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.
Through the years, the Philippines has made a name for itself with its myriad of traditional crafts and age-old disciplines that transform natural materials into unique handcrafted creations. At Manila FAME, deeply-rooted tradition is once again brought to the forefront through live demonstrations of traditional Philippine crafts at the Crafts Spots.
This edition puts the spotlight on bamboo and its use as a source material for handicrafts. With the current global shift towards sustainable materials, bamboo is gaining popularity because of its versatility, durability, and sustainability.
Bamboo Basket Weaving
Manila FAME, the Design and Lifestyle Event, is back with its crowd favorite segment in this upcoming edition. Continuing to uncover the elegance of the artisanal process duly undertaken by each and every Philippine craftsman, the highly anticipated Craft Spots will once again provide live demonstrations of the thriving creativity and skill found in various parts of this country. This March, artisans will share their narratives with both local and foreign audiences—seeking to kindle their passion for Filipino tradition—through the specialty of wood manipulation using the iconic raw material, bamboo.
Not only is bamboo engraved in local culture as having multi-faceted uses in craft items and architecture, but the wood—once dubbed as poor man’s timber, is now gaining popularity worldwide with the current global trend shifting towards the use of sustainable materials for product development. We will be introduced to three different craft techniques transforming this raw material into outstanding eco-friendly creations, which are both intricate and durable.
Wood Shaving (Singkaban)
During a fiesta or grand celebration in the Philippines, it is common to find a decorative arch adorning the entrance of a town or barangay signifying the jovial mood of the people. This elaborate craftsmanship employs the skill of wood shaving—and in the case of the Bulakenyo—bamboo shaving, where the expertise extends to the creation of decorative patterns found in lanterns and topiaries on top of these vast entry arches called singkaban. The town of Malolos, Bulacan aptly celebrates this craft in honor of the patron saint of the province, Our Lady of Victory, in its annual Singkaban Festival.
Wood Carving (Lilok)
The people of Paete, Laguna in the southern part of Luzon and the Ifugao province up north share the skill of ukit or lilok, which pertains to traditional Filipino woodcarving. In the absence of good quality soft and hardwood, bamboo places a great alternative material for continuing the livelihood of these artisans, thus allowing the natural regeneration of forest resources as well. From this, local carvers are adept at creating ornate sculptures, dolls and a variety of curiosity pieces.
Weaving is crafted with a wide variety of materials, such as the local nito vine in buon-buon and the buri palm leaf in bay-ong sinuluyan, both of which are basket products commonly made by the Mangyan tribe of Mindoro. Blackened bamboo is also a viable option for these artisans specializing in weaving, along with the widely popular rattan. The people of Puerto Princesa, Palawan likewise employ the use of such materials in their basket products.
Catch all the local artisans display their craft in the 57th edition of Manila FAME on 14-17 March 2013 at the SMX Convention Center, Metro Manila, Philippines.