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Heritage Reimagined: Manila FAME’s modern take on timeless classics

  • As Manila FAME marks its 70th edition this October, the trade show will give a modern twist to the icons of past editions to give it a fresh look.

Established throughout the years as the Philippines’ premier design and lifestyle event, Manila FAME, through its product development initiative will once again showcase new and innovative products from a collaboration between Filipino manufacturers and renowned Filipino designers. The Design Commune, the trade show’s central special setting will highlight more than a hundred new design-forward pieces from the furniture, fashion, home décor, and lifestyle sectors.

With several new trends looking towards the future of design and fashion, the Design Commune’s current theme takes exception by looking back at the time-honored traditions of Philippine design and material culture while creating new products suitable to the modern lifestyle.

“Heritage Reimagined” looks back at the archives of the exhibitors, a goldmine of talents and ideas under the tutelage of Manila FAME to incorporate timeless trends into modern interpretations for the next generation. Under the fresh and upbeat creative direction of Vince Uy, a team of designers from the home, lighting, furniture and fashion sectors will tackle the challenge head on to develop a bevy of designs and product concepts that take heavy influence from the treasure trove of cultural iconography and product designs that Manila FAME and its exhibitors have amassed and have been immersed in throughout the decades.

Here are some of the pieces redesigned to capture the attention of modern buyers:


The weaving pattern used in the vintage wooden chairs popularized in the 1980’s was given a new fashion twist in this Solihiya bag by Island Girl PH.




The traditional banig is imagined to be more than just a sleeping mat—these colorful wedges by LARA are bound to become a sleeper hit in the fashion scene.


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Formerly used for costumes and traditional clothing, these iconic Filipino textiles are now given new life in ready-to-wear designer clothes by Wear Your Culture.


The staple and sophisticated round hand purse has a new groove—Beatriz Accessories specializes in adding quirk and color to everyday fashion pieces.

These are just some of the pieces produced from the collaboration of exporters and design luminaries through the Design Commune. Visit the show on October 17-19, 2019 at the World Trade Training Center Metro Manila for more exciting products.

For this year, the Asia’s best design destination will likewise feature a roster of other exciting offerings. The show will have a Green Conference that focus on sustainable solutions, an Artisans Village that highlights regional specialty products and a Fashion E-Tailer segment which features online retailers of rising fashion brands.

Manila FAME is organized by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) through its export promotion arm, the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM). It is made possible through a funding support from the congressional initiative of Former Senator Loren Legarda who now serves as the Congresswoman of the lone district of Antique.

As a melting pot of Filipino creativity, Manila FAME is the Philippines’ premier sourcing destination for high-quality artisanal products. It serves as a cultivating ground and springboard for innovative, top-of-the-line Philippine products and designers to break through key international markets. Visit www.manilafame.com for more information.

Philippine textiles make waves at 60th Manila FAME

The fashion section of the NeoTextiles Philippines special setting, curated by Amina Aranaz-Alunan.

The fashion section of the NeoTextiles Philippines special setting, curated by Amina Aranaz-Alunan.

The 60th edition of Manila FAME unveiled recently the second edition of NeoTextiles Philippines that underlined the Filipino weaving artisans’ craftwork and artistry. Held at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City, Manila FAME is the Asia’s premier design and lifestyle event that exhibits the finest Philippine-made products from the home, holiday, and fashion sectors.

The home section of NeoTextiles Philippines, curated by Olivia d'Aboville.

The home section of NeoTextiles Philippines, curated by Olivia d’Aboville.

This edition of NeoTextiles Philippines brought the spotlight on  six weaving communities from the Visayas and Mindanao regions. The featured Visayan textiles and manufacturers were piña by Heritage Arts and Crafts of Aklan, Philippine silk by Negros Silk Manufacturers’ Association of Negros Occidental, hablon by Salngan Multi-Purpose Cooperative with Tinukib of Iloilo, and raffia textile by Tubigon Loomweavers Multi-Purpose Cooperative of Bohol. The Mindanao textiles and manufacturers were hinabol by the Higaunon Women Weavers of Bukidnon with CustomMade Crafts Center and t’nalak woven by the T’boli weavers of Klowil Multi-Purpose Cooperative in South Cotabato.

ARANÁZ bags made from fabrics developed by NeoTextiles Philippines' participating textile manufacturers.

ARANÁZ bags made from fabrics developed by NeoTextiles Philippines’ participating textile manufacturers.

“The textiles produced by these ethnic communities boast of excellent quality. In light of the significant decline in textile trade and export, NeoTextiles Philippines will continuously provide a platform in helping promote the potential of the design and creative traditions of the country,” said Rosvi Gaetos, executive director of the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM).

Contemporary 'hinabol' fabrics by the Higaunon Women Weavers.

Contemporary ‘hinabol’ fabrics by the Higaunon Women Weavers.

At the helm of the NeoTextiles Philippines special setting were two of the country’s young designers: Olivia d’Aboville (designer for home) and Amina Aranaz-Alunan (designer for fashion). D’Aboville exhibited modern home applications of the fabrics developed with the participating weaving communities, while Aranaz-Alunan designed collections of fashion wearables that showcased how indigenous textiles can both be trendy and functional.

Hablon tower lamp designed by Olivia d'Aboville with That One Piece.

Hablon tower lamp designed by Olivia d’Aboville with That One Piece.

Launched last year by the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) through CITEM, its export promotions arm, the Material Development Program gave birth to NeoTextiles Philippines as a textile development and branding initiative for contemporary Philippine textiles.