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Manila FAME welcomes exhibitors and international buyers to a bigger show in October 2016

The Philippines’ premier design and lifestyle event is expanding the show for October 2016 – with more venues, extended exhibit hours, more SME exporters, and more special showcases for new artisans, designers, and products

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Five venues to accommodate more exhibitors

The 64th edition of Asia-Pacific’s second-longest running trade exhibition, Manila FAME, will be held in five large venues to accommodate the growing number of participating SME exporters and the deluge of international trade buyers joining every edition to source unique products of Philippine artisans.

The upcoming show in October 20-22, 2016 will be held at the World Trade Center (WTC) Main Hall, which will house the holiday and home exporters, and the WTC Tent, which will feature fashion, textile, and apparel brands. The Philippine Trade Training Center (PTTC) will exhibit arts and crafts, and start-up and retail companies, while HallONE will be the venue for the Design Week Philippines’ (DWP) Creative Marketplace. Intramuros will host the second component of Design Week Philippines called Creative Environment.

Design Week Philippines, held concurrently with Manila FAME, is a multifaceted fête of the arts and design aimed at fostering creativity and spurring innovations. It is highlighted with activities that speak of Filipino ingenuity and design breakthroughs that strengthen the Philippines’ position as Asia’s design capital.

In addition to the special DWP events to be held at HallONE, more activities initiated by Design Center of the Philippines (DCP) will take place in Manila’s historic center, Intramuros. DCP is CITEM’s supporting agency.

Extended exhibit hours to let in more trade buyers and visitors

Manila FAME October 2016 edition will extend its operating hours from the original 9:00AM-6:00PM to 9:00AM-7:00PM. The change was made in response to trade buyers’ request for longer business hours that would allow them to meet with all their target suppliers in Manila FAME, examine new products at the show, and maximize their visit in Asia, which will have other trade events scattered across the region.

New special showcases and daily events to update trade buyers and visitors on what’s hot

Exciting showcases to look forward to in the October show include New Generation Weaves, Bamboo and Coconut Special Setting, Lamps & Lighting, and Icon Setting: Peacock Redux.

Lively daily events to update trade buyers on on-trend designs and products as well as inspiring and creative workshops and business fora will be staged for a multi-sensory, comprehensive, and diverse trade show experience.

Furthermore, the 64th Manila FAME will be made even more momentous with the celebration of the ASEAN Master Craft Design Festival and the participation of the ASEAN Master Craftsmen who will present their creations in a special pavilion called ASEAN Crafts to the World. The first group of the ASEAN Master Craftsmen, coming from the countries Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Viet Nam, will unveil new designs and progressive applications of native materials and traditional techniques in home furnishings, gifts and housewares, garden accessories, and fashion apparels.

“CITEM is continuously shaping Manila FAME, not just to meet the demands of the changing industry with its new generation of buyers, entrepreneurs, consumers, designers, and artisans, but to exceed expectations, bring new ideas to the table, and most of all to showcase what the Philippine SMEs can do with training and assistance,” said CITEM Executive Director Rosvi C. Gaetos.

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The 64th edition of Manila FAME will be held on October 20-22, 2016 at the World Trade Center Metro Manila (WTCMM), Philippine Trade Training Center (PTTC), and HallONE. Manila FAME, the Philippines’ premier design and lifestyle event and attended by trade buyers from all over the world, features finely selected furniture and home furnishings, holiday gifts and décor, and fashion accessories, designed and crafted in the Philippines for the global market.

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Manila FAME is a bi-annual showcase of craftsmanship in Philippine products. It features finely selected furniture and home furnishings, holiday gifts and accessories, designed and crafted in the Philippines for the global market.

Organized by the Philippines’ Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), through the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), Manila FAME is the only trade event in the Philippines approved by the Union des Foires Internationals (UFI), or the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, a Paris-based association of trade fair organizers founded 90 years ago in Milan, Italy, on April 1925.

Slingshot Philippines 2016 pushes for the development of the innovation economy

Slingshot Philippines 2016 startup exhibits mounted at the PTTC featured funders and accelerators; startup/social enterprises, education services, and co-working spaces/incubators.

Slingshot Philippines 2016 startup exhibits mounted at the PTTC featured funders and accelerators; startup/social enterprises, education services, and co-working spaces/incubators.

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) staged just recently Slingshot Philippines 2016, the National Summit on Startups and Innovation, at the Philippine Trade Training Center (PTTC) in Pasay City, kicking off a two-day national summit on startups and innovation with the theme, “Accelerating the Innovation Economy.”

The two-day summit provided an opportunity to gather under one roof young minds with big ideas, innovators in constant pursuit of new things to benefit their community, supportive investors who fund start-up ideas and the policymakers whose role is to provide an enabling business environment.

Breakout sessions are also conducted regarding topics on mentoring and coaching, programs for startups and innovators, and business development strategies for startups.

Breakout sessions are also conducted regarding topics on mentoring and coaching, programs for startups and innovators, and business development strategies for startups.

The event kicked off national consultations for the crafting of policies and programs to develop a new breed of innovative enterprises, covering the fields of agriculture, biotechnology, electronics, and digital startups, among others.

Around 50 speakers and panelists spoke on issues concerning funding, the current status and the future of Philippine startups, and strategies towards a Philippine innovation economy before 577 conference delegates who gathered at Slingshot Philippines 2016 to actively take part in a government-initiated platform for public dialogue and partnership that will help boost the development of Philippine startups for a robust innovation economy.

Trade Secretary Adrian Cristobal, Jr., Trade Undersecretary Nora Terrado, and Senator Paolo “Bam” Aquino share their thoughts and policies for the future of the Philippine innovation economy.

Trade Secretary Adrian Cristobal, Jr., Trade Undersecretary Nora Terrado, and Senator Paolo “Bam” Aquino share their thoughts and policies for the future of the Philippine innovation economy.

Slingshot Philippines 2016 conference at PTTC. (Source: Twitter account of Seedstars)

Slingshot Philippines 2016 conference at PTTC. (Source: Twitter account of Seedstars)

“Changing the ecosystem and putting in place policies responsive to the needs of the innovativion economy will not happen overnight. However, close collaboration of the government and key players will enable the Philippines to foster the desired new breed of business more quickly and efficiently. We want the next big tech startup to come from the Philippines ,” said Trade Secretary Adrian Cristobal, Jr.

Secretary Cristobal, a steadfast advocate of MSMEs as an integral part of the country’s pursuit towards regional economic integration and the attainment of equitable and inclusive growth, pointed out the government’s main role in the upbringing of the innovation economy. DTI has started implementing programs such as Slingshot to help overcome the hindrances that constrain the growth of MSMEs as well as provide startups and innovative businesses an environment that will nurture their capabilities.

Panel discussion with (from left) Moderator RJ Ledesma, Elaine de Velez, CEO of Frontlearners; Ronald Magleo, founder and CEO of MarketaPH; Aurora Mendoza, founder and CEO of PinoyTravel; Mikko Perez, founder and CEO of Ayannah; and Dexter Ligot Gordon, co-founder and COO of Kalibrr.

Panel discussion with (from left) Moderator RJ Ledesma, Elaine de Velez, CEO of Frontlearners; Ronald Magleo, founder and CEO of MarketaPH; Aurora Mendoza, founder and CEO of PinoyTravel; Mikko Perez, founder and CEO of Ayannah; and Dexter Ligot Gordon, co-founder and COO of Kalibrr.

In 2015, the Philippine government and startup community unveiled a roadmap which will serve as a framework in building a thriving ecosystem in the next few years. From a hundred, the country targets to have 500 startups with total valuation of USD2 B by 2020. This roadmap also serves as the basis for Senator Paolo “Bam” Aquino IV’s Startup Bill which is set to be filed at the 17th Congress in July. This proposed policy will exempt startup entrepreneurs from paying taxes in their first two years, enabling an inclusive growth to their budding business.

Karla Legasi of the Department of Science and Technology-Information and Communications Technology (DOST-ICT) talks about programs for startups during a Breakout Session at Slingshot Philippines 2016.

Karla Legaspi of the Department of Science and Technology-Information and Communications Technology (DOST-ICT) talks about programs for startups during a Breakout Session at Slingshot Philippines 2016.

For three years in the senate, Senator Aquino has been the forerunner of six startup-friendly policies that support the innovation community. Among these are the Go Negosyo Act (RA 10644) which initiates the establishment of ‘Negosyo Centers’ that create linkages to bigger markets and financing as well as provide jobs and livelihood to people, the Microfinance NGOs Act (RA 10693) which supports the groups that guide and empower micro entreprenuers, and the Youth Entrepreneurship & Financial Literacy Act (RA 10679) which builds a culture of entrepreneurship as an alternative solution to unemployment and underemployment.

“Why (support) MSMEs? Because we must. Our MSME sector is at the forefront of pushing the growth of the Philippines,” said Senator Paolo “Bam” Aquino IV, chair  of the Senate Committee on Trade, Commerce and Entrepreneurship.

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Former Trade Secretary Gregory Domingo (left) discusses the Arthrologic Knee Replacement System, an innovation by Cebuano orthopedic surgeon Dr. Rene Catan.

For her part, Trade Undersecretary Nora Terrado of the Industry Promotions Group (IPG) commended the local economy’s unyielding growth despite the many challenges the country faces with the global economic slowdown. “We have gained momentum, but we can do more. We realized from our dialogues with the private sector that our country can benefit from a far-reaching and scalable innovation within a well-planned, well-organized government supported frameworks,” said Terrado.

Over the past few years, the Philippine economy has shown a promising ground for the startup community. In 2015, the country jumped 83rd in the Global Innovation Index, 17 notches higher from its previous rank in 2014. Bloomberg Businessweek also revealed that the Philippines’ ranked sixth among the top countries where talents are being sourced.

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Featured in the Slingshot Philippines 2016 exhibit mounted at the PTTC is the electric quadcycle known as “eQUAD,” one of the first locally designed, manufactured, and mass produced electric vehicles by the Philippine Utility Vehicle (PhUV) Incorporated.

The current status of the Philippine economy will serve as a viable launching pad for local startups and innovators to make it in the global market. The country is the second fastest-growing economy in Asia next to China and it currently flourishes from a positive business climate, a population of young, English-proficient speakers; and the stable remittances from overseas Filipinos.

Slingshot Philippines 2016 was the direct offshoot of Slingshot Manila 2015, the official startup and innovation event for the Philippines’ hosting of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) organized by the DTI in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and other key industry stakeholders.  It was held in conjunction with the recently concluded 63rd edition of Manila FAME and Design Week Philippines (DWP).

Slingshot Philippines 2016 Project Team from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), the Foreign Trade Service Corps (FTSC), and the Office of the Undersecretary of the Industry Promotion Group (OUIPG).

Slingshot Philippines 2016 Project Team from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), the Foreign Trade Service Corps (FTSC), and the Office of the Undersecretary of the Industry Promotion Group (OUIPG).