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6 Exciting Reasons To Visit Manila FAME Today

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

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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.

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One-of-a-kind pieces

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.

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Exhibits with a cause

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.)

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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.

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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

From traditional to digital: Manila FAME launches Touchpoint, a digital dossier platform for PH home and lifestyle export products

‘Touchpoint’ features 15 brand and artisan stories in its opening salvo

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For its 68th edition, Manila FAME has launched a digital marketplace for local exporters and trade buyers in a bid to strengthen the export promotion drive for the Philippines’ premier home and lifestyle products amid the growing global digitalization.

Last October 12, the organizer of Manila FAME introduced ‘Touchpoint,’ a digital dossier of the country’s top Home and Lifestyle brands and manufacturers, featuring the curated stories of Philippine culture, design and craftsmanship.

Organized by the Department of Trade and Industry through the Center for International Trade Expositions and Mission (DTI-CITEM), Manila FAME is the country’s premier lifestyle and design event that promotes the Philippines as a reliable sourcing destination for home, fashion, holiday, architectural, and interior pieces.

“Touchpoint’s aim is to boost the online presence of Manila FAME exhibitors and further promote the narratives behind Philippine products for the appreciation of buyers around the world,” said DTI-CITEM Executive Director Pauline Suaco-Juan.

 “From the physical to digital, Touchpoint provides not just another promotion dimension for Philippine designers and manufacturers, but also a holistic and engaging experience for buyers and visitors of Manila FAME,” she added.

As a digital platform, Touchpoint highlights the intricate narratives behind local designers and artisans—the people, the products, and the brands—complemented with stunning visual content to convey the inspirations and creation of Philippine products.

Product selection under Touchpoint includes houseware and home decor; fashion accessories and wearables; gifts and holiday; lamps and lightings; and furniture and furnishings.

For its first salvo, Manila FAME’s digital marketplace features 15 designers, brands and regional artisan groups, each highlighted by the distinct stories of their products, designers, materials and trends.

Aside from Touchpoint, DTI-CITEM will soon be launching a Manila FAME application which is downloadable on Google Play (Android) and App Store (iOS). The App will serve as an efficient channel for business-matching and interaction between buyers and exhibitors.

 “Aside from business-matching, the Manila FAME App also allows buyers and visitors to get the latest update on the event and vote for their favorite product or exhibitor for the People’s Choice Award in the KATHA Awards,” said Suaco-Juan.

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.

KATHA October 2017 Spotlights New Material and Design Ingenuity in Manila FAME

Manila FAME, the country’s premier lifestyle and design event, closed its first day with the exciting announcement of the KATHA October 2017 winners at the World Trade Center Metro Manila, Pasay City.

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.

Here are the winners of the KATHA October 2017:

1. Designer Wataru Sakuma’s MasaEco Development Inc. brought home the Katha for best booth design

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2. The Antipolo-based company Schema won the KATHA for Best Product Design (Furniture) for its Lilou Lounge Chair.

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3. Industria’s metal Reef Panel won the Katha for Best Product Design (Home Décor).

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4. The unique Carabao Horn Glasses of Elm’s Accessoria De Casa was named Best Product Design (Fashion).

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This year’s judges included School of Fashion and the Arts Design Institute Dean Tobias Guggenheimer, Sohu Designs Chief Creative Officer Jennifer So Hu, fashion designer Jojie Lloren, Print & Magazine Vice President Suki Salvador, Heima Creative Director Rossy Yabut-Rojales, Gallego Architects owner Eduardo Gallego, and Design Center of the Philippines Executive Director Maria Rita Matute.

Manila FAME recognizes Philippine design ingenuity at the KATHA Awards

Six local companies and designers bagged trophies in the recently concluded KATHA Awards during the 63rd edition of the Manila FAME held on 21 April 2016 at the World Trade Center, Pasay City.

Schema, formerly a Christmas decor company, wins the Best Product Design for Furniture award for their Schema console table designed by the owner herself Ms. Celia Jiao. Inspired by modern architectural design, the console table features an equally-angled design that creates a negative space in between, discarding the need for braces or support.

Best Product Design for Furniture: Console Table by Schema

Best Product Design for Furniture: Console Table by Schema

Vito Selma bags the Best Product Design for Home Decor. The award-winning floor lamp stands with the statement that no two lights are the same no matter how similar. Selma has always been adamant in his focus on the natural, and this is exuded in his Henesius floor lamp design.

Best Product Design for Home Decor: Henesius Floor Lamp by Vito Selma

Best Product Design for Home Decor: Henesius Floor Lamp by Vito Selma

Joanique gets the Best Product for Fashion award for their Adlaw necklace and Buwana clutch of the Maskara Collection. Inspired by the colorful Maskara Festival in Bacolod City, designer Malou Romero patterned the sun- and moon-shaped winning products after the masks and faces that are prominently featured in the said festival.

Best Product Design Award for Fashion: Adlaw necklace and Buwana clutch of Maskara Collection by Joanique

Best Product Design Award for Fashion: Adlaw necklace and Buwana clutch of Maskara Collection by Joanique

Casa Mercedes’ ladies fans are recognized as the Best Product for Holiday Decor and Gifts for this edition’s KATHA Awards. Designer Monchet Olives incorporated Filipino expressions, and images depicting Philippine current events in his designs.

Best Product Design Award for Holiday Decor and Gifts: Ladies Fans by Casa Mercedes

Best Product Design Award for Holiday Decor and Gifts: Ladies Fans by Casa Mercedes

Ito Kish took home two awards–the Best Booth and Special Citation for Eco-Design Award.

The Ito Kish booth breathed organic and natural with their presentation through the use of bamboo and rattan in their new product designs. The Binhi, which won the Eco-Design Award, culled inspiration from the seed itself. Using the form of a seed, “Binhi” speaks volumes of possibilities that can go with it, and eventually grow into something beautiful.

Best Booth Display: Ito Kish

Best Booth Display: Ito Kish

Special Citation (Eco-Design Award): Binhi by Ito Kish

Special Citation (Eco-Design Award): Binhi by Ito Kish


The Katha Awards has been distinguished as a hallmark of Philippine product design excellence and innovation. It gives distinction to ingenious designs, and encourages exporters and designers to constantly create and develop original designs for furniture, home décor and furnishings, holiday décor and gifts, and fashion complements relevant in the global market.

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.