Tagged: Katha Awards

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

img1.pngLogo of Manila FAME’s Touchpoint.

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.

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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

masaeco

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

schema

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

Industria

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

elms

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.

Her handcrafted gold clutch, the SustainAbility, was chosen as the Best New Product Design under the handmade collection category Artisan Resource at NY NOW Winter 2016.

First Filipina awardee at US trade show returns to Manila FAME April exhibition

Ann Ong – “Create something great for your country.”

Filipina designer Ann Ong continues to inspire many artists and entrepreneurs with her brilliance in handcrafting fashion accessories and jewelry.

Filipina designer Ann Ong continues to inspire many artists and entrepreneurs with her brilliance in handcrafting fashion accessories and jewelry.

Ann Ong has made a name for herself, creating exceptional pieces – bracelets, necklaces, and minaudière – that are worn and adored by the chic and classy women in the country as well as abroad through many international shows in Paris, Frankfurt, Berlin, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Jakarta.

She was recently interviewed by the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM) after coming back from a successful exhibition at NY NOW Winter 2016 trade show where she was the first Filipina to win an award for NY NOW’s design competition. NY NOW is a trade exhibition which features 100,000 home, lifestyle, and handmade products.

Her handcrafted gold clutch, the SustainAbility, was chosen as the Best New Product Design under the handmade collection category Artisan Resource at NY NOW Winter 2016.

Her handcrafted gold clutch, the SustainAbility, was chosen as the Best New Product Design under the handmade collection category Artisan Resource at NY NOW Winter 2016.

Her handcrafted gold SustainAbility clutch was chosen as the Best New Product Design under the handmade collection category Artisan Resource at the trade fair which ran from January 31 to February 3 at the Javits Center, New York City, USA. Asked how she felt about her recent recognition, Ann says she feels “blessed and overwhelmed.” The winning clutch is made of the ubiquitous coconut wood. “It is how I manipulated it, how I designed it from something [so common]…and putting it together in a very artistic way that makes it special,” says Ann.

Her first participation at NY NOW was August 2015 where she joined a delegation of designers handpicked by CITEM to represent the Philippines. Ann remembers how she was well-received by the international trade visitors and buyers, all noticing and praising the uniqueness and high-quality craftsmanship of her pieces. This convinced her to come back for the second time at the NY NOW Winter 2016 show where she exhibited her three Katha-winning pieces and her Lawiswis Kawayan collection. The Katha Awards gives distinction to ingenious designs and encourages entrepreneurs to raise their design standards for Philippine export products and pursue a skillful exploration of new materials and processes. It is held concurrently with Manila FAME.

Now, Ann returns to Manila FAME this April to unveil her two fashion collections for the year 2017 titled The Guardian of the Mountains and Man’s Best Friend, with the latter collection crafted in collaboration with her son.

CITEM asked Ann Ong what advice she would give to aspiring designers and Filipino entrepreneurs who want to make it to the international scene like her.

Ann’s response was, “I always say to young designers that they should have the mission to promote the Filipino artisans. It’s not just you want to be a designer because you want to be famous, you just want to create a name for yourself. You’re not going to last long in this industry, if you think that way, but if you think of your people first, you can create something great for your country.”

Ann Ong will exhibit her award-winning collections as well as her new creations in the upcoming Manila FAME Boutique Edition to be held on April 21-24, 2016, at the World Trade Center, Pasay City, Philippines.


Manila FAME is the Philippines’ premier design and lifestyle event. A bi-annual trade show, it 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 is owned and organized by the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), the export promotions arm of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

For more information, visit www. manilafame.com.