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Manila FAME welcomes exhibitors and international buyers to a bigger show in October 2016

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

HallONE introduces innovative crafts made from coco coir

The Philippine coconut coir industry is envisioned as a globally competitive and modernized sector that champions inclusive growth for its stakeholders. In 2014, it reported a 104% increase in approved projects that provide necessary machinery, equipment, tools, systems, skills, and knowledge to coco coir farmers and manufacturers, and a 33.59% increase in domestic sales on the same year.

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To support this long-term vision, HallONE, the year-round sourcing facility and creative space of the Center for International Trade Expositions and Mission (CITEM), embarks on a product development project in collaboration with the regional offices of the country’s Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Design Center of the Philippines (DCP), Philippine Textile Research Institute (PTRI), and 10 coco coir manufacturers and designers to showcase new and possible opportunities for coco coir as raw material for home, fashion, lifestyle, and seasonal decor. The project includes product exhibits in Manila FAME and HallONE facility, which will feature resort footwear, Christmas ornaments, wall panels, mirrors, mats, carpets, mattresses, lighting, and pet products, on top of current agricultural and horticultural applications in the country.

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“HallONE’s collaborative coco coir project will provide a platform for Philippine manufacturers and designers to explore innovative uses of coco coir, which is a versatile and sustainable raw material in the Philippines, the country being the second largest coconut producer in the world,” CITEM Executive Director Ms. Rosvi C. Gaetos said.

CITEM HallONE’s special exhibit will also include a Material Showcase, featuring 64 Philippine materials that are just as readily available for sourcing. This material showcase will be supported by an online database at the HallONE website, allowing CITEM stakeholders to access relevant production information about each material such as its physical characteristics, biological origin, suppliers, and available trainings on material application and manipulation techniques.  

“Through the years, Philippine craftsmanship has advanced through groundbreaking designs and products that take advantage of the country’s wealth of natural resources and raw materials. Through the HallONE Showcase, CITEM seeks to highlight these facts while facilitating coco coir material sourcing for export production,” Ms. Gaetos said.


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.