Manila, Philippines — The freshest and most innovative products from the Philippines’ esteemed designers and artisans took centerstage once again at the 69th edition of Manila FAME, which runs from April 25 to 27 at the World Trade Center Metro Manila, Pasay City.
The recently held KATHA Awards puts a spotlight on sustainable products made by Philippine designers out of local indigenous materials for different sectors: furniture, lamps and lighting, home décor, fashion and seasonal décor.
“With plenty of talents across the country, the KATHA Awards gives distinction to fresh, original, and innovative designs that capture the spirit of Filipino creativity and ingenuity,” said CITEM Executive Director Pauline Suaco-Juan.
“This recognition inspires and encourage local companies to elevate the standards of Philippine design and craftsmanship, creating better export products through the skillful use and exploration of the country’s natural resources,” she added.
The country’s premier home and lifestyle event also gave an award for the company that has the best booth display and had a special citation for eco-design award to recognize innovative sustainable products.
According to Suaco-Juan, this edition’s Katha Award also allowed their judges as well as the buyers and visitors to pick a product through their Judges’ Pick Special Citation and People’s Choice Award.
Here are the winners of the KATHA Awards April 2019:
The 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%).
Most of the awards were chosen based on the selection of the judges while the People’s Choice Award was given to the exhibitor who collected the most number of votes from the Manila FAME App.
Katha Awards judges include Arch. Royce Nicdao (WTA Designs), Nix Alanon (Phoenix Home), Jen So Hu – See (Sohu Designs), Idr. Rossy yabut-Rojales (Heim Interiors), Arch. J. Anton Mendoza (J. Antonio Mendoza Design Consultants), Angel Guerrero (Adobo Magazine), Arch. Tobias Guggenheimer (Sofa Design Institute), Sky Gavin (WhenInManila), Lulu Tan-Gan (Tan-Gan), IDR. Ivy Almario (Atelier Almario) and esteemed fashion designers fashion designer Rajo Laurel and John Herrera.
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 embody the innovative design and material manipulation.
Running from April 25 to 27, Manila FAME is the Philippines’ premier design and lifestyle event organized by the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), the export promotion arm of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).
For more information about the show, visit www.manilafame.com
Since its inception in 1990, the Manila FAME Katha Awards has stood as the hallmark of Philippine product design excellence and innovation. The special distinction is awarded to Manila FAME exhibitors whose products embody the innovative design and material manipulation.
KATHA Awards puts a spotlight on sustainable products made by Philippine designers and artisans out of local indigenous materials for different sectors: furniture, lamps and lighting, home décor, fashion and seasonal décor.
The Manila FAME was recently held last April 25 to 27 at the World Trade Center Metro Manila. It is the Philippines’ premier design and lifestyle event organized by the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), the export promotion arm of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).
Manila FAME, Philippines’ premier lifestyle event, brings together design forward lifestyle pieces expertly made by local artisans. Now on its 68th edition, this must-see product design exhibition includes new and exciting features set to define trade shows in the country. As a go-to event for exporters, trade buyers, retailers, designers and artists, here are more exciting reasons you should stop by Manila FAME today:
Blank canvas for creativity
In bringing together the country’s best artisans and sustainable products, the 3rd installment of Manila FAME’s Design Commune was put together to become a venue for visitors to freely interact with the products designed by local artisans and designers. Organized under the curation of premier designer Tes Pasola and design consultant Detlef Klatt, Design Commune features 90 companies by combining the color nude with different palettes to cohesively showcase our local products.
Technology driven show features
The success of trade shows relies on its ability to captivate the audience with arresting show pieces, coupled with riveting stories made for the tech-savvy audiences of the 21st century. The 68th edition of Manila FAME will give local trade shows a new face by introducing new show features and applications, such as Touchpoint, a prototype digital platform of beautifully curated images and engaging stories.
Filipino artisans are known to be highly creative. Their skill and expertise in turning ordinary materials into remarkable pieces is well recognized even in other parts of the world. Exhibitors of Manila FAME are known for their sustainable, one-of-a-kind pieces that present traditional craftsmanship but are innovative in their use of alternative raw materials and techniques.
Exhibits with a cause
As the preeminent lifestyle event in the Philippines, Manila FAME brings together the country’s best product manufacturers from all over the country. For its October edition, the show promotes local craftsmanship by giving provinces such as Antique, Cebu, Bohol, Cagayan de Oro, Negros Oriental, Negros Occidental and Marawi City an opportunity to showcase their products and tell the fascinating stories behind them through the Artisans Village.
Discovery of new skills and talents
Manila FAME was created to be a dynamic show for the fashion, home and lifestyle industries. It also allows visitors to discover new skills and hobbies, such as leather painting and lamp making through different workshops facilitated by local companies and organizations. Catch a variety of workshops from Handcrafted by Harl’s, A Liter of Light Foundation, Asia Pacific Leather Fair, Ltd. and Craft MNL.
Homage to Filipino talent
Manila FAME highlights Filipino design ingenuity and product innovation by recognizing artisans and products that push the limits of creativity by turning ordinary materials into exceptional pieces that could go alongside international design trends. The show continues to be a home to both prominent and emerging designers from the country including Ann Pamintuan, Tony Gonzales, Milo Naval, Vito Selma and Tim Tam Ong, among others.
As one of its key events, the KATHA Awards pays tribute to local talent by giving distinction to fresh, original and innovative designs that represent Filipino creativity.
Featuring select furniture and home furnishings, holiday gift items and fashion accessories, Manila FAME’s October show will amaze international buyers, aficionados, collectors and artisans alike. Don’t miss the showcase of the country’s best lifestyle pieces which is open until today until 6pm at the World Trade Center, Pasay City, Metro Manila.
Filipino ingenuity and design innovation win big at Katha Awards
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.
“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.
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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.
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.
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.