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Manila FAME – Where Artistic Freedom and Design Discipline meet

ImageFor its 57th edition, Asia’s Design and Lifestyle Event pursues a fearless exploration of invigorating design aesthetics that reflect the country’s design-driven industries. A visual spectacle like no other, Manila FAME brings together the limitless tenets of art and the intricate disciplines of design to come up with an equation where beauty meets sustainability.

Purveyors of design-forward and high-quality products worldwide, the designers for Manila FAME aims to deliver a bolder statement in applying their individuality to the products they make as well as maintaining a sense of sustainability in their designs. It is a phase of rediscovering the truest essence of Philippine design in which we celebrate the balance of beauty and practicality.

Industry sectors ranging from furniture & furnishings, holiday gifts & décor, and fashion come together to offer a refreshing take on the unparalleled level of Philippine craftsmanship and artisanship as well as showcase an engaging display that features only the latest products and trends.

Manila FAME gears up to bring you a bigger and grander show as internationally acclaimed Philippine designers from all over the world will once again share their creative expertise to produce meticulously designed and environment friendly products at par with international standards.

Manila FAME’s online registration is now open! Visit www.manilafame.com for more information.

Manila FAME Oct 2012 Design Houses in Review

Manila FAME October 2012 introduced a new feature called Design Houses that feature a wealth of materials available in the country for product development. It also paired off up-and-coming designers with select exhibitors, giving them the opportunity to create settings that highlight Philippine artisanship and their individual creative talent.

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The 10 Designers of Manila FAME’s Design Houses
(L-R first row) Milo Naval, Olivia d’Aboville, Ito Kish, Wataru Sakuma, and Amina Aranaz
(L-R second row) Daniel Latorre Cruz, Vito Selma, Stanley Ruiz, Robert Alejandro, and Inigo Elizalde

Read through their inspirations in this collective look back at their visions for Manila FAME October 2012. Get to know their backgrounds from FAME Speak’s Mondays by Design entries.

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The designers successfully translated “The Art of the Craftsman = The Soul of the Philippines” into designs that incorporated their own unique tastes, backgrounds and individual style. Each designer had a Design House which served as the entrance and exit to the show area. The Design Houses were done to create immediate impact and leave a lasting impression of the Philippines as a leader in craftsmanship and design excellence. These entry points acted as portals to view the variety of product designs, skills and materials found in the Philippines. Several visitors from the USA mentioned that the Design House products were “wonderfully inventive and original.”
Columnist, TV host and socialite Tessa Prieto-Valdes describes the Design Houses in her Philippine Daily Inquirer article, “Taking design to the ultimate level, these designers cleverly combined the country’s indigenous materials with their individual sensibilities.”


Manila FAME’s 57th edition is fast approaching and online registration is now open. Visit www.manilafame.com and reserve your spot at the Design and Lifestyle Event.

Design Icons Budji Layug and Kenneth Cobonpue at FAME

Budji and Kenneth in Focus

Budji Layug and Kenneth Cobonpue once again showcased their exquisite furniture and home furnishings at Manila FAME, last 17 – 20 October 2012. Their special settings became one of the highlights of the show and featured ingenious designs and innovative uses of the country’s resources that made for stunning and tasteful creations.


Acclaimed furniture and interior designer Budji Layug has built his reputation on his holistic approach to design – designing from exterior to interior, creating timeless style. His designs are largely organic in form and material, using natural materials from the Philippines, as seen in his special setting with fellow designer Royal Pineda during the October Manila FAME.






A multi-awarded furniture designer, Kenneth Cobonpue has been dubbed “rattan’s first virtuoso.” He and his work have appeared in countless international periodicals and many of his designs have been featured in both film and television. At Manila FAME, he showcased his most acclaimed works in a fantastic display of home furniture and furnishings.





The Art of the Craftsman at Manila FAME’s Craft Spots

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Craftsmanship is a deeply rooted tradition in the Philippines where various craft forms are ingrained in the rich culture, and the art of the craftsman is passed on from generation to generation. Staying true to the theme “The Art of the Craftsman = The Soul of the Philippines,” Manila FAME’s Craft Spots brought raw craftsmanship to the trade show’s audience and told their story through live demonstrations, giving life to the country’s natural materials by creating extraordinary shape and form.

Bobbin Lace of Santa Barbara, Iloilo

Bobbin lace is a craft form of using bobbin or spindle to braid and twist thread to form intricate designs that result in beautifully made handkerchiefs, coasters, table cloths, mantles, and lace appliques. Through the organization Women United Through Handcrafted Lace and Embroidery (WUTHLE), this craft became a source of livelihood for ex-Hansenite (ex-leper) women and their relatives in St. Barbara, Iloilo.

Rice Baskets of Palawan

 The Pala’wan Rice Baskets are made by weaving soft bamboo strips on a rattan frame. There are three variations of the rice basket: the “tibong,” the biggest, stores up to a cavan of rice; the “tabig,” a basket of medium size and, like the first, it is mainly used for transporting and storing rice; the “tingkop” is the smallest basket which can sit on the palm of the hand and is used to carry rice seedlings ready for planting.

Giant Lanterns of San Fernando, Pampanga

The Giant Lanterns are crafted from readily available material – from wood, metal, Japanese paper and colorful plastics. First come the form, usually made of a strong metal wire, then wiring the light bulbs within the lantern, and finally covering the form with festive paper or plastic. Craftsmen are capable of creating the smallest to the largest of lanterns, some of which measure up to 15 feet or more.  In San Fernando, Pampanga these lanterns come to life during the annual Giant Lantern Festival.

Taka of Paete, Laguna

Taka is the art of papier-mâché from Paete, Laguna. Taka comes in all colors, shapes, and sizes. Designs are seasonal and are requested by clients – from Christmas motifs of Santa Claus, reindeers, and snowmen, traditional Filipino icons of carabaos and Maria Clara dolls, to the more modern designs of cherubs, soldiers, and animals.

See more of the country’s craftsmanship at Manila FAME on 14 – 17 March 2013. Save the dates!

Outdoor living, defined at Manila FAME’s Garden Pavilion

Manila FAME’s Garden Pavilion exhibited the art of outdoor living though different themes – Asian, American, British, and French gardens.

(1) Asian Garden, (2) American Garden, (3) French Garden, and (4) British Garden

The pavilion featured products made from sustainable and indigenous materials such as rattan, buri, bamboo, coconut, abaca, and nito. Products varied from outdoor to indoor furniture, garden ornaments and accents, to concepts that embody the beauty of life alfresco. Handcrafted material innovations for products using methods of stonecast, marmorcast, naturecast, and nucast were also displayed.

A variety of  products inside the different vignettes of the Garden Pavilion

Beautiful lanterns inside the Garden Pavilion’s courtyard

Caroline Kennedy, Editor-in-Chief of Gifts and Decorative Accessories, described the pavilion as “A visual display that was an oasis in the middle of the floor, but it also was a good cross-merchandised showcase of exhibitor’s wares.” You can visit the website of Gifts and Decorative Accessories HERE.

Caroline Kennedy’s take on the Garden Pavilion

The Garden Pavilion showcased a variety of products made by different Manila FAME exhibitors. Here’s a complete list of the companies who exhibited their products at the Garden Pavilion:

List of Exhibitors at the Asian Garden.

List of Exhibitors at the American Garden.

List of Exhibitors at the British Garden.

List of Exhibitors at the French Garden.

List of Exhibitors at the Garden Pavilion’s Courtyard.

Expect more of Philippine ingenuity at the 57th edition of Manila FAME as it shapes up to bring new and exciting products on 14-17 March 2013 at the SMX Convention Center, Metro Manila, Philippines.