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Manila FAME woos foreign buyers with its creative content

October 15-18 at SMX Convention Center

Manila FAME, the country’s most anticipated bi-annual design and lifestyle event, sets in motion another edition of bringing creative and design-forward home and fashion products to the global market.

The second longest-running trade show in the Asia-Pacific, Manila FAME expands its role in presenting the portraiture of Philippine ingenuity through two new event highlights: The Artisan Village and the ARTBLOCK.

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Featuring the arts and crafts of Albay, Cagayan Valley, Laguna, Davao Region, and the natural fibers of the Philippines, The Artisan Village upholds the genius loci of each community, town, or city — the moving spirit behind the country’s skilled artisans and master craftsmen whose hands work with exceptional ease and expertise in weaving, wood carving, metal forging, marquetry, and in so many other forms of traditional crafts.

The Artisan Village essays the quest for craft promotion and revivalism to inspire local government units to embrace the concept and thereby establish centers of craft excellence in their communities.


ARTBLOCK brings together leading Philippine galleries for a special showcase of contemporary art, highlighting the exceptional talent of Filipino artists, carefully selected from the roster of each participating gallery.

ARTBLOCK in the Manila FAME aims to develop cultural exchanges with other art markets such as Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Basel, and set the stage for Philippine Art in the global lifestyle circuit.



Under the creative supervision of German product specialist Detlef Klatt, The Manila Gusto Gallery: In Pursuit of Pleasure is more than just a neo-baroque-inspired special setting — it is an ornate, lavish, and exuberant collection that promises to awaken the senses with its fanciful mix of the modern and classic styles. The florid ornamentation and luxurious attention to detail is an enticement, a visual and tactile invitation to be bold, to seize life’s precious moments, and to create significant connections. Frolicking with black and white, and infused with layers of gold, the Manila Gusto Gallery celebrates a life in pursuit of pleasure, an ode to the life well lived. The 21 local companies sharing their collection for the Manila Gusto Gallery are: Asia Ceramics, Basket and Weaves, Bon-Ace, Chanalli, Chrysara, CSM, Dekokraft, Fae Decorcrafts, Gyrma Import Export, J.E.R. Shellcraft, Joami International Trading, Manila Precious Moments, MCCA, Marykel, Navidad Crafts Export Corporation, Obra Nicolas, P&B Valises, Peter and Paul, and Philippines Treasures, Prado, and Sarilinlikha Novelties.

On its 8th edition, Manila Wear features a Bridal Setting that will exhibit bridal apparels and wearables. Manila Wear also unveils a fresh take on contemporary trends by seasoned designers and the new generation of fashion talents in order to woo foreign buyers to their brands.

The country’s leading designers Rhett Eala, Randy Ortiz, Rajo Laurel, and JC Buendia will showcase timeless and romantic bridal gowns, along with millennial and breakthrough designers who will present a distinct collection of wedding dresses.


HYBRID, an art and design group composed of Jinggoy Buensuceso, Wataru Sakuma, and Stanley Ruiz collaborate on an installation that fuses light and time to form an enchanting 3D imprint mid-air that mimics the colors of the Aurora Borealis. This installation is made in celebration of United Nations’ proclamation of 2015 as the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies to bring to life Filipino creativity and imagination through a unique interpretation of light.

Social Enterprise

CITEM strengthens its commitment to developing and nurturing globally competitive Philippine micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs), exporters, designers, and manufacturers as Manila FAME serves as an MSME incubator.

The One Town, One Product (OTOP) program features select small and medium enterprises (SMEs) that make use of the country’s indigenous raw materials and local skills and talents. Upholding the global competitiveness of Philippine products, the OTOP program of the Bureau of Domestic Trade (BDT) of the DTI is a priority project of the government to promote entrepreneurship and job creation in the country’s various regions.

NeoTextiles Philippines continues with a vibrant showcase of textiles that marries the age-old weaving tradition of ethnic communities with modern and innovative 21st century techniques.

Talent Development

Red Box is a designer development program which aims to nurture the next generation of Philippine designers. Red Box works with emerging talents by matching them with local manufacturers to create fresh concepts that reflect their unique design sensibilities.

Red Box Design Talents is a platform to discover and nurture young designers. 14 finalists handpicked from over 140 aspirants by a high-caliber jury of design professionals under the mentorship of celebrated design icons Budji Layug and Lulu Tan-Gan were thoroughly immersed in a unique design and development process and close collaboration with manufacturers. The result is a renewed understanding and intimate knowledge of the process of design, material and craft techniques.

From left to right: Joseph Rastrullo, Rachelle Dagñalan, Lilianna Manahan

From left to right: Joseph Rastrullo, Rachelle Dagñalan, Lilianna Manahan

Designers Lilianna Manahan, Joseph Rastrullo, and Rachelle Dagñalan, who have been part of the Red Box Program since 2013 and are continuing their design journey as the country’s next generation of designers.

For the October 2015 edition, the three designers are given the freedom to create and curate individual spaces reflective of their design aesthetic. The showcase provides a glimpse into their growth as designers, individually and collectively.

International Exhibitors Pavilions

The International Hall houses companies from India, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Korea, Malaysia, and Taiwan carrying fashion items, furniture and furnishings, home décor, gifts, and premiums. Taiwan will introduce 60 brands under its Taiwan Excellence brand. These participating countries recognize the huge potential of the Philippine consumer market and are ready to tap the vast opportunities offered by the country’s growing affluence.

Parallel Event: Design Week Philippines


Design Week Philippines 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 has its roots from Proclamation No. 277 signed by President Benigno S. Aquino III on October 20, 2011, where he declares the third week of March and October of each year as Design Week Philippines. It has thus become a national agenda that nurtures the creativity and design capability of the Philippines to spur innovations directed towards ushering in of trade opportunities, and positioning the Philippines as Asia’s design destination.

Design Week Philippines has three components—Design Talks, Design Tours, and Creative Environment—that will be held inside and outside of the SMX Convention Center in the duration of the event.


Design Talks, the key thought platform on design and creativity, masters and industry movers from various creative industries will flesh out the key values of the maker culture in  a three-module forum to provide insight towards the co-creation of a better future.


Design Tours journeys north of Manila to highlight Pampanga as more than just the culinary capital of the country. It will take Manila FAME VIBs (very important buyers) and special guests to Pampanga to witness age old living traditions.

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Starting this edition, Design Week Philippines will be rolled-out to key cities in the Metro through Creative Environment to reach an even broader audience and bring together a diverse group of design enthusiasts that encourages dynamic meet-ups and exciting encounters with members of the creative class.


For the Creative Environment component, The Design Week Philippines partners with Animation Council of the Philippines, Inc. (ACPI) and SMX Aura for the celebration of Filipino Talent in the field of animation as they hold Animahenasyon 2015: 9th Philippine Animation Festival on 15-16 October 2015.


2680 F.B. Harrison Compound tenants The Henry Hotel, Atelier of Mr. Jojie Lloren, Artelano 11 and Avellana Art Gallery likewise opens their space exclusively for select Manila FAME guests and buyers on 16 October 2015 for “Conversations at 2680 F.B. Harrison Compound,” a curated event where design, art, architecture and fashion intersect.


The Asia Cosplay Meet Philippines, organized by the Norman Goss Training Services in cooperation with Asia Cosplay Meet main organizer Singapore Cosplay Club and in partnership with Intramuros Administration, is set to select a three-person cosplay team that will represent the country in the upcoming Asia Cosplay Meet 2015.

Hallmark of Philippine Design Excellence


Since its inception in the early 80s, Katha Awards has been distinguished as an important hallmark of Philippine product design excellence and innovation. It is an emblem and statement that seeks to inspire and challenge exporters and designers to constantly create and develop original designs for furniture, home décor and furnishings, holiday décor and gifts, and fashion complements relevant in the global market.

The major categories of Katha Awards are Best Product Design (Furniture, Houseware/Furnishings, Holiday Décor and Gifts, and Fashion), Best Booth Display, and an Eco-Design Award as a special citation. The four major product categories are Furniture, Houseware/Furnishings, Holiday Décor and Gifts, and Fashion.

Organized by the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), the export promotions arm of the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Manila FAME, held at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City, features finely selected furniture and home furnishings, holiday gifts and décor, visual arts, health and wellness products, and fashion accessories designed and crafted in the Philippines for the global market.

For more information on Manila FAME and Design Week Philippines, interested parties can visit www.manilafame.com, http://www.designweekphilippines.com.ph, or email manilafame@citem.com.ph.


Design Talks October 2014 ran from October 16-19, 2014 where experts in the design, marketing and business industry come together to share their insights, works and inspiration. Hosted by Patricia Hizon, sportscaster and TV host, Design Talks was held on the second floor of the SMX Convention Center.

The third day, with the theme ‘Building Asia,’ featured local and international architects and designers as they shared their perspectives on architectural design and planning trends in Asia.

Johnny Chiu

Johnny Chiu

Johnny Chiu, founding partner of JC Architecture and one of Taiwan’s top architects, was the first speaker of the day. He shared his notable projects with the audience including the National Taipei University Library. Johnny’s design philosophy is not to focus on oneself but learn to collaborate, discuss ideas, argue and create a brand. Simple objeccts also hold a lot of insightful inspirations.

Liza Morales-Crespo

Liza Morales-Crespo

Liza Morales-Crespo, principal of Liza Crespo Ecotecture, was next as she discusses sustainable design for the 21st century that uses natural materials to reduce energy use, CO2 emissions, water use and solid wastes. She also presented her works that range from residences, office buildings to master plan developments.

Emmanuel Miñana

Emmanuel Miñana

The third speaker of the day was Emmanuel Miñana, the first Filipino architect to be shortlisted in the prestigious World Architecture Festival held recently in Singapore. He discussed the combination of space, materials and technology that equate to lifestyle.  According to him, design is a creative process.

Design Week Philippines is the Philippines’ celebration of design and creativity held every third week of March and October.

Design Talks Day Two: The Business and Marketing of Design

Design Week Philippines is held every third week of March and October of each year as the country’s celebration of design and creativity. Manila FAME, Asia’s premier design and lifestyle event, is held during this time together with other events and activities such as Design Talks, the 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. Hosted by Patricia Hizon, sportscaster and TV host, Design Talks Day Two centered on design through a business and marketing perspective.

Joseph Boitano

Joseph Boitano

Design Talks’ first speaker of its second day was Joseph Boitano, the former general merchandising manager of Saks Fifth Avenue. The retail industry expert tackled the U.S. luxury retail market and presented his definitions of success.

Donald Lim

Donald Lim

Donald Lim, ABS-CBN’s chief digital officer, was up next as he shared his marketing expertise with the audience. According to him, brands must find their niche and strive to be number one. The role of marketing is to price the highest and also, it is the market that dictates the product. He took a different approach to marketing for this talk as he approached it with design in mind. The four principles he used were that of Contrast, Alignment, Repetition and Proximity.

Oliver Segovia

Oliver Segovia

The third speaker for Design Talks was Oliver Segovia, CEO of AVA.ph. He explained the story behind his growing e-commerce website and gave the audience a peek into this emerging type of business model.

Motomi Kawakami

Motomi Kawakami

Motomi Kawakami, top industrial designer and chairman of the Japan Institute of Design Promotion (JIDP), was last to speak at Design Talks’ second day. He presented his extensive range of designs that included furniture, cutlery, bowls, interior design and so much more.

Through his designs, he always considered the happiness and disposition of the person rather than the product itself. For him, quality over mass production and happiness over user-friendliness. Some advice he gave to aspiring designers was to widen their view and never narrow it down. Regarding Philippine design, he was particularly impressed with the country’s handmade products, from the raw materials to the finished pieces. Even if we all live in an IT world now, the Philippines and the rest of the world must still continue to pursue creative handmade material.

Design Talks Day Three will feature speakers Johnny Chiu, Liza-Morales Crespo and Emmanuel Miñana. Check out Design Talks at the SMX Convention Center, Pasay City this October 18, 2014.

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.


1. Luneta Hotel 

414 T.M. Kalaw St. Ermita, Manila


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(Credits: Spot.ph)

Check in at Luneta Hotel, a World War II survivor that has reopened earlier this year after more than two decades of closure. Dubbed as one of the most romantic spots in the entire world by US President Dwight Eisenhower, the historical gem has been restored to its former grandeur, merging styles from the past and the present.

2. National Museum

Padre Burgos Drive, Manila


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(Credits: Wikipedia.org)

Take a walk down the path of Philippine history at the National Museum in celebration of Museums & Galleries Month this October! The National Art Gallery, known as the Legislative Building back in the day, is the main building of the National Museum which houses, not only Juan Luna’s Spoliarium, but also artworks by Jose Rizal, Felix Resurreccion Hidalgo, Guillermo Tolentino and Fernando Amorsolo. The Museum of the Filipino People is another component of the National Museum which holds the anthropology and archaeology division.

3. Design Week Philippines 

October 13-19, 2014



If the thought of a week-long celebration of design and creativity excites you, then Manila would be the perfect place to be this October. Design Week Philippines brings you seven days filled with Design talks and lectures from experts, tours, design districts, competitions, and festivals bringing together creatives from diverse backgrounds and disciplines. Serving as a platform to foster creativity among Filipinos and the rest of the world, Design Week puts emphasis on why the Philippines is Asia’s premier design destination.

4. Manila FAME

October 16-19, 2014

SMX Convention Center, Pasay City


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Furniture, fashion, holiday décor and gifts, arts and crafts—discover all these export-quality innovations at the 60th Manila FAME. Showcasing the best of the Philippine design community, the country’s premier design and lifestyle event will feature works crafted by prolific Filipino craftsmen and emerging designers alike. Manila FAME is also one of the longest-running trade shows in the Asia-Pacific and is the only trade event in the country approved by UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry. With so many unique creations, Manila FAME is an event not to miss for design enthusiasts out there.

5. Design Talks 

October 16-19, 2014

SMX Convention Center, Pasay City



Learn all about Design for Life from the experts in the industry this October. Design Talks brings you Giusy Bettoni, Motomi Kawakami, Felipe de Leon Jr., Bernardo Urbina, Joseph Boitano, Donald Lim, Johnny Chiu,  Oliver Segovia, Liza Morales-Crespo, Colvin English and Emmanuel Miñana to give talks on design innovation, technology and marketing and visual merchandising, giving you a glimpse into their industries and how they have succeeded. Millennial creatives, engineers, entrepreneurs including Carl Mamawal, Jen Horn, Aisa Mijeno, Alessandra Lanot and Joshua de la Llana will also be speaking at Design Talks during the last day.

6. ManilArt 2014

October 16-19, 2014

SMX Aura Convention Center, Taguig City



Elevating the standards and celebrating the dynamic Philippine art scene through various art exhibitions connecting world-class artists, institutions and the community, ManilArt is back with its sixth edition as the country’s biggest visual arts fair.