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DTI champions over 360 PH home and lifestyle firms through Manila FAME October 2018

Filipino ingenuity and design innovation win big at Katha Awards


Tadeco Home Decor won the Best Booth Award in the 68th edition of Manila FAME.

Organized by the Department of Trade and Industry, through the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (DTI-CITEM), Manila FAME has once again championed the cause of Philippine home and lifestyle exporters as it opens its doors to hundreds of international and domestic buyers in its first day on October 19 at the World Trade Center Metro Manila, Pasay City.

In the opening ceremony, DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez recognized Manila FAME in elevating the standards of Philippine design and craftsmanship.

“Manila FAME serves not only as an export promotion but a value-adding platform for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs),” said DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez.


DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez delivers his keynote speech in the first day of the 68th edition of Manila FAME..

 “It continues to inspire and encourage MSME’s to creating better products through the skillful use and exploration of the country’s natural resources,” he added.

A total of 366 exhibitors have signed up for the event. Among the sectors under Manila FAME, the furniture and garments sectors has been identified as two of the twelve priority sectors of DTI for development and promotion.

Since its inception in 1990, the Katha Awards has stood as the hallmark of Philippine product design excellence and innovation. The special distinction is awarded to Manila FAME companies and designers whose products embodied the innovative design and material manipulation.

Katha Awards upheld Filipino design ingenuity and product innovation

Manila FAME has ended its first day with the exciting announcement of the KATHA October 2018 winners.

“With plenty of talents across the country, the KATHA Awards gives distinction to fresh, original, and innovative designs that embolden the spirit of Filipino creativity,” said DTI-CITEM Pauline Suaco-Juan

Here are the winners of the KATHA October 2018:

Best Booth Design and Best Product for Furniture: Bench Bark by Tadeco Home Décor and designed by Nelson Sepulveda.

Eyes on the prize, a big winner in this edition of Manila FAME is Tadeco Home Décor after winning the Best Booth Design with their exemplary exhibition style and Best Product for Furniture for their bench made from abaca.


Best Product for Lamps and Lightings: Ikat Lamp by Hacienda Crafts


Best Product for Festive and Seasonal Decor: Pinoy Tree of Life by Touch of Craft, Inc.


 Best Product for Fashion: Casa Portable by Zacarias 1925 under S.C. Vizcarra


Best Product Home Décor: Flower Box by Native Crafts and Arts and designed by Tes Pasola.


Special Citation for Eco-Design: Pipes by Red Slab Pottery and designed by Tes Pasola.


People’s Choice Award: Kalabaw Rocker by Quick Stitch Embroidery/FUNNEST.


Best Product Design winners were chosen based on their product’s overall aesthetics (20%), function (30%), materials innovation (15%), and product innovation (35%).

The best booth display award is given to the exhibit with the best concept (30%), use of space (35%) and visual appeal (35%) to maximize their presence in Manila FAME. The Special Citation for Eco-Design Award is conferred based on concept (25%), manufacturing processes (30%), fitness of purpose (15%) and impact/environment benefits (30%).

Meanwhile, the People’s Choice Award is given to the exhibitor who has the highest number of votes from buyers and visitors on the Manila FAME App.

The KATHA Awards winners were chosen by a lineup of design and product experts. For products under furniture, lamps and lighting, home décor, festive/ seasonal décor, and gifts & premium, the judges line up is composed of Rossy Anne Yabut-Rojales (Co-Founder and Creative Director of Hurray Interior Design Group), Nina Santamaria (Principal Designer, Grupo Santamaria), Ma. Carmen Lim-Regala (Principal Designer and Sole Proprietor, CRL Interior Designs), Miguel Rosales (Art Advisor and Creative Consultant, Caramel Creative Consultancy, Phils Inc.), Cyndi Fernandez (Owner and Interior Designer, Moss Manila), Mel Patrick Kasingsing (Creative Director, One Mega Group), and Daphne Oseña-Paez (Owner, Daphne).

Meanwhile, judging for Fashion products are Shanon Pamaong (CEO/Director, Fashion Institute of the Philippines), Mark Bumgarner (Fashion Designer), Sky Gavin (Chief Operations Officer, WheninManila.com), Raymond Ang (Owner, Milk Man Marketing), Bea Ledesma (Group Publisher, Hinge Inquirer Publications, Inc.)


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.

World-renowned PH designers explore design trends at Manila FAME

Design trends have always been ambivalent in nature, remaining unusually predictable and uncertain with every shift. As easily as they come, a trend emerges and seeps its way across the design branches effectively dictating the product selection and overall demand in the market.

tony gonzalesDesigner Tony Gonzales

Manila FAME, the country’s premier lifestyle and design event, has been witness to countless trends that has grazed the lifestyle and design industry. For its 66th edition on Oct. 20 – 22, the three-day trade event will explore product marketability and trends in its special setting, Design Commune, under the direction of internationally renowned designer Tony Gonzales.

Design Commune will feature items from more than 60 Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSME) across the country and will center around four market-oriented themes based on mainstream trends: Greens, Blues & Whites, Ethnic Nomad, and Naturals.

“The Green has been coming strong for the last two or three years. Back then, it was influenced by people’s desire to cook. They become weekend chefs and everybody just loved to cook,” Gonzales explained.

“This time, the trend has shifted to gardening. Buildings have greenhouses on their rooftops, people grow herbs, cactuses, and succulents in their houses. We created a variety of pots to cater to this, anything for the garden that can also be used as a home décor.”

Gonzales comments that Naturals and Blues & Whites have long been mainstream influencers. Natural tones saw a rise in the fashion and lifestyle industry for its simplicity and versatility, while the Blues & Whites had been a constant driver of color choices for home décor, personal products, and gifts.

Meanwhile, Ethnic Nomad takes inspiration from one of the biggest macro trends of recent, travelling. As young adults have adapted the need to travel, they gravitated from the consumerism-filled lifestyle. This movement was then followed by fashion houses who continued to look to the organic beauty of the earth the vast cultures it holds.

 “We’ve created a theme that takes inspiration from different ethnic cultures and colors without actively showing a particular country. It’s a mixture of ethnic influences. There’s a bit from South America and of course, from our very own Igorot and Tagbanwa,” said Gonzales.

Gonzales worked with a number of designers to support the product development stage of the companies. Tes Pasola, Detlef Klatt, Stanley Ruiz, Wataru Sakuma, Conrad de Leon, Leo Saño, and Reine Shih were among the Filipino designers who took part in Design Commune.

Products from A. Garcia Crafts, Asia Ceramics, Celestial Arts, Inc., Finali Furniture and Home Accessories, Kit Silver, Nature’s Legacy Eximport, and Prado Filipino Artisans among others will be featured in the boutique-style setting from October 20 – 22 at the World Trade Center Metro Manila.

“We didn’t design for ourselves as artists or designers. We designed for the companies as our way to support their livelihood,” Gonzales said.

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/

Design Philippines at The Hotel Show 2013: A Preview

Design Philippines brings the country’s authentic brand of design, craftsmanship, and innovative use of indigenous materials at this month’s The Hotel Show on 28 – 30 September 2013 at the Dubai World Trade Centre. The participation presents The Art of the Craftsman for the first time in Middle-East and North Africa (MENA) region, showcasing the finest products from the Philippines crafted by some of the best design-forward manufacturers with craftsmen that transform natural, local materials into exquisite pieces that combine tradition with contemporary.

The collective presentation of Design Philippines features 10 companies, each bringing to the table their own uniqueness to the global hotel industry at The Hotel Show. The featured companies are Catalina Embroideries Inc., Cebu Fil-Veneer Corporation, Craft Mill, Inc., Dale Mathis, Diretso Philippines Inc., The Gilded Expressions, Lightworks Resources, Maze Manufacturing, More Than a Chair, Inc., and Padua International.

Here’a preview of what you’ll see at the Design Philippines showcase at The Hotel Show 2013:

Catalina Embroideries Inc. || www.catalina.ph

Handmade and hand-loomed home accessories crafted from natural materials like shell, coco, abaca, and rattan with quality and design in mind.

Cebu Fil-Veneer Corporation || www.filveneer.com

Top-caliber producer of high-quality sliced veneer, created out of genuine Filipino craftsmanship and state-of-the-art Italian machinery.

 Craft Mill, Inc. || www.craftmillinc.com

Environment-friendly creations with clean, consistent workmanship and a distinct style, crafting trendy furniture pieces from paper, fabric, leather and natural materials from the Philippines.

Dale Mathis Studio, Inc. || www.dalemathis.com

From the heart of a self-taught artist and an imaginative man, Dale Mathis creates mixed-media pieces and design objects that defy typical artistry.

Diretso Philippines Inc. || www.diretso.com

The fusion of European design flair and the world-renowned crafting skills of the Philippines, combining innovation and excellence to create exciting new dimensions in furniture design

The Gilded Expressions || www. annpamintuan.com

Designer and craftswoman Ann Pamintuan creates distinct textures and shapes, crafting furniture, house ware, home accessories, and jewelry from metal

Lightworks Resources, Inc. || www.lightworks.com.ph

Each piece is meant to be an experience of nature’s bounty, the vastness of human potential, and the interconnectedness of all forms of life.

Maze Manufacturing Co. Inc. || www.mazefurniture.com.ph

Furniture and home accessories crafted from metals and industrial materials interpreted in clean and whimsical lines, juxtaposing the styles of ornate classic and sleek contemporary.

More Than a Chair, Inc. || www.morethanachair.com

Elegant and sophisticated furniture pieces crafted to suit classic and modern styles

Padua International

Furniture and decorations created from wood and natural materials, designed for the millennium lifestyle

More Design Philippines at Manila FAME, The Design and Lifestyle Event on 17 – 20 October 2013 at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines.

Bringing Philippine Design, Artisanship, and Style to Fashion Access 2013

Over the years the Philippines has shown that is has the undeniable talent and artisanship to match, and even surpass, the movers and shakers in the global fashion industry. Designers and designs alike shine in the international fashion stage, each representing the multi-faceted Philippine fashion that, at its core, culls inspiration from its diverse culture, age-old tradition, and exquisite craftsmanship, translating them into designs that are relevant today.

At Fashion Access 2013, Fashion Philippines brings together some of the best in the industry, showing off Philippine fashion through contemporary design sensibilities, high-level artisanship, and Philippine style.

In this first foray to Fashion Access, Fashion Philippines is set to showcase fashion items that highlight the country’s artisanal skills, providing a glimpse of the Philippines inimitable design talent in apparel, fashion wearables, and jewelry. Taking Fashion Philippines to one of the premier international fairs in the world serves to sustain the Philippines as a destination for quality and expertly designed and crafted products, all the while making it known that the Philippine fashion is a thriving, creative, and driven industry.

The Philippine participation also features designs from Manila Wear, a uniquely Filipino brand for fashion apparel and accessories crafted from the country’s local resources with a sensibility akin to a tropical/resort feel. Featured designers include Adante Leyesa, Amina Aranaz, Anne Saguil, Arnel Papa, Ken Samudio, and Dennis Lustico.

Fashion Philippines will also feature designs from Almar Shell Industries; Armyths International Fashion Design; Bon-Ace Fashion Tools, Inc.; Crystal Seas Handwoven and Handcrafted Products; Imperial Nova Corp.; Itica Inc.; J.E.R. Shellcraft; Kilus Foundation Multi-Purpose Cooperative; Kitsilver; Larone Crafts, Inc.; MelRose O; Nooks Manufacturing International Coorporation; Omaque Arts and Crafts; Orient Meadow Export Corp.; PLV Trading; and Raw Earth Collections by Silnag.

See Fashion Philippines and Manila Wear at Fashion Access, 25 – 27 September 2013 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center.

Also, don’t forget to SAVE THE DATE for Manila FAME and find more of Philippine fashion, 17 – 20 October 2013 at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines.

Design PH in Focus: Ito Kish

Under the 100% Philippine brand of Design PH, furniture designer Ito Kish will showcase his designs for the first time at Maison et Objet, 6 – 10 September 2013 at the Paris Nord Villapinte, representing The Art of the Craftsman, together with 11 other design brands.

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Ito Kish’s designs revolve around the Filipino inspiration, combining aesthetics from the vintage Philippine design and letting the craftsmanship shine with each creation, a prime example of which is The Gregoria Chair with the classic balusters and the woven solihiya. “If my furniture can speak, its language will be Filipino” says Kish about his designs.

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Kish’s Gregoria Chair will also represent the Philippine design excellence at this year’s Gwangju Design Biennale in South Korea on 02 September to 06 November 2013 as one of the iconic chairs of Asia.

Design PH will also feature craftsmanship from Betis CraftsIndustria Home, Luisa Home by Luisa RobinsonMASAECOMayumi by CSM PhilippinesPeter and Paul, Inc.Schema by Kalikasan CraftsTadeco HomeTriboa Bay LivingVito Selma, and Kenneth Cobonpue’s Hive.

Stay tuned for more here at FAME Speak. Read up on our latest stories on Industria Home and Triboa Bay Living.