Tagged: Artisanal Crafts


palawanPhoto: Kayangan Lake by Eric Beltran

October is the much-awaited time of the year when the bi-annual Manila FAME, one of Asia’s oldest among its leading trade shows and also the Philippines’ premier design and lifestyle event, rolls out its red carpet welcome for the world’s top buyers and excellent hunters of furniture, furnishings, accessories and artisanal crafts. The incredible crowd-drawing diversity of products in Manila FAME on 20-22 October 2016 is plushly laid out in four venues of invitingly walking distances to each other.

While on the lookout for premium products for trendy global buying seasons and demanding retail shoppers, catch intriguing lore on the origins, how and where on our exotic Philippine islands your next exciting product discoveries and design inspirations may spring from! Among these 7,100 islands is Palawan where an overseas trade buyer and a companion will get a chance to win a free and exclusive Luxe Escape package.

Let Palawan Island- voted Readers’ Choice Awards as “Best Island in the World” in 2014 and 2015 by Conde Nast Travel Magazine readers, preferred world’s best island 2013 and 2015 by readers of Travel and Leisure. Cap your buying visit! Overseas trade buyers are invited to simply register online or upon arrival at the Manila FAME to be immediately eligible for the raffle count. Get those bags packed for a quick buying visit, make your orders, and be sure you don’t miss this chance of a dream vacation getaway.

Sun, sea, sand – yes! Dive into clear waters everywhere reflecting exciting rock formations and the awesome tropical green splendor of lush forests. In the capital Puerto Princesa runs the world’s longest Subterranean River, a UNESCO World Heritage site and latest addition to the Seven New Wonders of the World. In the evening, ford placid waters for a glimpse of bats rushing out at sundown and fireflies lighting up the darkening islands.  Swim and snorkel, bask in the awesome beauty of reefs and stretches of white beaches. Wander into the El Nido marine reserve, the Tubbataha Reef, and the prehistoric site of the Tabon Caves.  Hop around the islands and feast on a choice of fresh seafood and island fiesta fare or sophisticated continental cuisine. Feel satisfied and sated in your own private adventure. Discoveries abound and await.

The Luxe Escape raffle promo consisting of two (2) free roundtrip tickets for a dream vacation to the lush tropical splendor of Palawan is open to all Manila FAME 20-22 October 2016 Overseas Trade Buyers who are at least 21 years old and not based in the Philippines. To register for Manila FAME and know more about the Luxe Escape raffle promo, log on to www.manilafame.com/en/index.php?idpg=luxe-promo.

The October 2016 show edition of Manila FAME runs from 20-22 October in the World Trade Center Main Area and its Tent, the Philippine Trade Training Center and HallOne, all contiguous venues in Metro Manila, Philippines. It is 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 welcomes exhibitors and international buyers to a bigger show in October 2016

The Philippines’ premier design and lifestyle event is expanding the show for October 2016 – with more venues, extended exhibit hours, more SME exporters, and more special showcases for new artisans, designers, and products


Five venues to accommodate more exhibitors

The 64th edition of Asia-Pacific’s second-longest running trade exhibition, Manila FAME, will be held in five large venues to accommodate the growing number of participating SME exporters and the deluge of international trade buyers joining every edition to source unique products of Philippine artisans.

The upcoming show in October 20-22, 2016 will be held at the World Trade Center (WTC) Main Hall, which will house the holiday and home exporters, and the WTC Tent, which will feature fashion, textile, and apparel brands. The Philippine Trade Training Center (PTTC) will exhibit arts and crafts, and start-up and retail companies, while HallONE will be the venue for the Design Week Philippines’ (DWP) Creative Marketplace. Intramuros will host the second component of Design Week Philippines called Creative Environment.

Design Week Philippines, held concurrently with Manila FAME, is a multifaceted fête of the arts and design aimed at fostering creativity and spurring innovations. It is highlighted with activities that speak of Filipino ingenuity and design breakthroughs that strengthen the Philippines’ position as Asia’s design capital.

In addition to the special DWP events to be held at HallONE, more activities initiated by Design Center of the Philippines (DCP) will take place in Manila’s historic center, Intramuros. DCP is CITEM’s supporting agency.

Extended exhibit hours to let in more trade buyers and visitors

Manila FAME October 2016 edition will extend its operating hours from the original 9:00AM-6:00PM to 9:00AM-7:00PM. The change was made in response to trade buyers’ request for longer business hours that would allow them to meet with all their target suppliers in Manila FAME, examine new products at the show, and maximize their visit in Asia, which will have other trade events scattered across the region.

New special showcases and daily events to update trade buyers and visitors on what’s hot

Exciting showcases to look forward to in the October show include New Generation Weaves, Bamboo and Coconut Special Setting, Lamps & Lighting, and Icon Setting: Peacock Redux.

Lively daily events to update trade buyers on on-trend designs and products as well as inspiring and creative workshops and business fora will be staged for a multi-sensory, comprehensive, and diverse trade show experience.

Furthermore, the 64th Manila FAME will be made even more momentous with the celebration of the ASEAN Master Craft Design Festival and the participation of the ASEAN Master Craftsmen who will present their creations in a special pavilion called ASEAN Crafts to the World. The first group of the ASEAN Master Craftsmen, coming from the countries Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Viet Nam, will unveil new designs and progressive applications of native materials and traditional techniques in home furnishings, gifts and housewares, garden accessories, and fashion apparels.

“CITEM is continuously shaping Manila FAME, not just to meet the demands of the changing industry with its new generation of buyers, entrepreneurs, consumers, designers, and artisans, but to exceed expectations, bring new ideas to the table, and most of all to showcase what the Philippine SMEs can do with training and assistance,” said CITEM Executive Director Rosvi C. Gaetos.


The 64th edition of Manila FAME will be held on October 20-22, 2016 at the World Trade Center Metro Manila (WTCMM), Philippine Trade Training Center (PTTC), and HallONE. Manila FAME, the Philippines’ premier design and lifestyle event and attended by trade buyers from all over the world, features finely selected furniture and home furnishings, holiday gifts and décor, and fashion accessories, designed and crafted in the Philippines for the global market.


Manila FAME is a bi-annual showcase of craftsmanship in Philippine products. It features finely selected furniture and home furnishings, holiday gifts and accessories, designed and crafted in the Philippines for the global market.

Organized by the Philippines’ Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), through the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), Manila FAME is the only trade event in the Philippines approved by the Union des Foires Internationals (UFI), or the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, a Paris-based association of trade fair organizers founded 90 years ago in Milan, Italy, on April 1925.

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.


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.

Manila FAME Oct 2012 Design Houses in Review

Manila FAME October 2012 introduced a new feature called Design Houses that feature a wealth of materials available in the country for product development. It also paired off up-and-coming designers with select exhibitors, giving them the opportunity to create settings that highlight Philippine artisanship and their individual creative talent.

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The 10 Designers of Manila FAME’s Design Houses
(L-R first row) Milo Naval, Olivia d’Aboville, Ito Kish, Wataru Sakuma, and Amina Aranaz
(L-R second row) Daniel Latorre Cruz, Vito Selma, Stanley Ruiz, Robert Alejandro, and Inigo Elizalde

Read through their inspirations in this collective look back at their visions for Manila FAME October 2012. Get to know their backgrounds from FAME Speak’s Mondays by Design entries.

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The designers successfully translated “The Art of the Craftsman = The Soul of the Philippines” into designs that incorporated their own unique tastes, backgrounds and individual style. Each designer had a Design House which served as the entrance and exit to the show area. The Design Houses were done to create immediate impact and leave a lasting impression of the Philippines as a leader in craftsmanship and design excellence. These entry points acted as portals to view the variety of product designs, skills and materials found in the Philippines. Several visitors from the USA mentioned that the Design House products were “wonderfully inventive and original.”
Columnist, TV host and socialite Tessa Prieto-Valdes describes the Design Houses in her Philippine Daily Inquirer article, “Taking design to the ultimate level, these designers cleverly combined the country’s indigenous materials with their individual sensibilities.”


Manila FAME’s 57th edition is fast approaching and online registration is now open. Visit www.manilafame.com and reserve your spot at the Design and Lifestyle Event.

Presenting the 10 Designers for Manila FAME October 2012 Design Houses

Manila FAME designers are hard at work for the October Show in their individual design processes – exploring, developing and crafting products using the wealth of natural, indigenous materials the Philippines has to offer.” – James R. Booth, Manila FAME October 2012 Project Director

Robert Alejandro

This is a world of whimsy-this is where a bipolar moon shines among silver kinetic birds and other creatures of fancy. For my Design House, I chose to produce an absolutely new product line with completely new stamped and die cut metal images. I see these products to be in the homes and gardens of real, authentic, interesting, cool people who enjoy the simple (and sometimes not so simple) joys of life.

Amina Aranaz

My Design House is all about a glamorous summer and seaside lifestyle. It is expressed through two collections-Retro Seaside and Oceanic Opulence and includes beach baskets, resort clutches and bejeweled evening bags made of various Filipino natural materials which are distinctive of the summer season combined with luxe metals and finishes.

Daniel Latorre Cruz

Welcome to a sanctuary where DESIGNS, created by artisans, come to life. Where ‘hands and minds’ meet and form the very soul of the product.

Inigo Elizalde

The jeepney and the collage aesthetic it is known for inspires my Design House-this combined with the vibrant colors found in the Philippines and the use of age old textile designs drives my collection forward for today’s living.

Olivia d’Aboville

I am inspired by the coastal sea and its seabed. My installation composed of hanging lamps and woven fabrics evokes the nets of fishermen thrown into the sea and creatures swimming within them. Although subtle and quiet, the collection is rich with textures.

Ito Kish

All things Filipino inspire me. The Gregoria is my homage to my mother. This design house shows how we anchor our day-to-day life to religion and family.

Milo Naval

What my Design House will try to achieve is a collage-like presentation of natural materials. It will introduce very basic modern forms and shapes using these materials. I want the Design house to serve as a model concept for other designers and manufacturers.”

Stanley Ruiz

The Float is my homage to the original Filipino pop-up store: the ox cart.

Vito Selma

My Design House is a forest. It showcases the roots from where these products come and the furniture that grows from them. After all, what is a furniture show, but a forest of manufacturers; a forest of ideas; a forest of stories and a forest of DESIGN.

Wataru Sakuma

INFINITIMO is an introductory passage of an infinite folding story book of Filipino craftsmanship and artisans. Each page intricately hand crafted with recycled indigenous material, spreads open to unfold the illuminations created by artisans from various manufacturers. Each page unfolds and embraces the new chapter of the design industry in the Philippines.

Watch out for Asia’s Design and Lifestyle Event, the Manila FAME 2012 October edition which will be held on 17-20 October 2012 at the SMX Convention Center, Metro Manila Philippines. Anchored to the theme “The Art of the Craftsman = The Soul of the Philippines,” their designs will be featured in the show’s “Design Houses” which will showcase the country’s abundance of natural and indigenous materials.