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MANILA FAME April 2019 Opens Today

  • The preeminent design and lifestyle show opens its doors to local and international buyers
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The Manila FAME April 2019 logo designed in collaboration with Vince Uy

Manila FAME, the country’s premiere sourcing destination for home, lifestyle and design products is slated to open today, April 25 at the World Trade Center Metro Manila in Pasay City and will run until Saturday, April 27, 2019.

Organized by the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), the export promotion arm of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), the three-day event will champion Filipino ingenuity as it highlights globally competitive products from more than 300 exhibitors. Industries featured are furniture and furnishings, home accents, gift items, festive season décor, fashion accessories and wearables, handwoven and converted items, interior and architectural components, and visual arts.

The exhibitors this edition are a diverse mix of industry veterans and upcoming, aspiring enterprises. There will also be 36 foreign exhibitors in this edition coming from Southeast Asia (Indonesia, Cambodia, Timor Leste), China and India.

The show is expecting thousands of local and international trade buyers as over 900 buyers already signified their attendance. This presents an increase of 27% from last year’s buyer count, with the pre-registration rate normally accounting for just 30% of the actual buyer attendance. More are anticipated to come at the actual trade fair with the United States, Japan, Australia, United Arab Emirates, and France as the top visiting countries this edition.

What’s Fresh at the Manila FAME April 2019 edition

For the first time, the Manila FAME tapped some of the country’s rising online fashion entrepreneurs and designers to showcase the latest trends in both couture and ready-to-wear (RTW) fashion. The show gathered 22 online businesses in the Fashion E-Tailer special setting not only to entice the young and tech-savvy fashion enthusiasts but to level up its online promotion initiative.

Heritage Reimagined takes centerstage this April

To commemorate over 30 years of cultural inheritance and to prepare the groundwork for the 70th staging this October, the trade show took on a nostalgic theme this April. Manila FAME will present the most iconic and forward-looking pieces from the past and infuse them with the vision of the new to create an exciting collection that honors a legacy of design excellence.

“We looked at the best products from the past and gave it a modern flair through our new breed of designers that were very keen to help us this edition,” said CITEM Executive Director Pauline Suaco-Juan.

To follow through with this endeavor, CITEM invited design, fashion, editorial and entrepreneurial luminaries within the creative community to sit as consultants and product developers for the Design Commune. The team is expected to lend a fresh perspective to Manila FAME.

The Design Commune special setting is now on its fourth run in Manila FAME. Leading the thematic showcase of ‘Heritage Reimagined’ is creative director Vince Uy. For this April, it will feature products from 115 Philippine brands and manufacturers that have undergone product development and curation to meet the aesthetics and demands of the international market.

The product development designers who are involved in this edition are Stanley Ruiz for home and lighting; Nix Alañon for furniture and lighting; André Chang for fashion; and PJ Arañador and Maco Custodio for the home and fashion sectors of the Artisans Village.

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From L to R: Maco Custodio, Vince Uy, CITEM Executive Director Pauline Suaco-Juan, Andre Chang, Nix Alañon and Stanley Ruiz, Manila FAME April 2019 curator and designers

These designers have established formidable names in the design and lifestyle sectors and now they are giving back to their community by helping MSMEs go further in the international market.

Manila FAME, a signature event of the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions, is one of the longest running trade shows in the Asia Pacific and is the only trade event in the Philippines approved by Union des Foires Internationales (UFI), the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry. Held biannually every April and October, the Manila FAME covers the home, holiday and fashion sectors.

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Esteemed fashion stylist leads Manila FAME into a bold new artistic direction

  • DTI-CITEM appoints Vince Uy as the new Creative Director for its upcoming signature event, Manila FAME

MANILA, Philippines – Multihyphenate style savant Vince Uy is certainly no stranger when it comes to blending different fashion elements and color palettes and turning them into a cohesive eye-catching look. He is known for being a master of the color story and has worked alongside high caliber brands and the country’s A-list celebrities.

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Vince Uy at the Manila FAME Media Preview

Aside from being a fashion stylist, he is also a recognized social media & design influencer, entrepreneur, content creator, former Uniqlo brand ambassador and, to round things off, the former executive creative director for Summit Media and Preview Magazine. This impressive roster of titles has made him particularly qualified for his new role as the Creative Director for the 69th edition of Manila FAME on April 25-27, 2019.

The theme for this upcoming edition is “Heritage Reimagined” which presents the unique task of reviving iconic design elements and reintroducing them through a fresh and modern perspective.  Not one to shy away from a challenge, Uy leads the efforts to highlight the Philippines’ classic and traditional design sensibilities and reintroduce them with a 21st century filter.

“We were all inspired by different perspectives and different points of view,” Uy said. “What’s good to know is that we have a treasure trove of really good design.”

Joining him on this endeavor is a diverse team of Product Development Designers from the country’s top talents. This includes industrial designer Stanley Ruiz, interior designer Nix Alañon, fashion editor and brand consultant André Chang, lifestyle and industrial designer PJ Arañador and shoe and accessories designer Maco Custodio.

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New logo designed in collaboration with Vince Uy

“When we were brainstorming and talking about which directions to take this year, we were all in unison and in agreement that we wanted to play with color,” explained Uy on how he and his team approached this year’s theme.

In line with the new direction, updated visuals were needed to properly represent the legacy of Manila FAME and the rich heritage of Filipino design.

“We wanted to communicate new ways of creating insights, whether it’s inspired by textile or geometric shapes,” said Uy when talking about the weave inspiration that he used in coming up with the new logo for Manila FAME.

Guided by this interpretation, Uy’s team of designers utilized a more minimalist and modernist approach towards Manila FAME’s product development initiative in collaboration with exhibitors from the country’s up and coming fashion and design brands. Visitors can find these collaborative pieces curated by Uy at the trade show’s following areas: Design Commune, Artisans Village and the Fashion E-Tailers Special Setting.

See Vince Uy’s vibrant vision brought to life on April 25-27, 2019, at the World Trade Center Metro Manila, Pasay City, Philippines.

Manila FAME is the Philippines’ premier design and lifestyle event organized by the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), the export promotion arm of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

For more information about the show, visit www.manilafame.com

SNEAK PEEK: Five Exciting Things to look forward to in the 69th edition of Manila FAME

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The 69th edition of Manila FAME is set to highlight home and lifestyle products from the country’s top and emerging brands in varying hues and color pallettes under the Design Commune special setting.

Manila, Philippines – As the country’s premier design and lifestyle event, Manila FAME is set to open its doors once again to thousands of international and local buyers on 25-27 April at the World Trade Center Metro Manila, Pasay City.

The Department of Trade and Industry, through the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (DTI-CITEM), hosted an exclusive media preview at the Artellano 11 to give a sneak peek of the 69th edition of Manila FAME.

According to DTI-CITEM Executive Director Pauline Suaco-Juan, this April edition will have ‘Heritage Reimagined’ as its theme featuring iconic and forward-looking collections under Manila FAME from its over 30 years run as it showcases more than 300 home and lifestyle brands.

 

“The recent nostalgia over past trends and the revival or reinvention of iconic design pieces are going back in style,” she noted. “It is through this resurgence of design sensibilities that we will redefine and showcase our heritage of Philippine design. Our goal is to highlight the most iconic styles and elements of past products and reintroduce them through modern interpretations.”

Manila FAME has positioned itself as the country’s best venue to discover Filipino design talents, raw materials, craftsmanship and service, and as a trade fair where buyers and visitors can experience the trademark hospitality of Filipinos.

Suaco-Juan said this April edition furthers the government’s mission to support local companies in introducing their products to the international market and effectively promote the Philippines as a premier sourcing destination for furniture, home and holiday décor, fashion, health and wellness and food as gifts sectors.

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DTI-CITEM Executive Director Pauline Suaco-Juan encourages members of the press to continuously support the Philippine home and lifestyle sector by promoting the upcoming Manila FAME April.

 “This media preview is just a teaser of the exciting showcase and export products from more than 300 exhibitors this edition,” she said. “Join us as we take a look back at the cultural and design foundations that built and paved the way for our artists today and celebrate a legacy of Filipino design excellence.”

As seen from the media preview, here are five things that visitors and buyers should look forward to in the event:

Design Commune

In a bid to continually up its game, CITEM called on design, fashion, editorial and entrepreneurial forces within the creative community to sit as consultants for design commune this edition. Most of them are very new to this role therefore offering a fresh perspective to Manila FAME.

Leading the thematic showcase of ‘Heritage Reimagined’ is creative director Vince Uy under the Design Commune special setting in its fourth run in Manila FAME. For this April, it will feature products from 115 Philippine brands and manufacturers that have undergone product development and curation to meet the aesthetics and demands of the international market.

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Some of the country’s top creative minds in the upcoming Manila FAME April 2019 (from left to right): Maco Custodio, Vince Uy, CITEM Executive Director Pauline Suaco-Juan, André Chang, Nix Alañon and Stanley Ruiz.

Product development designers who were involved in this edition were Stanley Ruiz for home and lighting; Nix Alañon for furniture and lighting; André Chang for fashion; and PJ Arañador and Maco Custodio for the home and fashion sectors of the Artisans Village.

These luminaries already made a mark in the design and lifestyle sector and now they are using their talents to help MSMEs go further in the international market.

Fashion E-Tailer

Following the launch of Touchpoint last year, Manila FAME levels up its online promotion initiative with the introduction of Fashion E-Tailer special setting.

This edition will feature some of the country’s rising online fashion entrepreneurs and designer commercial brands showcasing the latest trends in both couture and ready-to-wear (RTW) fashion. Young and tech-savvy fashion enthusiasts are set to be enamored by a collection of this season’s trendiest styles.

The online fashion brands to watch out for in the upcoming Manila FAME are; Nomadic Tendencies, Quiddity Leather Goods, AVA Online Group Inc., HaloHalo, Simple Sentiments PH, Baú l, Factory, Stride Collective, Toqa Fashion Studio, Tropik Beatnik, Viajecito, Annie and Lori, Anika, Randolf, Basic Movement, Coral Swimwear, Neon Island, Proudrace, and R-U-A.

CREATE Lab

The CREATE Lab is an exciting new feature designed to inspire and motivate creatives. From creating a personal logo, using stop-motion, to creative business processes, there is a lot of valuable things to learn from the CREATE Lab. It aims to provide participants with a sneak peek into the rich creative experience and networking opportunities that the next edition of CREATE Philippines will offer.

Great Women Project

The Gender Responsive Economic Actions for the Transformation of Women (GREAT Women Project) will feature arts and crafts from women entrepreneurs that have undergone product development workshops to enhance their business management competencies, skills, or innovate existing products and expand markets through Manila FAME.

Artisans Village

Manufacturers from Antique, Marawi and Zamboanga and Albay will be presented this edition. Manila FAME’s Artisans Village will showcase products that highlight each province’s distinctive raw materials and production techniques. Live demonstrations of how these materials are crafted and fashioned into end products will also further elevate the event.

Manila FAME is one of the longest-running trade shows in the Asia-Pacific region and is the only trade event in the Philippines approved by the Union des Foires Internationales (UFI), the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry.  The event is held bi-annually every April and October.

Learn more about Manila FAME on manilafame.com/. To receive show updates, follow Manila FAME on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Manila FAME unites regional artisans to showcase

Artisans Village spotlights the Craft of the Islands, features products from Albay, Antique, Cebu, Bohol, Northern Mindanao, Marawi City, Negros Occidental and Oriental

Red jewelry boxes.jpgJewelry boxes made from red stone marble by Negros Oriental Arts and Heritage.

As the Philippines’ premier design and lifestyle event, Manila FAME serves as a platform that converges the country’s emerging artisans and design talents to showcase the distinct Filipino craftsmanship in the global market.

For its 68th edition, Manila FAME featured handcrafted products from over 60 micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in a special setting dedicated to homegrown products from different Philippine regions. The Artisans Village served as a testament that creativity is a native trait among Filipinos as it made its foray into the World Trade Center Metro Manila in Pasay City last October 19-21.

Under the Artisans Village are local designers and entrepreneurs that hailed from seven different provinces namely Cebu, Antique, Bohol, Cagayan de Oro, Albay, Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental, as well as the city of Marawi. Exhibiting near the setting are also the delegations from Isabela and Palawan.

Manila FAME is organized by the Department of Trade and Industry, through the Center for International Trade Expositions and Mission (DTI-CITEM).

“Through the Artisans Village, trade buyers and visitors got to experience the Philippines’ distinct character and rich roster of traditions and talents from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao,” said DTI-CITEM Executive Director Pauline Suaco-Juan.

Through their product exhibits, the skills showcased under the Artisans Village are weaving, wood carving, marquetry, sculpting, metal forging and other various forms of traditional crafts.

Here are some of the exquisite product showcases from each province:

Luzon 

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Handcrafted soap by Bath and Brew House from Albay.

Albay showcased handcrafted soaps of various colors and scents, round bags and placemats woven from waxed corn husk and plastic straws, and shoes made from crocheted abaca and wool.

Craftsmen from Isabela brought colorful velvet bags with leather straps, pillowcases, and chairs made from Narra wood. They also showcased their painted hanging lights as well as cups and other home products made from bamboo.

Palawan had carved wood and other hand-painted human and animal figures (locally known as Tinawtaw), masks, kitchen utensils, wall décor and shields. They also showcased woven bags and dream catchers made from abaca.

Visayas

As the country’s top exporting province in home and lifestyle, Cebu came to make a statement as they brought guitars made from different wood, such as Narra, Spruce, Yakal, etc. ; elegant handbags made from Capiz shells, decorative woven slippers, hanging decors made from sea shells, beaded bracelets, earrings and necklaces.

Antique featured woven placemats, baskets and bags made from repurposed Pandan leaves, which is locally known as Bariw.

Negros Oriental featured handcrafted jewelry boxes, furniture and kitchen utensils made from Capiz shells, jade, red stone and mother of pearl.

Meanwhile, artisans from Negros Occidental brought silk-made dresses and apparel, as well as flavorful food ingredients such as muscovado sugar, sea salt, and vinegar varieties

Bohol also brought cute animal-inspired pins and carved statuettes made from wood. The delegation from Bohol also offered woven lamps, bags and placemats made of abaca fiber, as well as jewelries decorated with beads, stones and painted wood.

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Wood-carved Tarsier Lamp by Sumabal Marketing from Bohol.

Mindanao

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Sarimanok design imprints on t-shirts by Folded & Hung.

Marawi City staged an exhibit in partnership with the Magbassa Kita Foundation, Inc. (MKFI) to showcase Folded & Hung’s “Sarimanok” collection designed by Maranaos.

The Sarimanok is a legendary bird of the Maranao people which originated from Mindanao, the biggest Southernmost island in the Philippines. It comes from the words “sari,” which means cloth or garment with assorted colors and “manok” which means chicken.

A share of profits from their exhibit goes directly to the people displaced during the Marawi siege that ended on October 23 last year.

The Maranaos also brought traditionally woven textiles, pearl jewelry, and home décor made of wood and brass metals.

Cagayan de Oro featured bags, paper made lamps and lightings, beaded earrings, wallets and baskets made from woven abaca.

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Manila FAME is one of the longest-running trade shows in the Asia-Pacific region and is the only trade event in the Philippines approved by the Union des Foires Internationales (UFI), the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry. It is held bi-annually every April and October.

Learn more about Manila FAME on manilafame.com. To receive show updates, follow Manila FAME on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Manila FAME 68th Edition Opens Today

Preeminent design and lifestyle show opens its doors to local and international buyers

Manila FAME, the country’s premiere sourcing destination for home, lifestyle and design products is slated to open today, October 19 at the World Trade Center in Pasay City and will run until Sunday, October 21, 2018.

Organized by the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), the export promotion arm of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), the three-day event will champion Filipino ingenuity as it highlights globally competitive products from more than 360 exhibitors. Industries featured are furniture, home décor or furnishings, fashion, food as gifts and health and wellness products.

The show is expecting over 1,300 local and international trade buyers and more than half of which are first-time attendees. Foreign buyers will come from different countries such as United States, Japan, Australia, India, Hongkong, Singapore, South Africa, United Kingdoms, United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Nigeria.

“We are now expecting a new breed of visitors and buyers that is why for the 68th edition, we are not limiting the experience within the halls of World Trade Center. We are actively strengthening our digital presence to enable a continuous exchange between exhibitors and trade buyers from the actual show to their phone screens,” said CITEM Executive Director Pauline Suaco-Juan.

The biannual trade exhibition will intensify its digital campaign through enhanced social media visibility and two new digital platforms such as the Manila FAME app and the Touchpoint website. The app is already downloadable in Google Play (Android) and App Store (iOS) and will serve as an efficient channel for business-matching and interaction.

 “Aside from business-matching, the Manila FAME app will also enable buyers and visitors to get the latest updates on the event and vote for their favorite product or exhibitor for the People’s Choice category in the KATHA Awards,” added Suaco-Juan.

Touchpoint, on the other hand, will focus on the intricate narratives behind the products, designers and companies. Aiming to convey the distinct design sensibilities of each export quality product, Touchpoint will feature engaging stories behind each creation. For its first release, the mobile-friendly website will spotlight 15 exhibitors and their diverse stories that play on their product design, materials used and manufacturing processes.

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A sneak peek of the Design Commune Special Setting during the Manila FAME Media Preview

The Design Commune takes centerstage once again this October edition. Now on its 3rd run, the program which aims to establish a steady designer-manufacturer relationship followed a new theme that takes inspiration from nude palettes. More than 80 Philippine manufacturers received product design and development interventions under the leadership of award-winning Filipino artists Tes Pasola and Tony Gonzales.

Also highlighted in the event are the skillful craftsmen from the provinces of Cebu, Bohol, Cagayan de Oro, Albay, Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental, and Marawi City under the Artisans Village setting.

“Emerging MSMEs across the country will converge to showcase the artistic capabilities and impressive crafts of local artisans and communities, each infused with an interesting story from their place of origin,” Suaco-Juan noted.

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Bambikes: A fresh take on the use of Bamboo as a raw material

Bamboo 360, an exploration of one of the country’s highly sustainable raw materials will be given a fresh take The initiative was led by the Design Center of the Philippines in partnership with the Philippine Nickel Industry Association (PNIA).

Buyers and visitors can likewise, participate in four hands-on workshops hosted by artisans and advocacy groups located in the Creative Corners. Featured workshops include a three-day Leather Reborn Workshop by Asia Pacific Leather Fair Ltd.; Basic Leather Workshop by H.H.S. Leather Goods Enterprises; Traditional Craft Making by CRAFT MNL; and Solar Lamp Making Workshop by My Shelter Foundation under their A Liter of Light program.

Attendees can also check out the wide range of gourmet gifts, health & wellness products and services, and other fiber-based products from selected grassroot communities under the Health and Wellness Pavilion, which is supported by the Department of Agriculture – Agribusiness Marketing Service (DA-AMAS).

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Manila FAME, a signature event of the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions, is one of the longest running trade shows in the Asia Pacific and is the only trade event in the Philippines approved by Union des Foires Internationales (UFI), the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry. Held biannually every April and October, the Manila FAME covers the home, holiday, and fashion sectors.

SNEAK PEEK: Five Exciting Things to Look Forward To in the 68th Edition of Manila FAME

img1.jpgHanging lights of Venzon Lightings, one of the exhibitors in the 68th edition of Manila FAME on October 19 to 21, 2018.

As the country’s premier design and lifestyle event, Manila FAME is set to open its doors once again to thousands of international and local buyers on October 19-21 at the World Trade Center Metro Manila, Pasay City.

Last week, the Department of Trade and Industry, through the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (DTI-CITEM), hosted an exclusive media preview at the LRI Design Plaza to give a sneak peek of the 68th edition of Manila FAME.

Newly appointed DTI-CITEM Executive Director Pauline Suaco-Juan gave a media tour to showcase the home and lifestyle products of Triboa Bay Living, Tim Tam Ong, and Venzon Lighting. The organizers also featured a pop-up installation pf Bamboo 360° by the Design Center of the Philippines and a display of product samples from the Design Commune.

“CITEM is continuing its mission to support local companies in introducing their products to the international market and effectively promoting the Philippines through the Manila FAME as a premier sourcing destination for furniture, home and holiday décor, fashion, health and wellness and food as gifts sectors,” said Suaco-Juan.

“This media preview is just the tip of the iceberg. The plethora of exciting products from our 366 exhibitors are there to make a statement to the world – that we are a country with limitless ingenuity,” Suaco-Juan emphasized.

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Filipino artist Tes Pasola and Germany design consultant Detlef Klatt (rightmost to the left) engaged members of the press during the Manila FAME media preview last week

“CITEM is continuing its mission to support local companies in introducing their products to the international market and effectively promoting the Philippines through the Manila FAME as a premier sourcing destination for furniture, home and holiday décor, fashion, health and wellness and food as gifts sectors,” said Suaco-Juan.

“This media preview is just the tip of the iceberg. The plethora of exciting products from our 366 exhibitors are there to make a statement to the world – that we are a country with limitless ingenuity,” Suaco-Juan emphasized.

Notable personalities who attended the media preview include Rhea Matute (Executive Director, Design Center of the Philippines), Filipino artists Tes Pasola and Tony Gonzales, German design consultant Detlef Klatt, Christopher De Venecia (Pangasinan 4th District Representative), and Philippine Nickel Industry Association (PNIA) representatives Isidro Alcantara Jr. (Chairman), Clarence Pimentel (Chairman Emeritus), and Charmaine Olia Capili (Executive Director).

The media preview also hosted the signing of the partnership agreement between the Design Center and PNIA as part of the Bamboo 360° program.

As seen from the media preview, here are five things that visitors and buyers should look forward to in the event:

Manila FAME goes digital

Manila FAME launched its first-ever digital content marketing platform, Touchpoint. It seeks to complete the event experience of buyers and visitors by giving them access to the stories and product visuals of the exhibitors.

Touchpoint will feature the narratives behind local designers and artisans, highlighting the people, the products, and the brands. Among the home and lifestyle selections in Touchpoint includes houseware and home decor; fashion accessories and wearables; gifts and holiday; lamps and lightings; and furniture and furnishings.

DTI-CITEM also launched the Manila FAME App which is downloadable on Google Play (Android) and App Store (iOS). The app is envisioned to serve as an efficient channel for business-matching and interaction between buyers and exhibitors.

Design Commune: Nude+ uncovers Filipino creativity

For its third run in Manila FAME, the Design Commune will unveil the depth of Philippine craftsmanship with nude color palettes as their primary motif.

Led by the award-winning Filipino designers Tes Pasola and Tony Gonzales, Design Commune: Nude+ is set to highlight the country’s leading home and lifestyle brands to highlight the ingenious designs and techniques Philippine artistry takes pride in. The setting includes four color themes: Nude+Pastel, Nude+Spice, Nude+Earth and Nude+Luster.

Bamboo 360° flexes its material strength

With its fresh take on one of the country’s top sustainable material, the Bamboo 360° exhibit returns once again to Manila FAME through the presentation of an exquisite and innovative collection of bamboo-made products that perfectly capture the millennials’ way of life.

Artisans Village features crafts across the archipelago

As a staple in Manila FAME, the Artisans Village will feature the home and lifestyle products from the emerging micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) across the different provinces and localities in the Philippines.

This edition will highlight the works from Cebu, Bohol, Cagayan de Oro, Albay, Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental, and the Marawi City.

Engaging hands-on workshops

Buyers and visitors can participate in four hands-on workshops hosted by skilled craftsmen and advocacy groups located in the Creative Corners.

Featured workshops include a three-day Leather Reborn Workshop by Asia Pacific Leather Fair Ltd.; Basic Leather Workshop by H.H.S. Leather Goods Enterprises; Traditional Craft Making by CRAFT MNL; and Solar Lamp Making Workshop by My Shelter Foundation under their A Liter of Light program.

Manila FAME is one of the longest-running trade shows in the Asia-Pacific region and is the only trade event in the Philippines approved by the Union des Foires Internationales (UFI), the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry.  The event is held bi-annually every April and October.

Learn more about Manila FAME on manilafame.com/. To receive show updates, follow Manila FAME on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Over 360 MSMEs gear up to showcase PH design and craftsmanship at Manila FAME October 2018

First-time buyers flock to the Philippines’ premier design and lifestyle event

img1.jpgHandcrafted pieces under Design Commune, one of the special setting that will return this Manila FAME October 2018.

The country’s premier design and lifestyle event will stage a bigger exhibit for its October edition with more than 360 participating micro, small, and medium Enterprises (MSMEs) to showcase the design excellence and refined craftsmanship in the Philippines.

On October 19-21, the 68th edition of Manila FAME will present the best of home, lifestyle, and fashion products from the country’s leading brands and manufacturers at the World Trade Center Metro Manila in Pasay City.

Organized by the Department of Trade and Industry through the Center for International Trade Expositions and Mission (DTI-CITEM), the three-day event will spotlight homegrown artisans from regional groups and grassroots communities across the country, encompassing the Philippines’ vibrant and multi-layered cultural heritage.

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DTI-CITEM Executive Director Pauline Suaco-Juan

“Manila FAME stands as a platform for both small and established enterprises to penetrate the international market. The trade show provides exporters with the opportunity to meet with international trade buyers, importers, retailers, wholesalers, and merchandising agents,” said DTI-CITEM Executive Director Pauline Suaco-Juan.

“By helping our MSMEs land new trade deals, we are not only supporting their livelihoods, but we also create investments for the country,” she added.

Firsttime buyers surge from all over the world

Based on DTI-CITEM’s latest tally on October 10, nearly 1,300 local and international trade buyers from countries across the world have already signed up for Manila FAME October.

The top 10 countries where foreign buyers originate include the United States, Japan, Australia, India, Hongkong, Singapore, South Africa, United Kingdoms, United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Nigeria, respectively.

“We are also proud to announce that more than half of our confirmed trade buyers are attending Manila FAME for the first time. Their presence will be significant in catalyzing new export deals and trade partnerships for Philippine home and lifestyle brands,” Suaco-Juan emphasized.

“We are expecting more buyers to sign up as the event approaches with our aggressive buyer campaign, complemented by the renewed global appreciation for meticulous craftsmanship and eco-sustainable products in the Philippines,” she noted.

Special settings put an accent to Manila FAME

Enlivening the trade event is the third edition of Design Commune with a fresh theme that takes inspiration on nude palettes. It is set to be participated by more than 80 Philippine brands under the leadership of award-winning Filipino artists Tes Pasola and Tony Gonzales.

“Design Commune: Nude+ will exhibit a harmonious and impactful collection of home and lifestyle pieces that exude the varying tone, mood and shade of nude to strike balance on the intensity of each product and better highlight their beauty and uniqueness,” Suaco-Juan narrated.

Artistic freedom in Design Commune will be exercised under four themes: Nude+Pastel, Nude+Spice, Nude+Earth, Nude+Luster—all focusing on the barely-there shades of off-white & ivory, the palest of pinks and skin-toned hues.

Also highlighted in the event are the skillful craftsmen from the provinces of Cebu, Bohol, Cagayan de Oro, Albay, Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental, and the Marawi City under the Artisans Village setting.

“Emerging MSMEs across the country will converge to showcase the artistic capabilities and impressive crafts of local artisans and communities, each engraved with an interesting story from their place of origin,” Suaco-Juan noted.

Making a comeback this edition is the Bamboo 360 with a fresh approach in manipulating one of the country’s most ubiquitous and highly sustainable material, led by the Design Center of the Philippines in partnership with the Philippine Nickel Industry Association (PNIA).

The Bamboo 360 program is a disruptive, conceptual presentation of the bamboo material as it speaks of adventure, exploration, and experimentation, through the application of bamboo into product collections that capture the millennials’ way of life.

Buyers and visitors can participate in four hands-on workshops hosted by artisans and advocacy groups located in the Creative Corners. Featured workshops include a three-day Leather Reborn Workshop by Asia Pacific Leather Fair Ltd.; Basic Leather Workshop by H.H.S. Leather Goods Enterprises; Traditional Craft Making by CRAFT MNL; and Solar Lamp Making Workshop by My Shelter Foundation under their A Liter of Light program.

Attendees can also check out the wide range of gourmet gifts, health & wellness products and services, and other fiber-based products from selected grassroot communities under the Health and Wellness Pavilion, which is supported by the DA- Agribusiness Marketing Service (AMAS).

Manila FAME is one of the longest-running trade shows in the Asia-Pacific region and is the only trade event in the Philippines approved by the Union des Foires Internationales (UFI), the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry. Held bi-annually every April and October, the Manila FAME covers the home, holiday and fashion sectors.

Learn more about Manila FAME on manilafame.com/. To receive show updates, follow Manila FAME on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.