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From traditional to digital: Manila FAME launches Touchpoint, a digital dossier platform for PH home and lifestyle export products

‘Touchpoint’ features 15 brand and artisan stories in its opening salvo

img1.pngLogo of Manila FAME’s Touchpoint.

For its 68th edition, Manila FAME has launched a digital marketplace for local exporters and trade buyers in a bid to strengthen the export promotion drive for the Philippines’ premier home and lifestyle products amid the growing global digitalization.

Last October 12, the organizer of Manila FAME introduced ‘Touchpoint,’ a digital dossier of the country’s top Home and Lifestyle brands and manufacturers, featuring the curated stories of Philippine culture, design and craftsmanship.

Organized by the Department of Trade and Industry through the Center for International Trade Expositions and Mission (DTI-CITEM), Manila FAME is the country’s premier lifestyle and design event that promotes the Philippines as a reliable sourcing destination for home, fashion, holiday, architectural, and interior pieces.

“Touchpoint’s aim is to boost the online presence of Manila FAME exhibitors and further promote the narratives behind Philippine products for the appreciation of buyers around the world,” said DTI-CITEM Executive Director Pauline Suaco-Juan.

 “From the physical to digital, Touchpoint provides not just another promotion dimension for Philippine designers and manufacturers, but also a holistic and engaging experience for buyers and visitors of Manila FAME,” she added.

As a digital platform, Touchpoint highlights the intricate narratives behind local designers and artisans—the people, the products, and the brands—complemented with stunning visual content to convey the inspirations and creation of Philippine products.

Product selection under Touchpoint includes houseware and home decor; fashion accessories and wearables; gifts and holiday; lamps and lightings; and furniture and furnishings.

For its first salvo, Manila FAME’s digital marketplace features 15 designers, brands and regional artisan groups, each highlighted by the distinct stories of their products, designers, materials and trends.

Aside from Touchpoint, DTI-CITEM will soon be launching a Manila FAME application which is downloadable on Google Play (Android) and App Store (iOS). The App will serve as an efficient channel for business-matching and interaction between buyers and exhibitors.

 “Aside from business-matching, the Manila FAME App also allows buyers and visitors to get the latest update on the event and vote for their favorite product or exhibitor for the People’s Choice Award in the KATHA Awards,” said Suaco-Juan.

Manila FAME is one of the longest-running trade shows in the Asia-Pacific region and is the only trade event in the Philippines approved by the Union des Foires Internationales (UFI), the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry. Held bi-annually every April and October.

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

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Over 360 MSMEs gear up to showcase PH design and craftsmanship at Manila FAME October 2018

First-time buyers flock to the Philippines’ premier design and lifestyle event

img1.jpgHandcrafted pieces under Design Commune, one of the special setting that will return this Manila FAME October 2018.

The country’s premier design and lifestyle event will stage a bigger exhibit for its October edition with more than 360 participating micro, small, and medium Enterprises (MSMEs) to showcase the design excellence and refined craftsmanship in the Philippines.

On October 19-21, the 68th edition of Manila FAME will present the best of home, lifestyle, and fashion products from the country’s leading brands and manufacturers at the World Trade Center Metro Manila in Pasay City.

Organized by the Department of Trade and Industry through the Center for International Trade Expositions and Mission (DTI-CITEM), the three-day event will spotlight homegrown artisans from regional groups and grassroots communities across the country, encompassing the Philippines’ vibrant and multi-layered cultural heritage.

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DTI-CITEM Executive Director Pauline Suaco-Juan

“Manila FAME stands as a platform for both small and established enterprises to penetrate the international market. The trade show provides exporters with the opportunity to meet with international trade buyers, importers, retailers, wholesalers, and merchandising agents,” said DTI-CITEM Executive Director Pauline Suaco-Juan.

“By helping our MSMEs land new trade deals, we are not only supporting their livelihoods, but we also create investments for the country,” she added.

Firsttime buyers surge from all over the world

Based on DTI-CITEM’s latest tally on October 10, nearly 1,300 local and international trade buyers from countries across the world have already signed up for Manila FAME October.

The top 10 countries where foreign buyers originate include the United States, Japan, Australia, India, Hongkong, Singapore, South Africa, United Kingdoms, United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Nigeria, respectively.

“We are also proud to announce that more than half of our confirmed trade buyers are attending Manila FAME for the first time. Their presence will be significant in catalyzing new export deals and trade partnerships for Philippine home and lifestyle brands,” Suaco-Juan emphasized.

“We are expecting more buyers to sign up as the event approaches with our aggressive buyer campaign, complemented by the renewed global appreciation for meticulous craftsmanship and eco-sustainable products in the Philippines,” she noted.

Special settings put an accent to Manila FAME

Enlivening the trade event is the third edition of Design Commune with a fresh theme that takes inspiration on nude palettes. It is set to be participated by more than 80 Philippine brands under the leadership of award-winning Filipino artists Tes Pasola and Tony Gonzales.

“Design Commune: Nude+ will exhibit a harmonious and impactful collection of home and lifestyle pieces that exude the varying tone, mood and shade of nude to strike balance on the intensity of each product and better highlight their beauty and uniqueness,” Suaco-Juan narrated.

Artistic freedom in Design Commune will be exercised under four themes: Nude+Pastel, Nude+Spice, Nude+Earth, Nude+Luster—all focusing on the barely-there shades of off-white & ivory, the palest of pinks and skin-toned hues.

Also highlighted in the event are the skillful craftsmen from the provinces of Cebu, Bohol, Cagayan de Oro, Albay, Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental, and the Marawi City under the Artisans Village setting.

“Emerging MSMEs across the country will converge to showcase the artistic capabilities and impressive crafts of local artisans and communities, each engraved with an interesting story from their place of origin,” Suaco-Juan noted.

Making a comeback this edition is the Bamboo 360 with a fresh approach in manipulating one of the country’s most ubiquitous and highly sustainable material, led by the Design Center of the Philippines in partnership with the Philippine Nickel Industry Association (PNIA).

The Bamboo 360 program is a disruptive, conceptual presentation of the bamboo material as it speaks of adventure, exploration, and experimentation, through the application of bamboo into product collections that capture the millennials’ way of life.

Buyers and visitors can participate in four hands-on workshops hosted by artisans and advocacy groups located in the Creative Corners. Featured workshops include a three-day Leather Reborn Workshop by Asia Pacific Leather Fair Ltd.; Basic Leather Workshop by H.H.S. Leather Goods Enterprises; Traditional Craft Making by CRAFT MNL; and Solar Lamp Making Workshop by My Shelter Foundation under their A Liter of Light program.

Attendees can also check out the wide range of gourmet gifts, health & wellness products and services, and other fiber-based products from selected grassroot communities under the Health and Wellness Pavilion, which is supported by the DA- Agribusiness Marketing Service (AMAS).

Manila FAME is one of the longest-running trade shows in the Asia-Pacific region and is the only trade event in the Philippines approved by the Union des Foires Internationales (UFI), the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry. Held bi-annually every April and October, the Manila FAME covers the home, holiday and fashion sectors.

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

DTI, GREAT Women partner to elevate PH women-led artisans in the int’l lifestyle scene

mf2Women artisans of Resilience One Butterfly Enterprise, one of the GREAT Women beneficiaries of Manila FAME April 2018

Women micro entrepreneurs will receive additional capability support as they prepare to showcase their products in the upcoming Manila FAME show on April 19-21 at the World Trade Center Metro Manila, Pasay City.

In time for the national women’s month, the Department of Trade and Industry, through the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions and the Design Center of the Philippines, partnered with the Gender Responsive Economic Actions for Transformation of Women Project 2 (GREAT Women Project 2) to develop the export capabilities of 30 female-led companies.

Women micro-entrepreneurs under the program will undergo a series of need-based capability building and training sessions, as well as product development and management mentoring from CITEM and Design Center.

GREAT Women Project 2 is a development and enterprise platform launched by the Philippine Commission on Women in collaboration with the DTI Project Management Team and funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).

The initiative highlights the importance of bolstering the capacity of women as entrepreneurs while providing them with support in developing new products to target specific markets and raise their businesses’ overall competitiveness. Additionally, it seeks to promote women’s economic leadership and empowerment as it develops women leaders through small enterprise development initiatives.

“Empowering women entrepreneurs and artisans will lead to the empowerment of the businesses ensuring that economic progress in developing countries like Philippines is linked to individual prosperity, gender equality, and shared opportunity,” said GREAT Women National Coordinator Marcelina Alcantara.

She added that the project provides women companies with a wider venue for national and international promotions, business-related trainings and workshops, and, most importantly, enhances their self-confidence, economic decision making, and social empowerment.

Manila FAME creative director Tony Gonzales will head the initiative and will work with design experts from Design Center. One collection between five to seven items will be worked on per company to be debuted at the upcoming Manila FAME show.

 “It’s all about maximizing what the buyers can purchase from the Philippines. We’re working with these women micro-enterprises to expand their product selections and offer a wider range of items for the trade buyers this upcoming Manila FAME,” said DTI Undersecretary Nora K. Terrado.

“Working with the Design Center of the Philippines will provide these women with essential export capabilities in terms of design and quality, essentially supporting their sustainability and standing in the international market,” she added.

In addition, Design Center noted that the project goes beyond just product development. It looks to provide business opportunities to MSMEs when they join Manila FAME, while also highlighting the design capability of the Philippines as a supplying nation.

mf3Sen. Bam Aquino with GREAT Women Project 2 officers at their special setting during the 66th edition of Manila FAME

Under Gonzales’ creative guidance, the GREAT Women Project 2 will adopt the Manila FAME’s direction in incorporating Philippine aesthetics with mainstream design trends as a means of raising the marketability of the companies to international buyers.

The Manila FAME April 2018 show will mark GREAT Women Project 2’s third participation at the Philippines’ premier lifestyle and design event.

The Center for International Trade expositions and Missions (CITEM), the export promotions arm of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is the proud organizer of the Manila FAME – the second longest-running trade show in the Asia-Pacific, and the only trade event in the Philippines approved by Union des Foires Internationales, a Paris-based association of trade fair organizers founded 90 years ago in Italy.

Manila FAME is a bi-annual business sourcing platform of export ready and finely crafted furniture and home furnishings, holiday gifts and décor, and fashion accessories. It showcases the best of Philippine design and craftsmanship. For more information, please visit http://www.manilafame.com/

 

Superfood for the Skin

Achieve naturally healthy skin with Lunas Living Oils’ collection of elixirs

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When it comes to daily skin care, nothing is more important than choosing the right products to effectively nourish and protect the skin. An organic skin care routine using natural products is highly recommended by dermatologists to keep the skin healthy and glowing.

Among the trends in natural skin care right now is Virgin Coconut Oil for its versatility and its plethora of benefits. But while some simply use VCO in their products, Lunas Living Oils takes this further by combining VCO with Moringa oil to create an array of organic skin care and wellness products designed to help moisturize, brighten, and protect even the most sensitive of skin.

Ranging from daily essentials to remedy elixirs and aromatherapy oils, Lunas Living Oils’ products all use VCO and Moringa oil as its base. Multiple therapeutic-grade essential oils are mixed per product to deliver synergistic effects, such as Pain management, detox and weight management, proactive skin regimen, skin disorders management, and defense system and wellbeing support.

img2.jpgLunas Living Oils’ managing partners (from left to right) Shaina Magdayao, Jennifer Sanvictores, and Lani Liamzon at the company’s booth during the 66th edition of Manila FAME.

The company recently participated in the 66th edition of Manila FAME last October 20-22 where it was well-received with new potential local buyers.

“Our participation in Manila FAME was very timely because we were getting inquiries from overseas buyers who want to carry our products,” said Jennifer Sanvictores, Lunas Living Oils managing partner.

“Manila FAME has given us the chance to exhibit our innovative, artisanal products and showcase the premium quality of what we can offer. It was also pleasing to interact and engage with players of the same industry with aligned values as us, who really gives an effort in providing artisanal and green products,” added Lunas Living Oils Managing Partner Lani Liamzon.

Lightweight and packed with nutrients, the elixirs and massage oils are easily absorbed by the skin without clogging the pores to prevent acne, skin inflammation, and blackheads among other skin problems. Their face and neck elixir in particular is known for its effectiveness in keeping the face smooth and supple with daily use.

“We only use food-grade, first press, raw living, and organically certified virgin coconut oil to make sure our products are potent with antioxidants and lauric acid,” said Sanvictores.

“This makes our oils and elixirs anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, and anti-fungal. Our products do not contain any synthetic chemicals or colorants, so no harmful chemicals will disrupt the endocrine or the hormones of the user.”

Lunas Living Oils is the first in the country to combine VCO with Moringa Oil to introduce a premium Coco-Moringa aromatherapy line. Coco-Moringa is a powerful antioxidant that helps strengthen skin and prevent premature ageing due to sun exposure.

Their vast array of products caters to both men and women, as well as expectant mothers with their Baby & Me line that that is especially formulated to nurture the sensitive skin of babies and is safe for pregnant women.

Lunas Living Oils is a labor of love between managing partners Lani Liamzon, Renato Liamzon, Jennifer Sanvictores, Jet Cornejo, Mae Cornejo, and actress Shaina Magdayao.

“We want to offer something, proudly Philippine made to the local market and change the negative perception on coconut oil. VCO is one of our top products and that’s something to be proud of,” said Sanvictores.

Lunas Living Oils’ products can be purchased on their website at www.lunaslivingoils.com/shop/ and are available at Rustan’s Our Very Own, Echo Store outlets, Apotheca Integrative Pharmacy, and other various wellness and integrative clinics.

The Center for International Trade expositions and Missions (CITEM), the export promotions arm of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is the proud organizer of the Manila FAME – the second longest-running trade show in the Asia-Pacific, and the only trade event in the Philippines approved by Union des Foires Internationales, a Paris-based association of trade fair organizers founded 90 years ago in Italy.

Manila FAME is a bi-annual business sourcing platform of export ready and finely crafted furniture and home furnishings, holiday gifts and décor, and fashion accessories. It showcases the best of Philippine design and craftsmanship. For more information, please visit www.manilafame.com

Manila FAME October Show to Highlight PH Culture, Design Ingenuity

Manila FAME, the Philippines’ premier lifestyle and design event, is set to make waves again among international and local buyers as it returns on October 20-22 with a range of new show features and artisans in a showcase of the country’s rich cultural heritage and design ingenuity.

The 66th edition of Manila FAME will strip down to its roots to present a show built upon the intertwine of the country’s rich cultural heritage and design excellence and the promotion of Philippine products. Artisans from across the country will showcase their best products at the World Trade Center Metro Manila and the Philippine Trade and Training Center in Pasay City across the three-day event.

“For this edition of Manila FAME, we put focus on how our culture has influenced generations upon generations of Filipino artisans. Manila FAME has always stood as a canvas to which the best of Philippine lifestyle and design talents embellish their work to showcase the country’s vibrant and multi-layered cultural heritage,” said CITEM Executive Director Clayton Tugonon.

design-ingenuityLed by Paris-based design specialist Nelson Sepulveda, New Generation Weaves pays homage to Philippine indigenous and natural materials.

 

No less than eight show features will be included in the upcoming show. New Generation Weaves, a staple of Manila FAME for the past three editions, will return with Paris-based design specialist Nelson Sepulveda at the helm. Sepulveda will work with more than 30 small and medium enterprises to invoke harmony and balance through Philippine craftsmanship and the beauty of natural raw materials.

GREAT Women Project 2 will also return to highlight the works of women artisans across the country. The project was launched by the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) in partnership with the DTI Project Management Team and is funded by the Canadian International Development Agency.

World-renowned designer Tony Gonzalez will also have his own curated setting that will marry the strengths of each Manila FAME participant to create a versatile collection made to match a variety of material requirements, techniques, and price points. Design Commune: Patterns and Palettes will be presented in four themes: Blues and Whites, Ethnic Nomads, Green Tinted, and Natural Black and White.

“Small and medium enterprises from across our country will join us in October to showcase the best artisanal products the Philippines has to offer,” Tugonon added. “Through Manila FAME, we will work towards supporting the success of our artisans and uplifting the Philippine brand internationally.”

 

 

The Center for International Trade expositions and Missions (CITEM), the export promotions arm of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is the proud organizer of the Manila FAME – the second longest-running trade show in the Asia-Pacific, and the only trade event in the Philippines approved by Union des Foires Internationales, a Paris-based association of trade fair organizers founded 90 years ago in Italy.

Manila FAME is a bi-annual business sourcing platform of export ready and finely crafted furniture and home furnishings, holiday gifts and décor, and fashion accessories. It showcases the best of Philippine design and craftsmanship. For more information, please visit http://www.manilafame.com/

Trip to Palawan Up for Grabs for Manila FAME Overseas Buyers

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Manila FAME, the Philippines’ premier design and lifestyle event, is set to open its doors to global buyers of Philippine-made artisan products for the home, lifestyle, and fashion industry on April 21 – 23, 2017 at the World Trade Center in Pasay City. As one of the oldest trade shows in Asia, the bi-annual event offers a vast selection of exquisite products, such as furniture, home accents, and fashion accessories from the country’s best artisans and designers.

As part of the event, all Manila FAME April 2017 overseas trade buyers who are at least 21 years old and based outside of the Philippines are eligible to join the Luxe Escape raffle promo for a chance to win the ultimate four-day, three-night vacation at the lush tropical paradise of Palawan!

Voted as the World’s Best Island for Beaches and Natural Attractions in Travel + Leisure magazine for 2015 and 2016, Palawan features crystalline waters, lush forests, unique rock formations and a number of exciting spots for everyone to enjoy, including the Puerto Princesesa Subterranean River National Park, El Nido Marine Reserve, the Tubbataha Reef, and the prehistoric Tabon Caves.

The Luxe Escape raffle promo will include two (2) roundtrip flight tickets and accommodations for two (2) in Daluyon Beach and Mountain Resort in Puerto Princesa, Palawan. Don’t miss out on your dream destination, pre-register now for Manila FAME at manilafame.com/en/Registration/Buyer.

Manila FAME is organized by the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions, the export promotions arm of the Department of Trade and Industry.

Visit the upcoming 65th edition of Manila FAME on 21-23 April 2017 for a chance to discover emerging talents from the Philippines, and find out more about the country’s rich artisanal heritage.

Manila FAME the country’s premier design and lifestyle event, is organized by CITEM, the export promotions arm of the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). For more information, log on to http://www.manilafame.com.