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Manila FAME likes Sustainable Products!

Manila FAME featured a special setting that showcases earth-friendly and sustainable products at its GreenCrafts for Creative Environment exhibit. An initiative that will highlight the participating localities’ efforts to transform urban ecologies into self-sustaining and pro-environment society.

The GreenCrafts for Creative Environment project showcases local crafts from cities in Metro Manila that turns recycled materials into beautifully handcrafted products. Participating municipalities are: Caloocan, Las Pinas, Makati, Marikina, Manila, Muntinlupa, Paranaque, Pasig, Quezon City, San Juan, Taguig, and Valenzuela.

Veteran designer PJ Aranador worked hand in hand with the exhibitors to develop these products. Aranador says, “This year, we updated some materials which are upcycled from mostly waste materials. These include rubber tires which are converted into footwear and bags. Also we updated the colors, in terms of the spring/summer 2013 color palette so these are the reflectors or luminous colors. There are also pieces that we kept; we updated them in terms of functions and sizes so that they suit the export market, not only for local retail but also for the international market.”

Check out Manila FAME’s green products:


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Join the movement for a greener future, come and visit Manila FAME’s GreenCrafts for Creative Environment! Asia’s Design and Lifestyle Event runs until tomorrow, 17 March 2013, at the SMX Convention Center, Metro Manila, Philippines.

Manila FAME’s Creative Environment: People-positive and Earth-positive

creative_environment_coverphotoIn an initiative to bring design awareness and appreciation to local communities, Design Week Philippines will showcase design through sustainable products at Manila FAME’s Creative Environment.The Creative Environment aims to create and maintain a sustainable livelihood for the participating localities in Metro Manila. It serves as a program that allows locals to be self-sustaining and productive by reinventing their resources and wastes into profitable goods.People-positive and earth-positive products that are developed through sustainable livelihood projects from various communities in Metro Manila will be featured. Natural products and recycled materials such as water hyacinth, tarpaulins, newspapers, doypacks, and pet bottles will be used to create products that seek to showcase as well as preserve a locality’s culture and crafts. The Creative environment is envisioned to transform communities into distinct living spaces that go beyond their physical attributes.

The Creative Environment is organized by the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), the export marketing arm of the Philippine Department of Industry (DTI), in partnership with the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), the Metro Manila Mayors’ Spouses Foundation, Inc. (MMSFI), the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), through the National Solid Waste Management Commission (NSWMC), the National Ecology Center (NEC), and the Product Development and Design Center of the Philippines (PDDCP).

See earth-friendly crafts at the 57th edition of Manila FAME as it shapes up to bring new and exciting products on 14-17 March 2013 at the SMX Convention Center, Metro Manila, Philippines.

[Update: The Creative Environment has been renamed as the GreenCrafts exhibit at Manila FAME]

Sustainable livelihood highlighted at Manila FAME’s Craft Village

The Craft Village, an initiative of Design Week Philippines, offers a platform that creates and maintains sustainable livelihood in select communities in Metro Manila through the recycling of waste materials.

Through a special setting at Manila FAME, the Craft Village highlighted products made from recycled materials from various communities in the following cities:

Caloocan City

Reap Accessories/Stardolls Multi-Purpose Cooperative

Jewelry made with semi-precious stones and sawdust

Las Pinas City

Villar Foundation

Bags, baskets, and furniture made from water hyacinth

Mandaluyong City

Barangay New Zaniga/Paper for Now and Barangay Malamig Livelihood Program

Bags, jewelry, and neck-pieces made from magazines and newspapers

City of Manila

Caritas Manila Inc.

Rosaries, paintings, and other religious pieces produced from olive wood made by prison inmates

Paranaque City (NGO)

Ric-Jo International Enterprises

Bags made from Buntal fiber

Paranaque City (LGU)

Paranaque Livelihood Resource Management Office – Department under the City Government of Paranaque

Dolls made from resin and doll costumes made from pineapple fiber

Pasig City

Plantex Solutions International Group

Dishwashing liquid, fabric conditioner, soap, toiletries, and other kitchen materials made from fruit extracts.

Quezon City

Kamay Crafts Cooperative

Bags made from recycled packaging pouches

San Juan City

Balikatan sa Kaunlaran (BSK) National Foundation

Resin-made dolls with newspaper-made props

Expect more of Philippine ingenuity on 14-17 March 2013 at the 57th edition of Manila FAME! Witness a bigger display of unique and globally competitive products at Asia’s Design and Lifestyle Event.

FAME by Frame: The October 2012 Edition

On the heels of a successful 56th edition, we relive the scenes at Manila FAME, Asia’s Design and Lifestyle Event during its four-day celebration of Philippine craftsmanship and design.

For decades Manila FAME has been an advocate of the Philippine export industry, becoming a platform for promoting the country’s top products and designs from local designers, exporters, and manufacturers. This October show’s theme “The Art of the Craftsman = The Soul of the Philippines” highlights the country’s affinity to craftsmanship and why the Philippines is the best sourcing destination for the most unique, hand-crafted export products.


In a whirlwind of a journey through the show floor, Philippine Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Gregory Domingo and FAME’s notable guests were led through a tour of Manila FAME, culminating in a memorable flash mob of the traditional Philippine dance Tinikling.

(Upper left)CITEM Executive Director Rosvi Gaetos, DTI Secretary Gregory L. Domingo, Katha Awardee for Best Product Design for Furniture Roberto Locsin, and DTI Undersecretary Cristino Panlilio during the Katha Awards Ceremony. (Right) The DTI Secretary and the US Ambassador to the Philippines Harry Thomas, Jr. (Lower right) Stills from the Tinikling flash mob during the Manila FAME Opening Ceremony.


Closely following the Opening Ceremony, the Katha Award winners were announced and recognized.

(Upper left) Manila FAME Project Director James Booth, design icon Josie Natori, DTI Undersecretary Cristino Panlilio, and Nicolette Naumann of Messe Frankfurt. (Right) DTI Secratary Gregory L. Domingo and CITEM Executive Director Rosvi Gaetos present the Katha Award for Best Product Design in Fashion to Ann Ong. (Lower left) HE Harry Thomas, Jr., Secretary Domingo,
Russian Ambassador to the Philippines Nikolay Kudahsev, Josie Natori, Executive Director Gaetos, and Undersecretary Panlilio toast to Manila FAME.


Manila FAME weaves the story of The Art of the Craftsman through the Event Highlights, featuring a range of talented designers, exquisite design, top craftsmanship, and quality products.

Design Houses

Ten designers, their individual design sensibilities, and the country’s indigenous materials.

Four of the ten Manila FAME Design Houses from designers (clockwise) Stanley Ruiz, Milo Naval, Wataru Sakuma, and Ito Kish.

Garden Pavilion

A display of the global trend of indoor-outdoor living focusing on Asian, American, British, and French themes.

The four themes of the Garden Pavilion: (clockwise) French, British, Asian, and American

Budji and Kenneth in Focus

Special setting for home furniture and furnishings from designers Budji Layug and Kenneth Cobonpue.

Budji Layug’s and Kenneth Cobonopue’s furniture settings at Manila FAME

Manila Wear

A collection of the hottest summer must-haves from top fashion designers, curated by Josie Natori.

The Fashion Pavilion housed the Summer Must-Haves of Manila Wear.

Style Spots

A cross-merchandised presentation of color, texture, and form inspired by the global macro trends.

Products featured at Manila FAME’s Style Spots

Craft Spots

Live demonstration of the Philippine traditional crafts, featuring The Giant Lanterns of Pampanga, Taka (Papier Mache) of Paete, Bobbin Lace of Iloilo, and the Rice Baskets of Palawan.

The Craft Spots featured four craft forms from the country, namely (clockwise) The Giant Lanterns of Pampanga, Taka (Papier Mache) of Paete, Bobbin Lace of Iloilo, and the Rice Baskets of Palawan

Craft Village

Traditional crafts that breathe new life and aims for the preservation of a locality’s culture and crafts, promotion of the talent of the place, and the generation of sustainable livelihood.

The Craft Village featuring local products from various cities in the Philippines.

The OTOP Marketplace

The best products from all over the country were gathered at Manila FAME to showcase local skills, techniques, and materials. Designer Jinggoy Buensuceso lends his vision in design and curating the OTOP Marketplace.

The OTOP Marketplace featured many developmental products available for retail that showcased the local talent in the Philippines


A project of Senator Loren Legarda featuring the many Philippine traditions of craftsmanship. The Senator herself hosted the opening ceremony and the setting proved to be one of the most popular at Manila FAME

(Upper left) HIBLA featured traditional music from the Philippines during its opening. (Right) Senator Loren Legarda at HIBLA’s ribbon cutting. (Lower left) Tribeswomen work fibers and form beautiful crafts at HIBLA.

Journey of the Tao-Tao

A fine arts exhibit in partnership with the Asian Cultural Council (ACC). The opening ceremony featured dance performances from ACC grantees.

(Left) The Journey of the Tao-Tao featured life-size sculptures and a display of reinvented Barrel-Men. (Right) Dancers from the ACC performed during the Journey of the Tao-Tao Opening Ceremony.

The Boutique

 The show’s retail area where products from exhibitors and FAME merchandise were sold exclusively at Manila FAME.

Manila FAME’s The Boutique sold exclusive products during the four days of the show

Look forward to another celebration of Philippine craftsmanship in 2013 as Manila FAME returns with more top export products, innovative designs, and bigger highlights. SAVE THE DATE:  14 – 17 March 2013 at the SMX Convention Center.

Manila FAME’s “The Craft Village” highlights Philippine crafts

Manila FAME will be featuring The Craft Village, a program under the Creative Environment Component of the Design Week Philippines, a celebration of design through programs that will foster creativity among Filipinos as well as through events scheduled around Manila FAME to strengthen the Philippines’ position as Asia’s Design Destination.

The Creative Environment is an initiative that will bring design awareness and appreciation to local communities through a 3-point agenda: preservation of a locality’s culture and crafts; promotion of “genius loci” (talent of the place); and the generation of sustainable livelihood. It is envisioned to transform communities into distinct living spaces that go beyond their physical attributes.

The Craft Village’s goal is to offer a platform that will highlight the preservation of the different crafts from skilled craftsmen while simultaneously educating the new generation of its importance. The Craft Village will also focus on the use of recycled materials that will uphold sustainability and productivity in the communities’ livelihood.

In the long run, The Craft Village will be a continuing program that will allow people to be self-sustaining and productive. Recycled materials such as water hyacinth, tarpaulins, newspapers, and bottles will be showcased alongside the traditional crafts.

The Craft Village will also serve as the model template that can be put up in key tourism destinations in the different localities in the Philippines. It is envisioned to become a regular stop over for tourists to buy quality souvenirs that promote Philippine design, artisanship, and craftsmanship.

This initial launch of this Program will feature handmade crafts from selected local government units in Metro Manila, in cooperation with their Mayors’ Offices; Metro Manila Mayors Spouses Foundation, Inc. (MMMSFI); and the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA).

See the Philippine craftsman at work. Don’t miss Manila FAME on 17-20 October 2012 at the SMX Convention Center, Metro Manila, and be part of this movement called The Craft Village.