The Department of Trade and Industry and its export promotions arm, the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), believe that the next generation of designers will help sustain the competitiveness of Philippine industries. Through Red Box, an ongoing program, young designers are continuously nurtured and honed by providing a platform to explore design ideas, work directly with exporters, interact with a global buyer audience and present their collections in Manila FAME, the country’s premiere design and lifestyle event.
For the upcoming Manila FAME on 13 – 16 March 2015 at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City, the design journey continues for Rachelle Dagñalan, Gabriel Lichauco, Lilianna Manahan and Joseph Rastrullo.
“DTI and CITEM are committed to incubate promising talents. We believe in creative capital of Philippine designers and are proud to be working with them for Manila FAME and other brand-building programs of the agency. With a potent promotions platform and mentorship program, we can bring Philippine design to the next level,” said CITEM Executive Director Rosvi Gaetos.
For the March edition, the Red Box talents are given a design challenge: Use the show window concept to capture unique design aesthetic and language. Blurring the boundaries between design and art, each show window will provide a glimpse of the designers’ minds and their collaboration with their partner manufacturers. Manila FAME Creative Director Budji Layug oversees this creative process.
A proud native of Albay, Rachelle Dagñalan takes us on a personal journey as she digs deep into her roots and uses her intimate knowledge of the province to work alongside local artisans, designers and manufacturers in partnership with the local government of Albay. Her setting will feature a fresh approach on the province’s abundant raw materials and traditional crafts.
Gabriel Lichauco takes inspiration from the controversial postmodernism movement by fusing patterns, colors and materials in his entire structure-object installation. Four different artisanal techniques are highlighted in a singular surface – lahar lamination, marquetry, carving and hand veneering – providing a didactic approach to his design.
Lilianna Manahan turns surreal by staging a safari-inspired setting infusing her capsule collection for the home. With a touch of whim, she explores the material language of the Philippines to express her craft. The setting will also showcase a special collaboration with fashion designer Lulu Tan-Gan.
The final Red Box talent is Joseph Rastrullo. Exploring material transparency and translucency, he focuses on the subject of his exploration through different ways of manipulating material such as glass and acrylic, playing and exploring on forms and textures.
Red Box is a design development program aimed at harnessing talent and creating the next generation of Philippine designers. It introduces and nurtures emerging talents from various disciplines of design, with potentials to become the new corps of young designers and artists.
While developing Philippine talents, Red Box also simultaneously assists the country’s small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in their product development.
Manila FAME is the second longest-running trade show in the Asia Pacific and the only trade event in the Philippines approved by the Union des Foires Internationales (UFI), the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry.
Giving life to the three stories of Soulcrafts, Luxe and Gen C underlining the recently concluded 60th edition of Manila FAME was the Design Philippines Scenography, designed under the creative direction of Budji Layug.
The showcase featured the latest designs from a collection crafted by designers Stanley Ruiz and Eric Paras with special participation of select brands of Design Philippines and Manila Wear with strong potential to become the next wave of design-driven companies.
The Center for International Trade Expositions & Missions (CITEM) teamed up with these two notable senior designers, Eric Paras handled the Home Accents collection and Stanley Ruiz for the Furniture collections of Design Philippines. With Luxe, Gen C and Soulcraft as its cohesive storyline, these merchandise stories gave direction and consistency and provided the companies the rare opportunity to position themselves in the market.
“Brand stories will be the future especially for an industry that is having a slump and is unceasingly affected by commercialism. I strongly believe that the Filipino export companies, specifically in the furniture and furnishing industry, have the competitive edge in the global market. We are well known with our ingenuity and adaptability to global culture and designs,” said Paras.
“These local companies are distinct in terms of capabilities, and we should capitalize on that,” Ruiz added.
Both designers worked relentlessly with 21 companies to highlight its respective strength and expertise in the production scenario and doubly ensure that it is properly translated into visual merchandising. These companies are A. Garcia Crafts, Asia Ceramics Corporation, Bon Ace Fashion Tools, Inc., Catalina Embroideries, Inc., Celestial Arts, Inc., Chanalli, Inc., Craft Mill Inc., DOMICILLO by Peter and Paul, Inc., Enpekei International,Inc., Industria Home Vico Manufacturing Corp., JB Woodcraft, Inc., Lampara Trends, Inc., Lightworks Resources, Inc., Masa Ecological Development, Inc. (MASAECO), Nature’s Legacy Eximport, Inc., Padi Outdoor,P&B Valises et Compagnie, Inc., S.C. Vizcarra Inc., South Sea Veneer, That One Piece Enterprise, and Venzon Lighting Manufacturing, with the special participation of existing Design Philippines brands KISH, MCCA Industrial Corp., and Schema by Kalikasan Crafts.
“Design Philippines is a brand- and market-driven goal; and has a long-term impact on the export competitiveness of both the industry and the participating companies. The program aims to position Design Philippines as the highest expression of CITEM’s mission as the purveyor of design, craftsmanship, value and hope,” said Rosvi Gaetos, CITEM executive director.
Design Philippines is a branding initiative that positions the Philippines as a sourcing destination for finely crafted products for the world market. It is a design movement that nurtures and celebrates the creativity and originality of a globally competitive and passionate community of Filipino designers and craftsmen.
Manila FAME, Asia’s premier design and lifestyle event, ran from October 16-19, 2014 at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City, Philippines.
Design Talks October 2014 ran from October 16-19, 2014 where experts in the design, marketing and business industry come together to share their insights, works and inspiration. Hosted by Patricia Hizon, sportscaster and TV host, Design Talks was held on the second floor of the SMX Convention Center.
The third day, with the theme ‘Building Asia,’ featured local and international architects and designers as they shared their perspectives on architectural design and planning trends in Asia.
Johnny Chiu, founding partner of JC Architecture and one of Taiwan’s top architects, was the first speaker of the day. He shared his notable projects with the audience including the National Taipei University Library. Johnny’s design philosophy is not to focus on oneself but learn to collaborate, discuss ideas, argue and create a brand. Simple objeccts also hold a lot of insightful inspirations.
Liza Morales-Crespo, principal of Liza Crespo Ecotecture, was next as she discusses sustainable design for the 21st century that uses natural materials to reduce energy use, CO2 emissions, water use and solid wastes. She also presented her works that range from residences, office buildings to master plan developments.
The third speaker of the day was Emmanuel Miñana, the first Filipino architect to be shortlisted in the prestigious World Architecture Festival held recently in Singapore. He discussed the combination of space, materials and technology that equate to lifestyle. According to him, design is a creative process.
Design Week Philippines is the Philippines’ celebration of design and creativity held every third week of March and October.
The 60th Manila FAME, which recently ran from October 16-19, 2014, featured several event highlights, one of them being the ‘Be Our Guest’ showcase put together by German product specialist Detlef Klatt in collaboration with 17 manufacturers.
Walking around the SMX Convention Center during the 60th Manila FAME, you can’t help but praise the craftsmanship of the Filipinos. You see the product of exhibitors working hard day and night to come up with innovative designs.
With her kind personality and eye-catching showcase, one of the exhibitors that caught the eyes of various buyers was Kit Silver Jewelry and its owner and designer, Milagros Imson. The handcrafted jewelry and accessories line was founded back in 1980 in Meycauayan, Bulacan. They started out producing mainly gold jewelry and soon expanded to silver and brass, with the latter capturing the larger market resulting in a more successful business.
Starting out locally in bazaars, they have made their way to becoming a big time exporter in the industry with well-known buyers coming mainly from Dubai and Paris. Recognized for its intricate craftsmanship, Kit Silver Jewelry won the Katha Award for Best Product Design in Jewelry for their Feather Agate by Lafina Moda back in 2012.
Milagros Imson gets her inspiration from nature, particularly from the bark of trees, using junk pieces and transforming them into fine jewelry. She showed one particular impressive purse with a handle made out of the metal at the back of a refrigerator.
This 60th Manila FAME, she showcases the “Balabal,” a piece that definitely was the most attention-catching with several personalities purchasing and inquiring details about it.
Kit Silver Jewelry can be found at Booth K2-K3 on the second floor here at the 60th edition of Asia’s premier design and lifestyle event opened till the 19th of October here at the SMX Convention Center, Pasay City.
1. Luneta Hotel
414 T.M. Kalaw St. Ermita, Manila
Check in at Luneta Hotel, a World War II survivor that has reopened earlier this year after more than two decades of closure. Dubbed as one of the most romantic spots in the entire world by US President Dwight Eisenhower, the historical gem has been restored to its former grandeur, merging styles from the past and the present.
2. National Museum
Padre Burgos Drive, Manila
Take a walk down the path of Philippine history at the National Museum in celebration of Museums & Galleries Month this October! The National Art Gallery, known as the Legislative Building back in the day, is the main building of the National Museum which houses, not only Juan Luna’s Spoliarium, but also artworks by Jose Rizal, Felix Resurreccion Hidalgo, Guillermo Tolentino and Fernando Amorsolo. The Museum of the Filipino People is another component of the National Museum which holds the anthropology and archaeology division.
3. Design Week Philippines
October 13-19, 2014
If the thought of a week-long celebration of design and creativity excites you, then Manila would be the perfect place to be this October. Design Week Philippines brings you seven days filled with Design talks and lectures from experts, tours, design districts, competitions, and festivals bringing together creatives from diverse backgrounds and disciplines. Serving as a platform to foster creativity among Filipinos and the rest of the world, Design Week puts emphasis on why the Philippines is Asia’s premier design destination.
4. Manila FAME
October 16-19, 2014
SMX Convention Center, Pasay City
Furniture, fashion, holiday décor and gifts, arts and crafts—discover all these export-quality innovations at the 60th Manila FAME. Showcasing the best of the Philippine design community, the country’s premier design and lifestyle event will feature works crafted by prolific Filipino craftsmen and emerging designers alike. Manila FAME is also one of the longest-running trade shows in the Asia-Pacific and is the only trade event in the country approved by UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry. With so many unique creations, Manila FAME is an event not to miss for design enthusiasts out there.
5. Design Talks
October 16-19, 2014
SMX Convention Center, Pasay City
Learn all about Design for Life from the experts in the industry this October. Design Talks brings you Giusy Bettoni, Motomi Kawakami, Felipe de Leon Jr., Bernardo Urbina, Joseph Boitano, Donald Lim, Johnny Chiu, Oliver Segovia, Liza Morales-Crespo, Colvin English and Emmanuel Miñana to give talks on design innovation, technology and marketing and visual merchandising, giving you a glimpse into their industries and how they have succeeded. Millennial creatives, engineers, entrepreneurs including Carl Mamawal, Jen Horn, Aisa Mijeno, Alessandra Lanot and Joshua de la Llana will also be speaking at Design Talks during the last day.
6. ManilArt 2014
October 16-19, 2014
SMX Aura Convention Center, Taguig City
Elevating the standards and celebrating the dynamic Philippine art scene through various art exhibitions connecting world-class artists, institutions and the community, ManilArt is back with its sixth edition as the country’s biggest visual arts fair.
Manila FAME expands its platform for design and craftsmanship with the inclusion of an International Hall at its 60th edition slated at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay City on October 16-19.
The International Hall will feature exhibitors from Asia and the Pacific; and will carry furniture, furnishings, home décor, gifts and premiums, and fashion items.
Participating countries are Australia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan, South Korea, and Taiwan.
“The growing number of international exhibitors expands the product offerings of Manila FAME to cater to both our local and foreign buyers who come twice a year to the show to source for finely crafted products,” said Rosvi Gaetos, executive director of the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM).
Organized by CITEM, Manila FAME is a bi-annual showcase of craftsmanship, design innovation, eco-sustainability, and artisanship in Philippine products. It showcases finely selected products such as furniture and home furnishings, holiday gifts and décor, and fashion accessories designed and crafted in the Philippines for the global market.
Manila FAME is the second longest-running trade show in Asia Pacific and the only trade event in the Philippines approved by the Union des Foires Internationales (UFI), the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry.