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Manila FAME Highlights: Day 3

World-renowned Chilean designer Nelson Sepulveda to participate in Manila FAME October 2016 edition

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Chilean designer, scenographer, and stylist Nelson Sepulveda presents his creative ideas on his would-be special setting in the October edition of Manila FAME during his recent visit in the 63rd edition of the trade show this April. He spoke about the importance of ‘romanticizing the handmade and abstracting everyday objects’ in doing design before a group of students, exhibitors, members of the press, and representatives of the Design Center of the Philippines (DCP) and the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM). For the October 2016 show edition, Sepulveda will collaborate closely with the international trend consulting company Edelkoort Etc. to develop designs for Philippine handcrafted baskets using natural materials, with the possibility of expanding the product lineup to include other everyday objects.

RIPPLES Plus highlights globally competitive SMEs at Manila FAME

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The Regional Interactive Platform for Philippine Exporters (RIPPLES) Plus is a partnership program of the Export Marketing Bureau (EMB) with the Department of Trade and Industry-Regional Operations Development Group’s (DTI-RODG) Export Pathways Program (EPP). It enables the regional and provincial staff to handhold potential exporters through capacity-building trainings and provides direct interventions (e.g., product designs, market info seminars, compliance with market requirements, export marketing activities, and international trade fair participation) to potential and existing exporters enrolled under the EPP. The program aims to expand the supply base of globally competitive products and services as well as increase Philippine exports and international market shares. The RIPPLES Plus enrollees for 2016 include Calfurn Manufacturing Philippines, Inc.; Globeasia Nature Industries, Inc.; Jalikee Arts & Craft, JER Shellcrafts Creation International, Jhaz Footwear Store, Markalex Creative Crafts Corporation, Melquiades Ceramics, Shelmed Cottage Treasures, Starcrest Asia Corporation, and Tadeco, Inc.

The Artisans Village tells the stories of crafts from the islands

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Lifestyle designer PJ Arañador teams up with product specialists Imelda Datul and Rachel Dagñalan in a creative collaboration with the local governments, regional offices of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), and 45 SMEs from Albay, Cagayan, Davao, and Laguna. The Artisans Village plays a significant role in protecting, preserving and promoting the arts and crafts of the islands. It aims to celebrate the work of local artisans and master craftsmen highly skilled in weaving, wood carving, metal forging, and other various forms of traditional crafts. The Artisans Village at the 63rd Manila FAME is open until April 24. It remains to be one of the favorite trade show highlights of Manila FAME trade buyers and guests alike.

UAP Convention Exhibits deemed a success

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The United Architects of the Philippines (UAP) Convention Exhibits (CONEX) Organizing Committee presents a token of recognition for CITEM’s participation in CONEX 2016 at the Manila FAME Pavilion in SMX Convention Center. The Manila FAME Pavilion was a curated lounge which served as a promotional platform for the featured Philippine furniture and lighting manufacturers. The sophisticated presentation was well received by architect delegates, architecture practitioners, and the general public. UAP CONEX 2016 is the Philippines’ premier building and construction exhibition. In photo are the CONEX Organizing Committee members (from left); Architect Bryan Patrick Tan, CONEX Adviser; Architect Eduardo S. Casares, CONEX Adviser; Oliver Rempillo, Senior Exhibition Designer of CITEM; Architect Richard Garcia, CONEX Director; Architect Alejandro Cua, CONEX Adviser; Cristalle Bernardo, Senior Trade and Industry Development Specialist of CITEM; and Architect Gary Chung of CONEX Marketing.

Design Trails by Bambike at the Design Week Philippines

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Design Trails by Bambike offers an exciting and unique opportunity for Design Week Philippines (DWP) visitors to rediscover the history, culture, and art scene of Intramuros through a guided bamboo bike tour of the Walled City. The DWP April 2016 celebration was well received by design aficionados from here and abroad. The Bambike tours will run until April 24. DWP 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 fosters connections between creative industry practitioners and design enthusiasts in an interactive sharing of knowledge, ideas, and trends. It has become a national agenda that nurtures the creativity and design capability of the Philippines to usher in trade opportunities.

Local craftsmen take center stage in international exhibition Manila FAME

Artisans from Albay, Cagayan Valley, Laguna, and Davao are ready to meet big retail firms at the Philippines’ premier trade fair in April

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Handcrafted furniture, home décor, and accessories from different Philippine regions get a design update through the Partner Province Program of CITEM in collaboration with internationally acclaimed designer PJ Arañador.

With support from PJ Arañador, lifestyle designer, local manufacturers from Cagayan Valley, Laguna, Albay, and Davao are getting ready to exhibit their finest furniture, home décor, and accessories at The Artisans Village in the boutique edition of Manila FAME this April.

The Artisans Village is a partner province program that aims to help regular and new Manila FAME exhibitors market their products in the global export scene. It is organized by the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), the export promotions arm of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), in partnership with LGUs (local government units) and different DTI regional and provincial offices that share CITEM’s aim to promote island crafts and celebrate Filipino craftsmanship.

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The new products will be showcased at The Artisans Village, one of the highlights of the Manila FAME April 2016 Boutique Edition, to be held on April 21-24, 2016, at the World Trade Center Metro Manila, Pasay City.

Arañador leads The Artisans Village as the program’s creative director. He is the owner of the PJ Aranador Design Studio One; the Nautilus Boutique in Boracay; WAWA, Iloilo’s First Heritage Restaurant; and Escuela de Artesanias de las Filipinas, a crafts school. His creations are sold across Asia, Africa, North and South America, Europe, Australia, the Caribbean, and Middle East. Arañador is an international environmental design activist and a consultant for Go Green Philippines, an environmental program that aims to revitalize the Philippine ecosystem and uphold the country’s fashion accessories industry. He is a leading social design entrepreneur in the Philippines, helping the poor in many rural communities through crafts production. He also advocates trade fair, ethical livelihood, preservation and advancement of indigenous materials, and innovative use of traditional techniques with green technology. He has been an exhibit curator for fairs in Colombia, Peru, and India.

PJ Arañador with Alex Cueva and Arlene Cueva of Disenio De Craftico in Albay

PJ Arañador with Alex Cueva and Arlene Cueva of Disenio De Craftico in Albay

Arañador is conducting visits to Cagayan Valley, Laguna, Albay, and Davao to hold product development and one-on-one prototype checking sessions, with the assistance of seasoned design and product development specialist Imelda Datul, and rising designer Rachelle Dagñalan.

In addition, Arañador is coaching the exhibitors on the ins and outs of the export business, covering topics such as identifying the target market; selecting the right colors for products; determining the proper pricing and costing; marketing the products offline and online; executing product displays; and handling operations, income, and billing. As a mentor, Arañador not only focuses on the technical side of business, but reminds the exhibitors to be vigilant against frauds as well.

With 25 years of professional experience in designing and exposure to products and designs around the world, Arañador believes that one of the factors that sets Philippine products apart from those of other countries is the resourcefulness or ingenuity of the Filipinos. “While the technology may not be as advanced, with so much less, we become very creative. And I think that’s a good position because crafts are after all made by hand. That’s when the soul of the products reflects more,” he said.


Manila FAME, the country’s premier design and lifestyle trade show, will be held on April 21-24 at the World Trade Center Metro Manila in Pasay City. For more information on The Artisans Village and Manila FAME, please log on to www.manilafame.com.

Modernizing Philippine Crafts

CITEM, the LGUs, and PJ envision a new era for the Philippines’ traditional crafts with an audacious and promising product design and development program that works directly with the country’s artisans and craft manufacturers in each participating region.


The Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM) is collaborating with the local government units (LGUs) of Albay, Cagayan, Davao, and Laguna, and international lifestyle designer and co-founder of the Fashion and Design Council of the Philippines, PJ Arañador, in recreating the crafts showcase, The Artisans Village, for the Manila FAME April 2016 Boutique Edition.

CITEM brings back PJ who is one of the pioneering design and merchandise consultants for Manila FAME and CITEM-organized participations in fairs across Australia, Europe, and North America.  As product development specialist of The Artisans Village, PJ is setting the path for the highly anticipated crafts landscape, visualizing a display of sustainable “storied crafts” that echo the interior design, tourism retail merchandise, and fashion forecast for 2016-2017. PJ is working with a team of designers including Imelda Datul, a seasoned design and product development professional, and rising talent Rachelle Dagñalan.

With PJ’s creative guidance and the local artisans’ heritage skills, The Artisans Village will highlight the natural charm of cultural crafts created with the modern feel of brilliant and spunky color palette, prints, and patterns.

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PJ writes this friendly and fruity shade of orange on top of the list. Essential for the new year, Spring Papaya lends woven crafts and fashion items a contemporary allure. A luscious and exotic color, it combines well with white accents and indigenous materials like abaca and piña to create a neat contrast.

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Then PJ and the creative team play with the brightness of Spring Papaya by mixing it with a powerful Cobalt Blue, creating a dreamy aura. Applied in Philippine crafts, this color combination introduces an imaginative spin on the earthy/neutral tones of natural fibers, reminding one of bright galaxies and mystical dreams.

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The warm and sunny Buttercup, Mango Lassi, and Mustard accent the tropical tones of 2016. Ideal for establishing a vivid juxtaposition in a look, these shades are selected by PJ to create handmade crafts that add a radiant energy to any urban apartment home or workspace.

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Blending a sense of relaxation and serenity, these shades of blue utilized in native crafts bring the tranquil ocean to the home. The focal look for PJ’s Spring-Summer 2016 collection, this color bundle interprets the iridescence of rich Philippine marine life and distinct local materials such as mother-of-pearl.

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Soft and feminine pastel colors are making a come back in home décor and interiors. They create a relaxing atmosphere in living spaces and add a 70’s glamour to the dining area and the kitchen. PJ handpicks these subtle and versatile colors as they pair well with natural materials like bamboo, rattan, and seagrass.

The Artisans Village is one of the highlights of the Manila FAME April 2016 Boutique Edition which will be held on April 21-24, 2016, at the World Trade Center, Pasay City, Philippines.


Organized by CITEM, the export promotions arm of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Manila FAME is the country’s only premier design and lifestyle event for the global market. A bi-annual trade show, Manila FAME is dedicated to holiday and fashion sectors featuring hundreds of exporters, manufacturers, and designers.

For more information on Manila FAME, log on to http://www.manilafame.com.

The Artisan Village showcase of Philippine crafts opens at Manila FAME

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A collaborative project of DTI, DTI-CITEM, DA-AMAS, PhilFIDA, and the local governments of  Albay, Laguna, Cagayan Valley, and Davao Region, The Artisan Village, a special showcase of heritage crafts and fibers of the Philippines, was launched yesterday, 15 October 2015, on the opening day of the 62nd Manila FAME. In photo, from left are: DTI-CITEM Executive Director Rosvi Gaetos; Albay Governor Joey Salceda; Quirino, Isabela Vice Mayor Victor Emmanuel Callangan; DTI Secretary Gregory Domingo; DTI Region II Director Ma. Esperanza Bañares; DTI Undersecretary of Management Services Group  / Chief of Staff Nora Terrado; DTI Nueva Vizcaya Provincial Director Ruben Diciano; Department of Agriculture Assistant Secretary for Agribusiness Leandro H. Gazmin; DTI Undersecretary of Consumer Protection Group Victorio Mario A. Dimagiba;  DTI Isabela Provincial Director Ma. Salvacion Castillejos; and DTI Region XI Director Maria Belenda Ambi, posing for a group shot after the ceremonial opening of the special setting.

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Export-capable PH SMEs ready to meet over 5,000 foreign businessmen & trade visitors in October 2015 Manila FAME

Over 400 Philippine small and medium enterprises are ready to transact business and close export deals with more than 5,000 foreign and local wholesale and retail buyers and visitors for home, fashion, and lifestyle products in the upcoming October 2015 Manila FAME exhibition.

The participating SMEs in Manila FAME have been rigorously improving their products—diversifying and ensuring the quality of their output to secure a top spot in the highly competitive global market. With the devaluation of China’s currency creating an economic boost that spans the Asia-Pacific region, these SMEs which are highly involved in the export industry are expecting a growth trend that will continue over the coming months.  

SMEs play a significant role in the economy, accounting for 99.6 percent of the country’s businesses and employing around 70 percent of the Philippine workforce. Empowering and supporting SMEs by providing them various platforms for brand-building and global export is therefore imperative to the growth of the economy.

The Manila FAME exhibition will show on 15-18 October the outcome of several continuous development platforms designed to help SMEs create a niche in the international market.    

The Artisan Village, NeoTextiles Philippines, and OTOP Marketplace will showcase the heritage crafts of Albay, Laguna, Cagayan Valley, Davao Region; various natural fiber products; fabrics handwoven by indigenous groups from southern Philippines; and home and fashion merchandise made using traditional materials and techniques. These special platforms for grassroots organizations and craft communities in the rural areas aspire to nurture the traditional arts and crafts industry in the provinces and to help these groups to sustain livelihood by updating their merchandise, establishing a brand, and preparing them for business transactions with global companies.

The Light & Shadow, Red Box, and Manila Wear will present newly crafted lighting, fashion accessories and apparel, and furniture crafted by emerging Philippine talents who will be the future of design. These programs gather young, promising designers from all parts of the country and urge them to expand their capabilities, master their skills, and create innovate products that reflect their unique design sensibilities.

The Manila Gusto Gallery: In Pursuit of Pleasure will exhibit the new products of 21 Philippine export companies manufacturing dinnerware and table accessories. These products have been developed for the international market through the assistance of German consultant Detlef Klatt who will also curate the exhibit. The companies participating in this platform are established firms with years of experience in the export industry and stable clients from abroad.

The Manila FAME Design & Lifestyle Event is scheduled on 15-18 October 2015, 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM, at the SMX Convention Center, Pasay City, Philippines. It is organized by the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions, the export promotions arm of the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry.

CITEM teams with Albay, Southern Mindanao, and Zamboanga Peninsula to sustain traditional crafts and develop export-ready artisanal products

The Center for Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), with the local government of Albay, the provinces of Southern Mindanao (Region XI), Zamboanga Peninsula (Region IX), and their respective regional Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) units, are working on an extensive Partner Province program that encourages and inspires Philippine artisans to promote their heritage crafts through a more fun entrepreneurial strategy for the local and international markets.

The product collection developed through the program will be a unique show feature at the 62nd Manila FAME, scheduled on October 15-18, 2015, at the SMX Convention Center, Pasay City, Philippines. Dubbed as the Artisan Village, it aims to shine the spotlight on Philippine craftsmen and their significant contribution to the country’s rich culture as well as to the nation’s economic growth.

With full support from the provincial government, the craftsmen from Albay come from a strong community of weavers who create abaca handbags, houseware and home décor, furniture, carpets and rugs.

Participating artisans from Mindanao provinces are developing a diverse set of crafts including exotic leather, jewelry, pearls, mats from natural fiber, soap and other organic products from the madre de cacao plant, as well as exquisite textiles by the Yakan people.

CITEM, the owner and organizer of Manila FAME, understands that the worth of fine artisanal crafts is not only monetary but also social and cultural. They have a distinctive value woven together with the beliefs, traditions, and customs making up the fabric of a nation’s identity. “Our goal is to reach out to the local makers and equip them with up-to-date business knowledge so that they can maintain the relevance of their crafts to the community, recreate their art, sustain livelihood, and be at par with the top players in the industry,” said CITEM Executive Director Rosvi C. Gaetos.

With the help of the country’s young designers, whose innovative ideas will modernize the crafts of our local makers, the Artisan Village, along with the entire Manila FAME show, will offer a curatorial and meaningful exhibition that displays the fine work of Philippine artisans.

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A signature event of CITEM, the export promotions arm of the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Manila FAME is the country’s bi-annual design and lifestyle trade platform that is approved by Union des Foires Internationales (UFI), the global organization for the leading trade show organizers, fairground owners, and major national and international association of the exhibition industry.

Log on to www.manilafame.com for more information.

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.