Tagged: Executive Director Pauline Suaco-Juan

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.

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Manila FAME 68th Edition Highlights Maranao Aesthetics

Premiere Lifestyle Show Featured Marawi City Rebuilding Efforts

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Folded&Hung booth at the 68th edition of Manila FAME

Manila FAME, the country’s leading design and lifestyle event, presented the artisanship of Maranao evacuees in Marawi City during its 68th edition at the World Trade Center Metro Manila, Pasay City, Philippines last October 19-21.

“To show our solidarity with the victims of the Marawi siege, CITEM has put forward their creative designs in the 68th edition of Manila FAME,” said CITEM Executive Director Pauline Suaco-Juan on the agency’s advocacy to help in the rebuilding efforts in Marawi City.

In coordination with DTI Undersecretary for Special Concerns Abdulgani Macatoman, the Department of Trade and Industry invited three (3) MSMEs from Marawi City to join and showcase their products in the country’s premiere design and lifestyle show. These were: Monisah Pearl and Jewelry, Zia-zul Jewelry Shop and Maranao Souvenir Shop. Maranao Souvenir Shop was in Basak Malutlut, Marawi City, Lanao del Sur, known as the ground zero of the 2017 Battle of Marawi.

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Marawi products displayed at the recently concluded Manila FAME October 2018

“Most of their products are sourced from Tugaya, where artisans in Lanao del Sur used to live. When I found out that they no longer have a stable source of income, the Special Concerns Group of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) invited them to join Manila FAME to promote their products,” shared DTI Usec. Abdulgani Macatoman.

Sarimanok Collection

Sarimanok T-Shirt Design

The aftermath of the Marawi Siege had lasting effects to the residents, having their livelihood affected by the conflict. Thankfully, other advocates worked alongside DTI and reached out to the Maranaos to provide financial and livelihood assistance.

Led by DTI through Usec. Macatoman and in partnership with noted peace and human rights advocate, Amina Rasul-Bernardo of the Philippines Center on Islam and Democracy (PCID), the Sarimanok Collection was launched by local apparel retailer, Folded&Hung. Aside from serving as the president and founder of PCID, Rasul-Bernardo is also a trustee of Magbassa Kita Foundation, Inc. (MKFI), which focuses on adult literacy.

Symbolizing new life and hope for the displaced residents of Marawi, the Sarimanok collection highlighted the hand-sewing techniques and designs of the Maranaos and incorporated these to the designs of the mainstream fashion brand.

Proceeds of the Sarimanok collection will benefit the Literacy for Peace and Development (LIPAD) project for Marawi by MKFI.

“As one of the primary enforcers of Task Force Bangon Marawi, DTI tapped the Tugaya Artisans to teach the displaced residents of Marawi City different handicrafts such as weaving, embroidery and more to further improve the livelihood of our evacuees,” Usec. Macatoman added.

The Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), the export promotion arm of DTI, organized the Manila FAME as a signature event dedicated to Filipino design and craftsmanship. More than a platform for trade, Manila FAME is also a launching pad for new Filipino products and believes in the advocacy of helping talented Filipinos rise in the face of adversity.

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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.

Manila FAME unites regional artisans to showcase

Artisans Village spotlights the Craft of the Islands, features products from Albay, Antique, Cebu, Bohol, Northern Mindanao, Marawi City, Negros Occidental and Oriental

Red jewelry boxes.jpgJewelry boxes made from red stone marble by Negros Oriental Arts and Heritage.

As the Philippines’ premier design and lifestyle event, Manila FAME serves as a platform that converges the country’s emerging artisans and design talents to showcase the distinct Filipino craftsmanship in the global market.

For its 68th edition, Manila FAME featured handcrafted products from over 60 micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in a special setting dedicated to homegrown products from different Philippine regions. The Artisans Village served as a testament that creativity is a native trait among Filipinos as it made its foray into the World Trade Center Metro Manila in Pasay City last October 19-21.

Under the Artisans Village are local designers and entrepreneurs that hailed from seven different provinces namely Cebu, Antique, Bohol, Cagayan de Oro, Albay, Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental, as well as the city of Marawi. Exhibiting near the setting are also the delegations from Isabela and Palawan.

Manila FAME is organized by the Department of Trade and Industry, through the Center for International Trade Expositions and Mission (DTI-CITEM).

“Through the Artisans Village, trade buyers and visitors got to experience the Philippines’ distinct character and rich roster of traditions and talents from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao,” said DTI-CITEM Executive Director Pauline Suaco-Juan.

Through their product exhibits, the skills showcased under the Artisans Village are weaving, wood carving, marquetry, sculpting, metal forging and other various forms of traditional crafts.

Here are some of the exquisite product showcases from each province:

Luzon 

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Handcrafted soap by Bath and Brew House from Albay.

Albay showcased handcrafted soaps of various colors and scents, round bags and placemats woven from waxed corn husk and plastic straws, and shoes made from crocheted abaca and wool.

Craftsmen from Isabela brought colorful velvet bags with leather straps, pillowcases, and chairs made from Narra wood. They also showcased their painted hanging lights as well as cups and other home products made from bamboo.

Palawan had carved wood and other hand-painted human and animal figures (locally known as Tinawtaw), masks, kitchen utensils, wall décor and shields. They also showcased woven bags and dream catchers made from abaca.

Visayas

As the country’s top exporting province in home and lifestyle, Cebu came to make a statement as they brought guitars made from different wood, such as Narra, Spruce, Yakal, etc. ; elegant handbags made from Capiz shells, decorative woven slippers, hanging decors made from sea shells, beaded bracelets, earrings and necklaces.

Antique featured woven placemats, baskets and bags made from repurposed Pandan leaves, which is locally known as Bariw.

Negros Oriental featured handcrafted jewelry boxes, furniture and kitchen utensils made from Capiz shells, jade, red stone and mother of pearl.

Meanwhile, artisans from Negros Occidental brought silk-made dresses and apparel, as well as flavorful food ingredients such as muscovado sugar, sea salt, and vinegar varieties

Bohol also brought cute animal-inspired pins and carved statuettes made from wood. The delegation from Bohol also offered woven lamps, bags and placemats made of abaca fiber, as well as jewelries decorated with beads, stones and painted wood.

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Wood-carved Tarsier Lamp by Sumabal Marketing from Bohol.

Mindanao

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Sarimanok design imprints on t-shirts by Folded & Hung.

Marawi City staged an exhibit in partnership with the Magbassa Kita Foundation, Inc. (MKFI) to showcase Folded & Hung’s “Sarimanok” collection designed by Maranaos.

The Sarimanok is a legendary bird of the Maranao people which originated from Mindanao, the biggest Southernmost island in the Philippines. It comes from the words “sari,” which means cloth or garment with assorted colors and “manok” which means chicken.

A share of profits from their exhibit goes directly to the people displaced during the Marawi siege that ended on October 23 last year.

The Maranaos also brought traditionally woven textiles, pearl jewelry, and home décor made of wood and brass metals.

Cagayan de Oro featured bags, paper made lamps and lightings, beaded earrings, wallets and baskets made from woven abaca.

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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. It is 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.

Manila FAME 68th Edition Opens Today

Preeminent design and lifestyle show opens its doors to local and international buyers

Manila FAME, the country’s premiere sourcing destination for home, lifestyle and design products is slated to open today, October 19 at the World Trade Center in Pasay City and will run until Sunday, October 21, 2018.

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 360 exhibitors. Industries featured are furniture, home décor or furnishings, fashion, food as gifts and health and wellness products.

The show is expecting over 1,300 local and international trade buyers and more than half of which are first-time attendees. Foreign buyers will come from different countries such as United States, Japan, Australia, India, Hongkong, Singapore, South Africa, United Kingdoms, United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Nigeria.

“We are now expecting a new breed of visitors and buyers that is why for the 68th edition, we are not limiting the experience within the halls of World Trade Center. We are actively strengthening our digital presence to enable a continuous exchange between exhibitors and trade buyers from the actual show to their phone screens,” said CITEM Executive Director Pauline Suaco-Juan.

The biannual trade exhibition will intensify its digital campaign through enhanced social media visibility and two new digital platforms such as the Manila FAME app and the Touchpoint website. The app is already downloadable in Google Play (Android) and App Store (iOS) and will serve as an efficient channel for business-matching and interaction.

 “Aside from business-matching, the Manila FAME app will also enable buyers and visitors to get the latest updates on the event and vote for their favorite product or exhibitor for the People’s Choice category in the KATHA Awards,” added Suaco-Juan.

Touchpoint, on the other hand, will focus on the intricate narratives behind the products, designers and companies. Aiming to convey the distinct design sensibilities of each export quality product, Touchpoint will feature engaging stories behind each creation. For its first release, the mobile-friendly website will spotlight 15 exhibitors and their diverse stories that play on their product design, materials used and manufacturing processes.

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A sneak peek of the Design Commune Special Setting during the Manila FAME Media Preview

The Design Commune takes centerstage once again this October edition. Now on its 3rd run, the program which aims to establish a steady designer-manufacturer relationship followed a new theme that takes inspiration from nude palettes. More than 80 Philippine manufacturers received product design and development interventions under the leadership of award-winning Filipino artists Tes Pasola and Tony Gonzales.

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 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 infused with an interesting story from their place of origin,” Suaco-Juan noted.

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Bambikes: A fresh take on the use of Bamboo as a raw material

Bamboo 360, an exploration of one of the country’s highly sustainable raw materials will be given a fresh take The initiative was led by the Design Center of the Philippines in partnership with the Philippine Nickel Industry Association (PNIA).

Buyers and visitors can likewise, 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 Department of Agriculture – Agribusiness Marketing Service (DA-AMAS).

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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.

SNEAK PEEK: Five Exciting Things to Look Forward To in the 68th Edition of Manila FAME

img1.jpgHanging lights of Venzon Lightings, one of the exhibitors in the 68th edition of Manila FAME on October 19 to 21, 2018.

As the country’s premier design and lifestyle event, Manila FAME is set to open its doors once again to thousands of international and local buyers on October 19-21 at the World Trade Center Metro Manila, Pasay City.

Last week, the Department of Trade and Industry, through the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (DTI-CITEM), hosted an exclusive media preview at the LRI Design Plaza to give a sneak peek of the 68th edition of Manila FAME.

Newly appointed DTI-CITEM Executive Director Pauline Suaco-Juan gave a media tour to showcase the home and lifestyle products of Triboa Bay Living, Tim Tam Ong, and Venzon Lighting. The organizers also featured a pop-up installation pf Bamboo 360° by the Design Center of the Philippines and a display of product samples from the Design Commune.

“CITEM is continuing its mission to support local companies in introducing their products to the international market and effectively promoting the Philippines through the Manila FAME as a premier sourcing destination for furniture, home and holiday décor, fashion, health and wellness and food as gifts sectors,” said Suaco-Juan.

“This media preview is just the tip of the iceberg. The plethora of exciting products from our 366 exhibitors are there to make a statement to the world – that we are a country with limitless ingenuity,” Suaco-Juan emphasized.

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Filipino artist Tes Pasola and Germany design consultant Detlef Klatt (rightmost to the left) engaged members of the press during the Manila FAME media preview last week

“CITEM is continuing its mission to support local companies in introducing their products to the international market and effectively promoting the Philippines through the Manila FAME as a premier sourcing destination for furniture, home and holiday décor, fashion, health and wellness and food as gifts sectors,” said Suaco-Juan.

“This media preview is just the tip of the iceberg. The plethora of exciting products from our 366 exhibitors are there to make a statement to the world – that we are a country with limitless ingenuity,” Suaco-Juan emphasized.

Notable personalities who attended the media preview include Rhea Matute (Executive Director, Design Center of the Philippines), Filipino artists Tes Pasola and Tony Gonzales, German design consultant Detlef Klatt, Christopher De Venecia (Pangasinan 4th District Representative), and Philippine Nickel Industry Association (PNIA) representatives Isidro Alcantara Jr. (Chairman), Clarence Pimentel (Chairman Emeritus), and Charmaine Olia Capili (Executive Director).

The media preview also hosted the signing of the partnership agreement between the Design Center and PNIA as part of the Bamboo 360° program.

As seen from the media preview, here are five things that visitors and buyers should look forward to in the event:

Manila FAME goes digital

Manila FAME launched its first-ever digital content marketing platform, Touchpoint. It seeks to complete the event experience of buyers and visitors by giving them access to the stories and product visuals of the exhibitors.

Touchpoint will feature the narratives behind local designers and artisans, highlighting the people, the products, and the brands. Among the home and lifestyle selections in Touchpoint includes houseware and home decor; fashion accessories and wearables; gifts and holiday; lamps and lightings; and furniture and furnishings.

DTI-CITEM also launched the Manila FAME App which is downloadable on Google Play (Android) and App Store (iOS). The app is envisioned to serve as an efficient channel for business-matching and interaction between buyers and exhibitors.

Design Commune: Nude+ uncovers Filipino creativity

For its third run in Manila FAME, the Design Commune will unveil the depth of Philippine craftsmanship with nude color palettes as their primary motif.

Led by the award-winning Filipino designers Tes Pasola and Tony Gonzales, Design Commune: Nude+ is set to highlight the country’s leading home and lifestyle brands to highlight the ingenious designs and techniques Philippine artistry takes pride in. The setting includes four color themes: Nude+Pastel, Nude+Spice, Nude+Earth and Nude+Luster.

Bamboo 360° flexes its material strength

With its fresh take on one of the country’s top sustainable material, the Bamboo 360° exhibit returns once again to Manila FAME through the presentation of an exquisite and innovative collection of bamboo-made products that perfectly capture the millennials’ way of life.

Artisans Village features crafts across the archipelago

As a staple in Manila FAME, the Artisans Village will feature the home and lifestyle products from the emerging micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) across the different provinces and localities in the Philippines.

This edition will highlight the works from Cebu, Bohol, Cagayan de Oro, Albay, Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental, and the Marawi City.

Engaging hands-on workshops

Buyers and visitors can participate in four hands-on workshops hosted by skilled craftsmen 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.

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.  The event is 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.

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

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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.