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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.


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.


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).


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 likes design-forward products!

The Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), the export marketing arm of the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), exhibits high-quality and design-forward products at Manila FAME developed through its Design for Exports program. These products are displayed at the Millennial Home, a special setting that explores what tomorrow’s home will be like.

Here are the products curated by our design experts:

Design For Export

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Manila FAME is now open! See Philippine ingenuity at the 57th edition of Manila FAME on 14-17 March 2013 at the SMX Convention Center, Metro Manila, Philippines. For more information about the show, visit www.manilafame.com.

Manila FAME is now OPEN!

Manila FAME’s 57th edition opens today! A stunning visual feast, Asia’s Design and Lifestyle Event brings forth new and exciting features once again. Manila FAME will be showcasing the Millennial Home, Manila Wear, Cafe Elle Deco + DEDON, the OTOP Marketplace, Craft Spots, and the Creative Hotspots as part of its goal to strengthen the country’s positioning as Design Philippines.

The Millennial Home

Millennial HomeA setting that addresses the “new consumer” – the Millennials!  Read more HERE!

Manila Wear

Manila WearA showcase of exquisite, bold, exotic and stunning fashion creations from the best and brightest talents. Read more HERE!

Café ELLE Deco + DEDON

Cafe ELLE Deco + DEDONManila FAME partners with Elle Decoration and DEDON to bring a new concept of a branded Café to the show. Read more HERE!

The One-Town-One-Product (OTOP) Marketplace

OTOP MarketplaceA product-focused setting envisioned to reinforce the country’s efforts to strengthen the local Small and Medium Enterprises’ export capability.

GreenCrafts for Creative Environment

GreenCraftsA special setting that features people-positive and earth-friendly products. The GreenCrafts project is an initiative to foster design awareness and appreciation among local communities. Read more HERE!

Craft Spots

Craft SpotsFilipino artisans demonstrate sculpting, wood shaving and basket weaving using the versatile bamboo. Read more HERE!

Creative Hotspots

Creative HotspotsRepresenting the metro’s creative scene, each Creative Hotspot brings something different to Asia’s Design and Lifestyle Event. Read more HERE!

Manila FAME will run until 17 March 2013 at SMX Convention Center in Pasay City. Be sure to drop by and see exceptional designs, excellent craftsmanship, and pure Filipino talent.

Monday by Design: The Millennial Home Designers

The Millennial Home, a representation of today’s market demographic crossroads, explores what tomorrow’s home will be like. Design icons Budji Layug and Kenneth Cobonpue lead a group of talented designers to explore how the Millennials live and the product that connects to them.

Get to know the Millennial Home Designers:

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Jinggoy Buensuceso



“Design Philippines is a combination of incredibly passionate and talented people and the use of abundant indigenous materials and techniques.”

Jinggoy Buensuceso is a Filipino visual artist specializing in metal sculpture. His linear style evokes stories of oneself, culture, and way of life through the use of lines. Buensuceso is also an emerging figure in Philippine furniture design. He is a three-time Mugna awardee, a co-founder of Epoch, a movement of six young, international artists who provoke new thinking in Philippine furniture design and he is part of the international design team of Hive under the mentorship of Kenneth Cobonpue.

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Olivia d’Aboville



“Design Philippines is so rich in organic materials and shows great appreciation in craftsmanship. The art of the craftsman truly is the soul of the Philippines.”

Olivia d’Aboville is a young French-Filipino artist who specializes in tapestry and textile structures and adapted the techniques to create her own woven forms. She has been exploring sculpting with textile techniques since then. Her works range from textile jewelry to sculptures, to lighting designs and installation art.

D’Aboville has exhibited in museums, galleries, hotels and festivals in Paris, Lyon, Hong Kong, Manila, New York and Singapore. Most recently, Olivia was selected by Elle Decoration to be among 25 international artists/designers to exhibit their work at the magazine’s 25th anniversary at the Museum of Modern Art in Paris.


Inigo Elizalde



“Come one, come all! From the smallest island to nations abroad – to witness the incredible craft and design excellence coming out of the Philippines! We’re on a roll and can’t be stopped! See you in March at Manila FAME!”

Inigo Elizalde currently lives and works in New York City. His design inspirations come from nature, such as landscapes and weather conditions, the shimmer of light on water, his fondness for ethnic fabrics, and from his fascination with his hometown of Manila.


Ito Kish



“Design Philippines is progressive. It’s nice to note that Filipino designers are starting to rediscover and reinvest in locally available and sustainable resources to produce fresh and innovative designs.”

Ito has a profound appreciation for Philippine creativity and craftsmanship, for designs that exude beauty; designs, he says, that are purely Filipino. “If my pieces can speak, its language will be Filipino and will not require an interpreter,” he confides. Ito looks forward to working with natural materials that are abundant in the Philippines.


Leeroy New



“Design Philippines has never lost touch with its traditional crafts and techniques. It has always attempted to marry it with modern sensibilities for its form and approach to materials.”

Leeroy New is a sculptor, artist, and designer whose work is an attempt to overlap and intersect with the different forms of visual arts including film, theater and fashion. He regularly seeks the occasion to present his work whenever, however, and wherever he feels like it or is allowed to in the hopes of ‘affecting’, more rather than less.

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Eric Paras



“Design Philippines, in spite of economic and political constraints, has long been at par with the best in the world. I am so proud of the talent and ingenuity of the Filipino.”

Eric Paras is not a minimalist, yet his aesthetic leans towards clean lines that emphasize textures and neutral colors, such as white, brown and gray.

Paras started out as a freelance designer but now works with Randy Vargas, owner of Vivere Lifestyles, the holding company of Vienna Furnitures, which specializes in products made from gmelina, a sustainable product, and other related businesses such as Industria Living and Triboa Bay.

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Luisa Robinson



“The flavor of Philippine design, I would say, would almost always have a unique flair for humor and a soulful craftsmanship that pays tribute to our natural materials.”

Luisa Robinson is an advocate of modern and clean design. She emphasizes materiality: the substance in design inherent in a material that leads to a synthesis of form and function. She is keen on integrating natural indigenous materials with modern technology and applications.

A recipient of numerous Katha and Mugna awards for best product design and material innovation and a merit award for furniture design in Singapore, Luisa was recently honored as one of the Top Ten Design Iconoclasts by The Philippine School of Interior Design. She recently launched her own line of home accessories under the brand LUISA.


Wataru Sakuma



“I can describe Design Philippines as something that is constantly transforming. It’s amazing to see various indigenous materials being transferred into beautiful products.”

Wataru Sakuma is a Japanese designer whose background in Fine Arts drives the designs he creates for Masa Ecological Development, Inc. He was granted a scholarship in New York in a program affiliated with Parsons School of Design. Choosing to work with pineapple and banana fiber to create handmade paper, his works naturally exude a zen quality. His outstanding designs earned him honors in the Katha Awards in 2005, 2006, 2009 and 2010 as well as the Mugna Awards of Manila Now.

Vito Selma

Vito Selma



Vito Selma has worked under Raffaella Mangiarotti in Milan and under interior designer George de Haast in Johannesburg, South Africa.

His design style is a reflection of everything around him — shapes, textures and colors of everything that is natural. He is also very much inspired by the aesthetics of Japanese and Scandinavian design movements: natural, simple and architectural.

Manila FAME will be on 14-17 March 2013 at the SMX Convention Center, Metro Manila, Philippines. For more information about the show, visit www.manilafame.com.

Design Icons Budji Layug and Kenneth Cobonpue at FAME

Budji and Kenneth in Focus

Budji Layug and Kenneth Cobonpue once again showcased their exquisite furniture and home furnishings at Manila FAME, last 17 – 20 October 2012. Their special settings became one of the highlights of the show and featured ingenious designs and innovative uses of the country’s resources that made for stunning and tasteful creations.


Acclaimed furniture and interior designer Budji Layug has built his reputation on his holistic approach to design – designing from exterior to interior, creating timeless style. His designs are largely organic in form and material, using natural materials from the Philippines, as seen in his special setting with fellow designer Royal Pineda during the October Manila FAME.






A multi-awarded furniture designer, Kenneth Cobonpue has been dubbed “rattan’s first virtuoso.” He and his work have appeared in countless international periodicals and many of his designs have been featured in both film and television. At Manila FAME, he showcased his most acclaimed works in a fantastic display of home furniture and furnishings.