eco-Design Award as a special citation. The four major product categories are Furniture, Houseware/Furnishings, Holiday Décor and Gifts, and Fashion.
Organized by the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), the export promotions arm of the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Manila FAME, held at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City, features finely selected furniture and home furnishings, holiday gifts and décor, visual arts, health and wellness products, and fashion accessories designed and crafted in the Philippines for the global market.