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Manila FAME Highlights: Day 3

World-renowned Chilean designer Nelson Sepulveda to participate in Manila FAME October 2016 edition

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Chilean designer, scenographer, and stylist Nelson Sepulveda presents his creative ideas on his would-be special setting in the October edition of Manila FAME during his recent visit in the 63rd edition of the trade show this April. He spoke about the importance of ‘romanticizing the handmade and abstracting everyday objects’ in doing design before a group of students, exhibitors, members of the press, and representatives of the Design Center of the Philippines (DCP) and the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM). For the October 2016 show edition, Sepulveda will collaborate closely with the international trend consulting company Edelkoort Etc. to develop designs for Philippine handcrafted baskets using natural materials, with the possibility of expanding the product lineup to include other everyday objects.

RIPPLES Plus highlights globally competitive SMEs at Manila FAME

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The Regional Interactive Platform for Philippine Exporters (RIPPLES) Plus is a partnership program of the Export Marketing Bureau (EMB) with the Department of Trade and Industry-Regional Operations Development Group’s (DTI-RODG) Export Pathways Program (EPP). It enables the regional and provincial staff to handhold potential exporters through capacity-building trainings and provides direct interventions (e.g., product designs, market info seminars, compliance with market requirements, export marketing activities, and international trade fair participation) to potential and existing exporters enrolled under the EPP. The program aims to expand the supply base of globally competitive products and services as well as increase Philippine exports and international market shares. The RIPPLES Plus enrollees for 2016 include Calfurn Manufacturing Philippines, Inc.; Globeasia Nature Industries, Inc.; Jalikee Arts & Craft, JER Shellcrafts Creation International, Jhaz Footwear Store, Markalex Creative Crafts Corporation, Melquiades Ceramics, Shelmed Cottage Treasures, Starcrest Asia Corporation, and Tadeco, Inc.

The Artisans Village tells the stories of crafts from the islands

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Lifestyle designer PJ Arañador teams up with product specialists Imelda Datul and Rachel Dagñalan in a creative collaboration with the local governments, regional offices of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), and 45 SMEs from Albay, Cagayan, Davao, and Laguna. The Artisans Village plays a significant role in protecting, preserving and promoting the arts and crafts of the islands. It aims to celebrate the work of local artisans and master craftsmen highly skilled in weaving, wood carving, metal forging, and other various forms of traditional crafts. The Artisans Village at the 63rd Manila FAME is open until April 24. It remains to be one of the favorite trade show highlights of Manila FAME trade buyers and guests alike.

UAP Convention Exhibits deemed a success

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The United Architects of the Philippines (UAP) Convention Exhibits (CONEX) Organizing Committee presents a token of recognition for CITEM’s participation in CONEX 2016 at the Manila FAME Pavilion in SMX Convention Center. The Manila FAME Pavilion was a curated lounge which served as a promotional platform for the featured Philippine furniture and lighting manufacturers. The sophisticated presentation was well received by architect delegates, architecture practitioners, and the general public. UAP CONEX 2016 is the Philippines’ premier building and construction exhibition. In photo are the CONEX Organizing Committee members (from left); Architect Bryan Patrick Tan, CONEX Adviser; Architect Eduardo S. Casares, CONEX Adviser; Oliver Rempillo, Senior Exhibition Designer of CITEM; Architect Richard Garcia, CONEX Director; Architect Alejandro Cua, CONEX Adviser; Cristalle Bernardo, Senior Trade and Industry Development Specialist of CITEM; and Architect Gary Chung of CONEX Marketing.

Design Trails by Bambike at the Design Week Philippines

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Design Trails by Bambike offers an exciting and unique opportunity for Design Week Philippines (DWP) visitors to rediscover the history, culture, and art scene of Intramuros through a guided bamboo bike tour of the Walled City. The DWP April 2016 celebration was well received by design aficionados from here and abroad. The Bambike tours will run until April 24. DWP is a multi-faceted platform that brings together creative visionaries from diverse backgrounds and disciplines in a series of programs and events that celebrate design and artistry. It fosters connections between creative industry practitioners and design enthusiasts in an interactive sharing of knowledge, ideas, and trends. It has become a national agenda that nurtures the creativity and design capability of the Philippines to usher in trade opportunities.

Local craftsmen take center stage in international exhibition Manila FAME

Artisans from Albay, Cagayan Valley, Laguna, and Davao are ready to meet big retail firms at the Philippines’ premier trade fair in April

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Handcrafted furniture, home décor, and accessories from different Philippine regions get a design update through the Partner Province Program of CITEM in collaboration with internationally acclaimed designer PJ Arañador.

With support from PJ Arañador, lifestyle designer, local manufacturers from Cagayan Valley, Laguna, Albay, and Davao are getting ready to exhibit their finest furniture, home décor, and accessories at The Artisans Village in the boutique edition of Manila FAME this April.

The Artisans Village is a partner province program that aims to help regular and new Manila FAME exhibitors market their products in the global export scene. It is organized by the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), the export promotions arm of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), in partnership with LGUs (local government units) and different DTI regional and provincial offices that share CITEM’s aim to promote island crafts and celebrate Filipino craftsmanship.

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The new products will be showcased at The Artisans Village, one of the highlights of the Manila FAME April 2016 Boutique Edition, to be held on April 21-24, 2016, at the World Trade Center Metro Manila, Pasay City.

Arañador leads The Artisans Village as the program’s creative director. He is the owner of the PJ Aranador Design Studio One; the Nautilus Boutique in Boracay; WAWA, Iloilo’s First Heritage Restaurant; and Escuela de Artesanias de las Filipinas, a crafts school. His creations are sold across Asia, Africa, North and South America, Europe, Australia, the Caribbean, and Middle East. Arañador is an international environmental design activist and a consultant for Go Green Philippines, an environmental program that aims to revitalize the Philippine ecosystem and uphold the country’s fashion accessories industry. He is a leading social design entrepreneur in the Philippines, helping the poor in many rural communities through crafts production. He also advocates trade fair, ethical livelihood, preservation and advancement of indigenous materials, and innovative use of traditional techniques with green technology. He has been an exhibit curator for fairs in Colombia, Peru, and India.

PJ Arañador with Alex Cueva and Arlene Cueva of Disenio De Craftico in Albay

PJ Arañador with Alex Cueva and Arlene Cueva of Disenio De Craftico in Albay

Arañador is conducting visits to Cagayan Valley, Laguna, Albay, and Davao to hold product development and one-on-one prototype checking sessions, with the assistance of seasoned design and product development specialist Imelda Datul, and rising designer Rachelle Dagñalan.

In addition, Arañador is coaching the exhibitors on the ins and outs of the export business, covering topics such as identifying the target market; selecting the right colors for products; determining the proper pricing and costing; marketing the products offline and online; executing product displays; and handling operations, income, and billing. As a mentor, Arañador not only focuses on the technical side of business, but reminds the exhibitors to be vigilant against frauds as well.

With 25 years of professional experience in designing and exposure to products and designs around the world, Arañador believes that one of the factors that sets Philippine products apart from those of other countries is the resourcefulness or ingenuity of the Filipinos. “While the technology may not be as advanced, with so much less, we become very creative. And I think that’s a good position because crafts are after all made by hand. That’s when the soul of the products reflects more,” he said.


Manila FAME, the country’s premier design and lifestyle trade show, will be held on April 21-24 at the World Trade Center Metro Manila in Pasay City. For more information on The Artisans Village and Manila FAME, please log on to www.manilafame.com.

Internationally acclaimed Filipino designer lights up Manila FAME April 2016

Stanley Ruiz

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Stanley Ruiz, one of the Rising Asian Talents at the March 2016 Singapore edition of MAISON&OBJET Asia, comes back to Manila FAME for its April 2016 boutique edition.

Industrial designer Stanley Ruiz is currently collaborating with 10 exhibitors from Pampanga, Cebu, Davao, Negros Occidental, and Metro Manila to develop functional, stylish, and commercially viable lighting products. Together, they are exploring the themes of post-industrial design and Philippine heritage taken on a more modern-day level.

At the same time, Stanley is working with respected Philippine designers Nina Santamaria and Ito Kish for one of Manila FAME’s highlights this April: the Spring Forward special setting, which will showcase the three designers’ products, along with several Filipino manufacturers’ finely crafted seasonal indoor and outdoor product collections for the home. In particular, Stanley will be designing light and home accent pieces to complement the Spring-themed presentation.

Stanley, who took up Industrial Design in UP Diliman, discovered his passion for designing when he was a student. After learning about materials and the essentials of design and being able to apply what he learned, he embraced his major and began taking on designing projects for small and medium enterprises in the provinces while still studying in the early to mid-2000s. His efforts eventually paid off, and so he decided to work in the design industry.

As a designer, Stanley has limitless sources of inspiration. He gets ideas from everyday life, local industries and materials, and nature to name a few, and he transforms them into clever and exceptional design patterns. He shares some pieces of advice to other aspiring young designers: “Take it seriously, explore on your own, think outside of the bounds of the academe, read a lot—not only about design, but other disciplines like music, film, arts, social sciences because these all come into play eventually. It’s not only about being good at drawing, colors, or computer software. There is a lot that you can apply if you know the world more. So, travel—just expose yourself. That’s what I did.”

Today, Stanley is an internationally awarded designer who owns his own studio in Manila, the Estudio Ruiz Design Consultancy. Some of the awards and recognitions he has received include being listed by New York-based Surface Magazine as one of the Avant Guardians of 2010, getting the Bronze Award at the A’ Design Awards in Italy in 2013, and receiving the Outstanding Asia Talents award at the Bangkok International Gift Fair in 2014.

In spite of his accomplishments in the global design scene, Stanley continues to return to Manila FAME. “I love Manila FAME because this is the venue for local companies to show their prowess. It’s actually a showcase of real industry—what our resources are, who we are as a people, and what our crafts are all about, which are basically part of our culture,” he said.

Lighting pieces by Stanley Ruiz for the March 2015 show edition of Manila FAME.

Lighting pieces by Stanley Ruiz for the March 2015 show edition of Manila FAME.

Stanley has been participating in Manila FAME for six editions now as a product specialist, creating product designs for Philippine manufacturers under the Center of International Trade Expositions and Missions’ (CITEM) Design for Exports Program, which aims to assist Philippine manufacturers in creating globally competitive products with design support from some of the country’s top design experts.

“We get fulfillment out of it, like collaborating with companies. I learn from them. I was able to impart some of my knowledge with them to come up with some new products for their collections. In fact, that’s one of the main goals of my design studio here in Manila: to be able to contribute to the local design landscape. And by doing these consultancy projects, I think I’m partly on my way to achieving my goals,” said Stanley.

Aurora—A Light Imprint, designed by Stanley Ruiz, Jinggoy Buensuceso, and Wataru Sakuma.

Aurora—A Light Imprint, designed by Stanley Ruiz, Jinggoy Buensuceso, and Wataru Sakuma.

At the October show edition of Manila FAME last year, Stanley worked with Filipino visual artist and sculptor Jinggoy Buensuceso and Philippine-based Japanese designer Wataru Sakuma to create the northern lights-inspired installation titled, Aurora—A Light Imprint. Inspired by the ‘Aurora Borealis,’ the dreamy natural lights spectacle in the northern hemisphere, the ingenious display was made of over 20,000 chain-linked colorful glow sticks hanging from the ceiling.


The 63rd show edition of Manila FAME, the Philippines’ premier design and lifestyle event, is scheduled on April 21-24 at the World Trade Center, Metro Manila, Philippines. The trade show is organized by the Center of International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), the export promotions agency of the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). For more information, please visit www.manilafame.com.

Young designer creates fresh holiday décor for Manila FAME April 2016

Nina Santamaria

Nina Santamaria

Nina Santamaria, interior designer and principal of the Grupo Santamaria design firm, is joining Manila FAME for the first time this April as a product specialist of the holiday décor and fashion sectors for the event’s boutique edition.

Currently, Nina is exploring organic forms and textures, metallic colors, and holiday hues to develop fresh and unique product designs for several manufacturers from different parts of the country, such as Quezon City, Laguna, Davao, and Pampanga.

Nina is also collaborating with Philippine designers Ito Kish and Stanley Ruiz for Manila FAME April 2016’s Spring Forward special setting, which will feature the three designers’ creations and some of the finest seasonal indoor and outdoor products of certain Philippine manufacturers. With the creative genius of these three designers, trade buyers and visitors can expect product collections that are classic and traditional yet with a dramatic twist—fresher designs, shades, colors, and materials.

As a product specialist for holiday décor and fashion sectors come Manila FAME April 2016 show, Nina feels pressured but at the same time thrilled about her assignment. “It’s very challenging yet also very exciting because I get the chance to work right there at the heart of where the action is—in the factories where the ideas are being developed and the materials are being explored, tried, and tested. Even if the work is a little behind-the-scene, I feel that it is such an important responsibility,” she said.

Nina’s early years played a big part in her career as an interior designer. At the age of seven, she was acquainted with art through learning from Philippine National Artist Jose T. Joya. As a small child, Nina also enjoyed playing with building blocks, playing house, working on coloring books, and reading her mother’s Better Homes and Gardens magazine collections. She was naturally curious about beautiful places and spaces as well. Growing up with these influences, she chose a career in interior design.  In 1999, she started designing after getting her license as an interior designer, and after a few years, she founded her own design firm, the Grupo Santamaria. The company has been operating for 10 years now, providing interior design for commercial, residential, institutional, and offices spaces, as well as events. Nina’s experience in designing various retail spaces—from bag and shoe retail stores to cafés and art galleries—helps her create designs for Manila FAME exhibitors.

To Nina, travel has always been a source of inspiration when coming up with designs. The places she visits open her eyes to different materials, cultures, and ways of life. “Travel is important; research is important. Even if you don’t travel physically, it’s good to travel through reading or surfing the internet, or just talking to people—getting to know their experiences. These things make up the fabric of how you approach holiday design,” she said. Nina is also inspired by the works of craftsmen and other designers in architecture and interior design.

Nina already knew about Manila FAME even before she was asked to become a product specialist for the trade show. In fact, she is a regular Manila FAME visitor who goes with her staff every year to look into the new collections of designers, both experienced and new. “[I love] the creative buzz of all the exhibitors and also the interest of the Filipinos—the growing interest of the Filipinos in attending and supporting these exhibitions. It’s great to see students lining up at Manila FAME; it’s great to see visitors from all walks of life: senior citizens, students, mommies, housewives. It’s not just limited to interior designers or architects or buyers,” she said.

Nina also offers some valuable pieces of advice to those who want to become designers as well. “Humility is always a good advice to other people, especially those who are starting out, because you can’t really buy or speed up expertise, experience, or knowledge in mastery of your craft. Whether you’re a furniture designer or a bag designer or a shoe designer or lighting designer, you have to keep on learning and you have to acknowledge that there are years of experience ahead that you have to go through in order for you to really master your craft. But with perseverance, you can really excel. And you have to be open to the criticism of others, but also stay true to your mission. And if you do that, you will come out as unique and strong. And remember always that you’re also representing your country and you’re doing a service to your country because it is an international exhibition. With all of that in mind, you will really feel humble and yet you’re one fish in a big sea of designers,” she said.


The April 2016 show edition of Manila FAME, the Philippines’ premier design and lifestyle event, will be held on April 21-24 at the World Trade Center Metro Manila, Pasay City, Philippines. The event is organized by the Center of International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), the export promotions agency of the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). For more information, visit www.manilafame.com.

Modernizing Philippine Crafts

CITEM, the LGUs, and PJ envision a new era for the Philippines’ traditional crafts with an audacious and promising product design and development program that works directly with the country’s artisans and craft manufacturers in each participating region.


The Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM) is collaborating with the local government units (LGUs) of Albay, Cagayan, Davao, and Laguna, and international lifestyle designer and co-founder of the Fashion and Design Council of the Philippines, PJ Arañador, in recreating the crafts showcase, The Artisans Village, for the Manila FAME April 2016 Boutique Edition.

CITEM brings back PJ who is one of the pioneering design and merchandise consultants for Manila FAME and CITEM-organized participations in fairs across Australia, Europe, and North America.  As product development specialist of The Artisans Village, PJ is setting the path for the highly anticipated crafts landscape, visualizing a display of sustainable “storied crafts” that echo the interior design, tourism retail merchandise, and fashion forecast for 2016-2017. PJ is working with a team of designers including Imelda Datul, a seasoned design and product development professional, and rising talent Rachelle Dagñalan.

With PJ’s creative guidance and the local artisans’ heritage skills, The Artisans Village will highlight the natural charm of cultural crafts created with the modern feel of brilliant and spunky color palette, prints, and patterns.

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PJ writes this friendly and fruity shade of orange on top of the list. Essential for the new year, Spring Papaya lends woven crafts and fashion items a contemporary allure. A luscious and exotic color, it combines well with white accents and indigenous materials like abaca and piña to create a neat contrast.

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Then PJ and the creative team play with the brightness of Spring Papaya by mixing it with a powerful Cobalt Blue, creating a dreamy aura. Applied in Philippine crafts, this color combination introduces an imaginative spin on the earthy/neutral tones of natural fibers, reminding one of bright galaxies and mystical dreams.

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The warm and sunny Buttercup, Mango Lassi, and Mustard accent the tropical tones of 2016. Ideal for establishing a vivid juxtaposition in a look, these shades are selected by PJ to create handmade crafts that add a radiant energy to any urban apartment home or workspace.

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Blending a sense of relaxation and serenity, these shades of blue utilized in native crafts bring the tranquil ocean to the home. The focal look for PJ’s Spring-Summer 2016 collection, this color bundle interprets the iridescence of rich Philippine marine life and distinct local materials such as mother-of-pearl.

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Soft and feminine pastel colors are making a come back in home décor and interiors. They create a relaxing atmosphere in living spaces and add a 70’s glamour to the dining area and the kitchen. PJ handpicks these subtle and versatile colors as they pair well with natural materials like bamboo, rattan, and seagrass.

The Artisans Village is one of the highlights of the Manila FAME April 2016 Boutique Edition which will be held on April 21-24, 2016, at the World Trade Center, Pasay City, Philippines.


Organized by CITEM, the export promotions arm of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Manila FAME is the country’s only premier design and lifestyle event for the global market. A bi-annual trade show, Manila FAME is dedicated to holiday and fashion sectors featuring hundreds of exporters, manufacturers, and designers.

For more information on Manila FAME, log on to http://www.manilafame.com.