The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) staged just recently Slingshot Philippines 2016, the National Summit on Startups and Innovation, at the Philippine Trade Training Center (PTTC) in Pasay City, kicking off a two-day national summit on startups and innovation with the theme, “Accelerating the Innovation Economy.”
The two-day summit provided an opportunity to gather under one roof young minds with big ideas, innovators in constant pursuit of new things to benefit their community, supportive investors who fund start-up ideas and the policymakers whose role is to provide an enabling business environment.
The event kicked off national consultations for the crafting of policies and programs to develop a new breed of innovative enterprises, covering the fields of agriculture, biotechnology, electronics, and digital startups, among others.
Around 50 speakers and panelists spoke on issues concerning funding, the current status and the future of Philippine startups, and strategies towards a Philippine innovation economy before 577 conference delegates who gathered at Slingshot Philippines 2016 to actively take part in a government-initiated platform for public dialogue and partnership that will help boost the development of Philippine startups for a robust innovation economy.
“Changing the ecosystem and putting in place policies responsive to the needs of the innovativion economy will not happen overnight. However, close collaboration of the government and key players will enable the Philippines to foster the desired new breed of business more quickly and efficiently. We want the next big tech startup to come from the Philippines ,” said Trade Secretary Adrian Cristobal, Jr.
Secretary Cristobal, a steadfast advocate of MSMEs as an integral part of the country’s pursuit towards regional economic integration and the attainment of equitable and inclusive growth, pointed out the government’s main role in the upbringing of the innovation economy. DTI has started implementing programs such as Slingshot to help overcome the hindrances that constrain the growth of MSMEs as well as provide startups and innovative businesses an environment that will nurture their capabilities.
In 2015, the Philippine government and startup community unveiled a roadmap which will serve as a framework in building a thriving ecosystem in the next few years. From a hundred, the country targets to have 500 startups with total valuation of USD2 B by 2020. This roadmap also serves as the basis for Senator Paolo “Bam” Aquino IV’s Startup Bill which is set to be filed at the 17th Congress in July. This proposed policy will exempt startup entrepreneurs from paying taxes in their first two years, enabling an inclusive growth to their budding business.
For three years in the senate, Senator Aquino has been the forerunner of six startup-friendly policies that support the innovation community. Among these are the Go Negosyo Act (RA 10644) which initiates the establishment of ‘Negosyo Centers’ that create linkages to bigger markets and financing as well as provide jobs and livelihood to people, the Microfinance NGOs Act (RA 10693) which supports the groups that guide and empower micro entreprenuers, and the Youth Entrepreneurship & Financial Literacy Act (RA 10679) which builds a culture of entrepreneurship as an alternative solution to unemployment and underemployment.
“Why (support) MSMEs? Because we must. Our MSME sector is at the forefront of pushing the growth of the Philippines,” said Senator Paolo “Bam” Aquino IV, chair of the Senate Committee on Trade, Commerce and Entrepreneurship.
For her part, Trade Undersecretary Nora Terrado of the Industry Promotions Group (IPG) commended the local economy’s unyielding growth despite the many challenges the country faces with the global economic slowdown. “We have gained momentum, but we can do more. We realized from our dialogues with the private sector that our country can benefit from a far-reaching and scalable innovation within a well-planned, well-organized government supported frameworks,” said Terrado.
Over the past few years, the Philippine economy has shown a promising ground for the startup community. In 2015, the country jumped 83rd in the Global Innovation Index, 17 notches higher from its previous rank in 2014. Bloomberg Businessweek also revealed that the Philippines’ ranked sixth among the top countries where talents are being sourced.
The current status of the Philippine economy will serve as a viable launching pad for local startups and innovators to make it in the global market. The country is the second fastest-growing economy in Asia next to China and it currently flourishes from a positive business climate, a population of young, English-proficient speakers; and the stable remittances from overseas Filipinos.
Slingshot Philippines 2016 was the direct offshoot of Slingshot Manila 2015, the official startup and innovation event for the Philippines’ hosting of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) organized by the DTI in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and other key industry stakeholders. It was held in conjunction with the recently concluded 63rd edition of Manila FAME and Design Week Philippines (DWP).
Artisans from Albay, Cagayan Valley, Laguna, and Davao are ready to meet big retail firms at the Philippines’ premier trade fair in April
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.
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.
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.
The country’s premier international lifestyle trade show opens on Thursday (Oct. 15) with highly visible participation of exporters from India, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Taiwan, highlighting the event’s global character and the Philippines’ emerging image as a design creativity hub.
“The exhibits at this forthcoming October edition 2015 of Manila FAME will bring to the fore both the similarities and differences among the lifestyle export products of Asia’s constituent economies,” said Executive Director Rosvi C. Gaetos of the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), the event’s organizer and the export promotions arm of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).
“It is here (Manila FAME) where we may see Asia’s collective strength as a regional trade bloc, and assess the actual global competitiveness of Philippine lifestyle exports vis-à-vis those of our fellow Asians, especially in terms of universal appeal and market acceptance,” Gaetos said of the estimated 5,000 international trade visitors and buyers expected to swarm the event at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia, during its 4-day run up to Oct. 18.
The foreign exporters will have their products exhibited at the Manila FAME’s International Hall, where their fashion items, furniture and furnishings, home décor, gifts and premium will be arrayed with those of the Philippines in other special settings, all occupying the entire 17,156-sqm exhibit space of the SMX.
The special settings for the Philippine export exhibits are the Artisan Villages for artisanal crafts, The Manila Gusto Gallery: In Pursuit of Pleasure for a rare blend of the classic and the modern in houseware design, the Light & Shadow for the industry’s new lighting interpretations for 2015 as the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies as proclaimed by the United Nations, the Red Box program for the design collections of today’s generation of budding professionals and manufacturers, the Manila Wear for tropical fashion expressions, the NeoTextiles Philippines for the country’s commercially viable and globally competitive fabrics, and the OTOP (one town, one product) Marketplace for regional entrepreneurial development as manifested by community-based but export-quality products.
All in all, over 400 exhibitors from the top ranks of the country’s lifestyle export industry have been tapped by CITEM for the 62nd Manila FAME, which is seen to yield spot sales of up to P73 million for domestic consumption and $26.5 million for foreign, a big leap from the year-ago level of P45.13 million domestic, and $13.38 million export.
The previous Manila FAME October edition drew more than 300 exhibitors and over 3,000 foreign and local trade visitors and buyers as against this year’s target of 450 and 5,000.
To address them at the welcome reception as guest of honor is DTI Secretary Gregory Domingo, who will open the show and present the winners of the Katha Awards, a special distinction conferred on exporters and designers for exceptional product quality and design in various export categories.
Invited to join Domingo at the ceremonies, according to Gaetos, are Governors Joey Salceda of Albay and Ramil Hernandez of Laguna to represent the local government units in the Artisan Villages exhibition, and DTI Undersecretary Zenaida Maglaya, Agriculture Undersecretary Emerson Palad, Philippine Fiber Industry Development Authority Officer-in-Charge Dr. Clarito Barron, and DTI regional directors in Cagayan Valley, Southern Tagalog, Bicol and Davao, and provincial directors in Laguna and Albay.
Assisting CITEM in organizing Manila FAME are business support and trade promotion organizations such as the Foreign Trade Service Corps, DTI regional and provincial offices, Philippine embassies, local government units, Foreign Buyers Association of the Philippines, Bureau of Domestic Trade, Export Marketing Bureau, and the Department of Agriculture – Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Service.
Manila FAME is the Philippines’ biggest international trade fair for exports from various industry sectors and communities. It is one of the longest-running trade shows in Asia Pacific and the only event approved by the Union des Foires Internationales (UFI), the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry.
For more information, please log on to www.manilafame.com.
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.
Considered as a breakthrough in its pursuit to strengthen the Philippines’ positioning as Asia’s design trendsetter, Manila FAME partners with prominent international design brands Elle Decoration and DEDON to bring an exciting new concept of a branded Café dubbed as “Café Elle Deco + DEDON.”
DEDON is a worldwide outdoor furniture brand that constantly raises the bar for quality and design. A brainchild of former German football player Bobby Dekeyser, DEDON was the first furniture company to weave synthetic fiber into beautiful luxury outdoor products. Much like Manila FAME, DEDON has always been an embodiment of top quality and design excellence. Today, DEDON constantly reinvents their products and ships to more than 80 countries around the world.
Synonymous with the words quality, style and design, the Elle Decoration brand has always been a staple in the international design scene. Elle Decoration has been featuring world-class designers, design-forward interiors, and must-have furnishings for over two decades. Recently, the country’s leading magazine publisher Summit Media brought this international design brand to the Philippines.
This milestone of a partnership brings together a tripartite of design brands that fortifies Manila FAME’s mission to bring to the fore innovative and design-forward products that appeal to the international market. The Manila FAME + Elle Decoration + DEDON partnership expresses the country’s mission to showcase exceptional Filipino craftsmanship as well as highlight the country’s positioning as Design Philippines.
Curated by talented Philippine designer Jinggoy Buensuceso, Café Elle Deco + DEDON, together with concessionaire Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, will co-host the opening ceremony of Manila FAME and the Katha Awards on 14 March 2013.
Organized by the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), the export marketing arm of the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Manila FAME is all geared up to bring new and exciting show features in its upcoming edition.
See this groundbreaking partnership come to life! Visit Manila FAME on 14-17 March 2013 at the SMX Convention Center, Metro Manila, Philippines.