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Manila FAME spotlights innovative, bold PH home and lifestyle products through Katha Awards

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Back-to-back winner: Lara by Province of Samar bags the Best Product Design for Fashion and the People’s Choice Award in the recently held Katha Awards at the 69th edition of Manila FAME last April 25, 2019.

 

Manila, Philippines — The freshest and most innovative products from the Philippines’ esteemed designers and artisans took centerstage once again at the 69th edition of Manila FAME, which runs from April 25 to 27 at the World Trade Center Metro Manila, Pasay City.

The recently held KATHA Awards puts a spotlight on sustainable products made by Philippine designers out of local indigenous materials for different sectors: furniture, lamps and lighting, home décor, fashion and seasonal décor.

“With plenty of talents across the country, the KATHA Awards gives distinction to fresh, original, and innovative designs that capture the spirit of Filipino creativity and ingenuity,” said CITEM Executive Director Pauline Suaco-Juan.

“This recognition inspires and encourage local companies to elevate the standards of Philippine design and craftsmanship, creating better export products through the skillful use and exploration of the country’s natural resources,” she added.

The country’s premier home and lifestyle event also gave an award for the company that has the best booth display and had a special citation for eco-design award to recognize innovative sustainable products.

According to Suaco-Juan, this edition’s Katha Award also allowed their judges as well as the buyers and visitors to pick a product through their Judges’ Pick Special Citation and People’s Choice Award.

Here are the winners of the KATHA Awards April 2019:

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Best Product Design – Furniture
Product Name: Rasty Chair
Company: Coast Pacific
Designer: Florian Barrete Jr.

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Best Product Design – Lamps & Lighting
Product Name: Vilo with Capiz Shade
Company: AZCOR
Designer: Eduardo Zulvaga

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Best Product Design – Home Decor
Product Name: Sayawan
Company: Paperbound
Designer: Patrick Henry Chua

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Best Product Design – Fashion
Product Name: Tamsi
Company: Lara by Province of Samar
Designer: Governor Sharee Ann Tan

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Best Product Design – Festive/Seasonal Decor
Product Name: Abaca Seda Tree
Company: PMP Social Enterprise
Designer: Jojo Sonillo

 

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Best Booth Display
Company: Zarate Manila

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Special Citation: Eco-Design Award
Product Name: Sunburst
Company: Nature’s Legacy
Designer: Chester John Lorete

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Special Citation: Judges’ Pick
Product Name: Party Animal
Company: Art 24 Inc.
Designer: Pauline Co. (through Design Center of the Philippines)

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People’s Choice Award
Product Name: Lara
Company: Lara by Province of Samar
Designer: Governor Sharee Ann Tan

 

The Best Product Design winners were chosen based on their product’s overall aesthetics (20%), function (30%), materials innovation (15), and product innovation (35%). The best booth display award is given to the exhibit with the best concept (30%), use of space (35%) and visual appeal (35%) to maximize their presence in Manila FAME. The Special Citation for Eco-Design Award is conferred based on concept (25%), manufacturing processes (30%), fitness of purpose (15%) and impact/environment benefits (30%).

Most of the awards were chosen based on the selection of the judges while the People’s Choice Award was given to the exhibitor who collected the most number of votes from the Manila FAME App.

Katha Awards judges include Arch. Royce Nicdao (WTA Designs), Nix Alanon (Phoenix Home), Jen So Hu – See (Sohu Designs), Idr. Rossy yabut-Rojales (Heim Interiors), Arch. J. Anton Mendoza (J. Antonio Mendoza Design Consultants), Angel Guerrero (Adobo Magazine), Arch. Tobias Guggenheimer (Sofa Design Institute), Sky Gavin (WhenInManila), Lulu Tan-Gan (Tan-Gan), IDR. Ivy Almario (Atelier Almario) and esteemed fashion designers fashion designer Rajo Laurel and John Herrera.

Since its inception in 1990, the Katha Awards has stood as the hallmark of Philippine product design excellence and innovation. The special distinction is awarded to Manila FAME companies and designers whose products embody the innovative design and material manipulation.

Running from April 25 to 27, Manila FAME is the Philippines’ premier design and lifestyle event organized by the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), the export promotion arm of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

For more information about the show, visit www.manilafame.com

 

Manila FAME Congratulates Katha Awards Winners!

Since its inception in 1990, the Manila FAME Katha Awards has stood as the hallmark of Philippine product design excellence and innovation. The special distinction is awarded to Manila FAME exhibitors whose products embody the innovative design and material manipulation.

KATHA Awards puts a spotlight on sustainable products made by Philippine designers and artisans out of local indigenous materials for different sectors: furniture, lamps and lighting, home décor, fashion and seasonal décor.

The Manila FAME was recently held last April 25 to 27 at the World Trade Center Metro Manila. It is the Philippines’ premier design and lifestyle event organized by the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), the export promotion arm of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

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Best Product Design – Furniture
Product Name: Rasty Chair
Company: Coast Pacific
Designer: Florian Barrete Jr.

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Best Product Design – Lamps & Lighting
Product Name: Vilo with Capiz Shade
Company: AZCOR
Designer: Eduardo Zulvaga

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Best Product Design – Home Decor
Product Name: Sayawan
Company: Paperbound
Designer: Patrick Henry Chua

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Best Product Design – Fashion
Product Name: Tamsi
Company: Lara by Province of Samar
Designer: Governor Sharee Ann Tan 

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Best Product Design – Festive/Seasonal Decor
Product Name: Abaca Seda Tree
Company: PMP Social Enterprise
Designer: Jojo Sonillo

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Best Booth Display
Company: Zarate Manila

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Special Citation: Eco-Design Award
Product Name: Sunburst
Company: Nature’s Legacy
Designer: Chester John Lorete

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Special Citation: Judges’ Pick
Product Name: Party Animal
Company: Art 24 Inc.
Designer: Pauline Co. (through Design Center of the Philippines)

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People’s Choice Award
Product Name: Lara
Company: Lara by Province of Samar
Designer: Governor Sharee Ann Tan

 

Women artisans showcase their creativity at the 69th edition of Manila FAME

  • Manila FAME April 2019 supports women’s economic empowerment.

One of the best-kept secrets behind every product now displayed in the curated setting of the GREAT Women Project at Manila FAME is the story of a woman artisan. She can take on different roles: from an entrepreneur, a weaver, a knotter or even a sewer. But a woman’s touch is always an integral part of the process. She is always striving to create uniquely designed pieces that we can all be truly proud of as Filipinos.

GREAT Women Project 2 at Manila FAME April 2019

Manila FAME April 2019 once again champions Filipino ingenuity through the export-quality products now showcased at the World Trade Center Metro Manila. Part of the show is the Gender Responsive Economic Actions for the Transformation of Women (GREAT Women Project 2), a project funded by the Government of Canada and headed by the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) that seeks to improve the economic empowerment of women micro entrepreneurs (WMEs) and their workers.

The project’s mission is to improve the competitiveness and sustainability of women’s micro enterprises and improve the enabling environment for women’s economic empowerment.

At present, the project is focusing on the wearables and homestyle industries that include fashion, gifts and home products. For this April’s Manila FAME, the GREAT Women Project 2 worked with fashion designer and milliner Mich Dulce to coach 20 women entrepreneurs and provide her insights on product design and development. These exciting products range from handmade fabrics, handwoven bags and intricately designed footwear to handcrafted fashion accessories and home décor.

GREAT Women Project 2 believes that with a growth mindset, women entrepreneurs could lead themselves to their own path of transformation to success and empowerment. The Project celebrates the capacities of women entrepreneurs and artisans from all over the country to make sustainable products that not only reflect their creativity but also show their strength and ability as women.

Manila FAME is slated on 25-27 April 2019 at the World Trade Center Metro Manila in Pasay City, Philippines. It is recognized as the country’s best avenue to discover Filipino design and craftsmanship.

Manila FAME is one of the longest-running trade shows in the Asia-Pacific region 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 trade show organizers and fairground owners, exhibition associations, and selected partners of the exhibition industry.

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The GREAT Women Project pavilion at Manila FAME

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.

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.

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

MANILA FAME April 2019 Opens Today

  • The preeminent design and lifestyle show opens its doors to local and international buyers
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The Manila FAME April 2019 logo designed in collaboration with Vince Uy

Manila FAME, the country’s premiere sourcing destination for home, lifestyle and design products is slated to open today, April 25 at the World Trade Center Metro Manila in Pasay City and will run until Saturday, April 27, 2019.

Organized by the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), the export promotion arm of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), the three-day event will champion Filipino ingenuity as it highlights globally competitive products from more than 300 exhibitors. Industries featured are furniture and furnishings, home accents, gift items, festive season décor, fashion accessories and wearables, handwoven and converted items, interior and architectural components, and visual arts.

The exhibitors this edition are a diverse mix of industry veterans and upcoming, aspiring enterprises. There will also be 36 foreign exhibitors in this edition coming from Southeast Asia (Indonesia, Cambodia, Timor Leste), China and India.

The show is expecting thousands of local and international trade buyers as over 900 buyers already signified their attendance. This presents an increase of 27% from last year’s buyer count, with the pre-registration rate normally accounting for just 30% of the actual buyer attendance. More are anticipated to come at the actual trade fair with the United States, Japan, Australia, United Arab Emirates, and France as the top visiting countries this edition.

What’s Fresh at the Manila FAME April 2019 edition

For the first time, the Manila FAME tapped some of the country’s rising online fashion entrepreneurs and designers to showcase the latest trends in both couture and ready-to-wear (RTW) fashion. The show gathered 22 online businesses in the Fashion E-Tailer special setting not only to entice the young and tech-savvy fashion enthusiasts but to level up its online promotion initiative.

Heritage Reimagined takes centerstage this April

To commemorate over 30 years of cultural inheritance and to prepare the groundwork for the 70th staging this October, the trade show took on a nostalgic theme this April. Manila FAME will present the most iconic and forward-looking pieces from the past and infuse them with the vision of the new to create an exciting collection that honors a legacy of design excellence.

“We looked at the best products from the past and gave it a modern flair through our new breed of designers that were very keen to help us this edition,” said CITEM Executive Director Pauline Suaco-Juan.

To follow through with this endeavor, CITEM invited design, fashion, editorial and entrepreneurial luminaries within the creative community to sit as consultants and product developers for the Design Commune. The team is expected to lend a fresh perspective to Manila FAME.

The Design Commune special setting is now on its fourth run in Manila FAME. Leading the thematic showcase of ‘Heritage Reimagined’ is creative director Vince Uy. For this April, it will feature products from 115 Philippine brands and manufacturers that have undergone product development and curation to meet the aesthetics and demands of the international market.

The product development designers who are involved in this edition are Stanley Ruiz for home and lighting; Nix Alañon for furniture and lighting; André Chang for fashion; and PJ Arañador and Maco Custodio for the home and fashion sectors of the Artisans Village.

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From L to R: Maco Custodio, Vince Uy, CITEM Executive Director Pauline Suaco-Juan, Andre Chang, Nix Alañon and Stanley Ruiz, Manila FAME April 2019 curator and designers

These designers have established formidable names in the design and lifestyle sectors and now they are giving back to their community by helping MSMEs go further in the international market.

Manila FAME, a signature event of the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions, is one of the longest running trade shows in the Asia Pacific and is the only trade event in the Philippines approved by Union des Foires Internationales (UFI), the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry. Held biannually every April and October, the Manila FAME covers the home, holiday and fashion sectors.

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.

Redefine your couture with Wear Your Culture

  • Manila FAME April 2019’s first time exhibitor aims to tap every Pinoy’s closet by pushing forward chic everyday clothing that promotes Filipino culture.
DSC08520.jpgPhilippine weaves and fabrics incorporated in everyday wear.

 

The country’s vibrant and colorful weaves and textile that reflects history and culture is more than just a costume for cultural occasions, it breathes heritage and art handed by Filipino artisans from generations to generations.

That is why couple Alvin and Evita Degamo of WLYC Apparel Manufacturing (WLYC), one of the rising startups in the apparel industry, is aiming to infuse indigenous and ethnic materials to the everyday wear of all Filipinos.

Motivated by their 20 years of experience in the modelling industry and their exposure to the different fabrics in the runway, the Degamos conceptualized a street wear collection that aims to level if not to surpass global fashion brands.

“Our direction is for every Filipino to have a ‘Wear Your Culture’ (WYC) jacket, polo or shirt in their closet. The designs in this collection are meant for everyday wear not limited to be used only in events but an everyday statement,” shared Alvin Degamo, President and Chief Designer of WLYC.

The WYC brand follows a young, modern and cool approach. Hand-woven fabrics and weaves give new color and appeal to the clothing pieces.

“I base my designs from the fabrics of the weavers who are the real artists here; I just execute it to become an everyday couture,” added Alvin.

 

Creating jobs for local artisans

The best part of doing this business, according to the couple, is being able to give back and help their partner communities of Filipino weavers in the different parts of the country such as Davao, Basilan, IloIlo and Abra, to name a few.

“Sadly, weaving is almost a dying industry as most of our local craftsmen now opt to work abroad because of lack of orders. Hence, helping them is part of our drive to ensure that local artisans will stay and do their craft,” said Alvin.

“Weaving is a Filipino skill that will go to waste if we will let them leave the country, and we deem that what will make them stay is the renewed demand for their products. By creating a way to use it other than the usual cultural costumes, we hope to increase the need for these ethnic raw materials,” explained Evita, Vice President of WLYC.

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Going global

Just one year in the business and yet many local patrons are already seeing the potential of #WYCeveryday. The brand was well accepted in local fairs, so the couple decided to up the game by joining the country’s premiere design and lifestyle event, the Manila FAME.

“I have been going to Manila FAME as a buyer and I am always amazed with the exquisite work of art that Filipino manufacturers and exporters are producing in each edition. Coming to Manila FAME will really make you appreciate Filipino talent. This inspired me to contribute in producing global brands and here we are now, on our way to our first edition,” Alvin excitedly shared.

“I am eager for the world to see our products in an international stage. We realized that we have a very small market here in the Philippines; but every time we attend Manila FAME, we see how a lot of people are interested with Filipino products and talents. We wanted to grab a piece of that pie and show what we got,” Evita further added.

As a first-time exhibitor and an aspiring exporter, WLYC expects challenges as they go along in the business; but the drive to help the weaving industry and the dream of making it big in the fashion sector fuels the passion of the young couple to move forward.

“We are really looking forward to the possibilities and opportunities that will come by joining Manila FAME,” Evita ended.

The Manila FAME is slated on 25-27 April 2019, at the World Trade Center Metro Manila in Pasay City, Philippines. It is positioned as the country’s best avenue to discover Filipino design, raw materials, craftsmanship and service, and a trade fair where buyers and visitors can experience the trademark hospitality of Filipinos.

 

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What’s New in Manila FAME

Manila FAME brings the online fashion marketplace to the trade show floor in the e-Tailer Special Setting. It will feature rising fashion entrepreneurs and designer commercial brands that will showcase the latest trends in both couture and ready-to-wear (RTW) fashion. Young and tech-savvy fashion enthusiasts will be enamored by a collection of this season’s trendiest styles.

Manila FAME 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.

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.

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

 

Manila FAME’s 69th edition, a throwback to the show’s design heritage

  • Manila Fame’s April 2019 edition will be a celebration of the rich history of the Filipino craftsman featured in its past editions. Iconic pieces from its 30-year collection will be infused with today’s design trends.
Design Commune Special Setting MFO 2018The Manila FAME October 2018 Design Commune setting reflecting the current international design trends of using nude hues and sustainable materials.

 

Manila FAME, the country’s preeminent lifestyle and design trade event will honor the legacy of Filipino design excellence featured in its past 68 editions. The show is slated on 25-27, April 2019 at the World Trade Center, Pasay City, Philippines.

“We are going to highlight the best of Manila FAME products featured over the years through the Design Commune special setting. As part of our product development program, these products will be reimagined to reflect contemporary design concepts,” said Pauline Suaco-Juan, Executive Director of the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM).

Now on its fourth run, the Design Commune serves both as an exhibit venue within Manila FAME and as a merchandise development program that nurtures a community of designers and their collaboration with manufacturers. The program aims to produce a constant output of well-designed products that meet the demand of the international market.

The theme for this year’s product development initiative is “Heritage Reimagined,” a presentation of Manila FAME’s legacy of design excellence.

The trade show has been positioned over the years as a celebration of exquisite craftmanship, mastery over sustainable materials and world-renowned quality that catapulted the careers of Filipino product designers to the global scene. This led to the idea of highlighting products from its past editions while adding a new flare that gives a nostalgic yet exciting feel to the reimagined products.

The archives of Manila FAME exhibitors are rife with talents and ideas. It has become a goldmine of inspirations formed under the influence of the trade event. This cemented Manila FAME’s status of being Asia’s best sourcing destination for home, fashion and lifestyle products designed and crafted for the international market.

Top things to watch out for in Manila FAME April 2019

An exciting new feature to watch out for in the upcoming edition is the Fashion E-tailer, a special setting dedicated to emerging fashion entrepreneurs and designer brands in the E-commerce space.

Since the trade show is more than just a platform to promote products for export, the April edition will once again spearhead community empowerment advocacies such as the Artisans Village and the GREAT Women Project. The Artisans Village is an avenue for local MSMEs to introduce their regional crafts to the global market while The Gender Responsive Economic Actions for the Transformation of Women aims to assist women entrepreneurs toward economic empowerment.

To further elevate the sourcing experience of visiting buyers, business convergence areas and a modern concept cocktail bar will also be in place in the upcoming edition.

Manila FAME 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. As a platform for trade, 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.

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