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MA’I Lifestyle unveils anew at Manila FAME April 2019

  • Witness the rebirth of MA’I Lifestyle -the unified brand of the country’s handicraft industries in Manila FAME April 2019

Both a symbol of Filipino ingenuity and craftsmanship, Manila FAME and MA’I Lifestyle are working together to position the country as the best sourcing destination for quality products and innovative designs.

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MA’I Lifestyle, empowering Filipino MSMEs to capture the global market.

The brand story

The holiday décor, and the gifts and houseware sector, collectively known as the Gifts, Décor and Houseware (GDH) industry is aiming to increase its competitiveness and strengthen its position as a premium source of unique and high-quality products both for domestic and international markets. But representing a group consisting mainly of micro- small- and medium- scale enterprises (MSMEs) that are not capable of producing their own corporate image, presents a tough challenge. Thus, the unified brand initiative was conceptualized and paved the way for the MA’I Lifestyle brand.

The MA’I Lifestyle or GDH Philippines, Inc. is composed of five business support organizations in the handicraft industries such as the Association of Negros Producers (ANP), Home Accents of the Philippines, Inc. (HAPI), Mindanao Trade Exposition (MTE), Philippine Chamber of Handicraft Exporters and Artisans, Inc. (PCHEAI) and Philippine Lifestyle, Homestyle and Holiday Décor Association, Inc. (PhiLHHDA) and supported by the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry’s Board of Investments (DTI-BOI).

The brand name MA’I embodies Filipino craftsmanship. As far back as the 11th century, Chinese traders of the Sung Dynasty have referred to the Philippine islands and its inhabitants as MA’I. As barter and trade began to flourish between countries in Asia during the pre-colonial era, the people in our islands were among the most respected artisans in the region. This reputation defined the archipelago as a unique trading post in Asia where skills and creativity thrive.

After more than a thousand years, these skillsets and best practices that were handed down from generations to generations are still alive in the products of today.

Banking on the rich history of Philippine arts, crafts and barter, MA’I Lifestyle now represents the high-standard of quality, uniqueness of design, commitment to innovation and social responsibility.

The rebirth of MA’I Lifestyle

As the 69th edition of the Manila FAME highlights the design legacy of the show through its theme “Heritage Reimagined,” the MA’I Lifestyle will likewise relaunch its brand to promote and market Filipino handcrafted goods to the global market.

Some of the products under the MA’I Lifestyle brand will be displayed at the Design Commune Special Setting. Participating companies are Acento Collections, Craft Mill, CSM, G Designare, Natureline Enterprises, Prado Filipino Artisans, Shell Arts, Strong Faith, That One Piece, Island RKOC and Jacildo.

Mark your calendars for PH’s premiere design and lifestyle show

The Manila FAME is slated on 25-27 April 2019, at the World Trade Center Metro Manila in Pasay City, Philippines. Show starts at 9am.

Manila FAME is a launching pad for new Filipino export products and believes in the advocacy of helping talented Filipinos gain recognition in the global design industry. It is one of the longest-running trade shows in Asia-Pacific and is the only trade event in the country approved by the Union des Foires Internationales (UFI), the global association of the world’s leading tradeshow organizers and fairground owners, exhibition associations, and selected partners of the exhibition industry.

The Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), the export promotion arm of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), organizes the Manila FAME as a signature event dedicated to Filipino design and craftsmanship.

Learn more about Manila FAME on www.manilafame.com. To receive show updates, follow Manila FAME on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

Design Philippines broadens its creative horizon

Design Philippines Scenography

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Giving life to the three stories of Soulcrafts, Luxe and Gen C underlining the recently concluded 60th edition of Manila FAME was the Design Philippines Scenography, designed under the creative direction of Budji Layug.

The showcase featured the latest designs from a collection crafted by designers Stanley Ruiz and Eric Paras with special participation of select brands of Design Philippines and Manila Wear with strong potential to become the next wave of design-driven companies.

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The Center for International Trade Expositions & Missions (CITEM) teamed up with these two notable senior designers, Eric Paras handled the Home Accents collection and Stanley Ruiz for the Furniture collections of Design Philippines. With Luxe, Gen C and Soulcraft as its cohesive storyline, these merchandise stories gave direction and consistency and provided the companies the rare opportunity to position themselves in the market.

“Brand stories will be the future especially for an industry that is having a slump and is unceasingly affected by commercialism. I strongly believe that the Filipino export companies, specifically in the furniture and furnishing industry, have the competitive edge in the global market. We are well known with our ingenuity and adaptability to global culture and designs,” said Paras.

“These local companies are distinct in terms of capabilities, and we should capitalize on that,” Ruiz added.

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Both designers worked relentlessly with 21 companies to highlight its respective strength and expertise in the production scenario and doubly ensure that it is properly translated into visual merchandising. These companies are A. Garcia Crafts, Asia Ceramics Corporation, Bon Ace Fashion Tools, Inc., Catalina Embroideries, Inc., Celestial Arts, Inc., Chanalli, Inc., Craft Mill Inc., DOMICILLO by Peter and Paul, Inc., Enpekei International,Inc., Industria Home Vico Manufacturing Corp., JB Woodcraft, Inc., Lampara Trends, Inc., Lightworks Resources, Inc., Masa Ecological Development, Inc. (MASAECO), Nature’s Legacy Eximport, Inc., Padi Outdoor,P&B Valises et Compagnie, Inc., S.C. Vizcarra Inc., South Sea Veneer, That One Piece Enterprise, and Venzon Lighting Manufacturing, with the special participation of existing Design Philippines brands KISH, MCCA Industrial Corp., and Schema by Kalikasan Crafts.

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“Design Philippines is a brand- and market-driven goal; and has a long-term impact on the export competitiveness of both the industry and the participating companies. The program aims to position Design Philippines as the highest expression of CITEM’s mission as the purveyor of design, craftsmanship, value and hope,” said Rosvi Gaetos, CITEM executive director.

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Design Philippines is a branding initiative that positions the Philippines as a sourcing destination for finely crafted products for the world market. It is a design movement that nurtures and celebrates the creativity and originality of a globally competitive and passionate community of Filipino designers and craftsmen.

Manila FAME, Asia’s premier design and lifestyle event, ran from October 16-19, 2014 at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City, Philippines.

Design Philippines at The Hotel Show 2013: A Preview

Design Philippines brings the country’s authentic brand of design, craftsmanship, and innovative use of indigenous materials at this month’s The Hotel Show on 28 – 30 September 2013 at the Dubai World Trade Centre. The participation presents The Art of the Craftsman for the first time in Middle-East and North Africa (MENA) region, showcasing the finest products from the Philippines crafted by some of the best design-forward manufacturers with craftsmen that transform natural, local materials into exquisite pieces that combine tradition with contemporary.

The collective presentation of Design Philippines features 10 companies, each bringing to the table their own uniqueness to the global hotel industry at The Hotel Show. The featured companies are Catalina Embroideries Inc., Cebu Fil-Veneer Corporation, Craft Mill, Inc., Dale Mathis, Diretso Philippines Inc., The Gilded Expressions, Lightworks Resources, Maze Manufacturing, More Than a Chair, Inc., and Padua International.

Here’a preview of what you’ll see at the Design Philippines showcase at The Hotel Show 2013:

Catalina Embroideries Inc. || www.catalina.ph

Handmade and hand-loomed home accessories crafted from natural materials like shell, coco, abaca, and rattan with quality and design in mind.

Cebu Fil-Veneer Corporation || www.filveneer.com

Top-caliber producer of high-quality sliced veneer, created out of genuine Filipino craftsmanship and state-of-the-art Italian machinery.

 Craft Mill, Inc. || www.craftmillinc.com

Environment-friendly creations with clean, consistent workmanship and a distinct style, crafting trendy furniture pieces from paper, fabric, leather and natural materials from the Philippines.

Dale Mathis Studio, Inc. || www.dalemathis.com

From the heart of a self-taught artist and an imaginative man, Dale Mathis creates mixed-media pieces and design objects that defy typical artistry.

Diretso Philippines Inc. || www.diretso.com

The fusion of European design flair and the world-renowned crafting skills of the Philippines, combining innovation and excellence to create exciting new dimensions in furniture design

The Gilded Expressions || www. annpamintuan.com

Designer and craftswoman Ann Pamintuan creates distinct textures and shapes, crafting furniture, house ware, home accessories, and jewelry from metal

Lightworks Resources, Inc. || www.lightworks.com.ph

Each piece is meant to be an experience of nature’s bounty, the vastness of human potential, and the interconnectedness of all forms of life.

Maze Manufacturing Co. Inc. || www.mazefurniture.com.ph

Furniture and home accessories crafted from metals and industrial materials interpreted in clean and whimsical lines, juxtaposing the styles of ornate classic and sleek contemporary.

More Than a Chair, Inc. || www.morethanachair.com

Elegant and sophisticated furniture pieces crafted to suit classic and modern styles

Padua International

Furniture and decorations created from wood and natural materials, designed for the millennium lifestyle

More Design Philippines at Manila FAME, The Design and Lifestyle Event on 17 – 20 October 2013 at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines.

Design Philippines Checks in at The Hotel Show 2013

Traversing borders and taking the country’s design and craftsmanship to the emerging markets of the world, Design Philippines presents The Art of the Craftsman to the global city that is Dubai. For the first time, the country brand Design Philippines checks in at The Hotel Show, 28 – 30 September 2013 at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

Design Philippines will showcase a distinct brand of design, authentic craftsmanship, and innovative use of indigenous materials through furniture and furnishings crafted by some of the best design-forward manufacturers that embody what The Art of the Craftsman is: Philippine-made products with unparalleled handcraftsmanship created by the skilled artisans, transforming natural materials into creations that embody the merging of tradition and modernity.

In this first collective presentation to tap the hospitality market of the Middle-East and North Africa (MENA) region, The Hotel Show provides an avenue where Philippine exporters can get in touch with potentially lucrative opportunities with the movers and shakers in the global hotel industry.

Design Philippines will bring together collections from Catalina Embroideries Inc., Cebu Fil-Veneer Corporation, Craft Mill, Inc., Dale Mathis, Diretso Philippines Inc., The Gilded Expressions, Lightworks Resources, Maze Manufacturing, More Than a Chair, Inc., and Padua International.

See more of Design Philippines at Manila FAME, The Design and Lifestyle Event, on 17 – 20 October 2013 at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines.

Visit our website for more details on Design Philippines at The Hotel Show 2013.