- Manila FAME April 2019 supports women’s economic empowerment.
One of the best-kept secrets behind every product now displayed in the curated setting of the GREAT Women Project at Manila FAME is the story of a woman artisan. She can take on different roles: from an entrepreneur, a weaver, a knotter or even a sewer. But a woman’s touch is always an integral part of the process. She is always striving to create uniquely designed pieces that we can all be truly proud of as Filipinos.
GREAT Women Project 2 at Manila FAME April 2019
Manila FAME April 2019 once again champions Filipino ingenuity through the export-quality products now showcased at the World Trade Center Metro Manila. Part of the show is the Gender Responsive Economic Actions for the Transformation of Women (GREAT Women Project 2), a project funded by the Government of Canada and headed by the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) that seeks to improve the economic empowerment of women micro entrepreneurs (WMEs) and their workers.
The project’s mission is to improve the competitiveness and sustainability of women’s micro enterprises and improve the enabling environment for women’s economic empowerment.
At present, the project is focusing on the wearables and homestyle industries that include fashion, gifts and home products. For this April’s Manila FAME, the GREAT Women Project 2 worked with fashion designer and milliner Mich Dulce to coach 20 women entrepreneurs and provide her insights on product design and development. These exciting products range from handmade fabrics, handwoven bags and intricately designed footwear to handcrafted fashion accessories and home décor.
GREAT Women Project 2 believes that with a growth mindset, women entrepreneurs could lead themselves to their own path of transformation to success and empowerment. The Project celebrates the capacities of women entrepreneurs and artisans from all over the country to make sustainable products that not only reflect their creativity but also show their strength and ability as women.
Manila FAME is slated on 25-27 April 2019 at the World Trade Center Metro Manila in Pasay City, Philippines. It is recognized as the country’s best avenue to discover Filipino design and craftsmanship.
Manila FAME is one of the longest-running trade shows in the Asia-Pacific region 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 trade show 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.
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.
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Manila FAME, the country’s premier lifestyle and design trade event, is set to open its doors once again to deliver a curated show built upon the intertwine of Philippine culture, design excellence, and export promotions on April 19-21, 2018 at the World Trade Center Metro Manila, Pasay City.
Now on its 67th edition, the show will stand as a collective of creative enterprises, featuring versatile artisanal products attuned for the modern setting from the country’s top home, fashion, holiday, and gifts designers and manufacturers.
More than 1,200 products were launched during the October 2017 show and the Center for International Trade Exhibitions and Missions, the proud organizer of Manila FAME, is aiming to increase the number of new products in its April 2018 show through multiple product development programs.
“CITEM seeks to further elevate the marketability of local crafts to cement the Philippines as a premier sourcing destination for lifestyle and design products,” said Ma. Lourdes D. Mediran, CITEM Deputy Executive Director.
“Working together with some of the country’s best designers and other government agencies, we provide support to our micro, small, and medium enterprises to stand in the international market through incorporating local traditional materials and techniques with contemporary design aesthetics,” she added.
A number of show features from the 66th edition of Manila FAME will return to the April 2018 show, including the highly praised Design Commune: Patterns and Palettes and the GREAT Women Project 2.
Multi-awarded and internationally acclaimed designer Tony Gonzales will serve as the creative director for Manila FAME and lead for its product development programs.
Design Commune will continue to explore design and market trends for its second installation, working with some of the best and emerging designers and manufactures from across the country.
Following the themes Ethnic Nomad Autumn and Spring, Neutral Metals, Neutral Blues, and Tints of Green for its second installation, the setting will deliver a versatile collection to match a variety of material requirements, techniques, and price points set by the international market.
GREAT Women Project 2, an effort by the Philippine Commission on Women and the DTI Project Management Team, will present artisanal products from local women-led enterprises in support of women empowerment and businesses.
Showcasing contemporary furniture, home decors, and fashion pieces, the Artisans Village, a staple of Manila FAME, has stood as a platform for MSMEs to introduce their products to global audiences.
Another Manila FAME constant, Manila Wear will collocate the Philippines top and most promising designers. The special setting aims to promote the country as an advocate of individualized and personal style of fashion.
“Through these program, we look to nurture and further hone the crafts of our design talents. We want to support the sustainability of our grassroot communities and push forward the design imprint of our country,” said Mediran.
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.
Led 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/