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Design For Exports Excellence with the Katha Awards

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DESIGN FOR EXPORTS EXCELLENCE. In the recently concluded 59th edition of Manila FAME, the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM) recognized exporters and designers through the Katha Awards, considered as the most prestigious award in the Philippine design scene. Its goal is to give distinction to ingenious designs and encourage exporters to raise their design standards for Philippine export products and to pursue a skillful exploration of new materials/processes. The Katha Awardees for March 2014 are The Gilded Expression for the crocheted hand bag with real twig (Best Product Design Award for Fashion); Navidad Crafts Export Corp. for the bird ornament with capiz wings (Best Product Design Award for Holiday Décor and Gifts); MCAA Industrial Corp. for the Angler lamp (Best Product Design for Houseware and Furnishings); and Industria Home for the Bordeaux Chair (Best Product Design for Furniture). The Eco-Design Award, a special citation, went to Floreia CVD Ventures, Inc. for the Poi necklace. In photo are (from left to right): event host Daphne Oseña-Paez; Nini Ledesma of Navidad Crafts Export Corp., Jude Tiotuico of Industria Home; CITEM Executive Director Rosvi Gaetos; Carlo Delantar of Floreia CVD Ventures, Inc.; Trade Undersecretary Ponciano Manalo, Jr.; Trade Undersecretary Nora Terrado; Rowena Domingo, wife of DTI Secretary Gregory Domingo; Ann Pamintuan of The Gilded Expression, and Angeles Havitan of MCCA Industrial Corporation.

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59th Manila FAME celebrated Philippine design in style

The Philippine design community, composed of seasoned artisans, creative entrepreneurs, and emerging design specialists, showcased once again their unique and innovative creations in the 59th edition of Manila FAME, the country’s premiere design and lifestyle event, held on the second level of the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex, on March 14-17, 2014.

Organized by the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), the export promotions arm of the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Manila FAME featured a wide range of handcrafted products including home furniture and furnishings, fashion apparel and accessories, holiday décor and gifts, as well as arts and crafts products made by the skilled hands of local designers.

Drawing crowds from day one was Craftspots, set within the Weaves of the Philippines setting, where live demonstrations of traditional weaving, juxtaposed with contemporary display installations, gave Manila FAME visitors an insight into the cultural narrative of the country’s weaving heritage. The special installations showcased the Piña of Aklan, Abel of Ilocos Sur, T’nalak of the T’boli, and the Tikog mat of Samar. Installation artist Patty Eustaquio, interior design duo Vernice Songco and Marga Espiritu, accessories designer Natalya Lagdameo, and interior designer Rossy Yabut-Rojales collaborated with local manufacturers and weaving communities to give the country’s traditional weaves a contemporary spin.

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The Craft Spots at the Weaves of the Philippines: (1) T’nalak weaving, (2) Samar’s Mat weaving, (3) Abel Iloco weaving, and (4) Piña weaving.

Inside the exhibition hall, the Red Box Scenography attracted visitors, where a collective of local designers on the rise displayed export-quality products developed in collaboration with local manufacturers and exporters under the mentorship of Manila FAME Creative Director Budji Layug. Previously focused only on the home category, this year’s Red Box has expanded to designers representing the fashion, holiday décor and gifts, as well as the One Town One Product (OTOP) Marketplace sectors.

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Part of the Decorate scenography featuring Red Box Home

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A portrait of Red Box Home: (L-R) (seated) Gabby Lichauco, Rachelle Dagñalan, Leah Sanchez CITEM Deputy Executive Director Rhea Matute, Manila FAME Creative Director Budji Layug, CITEM Executive Director Rosvi Gaetos, Lyndon Neri, Joseph Rastrullo, Lilianna Manahan, Rossy Rojales, Marga Espiritu and Vernice Songco of Bungalow 300, (standing) Leeroy New and Bong Rojales.

CITEM, in partnership with the Bureau of Domestic Trade (BDT), presented design-forward arts and crafts products from select towns in the country, including the Yolanda-ravaged towns of the provinces of Leyte and Samar, under the OTOP Marketplace. Locally sourced materials used for these special products included water hyacinth, bamboo, burnt wood, coconut, and a variety of natural fibers.

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In the fashion scene, indigenous materials transformed into eye-catching apparel and fashion accessories were the highlights of Manila Wear, a branding initiative that aims to position the Philippine fashion industry in the tropical wear market segment, and push Philippine design and its unique sensibility that is better than the rest of Asia.

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Some of the fashion sights at Manila Wear: (L-R) Amina Aranaz-Alunan’s booth featuring her bag designs and jewelry from Carissa Cruz-Evagelista.

Manila FAME also recognized exporters and designers through the prestigious Katha Awards. The Katha Awards, considered as the most prestigious award in the Philippine design scene, is a significant platform where Philippine product design innovation is recognized. Its goal is to give distinction to ingenious designs and encourage exporters to raise their design standards for Philippine export products as well as to pursue a skillful exploration of new materials/processes.

The Katha Awardees for March 2014 are the following: Ann Pamintuan of The Gilded Expression for her real twig handbag (Best Product Design Award for Fashion); Roberto Borromeo of Navidad Crafts Export Corp. for his bird ornament with capiz wings (Best Product Design Award for Holiday Décor and Gifts); Miguel Aguas of MCAA Industrial Corp. for his Angler lamp (Best Product Design for Houseware and Furnishings); and Jude Tiotuico of Industria for his Bordeaux Chair (Best Product Design for Furniture). The Eco-Design Award, a special citation, went to Marivic Licardo of Floreia CVD Ventures, Inc. for her Poi necklace.

Katha Award Winners

The Katha Award winners: (1) Angler lamp (Best Product Design for Houseware and Furnishings), (2) Bordeaux Chair (Best Product Design for Furniture), (3) Real Twig Handbag (Best Product Design Award for Fashion), (4) Bird ornament with capiz wings (Best Product Design Award for Holiday Décor and Gifts), and (5) Poi necklace (Eco-Design Award)

“Manila FAME will always come out with something new. The companies participate twice a year to come out with something new. Buyers come here for something new. But what’s sexy, in Budji’s words, about the 59th Manila FAME is the excitement provoked by the range and expansiveness of design ideas and materials presented,” said CITEM Executive Director Rosvi Gaetos.

Manila FAME is one of the longest running trade shows in the Asia Pacific, and is the only trade event in the country that has been approved by UFI (Union des Foires Internationales) or the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry.

NeoTextiles Philippines: The Story of Philippine Contemporary Textile

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Manila FAME showcases tradition and age-old artisanship in textile making retold, revitalized, and rewoven for the modern world at the special setting of NeoTextiles Philippines.

NeoTextiles Philippines, a new feature this October, is a project of the Garments and Textile Industry Development Office (GTIDO). GTIDO’s Material Development Program aims to support and promote the Philippine textile, positioning it as a commercially-viable and globally-competitive product that gives value to its roots while innovating tradition and adapting today’s trends to create products that are versatile and modern.

Olivia d’Abovile, a French-Filipino artist based in Manila, lends her creative sensibilities in elevating these contemporary fabrics that are ethnic-inspired yet versatile, artisanal yet progressive, world-class yet distinctly Filipino. D’Aboville designed products developed from these neotextiles, partnering with seasoned manufacturers to create fashion and home pieces that highlight the versatility of these contemporary fabrics.

Companies involved NeoTextiles include Balay ni Atong, Klowil Multi-Purpose Cooperative, Tadeco Home, Rurungan sa Tubod Foundation Inc., and S.C. Vizcarra.

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See NeoTextiles Philippines and more at Manila FAME, The Design and Lifestyle Event, open today to 20 October 2013 at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines.

Manila FAME Opens Today: Design Philippines and More this October Edition

Manila FAME opens its 58th edition today, once again showcasing the Filipino design and creative sensibility to the world. Highlighting products that are crafted in the Philippines for the world, the Design and Lifestyle Event presents a new season of awe-inspiring design and craftsmanship at the SMX Convention Center starting today and running until 20 October 2013.

Manila FAME continues to be the country’s premier trade platform for exports and design, purveying 100% Philippine-made products crafted through a merging of traditional and modern techniques, utilizing sustainable indigenous materials with innovative approaches to form, function, and design. Manila FAME presents these products through a full roster of modern and design-forward show features:

DesignPHILIPPINES: Design PH at Work

Under the branding intiative of DesignPHILIPPINES, DesignPH is a collective of the Philippines leading creative entrepreneurs under the mentorship of Budji Layug and Kenneth Cobonpue. From launching their own brands in the design capitals of Milan and Paris, this select group of exporters is now presenting their latest collections at Manila FAME.

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Red Box: Fresh, Modern, Current

Red Box is a collective of local designers on the rise in a design development program aimed at harnessing Filipino creativity with the use of sustainable raw materials to produce design-forward products for the world.

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Manila Wear

Manila Wear is a branding initiative that aims to position the Philippines fashion industry in the tropical/resort wear market segment and push Philippine design and its unique sensibility that goes beyond Asia. Manila Wear reflects what the Philippines is all about: tropical wear that is relaxed and unstructured.

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NeoTextiles Philippines

NeoTextiles Philippines, under CITEM and the Garments and Textile Industry Development Office’s (GTIDO) Material Development Program, is a textile-development initiative that seeks to develop and promote commercially-viable and globally-competitive fabrics and fabric-based products for home and fashion, made by local weaving communities in the Philippines.

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Top Brands in Motion

Original Philippine retail brands in fashion are ready to take the next step into the global market. In this edition of Manila FAME, homegrown retail brands in apparel and footwear present their unique brand concepts and offer buyers a viable source of trendy and high-quality wearable merchandise.

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Craft Spots

A visual narration of Filipino artisans transforming the sustainable and versatile abaca fiber through live demonstrations of traditional techniques such as abaca bag and paper making, which have become successful export products in the country.

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Manila FAME’s partner event DeXign Global Philippines is also part of the exciting line-up of features offered this edition. DeXign Global is where local and international buyers and exhibitors converge, making it a fertile marketplace thriving with opportunities and new partnerships. It is where markets come together to create a singular venue for sourcing the finest products in home and fashion from across Asia.

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Visit Manila FAME and see all of these inspiring event highlights and features, 17 – 20 October 2013 at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines.

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.

Manila FAME’s Craft Spots: Telling the Story of Abaca

Ever the diverse hub of craftsmanship, the Philippines is ingrained with the tradition and art of various craft forms. Generation to generation, the craft culture of the Philippines is passed down, kept thriving by the craftsmen and elevated by those who are constantly inspired by the heritage of distinct artisanship, transcribing these craft forms in a language that is relevant today.

This October, Manila FAME, in partnership with PhilFIDA, showcases the Philippines’ Art of the Craftsman through a special setting called the Craft Spots. Manila FAME’s Craft Spots is a showcase that brings to life the craftsmanship of the Philippines, featuring live demonstrations of traditional crafting techniques, taking local materials and transforming them into extraordinary shape and form. This time around, the Craft Spots puts the spotlight on the versatile abaca fiber, telling its story – from its humble roots to its journey of becoming one of the most popular and well-used fibers in the world.

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The indigenous abaca, known worldwide as Manila Hemp, is the Philippines’ premier fiber. Long before colonization, the use of the fiber was already prevalent in the country. Early Filipinos used abaca to create clothing and footwear, and weaving of abaca was widespread.

The abaca became well-known as one of the strongest materials for marine cordage, superior in tensile strength and durability. With keen interest from the U.S. and Japan Navies, abaca became an important export commodity of the Philippines.

With breakthroughs in technology and production processes, new uses for abaca continued to surface. The fiber was used as pulp for producing specialty papers products like teabags, filter paper, currency paper, and others, as well as material from non-woven disposables like linens and bed sheets. The development of the fibercraft industry in the country added another dimension to the versatility of abaca with fibercraft products such as rugs, doormats, hats, coasters, hot pads, and handbags becoming very in demand abroad.

A doily made from abaca, an example of fibercraft product

The Improved Handstripping (Hagotan) Device for the abaca fiber

Organic and renewable, the abaca fiber answers the demand for biodegradable materials and fits perfectly with the growing trend of sustainability and eco-friendliness. Its many uses – cordage, pulp and paper production, fibercrafts, furniture, fashion, and so much more – indicates an adaptability and utility that serves many needs.

Abaca remains one of the most enduring materials in the world and at Manila FAME’s Craft Spots, its story unfolds.

See the craftsmanship behind abaca, plus Philippine design and creativity at Manila FAME on 17 – 20 October 2013 at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines.

Philippine Contemporary Textiles this October at Manila FAME

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The Philippines is home to some of the most distinct textiles in the world, most of which are crafted by ethnic communities that have kept their craft alive, passing the art from generation to generation. This October at Manila FAME, discover how tradition and age-old artisanship in textile making will be revitalized and rewoven for the modern world.

NeoTextiles Philippines, a new feature this October, is a project of the Garments and Textile Industry Development Office (GTIDO). GTIDO’s Material Development Program aims to support and promote the Philippine textile, positioning it as a commercially-viable and globally-competitive product that gives value to its roots while innovating tradition and adapting today’s trends to create products that are versatile and modern.

NeoTextiles Philippines will showcase the modern Philippine textile, made from sustainable, natural fibers by artisan weaving communities from different regions of the country. These neotextiles are ethnic-inspired yet versatile, artisanal yet progressive, and undeniably Filipino.

Taking inspiration from the past and weaving new life to textiles craftsmanship, NeoTextiles Philippines will also showcase products created from these neotextiles, partnering with seasoned manufacturers to create fashion and home pieces that highlight the versatility of these contemporary fabrics.

See NeoTextiles Philippines and other exciting showcases of 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.