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Internationally acclaimed Filipino designer lights up Manila FAME April 2016

Stanley Ruiz

Stanley Ruiz

Stanley Ruiz, one of the Rising Asian Talents at the March 2016 Singapore edition of MAISON&OBJET Asia, comes back to Manila FAME for its April 2016 boutique edition.

Industrial designer Stanley Ruiz is currently collaborating with 10 exhibitors from Pampanga, Cebu, Davao, Negros Occidental, and Metro Manila to develop functional, stylish, and commercially viable lighting products. Together, they are exploring the themes of post-industrial design and Philippine heritage taken on a more modern-day level.

At the same time, Stanley is working with respected Philippine designers Nina Santamaria and Ito Kish for one of Manila FAME’s highlights this April: the Spring Forward special setting, which will showcase the three designers’ products, along with several Filipino manufacturers’ finely crafted seasonal indoor and outdoor product collections for the home. In particular, Stanley will be designing light and home accent pieces to complement the Spring-themed presentation.

Stanley, who took up Industrial Design in UP Diliman, discovered his passion for designing when he was a student. After learning about materials and the essentials of design and being able to apply what he learned, he embraced his major and began taking on designing projects for small and medium enterprises in the provinces while still studying in the early to mid-2000s. His efforts eventually paid off, and so he decided to work in the design industry.

As a designer, Stanley has limitless sources of inspiration. He gets ideas from everyday life, local industries and materials, and nature to name a few, and he transforms them into clever and exceptional design patterns. He shares some pieces of advice to other aspiring young designers: “Take it seriously, explore on your own, think outside of the bounds of the academe, read a lot—not only about design, but other disciplines like music, film, arts, social sciences because these all come into play eventually. It’s not only about being good at drawing, colors, or computer software. There is a lot that you can apply if you know the world more. So, travel—just expose yourself. That’s what I did.”

Today, Stanley is an internationally awarded designer who owns his own studio in Manila, the Estudio Ruiz Design Consultancy. Some of the awards and recognitions he has received include being listed by New York-based Surface Magazine as one of the Avant Guardians of 2010, getting the Bronze Award at the A’ Design Awards in Italy in 2013, and receiving the Outstanding Asia Talents award at the Bangkok International Gift Fair in 2014.

In spite of his accomplishments in the global design scene, Stanley continues to return to Manila FAME. “I love Manila FAME because this is the venue for local companies to show their prowess. It’s actually a showcase of real industry—what our resources are, who we are as a people, and what our crafts are all about, which are basically part of our culture,” he said.

Lighting pieces by Stanley Ruiz for the March 2015 show edition of Manila FAME.

Lighting pieces by Stanley Ruiz for the March 2015 show edition of Manila FAME.

Stanley has been participating in Manila FAME for six editions now as a product specialist, creating product designs for Philippine manufacturers under the Center of International Trade Expositions and Missions’ (CITEM) Design for Exports Program, which aims to assist Philippine manufacturers in creating globally competitive products with design support from some of the country’s top design experts.

“We get fulfillment out of it, like collaborating with companies. I learn from them. I was able to impart some of my knowledge with them to come up with some new products for their collections. In fact, that’s one of the main goals of my design studio here in Manila: to be able to contribute to the local design landscape. And by doing these consultancy projects, I think I’m partly on my way to achieving my goals,” said Stanley.

Aurora—A Light Imprint, designed by Stanley Ruiz, Jinggoy Buensuceso, and Wataru Sakuma.

Aurora—A Light Imprint, designed by Stanley Ruiz, Jinggoy Buensuceso, and Wataru Sakuma.

At the October show edition of Manila FAME last year, Stanley worked with Filipino visual artist and sculptor Jinggoy Buensuceso and Philippine-based Japanese designer Wataru Sakuma to create the northern lights-inspired installation titled, Aurora—A Light Imprint. Inspired by the ‘Aurora Borealis,’ the dreamy natural lights spectacle in the northern hemisphere, the ingenious display was made of over 20,000 chain-linked colorful glow sticks hanging from the ceiling.

The 63rd show edition of Manila FAME, the Philippines’ premier design and lifestyle event, is scheduled on April 21-24 at the World Trade Center, Metro Manila, Philippines. The trade show is organized by the Center of International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), the export promotions agency of the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). For more information, please visit www.manilafame.com.

CITEM Hosts Export Coaching Program in Metro Manila and Cebu

The Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM) will be hosting an Export Coaching Program (Boost Camp: Training for Exporters) for small and medium-sized entrepreneurs in Manila and Cebu as part of its initiative to boost the Philippines’ export competitiveness.

The workshops will be held at the Traders Hotel, Manila on 13-15 August 2012 and Cebu Parklane International Hotel, Cebu on 28-30 August 2012.

The three-day intensive training program covers six areas of interest. Leading the discussions are industry experts Francis J. Kong , Benedicto L. Cid Jr., Delfin Bibat, Rodolfo Mallari, Teresita Dimaculangan, Francisco Lapid, Raju Mandhyan, and Reuel Virtucio. 

Slots are limited! Reserve your spots on or before 8 August 2012 to join the Manila workshops and 22 August 2012 to join the Cebu workshops. Contact CITEM at +632 831-1265 or email cyalong@citem.com.ph.


Francis J. Kong

Speaker, writer, broadcaster and entrepreneur, Francis J. Kong inspires excellence. Currently, Francis is President of the Success Options Publishing Company and FunWorks, Inc. He is also the founding member and director of Inspire Leaderhip Consultancy.

Francisco Lapid

Author of 21 Steps to Start Your Own Business, Francis “Pax” Lapid is an experienced business consultant, entrepreneur and professor with a Doctorate at the Southeast Asia Interdisciplinary Development Institute (SAIDI). Currently, he is one of the mentors for Brother Bo Sanchez’s Truly Rich Club.

Benedicto L. Cid Jr.

Benedicto “Poch” Cid Jr., is an accomplished Senior Executive with extensive experience in managing multinational brands. Currently, Poch is the Chief Brand Adviser for Mansmith and Fielders.

Reuel Virtucio

Reuel Virtucio is an educator, trainor and management consultant with a masters in Business Management from the Asian Institute of Management. At present, Reuel Virtucio is an active NGO advocate in the fields of microfinance and small enterprise development. He is also working with GoNegosyo.

Rodolfo Mallari

Former FOBAP and FOBAP Foundation President Rodolfo Mallari is a remarkable resource speaker on costings having facilitated numerous seminars at the Philippine Trade and Training Center. Currently, Rodolfo Mallari manages his own business, Triple R Acres that helps farmers convert to organic farming.

Delfin Bibat

Foreign Buyers Association of the Philippines Executive Director Delfin Bibat is an excellent speaker on costings having spent several years in international trade and banking. Delfin’s extensive experience in dealing with exporters has helped FOBAP reach new heights and success under his direction.

Raju Mandhyan

Former Chairman of the Philippines India Business Council Raju Mandhyan is trained in empowering insights to inspire success in sales and negotiations. Currently, Raju Mandhyan is the incumbent President of the Association of Appreciative Inquiry Philippines and a sought after international speaker.

Teresita Dimaculangan

Teresita “Marites” Dimaculangan is a well-respected public accountant and educator. Currently Marites is the Managing Partner of Dimaculangan, Dimaculangan and Co., CPAs, and Dimaculangan Consulting, Inc.

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This article is also found at THECITEMBLOG.