Artisans Village spotlights the Craft of the Islands, features products from Albay, Antique, Cebu, Bohol, Northern Mindanao, Marawi City, Negros Occidental and Oriental
Jewelry 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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
‘Touchpoint’ features 15 brand and artisan stories in its opening salvo
Logo of Manila FAME’s Touchpoint.
For its 68th edition, Manila FAME has launched a digital marketplace for local exporters and trade buyers in a bid to strengthen the export promotion drive for the Philippines’ premier home and lifestyle products amid the growing global digitalization.
Last October 12, the organizer of Manila FAME introduced ‘Touchpoint,’ a digital dossier of the country’s top Home and Lifestyle brands and manufacturers, featuring the curated stories of Philippine culture, design and craftsmanship.
Organized by the Department of Trade and Industry through the Center for International Trade Expositions and Mission (DTI-CITEM), Manila FAME is the country’s premier lifestyle and design event that promotes the Philippines as a reliable sourcing destination for home, fashion, holiday, architectural, and interior pieces.
“Touchpoint’s aim is to boost the online presence of Manila FAME exhibitors and further promote the narratives behind Philippine products for the appreciation of buyers around the world,” said DTI-CITEM Executive Director Pauline Suaco-Juan.
“From the physical to digital, Touchpoint provides not just another promotion dimension for Philippine designers and manufacturers, but also a holistic and engaging experience for buyers and visitors of Manila FAME,” she added.
As a digital platform, Touchpoint highlights the intricate narratives behind local designers and artisans—the people, the products, and the brands—complemented with stunning visual content to convey the inspirations and creation of Philippine products.
Product selection under Touchpoint includes houseware and home decor; fashion accessories and wearables; gifts and holiday; lamps and lightings; and furniture and furnishings.
For its first salvo, Manila FAME’s digital marketplace features 15 designers, brands and regional artisan groups, each highlighted by the distinct stories of their products, designers, materials and trends.
Aside from Touchpoint, DTI-CITEM will soon be launching a Manila FAME application which is downloadable on Google Play (Android) and App Store (iOS). The App will serve as an efficient channel for business-matching and interaction between buyers and exhibitors.
“Aside from business-matching, the Manila FAME App also allows buyers and visitors to get the latest update on the event and vote for their favorite product or exhibitor for the People’s Choice Award in the KATHA Awards,” said Suaco-Juan.
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.
Learn more about Manila FAME on manilafame.com/. To receive show updates, follow Manila FAME on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
First-time buyers flock to the Philippines’ premier design and lifestyle event
Handcrafted 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.
“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.
First–time 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.
HallONE, the year-round sourcing facility and creative space of the Center for International Trade Expositions and Mission (CITEM), proved coco coir as a unique, sustainable, versatile, and marketable manufacturing material by generating more than PhP 20 million potential export orders of coco coir products at the recently concluded 63rd edition of Manila FAME last April 21-24, 2016 held at the World Trade Center, Pasay City.
Uplifting the humble fiber from its traditional use in horticulture and soil management, HallONE showcased newly developed and innovative coco coir products for the home, fashion, lifestyle, and seasonal décor, drawing remarkable interest from its local and foreign buying companies and receiving a total of 213 inquiries during the Manila FAME event. The HallONE exhibit featured resort footwear, ladies’ shoes, Christmas ornaments and table tops, mats, carpets, mattresses, hanging and table lamps, vases, magazine organizers, storages, pet products, side by side with its traditional applications in the country.
In cooperation with the regional offices of the country’s Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), the Philippine Textile Research Institute (PTRI), and the Design Center of the Philippines (DCP), the newly developed coco coir products were designed and produced by the Philippine exporters and manufacturers from the home, fashion, lifestyle, and agri-industry sectors based in the provinces of Laguna, Quezon, and Bicol. These include Pilipinas Ecofiber Corporation, Coco Technologies Corporation, R. Cabrera’s Gifts and Collections, Charles and Clara’s Footwear, Ai-she Footwear, Jhaz Footwear, Sarilikha Handicrafts, Yarnyaa Handicrafts, Likhang Liliw Footwear Cooperative, Rolyolikha Atbp. Handicrafts, KAP-WESL Multipurpose Corporation, Martha’s Handicrafts, and Sowerscrafts Enterprises.
Miniature animal ornaments with strings and sticks, and animal-inspired Christmas trees made from coco fiber and coco peat were among the fast-selling products during the show, along with the ladies’ sandals, men’s slippers, beehive and nipa hut-inspired hanging lamps, cat houses and toys, and doormats as secondary favorites by foreign and local retailers and wholesalers.
“The products are very interesting and cute. The use of coco coir as raw material is something new to us buyers,” said Margie Adrada, a Filipina based in Seattle, who owns five Dekorasyon retail stores in the US, and never fails to visit every Manila FAME for product sourcing.
Initial orders from the US, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Japan were also placed through HallONE, while some serious orders are under negotiations with possible factory visits from Russia and Norway.
“It’s very surprising that the coco coir products would get this much attention and interest from foreign buyers and even from the local community. This is our first time to participate in this event, and we’re extremely happy with the outcome,” said Ramonito Bernales of Martha’s Handicrafts.
Besides the exhibit, HallONE’s Material Showcase, in partnership with the Philippine Fiber Industry Development Authority (PhilFIDA), the Philippine Coconut Authority (PhilCOA), and Timbermate-HMT Industries Corporation, also attracted buyers who checked and studied the featured raw materials available in the Philippines. The guests found the information from the books, magazines, and the online material database prepared during the exhibit very helpful especially with regard to each of its biological origins, production characteristics, supplier information, and relevant application and manipulation techniques.
“It’s an excellent showcase! Exhibiting the materials that can be found in the Philippines is a very good idea. I’m very happy that I was able to see and feel each of the local raw materials that are being utilized in this event,” Charles Ting, a CEO of a company who manufactures wall coverings from Taiwan, exclaimed.
HallONE is located at the International Trade Center (ITC) Complex, Roxas Boulevard corner Sen. Gil J. Puyat Avenue, Pasay City. It is a sourcing venue for features high-quality export products from the Home, Fashion and Food industry sectors. To visit its design-driven venue, contact its secretariat office at telephone number (+632) 831- 2201 local 253/600.