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CITEM teams with Albay, Southern Mindanao, and Zamboanga Peninsula to sustain traditional crafts and develop export-ready artisanal products

The Center for Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), with the local government of Albay, the provinces of Southern Mindanao (Region XI), Zamboanga Peninsula (Region IX), and their respective regional Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) units, are working on an extensive Partner Province program that encourages and inspires Philippine artisans to promote their heritage crafts through a more fun entrepreneurial strategy for the local and international markets.

The product collection developed through the program will be a unique show feature at the 62nd Manila FAME, scheduled on October 15-18, 2015, at the SMX Convention Center, Pasay City, Philippines. Dubbed as the Artisan Village, it aims to shine the spotlight on Philippine craftsmen and their significant contribution to the country’s rich culture as well as to the nation’s economic growth.

With full support from the provincial government, the craftsmen from Albay come from a strong community of weavers who create abaca handbags, houseware and home décor, furniture, carpets and rugs.

Participating artisans from Mindanao provinces are developing a diverse set of crafts including exotic leather, jewelry, pearls, mats from natural fiber, soap and other organic products from the madre de cacao plant, as well as exquisite textiles by the Yakan people.

CITEM, the owner and organizer of Manila FAME, understands that the worth of fine artisanal crafts is not only monetary but also social and cultural. They have a distinctive value woven together with the beliefs, traditions, and customs making up the fabric of a nation’s identity. “Our goal is to reach out to the local makers and equip them with up-to-date business knowledge so that they can maintain the relevance of their crafts to the community, recreate their art, sustain livelihood, and be at par with the top players in the industry,” said CITEM Executive Director Rosvi C. Gaetos.

With the help of the country’s young designers, whose innovative ideas will modernize the crafts of our local makers, the Artisan Village, along with the entire Manila FAME show, will offer a curatorial and meaningful exhibition that displays the fine work of Philippine artisans.


A signature event of CITEM, the export promotions arm of the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Manila FAME is the country’s bi-annual design and lifestyle trade platform that is approved by Union des Foires Internationales (UFI), the global organization for the leading trade show organizers, fairground owners, and major national and international association of the exhibition industry.

Log on to www.manilafame.com for more information.

Manila FAME 2015 offers a blend of culture and designs with its partner ASEAN country

Different nationalities, sensibilities, and cultures meet in the 61st Manila FAME as the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM) continues to accept foreign exhibitors in the 61st edition of Manila FAME.

“With the success of the previous October edition of Manila FAME, we are confident that the inclusion of a partner country in this year’s March edition will yield a very good turnout as well,” said Rosvi Gaetos, executive director of CITEM.

Indonesian Pavilion at Manila FAME October 2014 edition

                                   Indonesian Pavilion at Manila FAME October 2014 edition

Manila FAME first opened its doors to foreign exhibitors last October 2013. Originally exclusive for the October edition, this March’s edition of Manila FAME will feature exhibitors from its partner ASEAN country: Indonesia.

Indonesia will be joining Manila FAME for the second time with their Fashion and Home Décor. Listed by Indonesia’s Trade Ministry as one of the top industries providing export profits, Indonesia’s Fashion Industry is now gaining global attention mostly for their unique collection of batik and Muslim wears.

Indonesian Pavilion at Manila FAME October 2014 edition

                                  Indonesian Pavilion at Manila FAME October 2014 edition

“Buyers can look forward not only to the products but also to the history, culture, and heritage these items carry,” added Gaetos. CITEM’s Executive Director might as well have referred to the stories these products tell and take with them. Each product, each story – creates an experience.

Slated at the SMX Convention Center on March 13-16, 2015, Manila FAME is a bi-annual showcase of craftsmanship, design innovation, eco-sustainability, and artisanship in Philippine products. It features selected furniture and home furnishings, holiday gifts and décor, and fashion accessories designed and crafted in the Philippines for the global market. It is the second longest-running trade show in the Asia-Pacific and the only trade event in the country that is approved by the Union des Foires Internationales (UFI), the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry.

Design Talks Features Fashion’s Brave New Frontiers and Design with Meaning

PrintAs part of the weeklong celebration of Design Week Philippines October 2014 from the 13th to the 19th, Design Talks is a venue where experts in the design, marketing and business industry come together to share their insights and inspiration with industry practitioners, the academe, and students.

Giusy Bettoni

Giusy Bettoni

For the first day of Design Talks (16 October 2014), Giusy Bettoni took the stage with her expertise in sustainable textile innovation on the theme, “Fashion’s Brave New Frontiers.” She inspired the audience with the possible fashion opportunities one can get with sustainable textiles. And she’s right, sustainable can still be sexy!  With her years of experience in the industry, even founding a textile marketing agency and eco-library, she was impressed by the textiles she saw in the Philippines, calling them masterpieces.

Bernardo Urbina

Bernardo Urbina

Design Talks also featured Cebu-based Costa Rican furniture designer, Bernardo Urbina, founder of Tacloban Prevails, as their second speaker. Tacloban Prevails gives new life to debris from Typhoon Haiyan, creating “furniture with a soul” out of them.  Now that’s “Design with Meaning.”

Tacloban Prevails by Bernardo Urbina

Tacloban Prevails by Bernardo Urbina

Felipe de Leon Jr. took the floor as the third speaker of Design Talks. As the Chairman of the National Commission of Culture and the Arts, he gave a passionate and witty talk on culture as he explained how it is not confined in the arts but can be found everywhere in unique forms.

Felipe de Leon Jr.

Felipe de Leon Jr.

Design Talks takes place at the SMX Convention Center, Pasay City together with the 60th edition of Manila FAME in celebration of Design Week Philippines. The second day of Design Talks on October 17 will feature former general merchandising manager of Saks Fifth Avenue Joseph Boitano, ABS-CBN’s Chief Digital Officer Donald Lim, Oliver Segovia of AVA.ph and chairman of the Japan Institute of Design Promotion (JDP) Motomi Kawakami.

PH textiles get a new look for the 60th Manila Fame

The Center for International Trade Expositions & Missions (CITEM) commissioned two of the country’s hottest young designers to create new collections for Home and Fashion using Philippine indigenous materials at the 60th Manila FAME slated October 16-19 at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay City.

Olivia d'Aboville

Olivia d’Aboville

Olivia d’Aboville, the program’s Designer for Home, will show modern Home applications of the fabrics developed with the participating weaving communities. Amina Aranaz-Alunan, Designer for Fashion, will create collections of fashion wearables  showing how indigenous textiles can both be trendy and functional.

Amina Aranaz-Alunan

Amina Aranaz-Alunan

The 2nd edition of NeoTextiles Philippines will feature six weaving communities coming from the Visayas and Mindanao regions – twice the number of  textile manufacturer-participants as compared to its introductory launch last year. The Philippine Textile Research Institute (PTRI) provided textile development support and consultancy to the participating designers  as part of  the textile development component of the program.



The featured Visayan textiles and manufacturers are: piña by Heritage Arts and Crafts of Aklan, Philippine silk by Negros Silk Manufacturers’ Association of Negros Occidental, hablon by Salngan Multi-Purpose Cooperative of Iloilo, and raffia textile by Tubigon Loomweavers Multi-Purpose Cooperative of Bohol. While the Mindanao textiles and manufacturers are: hinabol by the Higaunon Women Weavers of Bukidnon and t’nalak woven by the T’boli weavers of Klowil Multi-Purpose Cooperative in South Cotabato.

T'nalak Bag Making

T’nalak Bag Making

To showcase the versatility of the NeoTextiles, Olivia d’Aboville teams-up with CustomMade Crafts Center and Tinukib to produce Home items made of hinabol and hablon. Another participating company, That One Piece, collaborates with Olivia to create eye-catching lamps using the developed fabrics. While Amina Aranaz-Alunan will introduce the ARANAZ chic collections of Fashion wearables using the NeoTextiles.

Last year, CITEM, the Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI) export-marketing arm, launched its Material Development Program which gave birth to NeoTextiles Philippines as a textile-development and branding initiative for contemporary Philippines textiles.

For more information on NeoTextiles Philippines at Manila FAME, interested parties can visit www.manilafame.com or email manilafame@citem.com.ph.

NeoTextiles Philippines: The Story of Philippine Contemporary Textile


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.

neotextiles collage 2 RS



neotextiles collage 1 RS

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’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.

Craftsmen working abaca into shapes and forms for different products

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.