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The Katha Awards: Purveyor of Design Excellence

Design is on the continuous path to evolution and innovation with form, function, sustainability, and craftsmanship all playing a role. The intention behind designing and being creative matter as well. In this world, the creator always keeps in mind how design affects the world and how it can effect change. This October, the Katha Awards once again seeks to recognize such designs in the Philippines, a country home to award-worthy talents in design, creativity, and innovation.

The Katha Awards is a mark of design excellence in the country, honoring manufacturers, designers, and artisans who craft products that are distinctly fresh, original, and innovative with design and handiwork that is at par with the world’s best. The Katha Awards continues to inspire and encourage others to elevate the standards of Philippine design, through better, well-crafted creations.

The Katha Awards’ categories include Best Product Design which distinguishes innovative designs, each from furniture, homeware and furnishings, holiday décor and gifts, and fashion; Best Booth Display that recognizes booth designs at Manila FAME that capture smart and effective visual merchandising display; and a special citation of Eco-Design for products that emulate sustainability and eco-friendliness.

See the newest recipients of the Katha Awards, plus more Philippine design and craftsmanship at Manila FAME on 17 – 20 October 2013 at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines.

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HomePhilippines at the Hong Kong Houseware Fair 2013

In a showcase of distinctly Filipino design and craftsmanship, the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM) brought HomePhilippines to HKTDC Hong Kong Houseware Fair last 20 – 23 April 2013. The participation featured 18 Philippine companies, each displaying their very own design aesthetics imbued with uniqueness inherent to Philippine crafts.

Among the companies featured in the participation were Anastacio Ceramics, Apollo Trading and Mfg. Corp., Arden Classics Inc., Art-N-Nature Mfg. Corporation, Asia Ceramics Corporation, Balex Boxes, Finali Furniture & Home Accessories Co., Gillete International Export Corp. Inc., Legacy Renove Inc., Manila Welcome Industrial Corp., Native Crafts & Arts Ind. Inc., Nature’s Legacy Eximport Inc., Obra Nicolas Handicraft, Panay Accessories Corp., Redfern Arts and Crafts, Rodima Marketing Corp., Siloworks Inc., and Sunwood Export.

Buyers and showgoers found affinity with products crafted from natural materials. Products like Native Crafts’ food covers, Sunwood Export’s wooden tablewares, and Siloworks’ hampers were among the products caught interest during the participation and top companies in terms of sales were Sunwood Export, Rodima Marketing Corp., and Arden Classic.

(Clockwise) Sunwood Export’s wooden tablewares, Siloworks’ hampers, and Native Crafts’ food covers.

Among other things, the participation to Hong Kong Houseware Fair did well in sustaining connections with buyers beyond Manila FAME as regular visitors of the Design and Lifestyle Event visited the HomePhilippines booth.

Don’t forget to save the dates for Manila FAME, 17 – 20 October 2013 at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex, Metro Manila, Philippines. See more Philippine-made, hand-crafted products at Asia’s Design and Lifestyle Event.

100% Craftsmanship Returns to Asia’s Biggest Houseware Trade Event

The Philippines has made an impression on the world: the country’s products embody high-quality design and multi-faceted craftsmanship. If the desire is for products that are contemporary yet carry a sense of heritage, the Philippines is the destination for such things. Philippine-made products are a brilliant mix of the ingenuity of modern designs, age-old craftsmanship, and the versatility of its abundant natural resources.

In a move to sustain the international market’s positive review, the Philippines brings its products to HKTDC Hong Kong Houseware Fair on 20 – 23 April 2013 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center, representing the furniture, homeware, fashion, and holiday gifts and decor sectors under the unifying banner of Home Philippines, the country’s distinct brand for the best houseware products.

As Hong Kong is thriving hub for business, bringing Home Philippines to one of the biggest trade event for houseware in Asia is perfect for showcasing Philippine products and increasing exports to the global market, bolstering the Philippines positioning as the source of quality hand-made export products that represent the Philippines brand of design and craftsmanship. The participation is spearheaded by the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions partnering with the Foreign Trade Service Corps (FTSC) through the Philippine Trade and Investment Center (PTIC) – Guangzhou and the Philippine Consulate in Hong Kong.

This year, 18 of the top manufacturers in the country were chosen to embody Home Philippines: Anastacio Ceramics, Apollo Trading and Mfg. Corp., Arden Classics Inc., Art-N-Nature Mfg. Corporation, Asia Ceramics Corporation, Balex Boxes, Finali Furniture & Home Accessories Co., Gillete International Export Corp. Inc., Legacy Renove Inc., Manila Welcome Industrial Corp., Native Crafts & Arts Ind. Inc., Nature’s Legacy Eximport Inc., Obra Nicolas Handicraft, Panay Accessories Corp., Redfern Arts and Crafts, Rodima Marketing Corp., Siloworks Inc., and Sunwood Export.

100% craftsmanship from Home Philippines will be at the Hong Kong Houseware Fair. Expect the most intricate designs brought to form through the indigenous materials from Home Philippines.

For more information on Home Philippines at the Hong Kong Houseware Fair, visit www.manilafame.com/hkhousewarefair2013

Design Tours – An exploration of Philippine Design, Arts, and Culture

Design Tours, under the banner of Design Week Philippines, promotes Metro Manila’s design, arts, and cultural destinations for Manila FAME buyers and visitors: Culture and Architectural Landmarks, Manila Galleries and Art Houses, and CITEM’s very own, HallOne: Design for Exports, a permanent showroom for exceptionally designed products.
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Design Tours 4Design Tours 5For more information about the Design Tours, contact dwpsecretariat@gmail.com.

Design Talks and Fora: Architecture and Design in Today’s Philippines

Design Week Philippines organized Architectural Talks, a three-part forum that tackles design in the context of cultural preservation and economic growth under its Design Talks and Fora component. Design Week Philippines invited three of the best minds in Philippine architecture to share their insights on Philippine architecture and design in today’s modern setting.

The Impact of Cultural Heritage on Design

Arch. Augusto Villalon discusses how heritage plays a part in today’s design. According to him “it is global design whose roots are in Filipino tradition that stand out.” He advices to keep an eye on the many inspirations that our extraordinary cultural heritage can give to design. He stresses that heritage should not be exploited. “Recognize, appreciate, and revive traditional skills. Respect traditional design and skills.”

Indigenous Filipino Architecture in the Modern Setting

Arch. Angelo Mañosa presents the many indigenous materials — from coconut and bamboo, to capiz and rattan — incorporated into Philippine architecture and design, citing examples such as Pasay City’s Coconut Palace and the Bamboo Mansion of Puerto Azul Resort in Cavite. He says that “by using indigenous materials to go hand and hand with architecture and design, we allow the evolution of the bahay kubo and bahay na bato to contemporary Philippine architecture.”

Green Architecture for Sustainable Cities

Arch. Amado De Jesus, Jr. states that with rapid urbanization, pressure is put on the living environment — challenges like pollution, transportation, health and sanitation, and energy efficiency. The solution, according to him, is green and sustainable development which aims to mitigate the problems posed by urbanization through site planning, water conservation, materials and indoor environmental quality. According to him, “energy efficiency is the main trust of green architecture.”
The Speakers:
Augusto Villalon, PhD, FUAP
Architect, Cultural Heritage Planner
Consultant for the UNESCO World Heritage Committee
Advisory Body Member, International Council for Monuments and sites (Paris)
Trustee, National Museum of the Philippines
Miguel Angelo S. Mañosa
Architect, CEO of Mañosa & Co. Inc.
Managing Partner, Mañosa + Architects
Founding Member, Philippine Green Building Council
Member, Green Architecture Movement of the United Architects of the Philippines
Amado P. de Jesus, Jr., FUAP
Architect and Founder, APJ & Associates
Founding Chairman, Green Architecture Movementof the United Architects of the Philippines
Initiator and Vice President, Philippine Green Building Initiative (PGBI)

Quotes from Manila FAME’s Creative Team

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Josie Natori on curating Manila Wear:

“It’s a great pleasure. I’m so proud of all these very talented young designers and to see the work here. It’s a great opportunity for every one of them to be able to show their personality and show their best. I think it’s time that the world knows about the creativity and the wonderful products they can get from Philippine designers. FAME has been an amazing venue for that. Just exciting to see all these creativity in one booth.”

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Budji Layug on the Millennial Home and being part of Manila FAME:

“I think this is very good for young designers and seasoned designers to come together and to come up with new products that would be more global, more vibrant, and more youthful.

I am grateful (to be part of Manila FAME). I am humbled to be a creative director and I hope this is a beginning of a long, creative endeavor with everybody.”
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Kenneth Cobonpue on his designs and exhibit this year:

“This year I’m exhibiting a range of very, very colorful and very modern, very fresh pieces. I think when you think of Philippine furniture it’s always natural materials. They seem to be always very warm, bright, just a lot of color to make it fully unique.”

Recognizing the Best Philippine Designs: Katha Awards March 2013

Excellence. Pure talent. Innovation. These are the hallmarks the Katha Awards represent. This March at Manila FAME, the Katha Awards continues to distinguish impactful design and creativity, giving distinction to designers, artisans, and manufacturers. Just so, prestigious award encourages the elevation of design and craftsmanship standards in the country, inspiring future generations to craft better export products born of the country’s abundant natural resources.

The Katha Awards comprises the following categories: Best Product Design for design innovations from the product categories furniture, house ware and furnishings, holiday décor and gifts, and fashion; Best Booth Display for effective visual merchandising and creative booth design at Manila FAME; and the Eco-Design Award for products that represent sustainability and eco-friendliness.

This edition saw a number of innovative designs from talented designers and world-class manufacturers and from this editions pool of the finest Philippine designs the Katha Awardees are as follows:

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