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PH Coco Coir now a sustainable and marketable material for export

Local and foreign visitors flocked to HallONE’s Coco Coir Exhibit and Material Showcase at the 63rd edition of Manila FAME.

Local and foreign visitors flocked to HallONE’s Coco Coir Exhibit and Material Showcase at the 63rd edition of Manila FAME.

HallONE, the year-round sourcing facility and creative space of the Center for International Trade Expositions and Mission (CITEM), proved coco coir as a unique, sustainable, versatile, and marketable manufacturing material by generating more than PhP 20 million potential export orders of coco coir products at the recently concluded 63rd edition of Manila FAME last April 21-24, 2016 held at the World Trade Center, Pasay City.

Uplifting the humble fiber from its traditional use in horticulture and soil management, HallONE showcased newly developed and innovative coco coir products for the home, fashion, lifestyle, and seasonal décor, drawing remarkable interest from its local and foreign buying companies and receiving a total of 213 inquiries during the Manila FAME event. The HallONE exhibit featured resort footwear, ladies’ shoes, Christmas ornaments and table tops, mats, carpets, mattresses, hanging and table lamps, vases, magazine organizers, storages, pet products, side by side with its traditional applications in the country.

"The trade fair (63rd Manila FAME) is a mark of an improvement. Despite the smaller number of exhibitors as compared to the past editions, the quality and creativity of the products remain excellent!" said David Faivus (right), one of the top level hosted buyers of Manila FAME from the US and owner of the pet toy brand Planet Pleasures. Faivus recommends the coco coir exhibit for sourcing as he is drawn with natural raw materials and handcrafted items. As a regular buyer at Manila FAME, he maintains a good rapport with the locals of Bicol where he sources most of his items.

“The trade fair (63rd Manila FAME) is a mark of an improvement. Despite the smaller number of exhibitors as compared to the past editions, the quality and creativity of the products remain excellent!” said David Faivus (right), one of the top level hosted buyers of Manila FAME from the US and owner of the pet toy brand Planet Pleasures. Faivus recommends the coco coir exhibit for sourcing as he is drawn with natural raw materials and handcrafted items. As a regular buyer at Manila FAME, he maintains a good rapport with the locals of Bicol where he sources most of his items.

In cooperation with the regional offices of the country’s Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), the Philippine Textile Research Institute (PTRI), and the Design Center of the Philippines (DCP), the newly developed coco coir products were designed and produced by the Philippine exporters and manufacturers from the home, fashion, lifestyle, and agri-industry sectors based in the provinces of Laguna, Quezon, and Bicol. These include Pilipinas Ecofiber Corporation, Coco Technologies Corporation, R. Cabrera’s Gifts and Collections, Charles and Clara’s Footwear, Ai-she Footwear, Jhaz Footwear, Sarilikha Handicrafts, Yarnyaa Handicrafts, Likhang Liliw Footwear Cooperative, Rolyolikha Atbp. Handicrafts, KAP-WESL Multipurpose Corporation, Martha’s Handicrafts, and Sowerscrafts Enterprises.

Miniature animal ornaments with strings and sticks, and animal-inspired Christmas trees made from coco fiber and coco peat were among the fast-selling products during the show, along with the ladies’ sandals, men’s slippers, beehive and nipa hut-inspired hanging lamps, cat houses and toys, and doormats as secondary favorites by foreign and local retailers and wholesalers.

“The products are very interesting and cute. The use of coco coir as raw material is something new to us buyers,” said Margie Adrada, a Filipina based in Seattle, who owns five Dekorasyon retail stores in the US, and never fails to visit every Manila FAME for product sourcing.

Initial orders from the US, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Japan were also placed through HallONE, while some serious orders are under negotiations with possible factory visits from Russia and Norway.

“It’s very surprising that the coco coir products would get this much attention and interest from foreign buyers and even from the local community. This is our first time to participate in this event, and we’re extremely happy with the outcome,” said Ramonito Bernales of Martha’s Handicrafts.

Besides the exhibit, HallONE’s Material Showcase, in partnership with the Philippine Fiber Industry Development Authority (PhilFIDA), the Philippine Coconut Authority (PhilCOA), and Timbermate-HMT Industries Corporation, also attracted buyers who checked and studied the featured raw materials available in the Philippines. The guests found the information from the books, magazines, and the online material database prepared during the exhibit very helpful especially with regard to each of its biological origins, production characteristics, supplier information, and relevant application and manipulation techniques.

“It’s an excellent showcase! Exhibiting the materials that can be found in the Philippines is a very good idea. I’m very happy that I was able to see and feel each of the local raw materials that are being utilized in this event,” Charles Ting, a CEO of a company who manufactures wall coverings from Taiwan, exclaimed.


HallONE is located at the International Trade Center (ITC) Complex, Roxas Boulevard corner Sen. Gil J. Puyat Avenue, Pasay City. It is a sourcing venue for features high-quality export products from the Home, Fashion and Food industry sectors. To visit its design-driven venue, contact its secretariat office at telephone number (+632) 831- 2201 local 253/600.

Mila Imson, owner of Kit Silver Jewellery

ASEAN competition award-winning exhibitor returns to Manila FAME this April

Meycauayan-based Kit Silver Jewellery, which won an award at the Creative ASEAN Jewellery Design Competition 2015 in Bangkok, Thailand, returns to Manila FAME on April 21-24 at the World Trade Center in Pasay City.

Manila FAME is the country’s premier design and lifestyle trade show and the undisputed Design and Lifestyle Event of Asia, organized by the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), the export promotion arm of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). Themed “Iridescence,” which captures the color and vibrancy of Manila FAME, the April 2016 Manila FAME boutique edition will feature artisanal, green crafts, and luxe products for the home, holiday, and fashion sectors.

Kit Silver Jewellery’s Serpent was chosen as the regional winner among the Philippine finalists at the ASEAN competition last September. The Serpent was an intricate and intriguing fashion jewelry masterpiece made of pure Sterling silver with carved lapis lazuli blossoms, designed by the owner of Kit Silver Jewellery, Filipina designer and entrepreneur Milagros “Mila” Imson. Aside from a trophy, Mila was given the opportunity to exhibit her work at the 56th Bangkok Gems and Jewelry Fair in September 2015 and to pay a study visit to John Hardy, a renowned jewelry company in Bali, Indonesia.

'Serpent' by Mila Imson

‘Serpent’ by Mila Imson

Kit Silver Jewellery has been in business since 1980 and has been using traditional jewelry-making methods, cutting-edge designs, and various locally-sourced materials to produce accessories that cater to local and international markets with discerning taste.

Mila Imson, owner of Kit Silver Jewellery

Mila Imson, owner of Kit Silver Jewellery

The company first joined Manila FAME in 2012—the same year in which it won the Katha Award for Best Product Design in Jewelry for its Feather Agate by Lafina Moda. From then on, Kit Silver Jewellery became a regular exhibitor at Manila FAME. When asked why the company continues to exhibit at the trade show, Mila said, “Through Manila FAME, we have new opportunities to meet new clients locally and abroad. Also, through Manila FAME, we are promoting local products that are handmade and uniquely designed by Filipinos.”

Manila FAME has played a huge role in Kit Silver Jewellery’s participation at the ASEAN Jewelry Design Competition 2015, with CITEM serving as Mila’s mentors for designing, along with the Meycauayan Jewelry Industry Association, Inc. (MJIA). Through Manila FAME and MJIA, Mila also became an international trader, which has exposed her to various designs globally and helps her create designs tailored for European and Asian markets.

Since Kit Silver Jewellery’s success at the ASEAN Jewelry Design Competition last year, Mila has not only gained global recognition; she has gotten more opportunities to tie up with different designers overseas as well. Furthermore, the company’s products have increased in popularity, and more clients have started visiting its boutique.

With its return to Manila FAME this April, Kit Silver Jewellery will certainly captivate and inspire buyers and visitors once more as it exhibits its latest product collections. As in its previous products, it will be utilizing brass as the main metal, and will be using semi-precious stones as well. Moreover, it will be showcasing silver filigrees and tambourines, the company’s best sellers. It will also be showcasing export-quality bags with different materials and more innovative designs.

“We are expecting a new crowd this April 2016 edition of Manila FAME because of the new venue. And of course we’re anticipating more sales as well,” said Mila.


For more information on Manila FAME, log on to www.manilafame.com.

Manila FAME buyers get a chance to win a holiday experience in the Philippines like no other

An extraordinary Luxe Escape dream destination holiday awaits one lucky overseas trade buyer of Manila FAME’s April 2016 show edition.

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At Manila FAME, foreign trade buyers get to source artisanal, green crafts, and luxe products for the home, holiday, and fashion sectors. Buyers are assured of full assistance by Manila FAME organizers, from online pre-registration to pre-arranged business meetings with on-site exhibitors, after-show transactions, and year-round sourcing of the finest of Philippine products, thus, ensuring a satisfying buying experience.

On top of these benefits, Manila FAME—through its Luxe Escape raffle promo—offers overseas trade buyers a chance to win a dream vacation in an exquisite tropical island paradise in Donsol, Sorsogon province, the southernmost part of the Bicol Peninsula in Luzon. The province is home to the planet’s largest fish: the magnificent and gentle “butanding” or whale sharks.

The captivating Sorsogon holiday experience includes round-trip flight arrangements and accommodation—a four-day/three-night stay at a luxurious and distinctly Filipino island resort hotel.

Sorsogon offers a wide range of exciting and meaningful activities, which the Luxe Escape winner can take pleasure in. These include the opportunity to go swimming with the “butanding” in Donsol; go sunset cruising and firefly-watching in Donsol River; and get a glimpse of the past by visiting Barcelona’s St. Joseph Church and Juban’s Spanish stone houses dating back to the Spanish colonial era. The winner can also take a relaxing dip into Irosin’s natural hot and cold springs, and trek up to the summit of Mt. Bulusan and marvel at the breathtaking view of the Pacific Ocean and West Philippines Sea. In this dream vacation, they can discover Tikling and Calintaan Islands’ pink sandy coasts and Bacon district’s pristine beaches, and take a plunge into the Manta Bowl dive site, the Philippines’ Manta Ray Capital, which is also rich in rare marine life. The possibilities for exploring other eco-tourism sites such as rainforests, caves, waterfalls, and lakes are endless, and the winner gets to indulge in the scrumptious seafood and local delicacies of the province.

The Luxe Escape raffle promo is open to all Manila FAME April 2016 Overseas Trade Buyers who are at least 21 years old and not based in the Philippines. To register for Manila FAME and know more about the Luxe Escape raffle promo, log on to www.manilafame.com/en/index.php?idpg=luxe-promo.

The April 2016 show edition of Manila FAME, the country’s premier design and lifestyle event, will be held on April 21-24, 2016 at the World Trade Center, Metro Manila, Philippines. It is organized by the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), the export promotions arm of the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

CITEM’s Red Box Design Talents introduced at Manila FAME

Culmination of a one-year design dev’t prog

From over 140 aspiring designers, the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), the export promotions arm of the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), introduces its 14 finalists in the Red Box Design Talents, a platform to discover and nurture young designers that aims to produce breakthrough Philippine design talents by 2017.

The 14 finalists in the RED BOX Design Talents Program, a platform initiated by CITEM to discover and nurture young designers.

The 14 finalists in the RED BOX Design Talents Program, a platform initiated by CITEM to discover and nurture young designers.

“To strengthen the Philippine’s reputation as ‘Asia’s Design Destination,’ we should continue nurturing and inspiring young designers to make great strides in showcasing their design ingenuity,” said Rosvi Gaetos, executive director of CITEM.

Under the mentorship of celebrated design icons Budji Layug and Lulu Tan-Gan, the 14 finalists were immersed in a unique design and development process involving in-depth industry exposure and close collaboration with manufacturers. The result is a renewed understanding and intimate knowledge of the process of design, material and craft techniques.

Mr. Randy Viray, owner of Triboa Bay Living, shares his personal history and design process to the Home finalists of the Red Box Design Talents in an informal discussion, as he tours the designers around his production facility.

Mr. Randy Viray, owner of Triboa Bay Living, shares his personal history and design process to the Home finalists of the Red Box Design Talents in an informal discussion, as he tours the designers around his production facility.

The Furniture and Home Accents finalists of Red Box learned the art of woodworking from Pampanga’s Betis Crafts Inc./ JB Woodcraft, Triboa Bay Living and South Sea Veneer. Ms. Leslie Bituin-Mendiola, owner of Betis Crafts, Inc., stressed the importance of knowing the target market in the design process, while Mr. Randy Viray, owner of Triboa Bay Living, explained the significance of discovering one’s identity as a designer, urging the talents to “live and breathe design.” At South Sea Veneer, they witnessed and learned about veneer cutting and application. The finalists also strengthens their metalwork skills at Venzon Lighting Manufacturing, Industria, and Prizmic & Brill.

“An artist creates for himself. A designer creates for another entity,” explains Mr. Jude Tiotuico of Industria of the difference between an artist and a designer. Mr. Matthew Brill of Prizmic & Brill emphasizes the importance of understanding the material and the designers to understand the production costs when collaborating with exporter-manufacturers.

The Red Box Home finalists strikes a pose with Kenneth Cobonpue after his brief retelling of the history behind the brand and the tour around the production facility and collaboration spaces.

The Red Box Home finalists strikes a pose with Kenneth Cobonpue after his brief retelling of the history behind the brand and the tour around the production facility and collaboration spaces.

The Furniture and Home Accents finalists acquired exposure to materials in Cebu from Bon Ace, Obra Cebuana, and Nature’s Legacy, and gained deeper understanding of the design process from Vito Selma, Kenneth Cobonpue, and Cebu Fil Veneer.

In Bohol, the finalists discovered how technology such as 3D printing can aid their prototyping process through the assistance of FabLab Bohol Team, composed of representatives from the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) -Bohol, local designers, and volunteers from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

The Fashion finalists were shown a generous amount of sample swatches of fabrics at the FF International Manufacturing Corporation (FFIMC), most of which were sourced overseas; cotton and silk were the primary base materials.

The Fashion finalists were shown a generous amount of sample swatches of fabrics at the FF International Manufacturing Corporation (FFIMC), most of which were sourced overseas; cotton and silk were the primary base materials.

Josie Natori, internationally acclaimed Filipino designer and CEO and founder of The Natori Company, opened her doors to the Fashion finalists for an opportunity to learn about the production of high-end fashion garments, allowing them a tour on a large garments production house to witness the intensive labor and the different stages of manufacturing process.

To broaden their perspective on tradition, a recurring theme in design, and its inspiring adaptation into contemporary works, the Fashion finalists proceeded to the Metropolitan Museum of Manila to witness a prestigious showcase of indigenous and contemporary designs of French and other international artists at the International Festival of Extra Ordinary Textiles (FITE).

The Fashion finalists were encouraged to experiment with the techniques taught on non-traditional materials in a Trends Briefing and Workshop on Decorative Finishing for Fashion Accessories, led by the Design Center of the Philippines.

The Fashion finalists were encouraged to experiment with the techniques taught on non-traditional materials in a Trends Briefing and Workshop on Decorative Finishing for Fashion Accessories, led by the Design Center of the Philippines.

The Fashion finalists learned Discharge Printing and Wrinkled Pleating in a two-day workshop on Fabric Treatments and Manipulation, under Lulu Tan-Gan and Ms. Vie Alvarez, a textile expert and instructor under the Fashion Design and Merchandising (FDM) Program at the College of De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde. They also attended a Trends Briefing and Workshop on Decorative Finishing for Fashion Accessories, led by Design Center of the Philippines Design Division Head Luis Manalang and Resource Person Marilyn Munio.

The Fashion designers learned the handmade footwear production from Ai-She Footwear. This involves processing of raw materials, pattern-making, cutting, and stitching; shaping and lasting; and finishing and packing. The finalists also participated in the bakya making of RTC Woodcraft.

Apart from the workshops, The Red Box Design Talents attended seminars on Elevating Filipino Artistry in Modern Fashion by JC Buendia, Integrating Filipino Aesthetics in Contemporary Design by Felipe De Leon, Jr., and Reinventing Filipino Craftsmanship by Rita Nazareno.

“A most striking quality of Philippine ethnicity or traditional cultures is their great creative diversity and richness,” De Leon stressed during his talk.

The pioneer batch of Red Box Design Talents will exhibit their collections developed in collaboration with local manufacturers at the October 2015 edition of Manila FAME slated October 15-18 at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay City. The showcase is a culmination of a year-long design journey. At the same time, it is a glimpse into a work in progress. A panel of distinguished industry experts and stakeholders will determine the winning designers from each category.

The finalists under the Furniture and Home Accents sectors are Viktoria Laguyo, Mariel Lazo, Edward Sibunga, Kristel Blancas, Diana Ramirez, and Jim Torres.

For the Fashion Apparel  and Fashion Accessories categories, the finalists are Leby Le Morìa, Thian Rodriguez, JM Rosario, Vince Tolentino, Jeffrey Manahan, Jelvin Mujar, Micki Olaguer, and Michille Sabulao.

Organized by CITEM, the export promotions arm of DTI, Manila FAME features finely selected furniture and home furnishings, holiday gifts and décor, and fashion accessories designed and crafted in the Philippines for the global market. It continues to inspire with a strong statement on what is design-forward, popular, artisanal, and soulful.

For more information on Manila FAME and Design Week Philippines, interested parties can visit www.manilafame.com, http://www.designweekphilippines.com.ph, or email manilafame@citem.com.ph.

Philippine textiles make waves at 60th Manila FAME

The fashion section of the NeoTextiles Philippines special setting, curated by Amina Aranaz-Alunan.

The fashion section of the NeoTextiles Philippines special setting, curated by Amina Aranaz-Alunan.

The 60th edition of Manila FAME unveiled recently the second edition of NeoTextiles Philippines that underlined the Filipino weaving artisans’ craftwork and artistry. Held at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City, Manila FAME is the Asia’s premier design and lifestyle event that exhibits the finest Philippine-made products from the home, holiday, and fashion sectors.

The home section of NeoTextiles Philippines, curated by Olivia d'Aboville.

The home section of NeoTextiles Philippines, curated by Olivia d’Aboville.

This edition of NeoTextiles Philippines brought the spotlight on  six weaving communities from the Visayas and Mindanao regions. The featured Visayan textiles and manufacturers were piña by Heritage Arts and Crafts of Aklan, Philippine silk by Negros Silk Manufacturers’ Association of Negros Occidental, hablon by Salngan Multi-Purpose Cooperative with Tinukib of Iloilo, and raffia textile by Tubigon Loomweavers Multi-Purpose Cooperative of Bohol. The Mindanao textiles and manufacturers were hinabol by the Higaunon Women Weavers of Bukidnon with CustomMade Crafts Center and t’nalak woven by the T’boli weavers of Klowil Multi-Purpose Cooperative in South Cotabato.

ARANÁZ bags made from fabrics developed by NeoTextiles Philippines' participating textile manufacturers.

ARANÁZ bags made from fabrics developed by NeoTextiles Philippines’ participating textile manufacturers.

“The textiles produced by these ethnic communities boast of excellent quality. In light of the significant decline in textile trade and export, NeoTextiles Philippines will continuously provide a platform in helping promote the potential of the design and creative traditions of the country,” said Rosvi Gaetos, executive director of the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM).

Contemporary 'hinabol' fabrics by the Higaunon Women Weavers.

Contemporary ‘hinabol’ fabrics by the Higaunon Women Weavers.

At the helm of the NeoTextiles Philippines special setting were two of the country’s young designers: Olivia d’Aboville (designer for home) and Amina Aranaz-Alunan (designer for fashion). D’Aboville exhibited modern home applications of the fabrics developed with the participating weaving communities, while Aranaz-Alunan designed collections of fashion wearables that showcased how indigenous textiles can both be trendy and functional.

Hablon tower lamp designed by Olivia d'Aboville with That One Piece.

Hablon tower lamp designed by Olivia d’Aboville with That One Piece.

Launched last year by the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) through CITEM, its export promotions arm, the Material Development Program gave birth to NeoTextiles Philippines as a textile development and branding initiative for contemporary Philippine textiles.