- Manila FAME’s 70 editions of design excellence has captured the discerning taste of the international lifestyle market.
As one of the longest running trade shows in Asia, Manila FAME in its 35 years of service to the Philippine exports industry has earned its reputation as a premiere destination for design and lifestyle products.
“Though not familiar to many, Manila FAME is already one of the best-kept secret sourcing hubs of big global names in the industry. With its decades of experience, Manila FAME has witnessed many locally-manufactured products to be featured and sold in major boutiques and retail outlets all around the globe,” said Pauline Suaco-Juan, Executive Director of the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM).
International brands source some of their products in Manila FAME.
Some of the major companies are the Gordon Companies, Inc.; Williams Sonoma; Crate and Barrel; Pottery Barn; TJX – USA; In-Sattva Ventures, Inc.; Nan Inc.; and Silk Road Bazaar from the USA. Manila FAME also caters to brands in Asian countries such as Japan and Singapore. Some of them are the Conde House Co. Ltd., Casselini, Craft Hiro Co. Ltd., Nonaka Co. Ltd. and Abiste Corporation from Japan while Shangri-La Singapore, Miaja Design Group and Super Donut Studio are from Singapore.
Canada’s Craft Talk and Cambio & Co. and United Kingdoms’ Harrods, N. Studio Ltd., Suki Cheema Studio Ltd., and Land Union likewise buy from the Manila FAME. The show also welcomes buyers from Ancora Designs, Issara Designs Australia, Kalahari Fair Trade and Darlin Aust PTY. Ltd. from Australia and Al Abbas Group, CDA Exports, Javaherian Group, Leader LLC, Deco Vision Company and Fakih Group of Companies from the United Arab Emirates.
“I have attended almost 18 Manila FAME’s, and, in each visit, I am seeing products that are upgrading every time. Every year, the show is giving more and more emphasis on eco-friendly products. Philippine arts and crafts are a current trend in the UAE because based on all the hotels and restaurants, a lot of architects and designers are now promoting Philippine designs and models, shared Fakih N.P., Managing Director of the Fakih Group of Companies, a buyer from UAE.
“Your designers are really unique. Congratulations for putting up a good show with excellent product categories. Global designs can take inspiration from the Manila FAME, he added.
First-time buyer Lindsey Van from the Navy Exchange Stores based in the Island of Guam also visited the Philippines and the Manila FAME for the first time to source products for a pop-up concept shop they are planning for their customers who travel around the world.
“I think your products are really phenomenal. We are very excited about your unique collection of products and I think the organizers have done a really good job of curating them from all over the Philippines to cover multiple categories of business,” Van explained.
“I’ve shopped for fashion apparel, accessories, home decor, home goods, and furniture. I really enjoyed the wide variety and elevated level of products that your country offers. This is a great first-time experience for me,” she ended.
The Manila FAME is slated on October 17-19, 2019, at the World Trade Center Metro Manila. It will gather more than 300 exporters and manufacturers of home and lifestyle products. Exciting features such as the Design Commune’s Heritage Reimagined, Artisans Village, Eco-Lifestyle and the Fashion E-Tailer special setting are just some of the highlights to look forward to in the upcoming show.
The Manila FAME is organized by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) through its export promotion arm, the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM). The Manila FAME also received a funding support from the congressional initiative of Former Senator now Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda who serves as the Congresswoman of the lone district of Antique.
Recognized as the home of Filipino creatives and manufacturers, Manila FAME is the Philippines’ premier sourcing destination for high-quality artisanal products. The show serves as the cultivating ground and springboard for innovative, top-of-the-line Philippine products and the gateway for designers to break through key international markets. Visit www.manilafame.com for more information.
- As Manila FAME marks its 70th edition this October, the trade show will give a modern twist to the icons of past editions to give it a fresh look.
Established throughout the years as the Philippines’ premier design and lifestyle event, Manila FAME, through its product development initiative will once again showcase new and innovative products from a collaboration between Filipino manufacturers and renowned Filipino designers. The Design Commune, the trade show’s central special setting will highlight more than a hundred new design-forward pieces from the furniture, fashion, home décor, and lifestyle sectors.
With several new trends looking towards the future of design and fashion, the Design Commune’s current theme takes exception by looking back at the time-honored traditions of Philippine design and material culture while creating new products suitable to the modern lifestyle.
“Heritage Reimagined” looks back at the archives of the exhibitors, a goldmine of talents and ideas under the tutelage of Manila FAME to incorporate timeless trends into modern interpretations for the next generation. Under the fresh and upbeat creative direction of Vince Uy, a team of designers from the home, lighting, furniture and fashion sectors will tackle the challenge head on to develop a bevy of designs and product concepts that take heavy influence from the treasure trove of cultural iconography and product designs that Manila FAME and its exhibitors have amassed and have been immersed in throughout the decades.
Here are some of the pieces redesigned to capture the attention of modern buyers:
The weaving pattern used in the vintage wooden chairs popularized in the 1980’s was given a new fashion twist in this Solihiya bag by Island Girl PH.
The traditional banig is imagined to be more than just a sleeping mat—these colorful wedges by LARA are bound to become a sleeper hit in the fashion scene.
Formerly used for costumes and traditional clothing, these iconic Filipino textiles are now given new life in ready-to-wear designer clothes by Wear Your Culture.
The staple and sophisticated round hand purse has a new groove—Beatriz Accessories specializes in adding quirk and color to everyday fashion pieces.
These are just some of the pieces produced from the collaboration of exporters and design luminaries through the Design Commune. Visit the show on October 17-19, 2019 at the World Trade Training Center Metro Manila for more exciting products.
For this year, the Asia’s best design destination will likewise feature a roster of other exciting offerings. The show will have a Green Conference that focus on sustainable solutions, an Artisans Village that highlights regional specialty products and a Fashion E-Tailer segment which features online retailers of rising fashion brands.
Manila FAME is organized by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) through its export promotion arm, the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM). It is made possible through a funding support from the congressional initiative of Former Senator Loren Legarda who now serves as the Congresswoman of the lone district of Antique.
As a melting pot of Filipino creativity, Manila FAME is the Philippines’ premier sourcing destination for high-quality artisanal products. It serves as a cultivating ground and springboard for innovative, top-of-the-line Philippine products and designers to break through key international markets. Visit www.manilafame.com for more information.
- Manila FAME October 2019 features the stories of two rags-to-riches shoe-makers from one of the shoe capitals of the country.
Upon reaching the quaint town of Liliw, Laguna, you will already see rows and rows of footwear makers and distributors lined up along the cobbled street of Gat Tayaw. Here, they offer different shoe designs in export quality that became one of the many if not the main reason tourists are attracted to Liliw.
Determined to make it big in the shoe industry, two homegrown shoe makers heed the call of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to join trade exhibits not only to widen their market but to hone their entrepreneurial skills.
Just a year in the business, Ai-She Footwear already made its first foray in Manila FAME. Owner Corazon Coligado’s marketing approach was to actively join DTI’s regional and national trade fairs. This paved the way for opportunities she never imagined could happen on her first year and first try in Manila FAME.
“Because of Manila FAME, we are now a long way from retaining two employees and having a small nipa hut as a makeshift factory. Our first exhibit in the Manila FAME marked our very first export to Panama,” Coligado excitedly said.
After the success of her first participation in Manila FAME, it has become a yearly ritual for the Coligado’s. Her husband no longer needs to work as an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) and can stay with the family to help manage a growing company with workers that grew from two to 10 and now 60.
Ai-She’s mere nipa hut turned into a full-blown factory located in a vast land where the Coligado family now lives and where their employees have a place to raise their families.
“In Manila FAME, we meet new foreign clients every year. We were also able to join international exhibitions like the China-Asean Expo,” Coligado added.
Ai-she’s main raw material is abaca, a leaf fiber abundant in the Philippines. They use it for their most famous product, the espadrilles.
“To keep the interest of our local and international clients, we keep on developing new designs. We also source from areas such as Zamboanga and Ilocos as they deliver high-grade raw materials perfect to maintain the quality of our products,” Coligado explained.
“Our shoes are specially handcrafted and fully Filipino. I think that is our edge in the global marketplace. But, having a platform like Manila FAME to showcase our products is really the secret to our success that is why I am urging other aspiring SME’s to join Manila FAME,” she shared.
“Shoe-making is already in my blood, that is why at the first test of fate, I came back to this industry that I love most,” said Nephtali Moneda, Owner of Jhaz Footwear.
Jhaz has an interesting story to tell. As teenage love blossomed to couple Nephtali and Elvira, they felt the heavy burden of supporting a family. Opportunely, the livelihood that saved them also led them to great success.
The business started from just borrowing shoe stocks from friends and reselling them to different provinces around the country. The income generated were used to support their growing family, but they made sure to save, enabling them to open their own shoe stall at a then bakery stand.
In a place where throngs of creative shoe-makers were everywhere, Nephtali needed a venue to market his shoe designs and elevate his game. He found an opportunity when he was introduced to the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM) by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).
Nephtali’s first Manila FAME was way back in 2011. This edition introduced Jhaz to a Japanese buyer who has been their client ever since.
“Manila FAME made a big impact to our little shoe business. My mind was opened to export possibilities and opportunities and we were obligated to further develop our factory and our products,” Mr. Moneda added.
The success they reaped from hard work and smart ventures rippled in their community. Aside from employing 20 people in their factory, they also support households composed of 90-100 individuals who handle their abaca braiding, embroidery and other side jobs they can offer.
“We met clients in Manila FAME that really appreciate and patronize Filipino products. That is really different from just waiting for clients to visit your store. It really pays to have a channel to present your products,” Moneda ended.
The Manila FAME is slated on 17-19 October 2019, at the World Trade Center Metro Manila in Pasay City, Philippines. It is positioned as the country’s best platform to discover Filipino design and lifestyle products.
Manila FAME is one of the longest-running trade shows in Asia-Pacific and the first trade event in the country approved by the Union des Foires Internationales (UFI), the global association of the world’s leading tradeshow organizers and fairground owners, exhibition associations, and selected partners of the exhibition industry.
CITEM, the export promotion arm of DTI, organizes the Manila FAME as a signature event dedicated to Philippine design and craftsmanship.
Manila FAME is a launch pad for new Filipino export products and advocates for the promotion of Filipino talents in the global design industry.
Learn more about Manila FAME on www.manilafame.com. To receive show updates, follow Manila FAME on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
- In a bid to continually inspire the design and creative community of the Philippines, CITEM partnered with CNN Life and Diamond Hotel Manila to invite famed curator Marian Pastor Roces for a talk on Philippine traditional art.
Feelings were moved as famed Filipino curator and author Marian Pastor-Roces shared her insights on the historical lineage of Filipinos in a whole-day talk held in Diamond Hotel Manila.
In a room full of designers and creative artists who have always been proud of their artistic heritage, one can only imagine the impact of finding out that all along you are a part of something bigger. Ms Roces revealed that the Philippines is more than just a country colonized by different explorers. The Filipino genealogy is part of ancient Austronesian speakers, a language family widely dispersed in Southeast Asia, Oceania and East Africa. This language group from thousands of years ago spread to various locations and started many ancient civilizations and has been the foundation of countries today.
Apart from highlighting our true ancestry that unfortunately was not taught in Sibika at Kultura, Roces also showcased some relics such as old weaves, jewelries, accessories, tools and equipment handcrafted by Filipinos. The exquisite beauty and the epic history enfolded in the different artifacts presented made everyone in the seminar appreciate even more the dynamic past of the country. It is a testament that the Philippines’ fertile soil, abundant waters and creative talent were already evident in the functional art of our ancestors.
Intricate weaves, gold encrusted armors and ancient weaponry are just some of the pieces that reflect Filipino artistry from thousands of years of colorful history. Regrettably, only a handful were left, and most were scattered in various museums around the globe. Filipino artisans and budding creatives of today cannot even study and appreciate the art of the past in its full glory.
This is the reason why Manila FAME, the country’s foremost trade event for design and lifestyle products continues to partner with the likes of Marian Pastor-Roces, a true pillar of history and the arts to inspire the artists of today.
As a melting pot of Filipino creativity, Manila FAME is the Philippines’ premier sourcing event for sublime quality artisanal products. It serves as a cultivating ground and springboard for innovative, top-of-the-line Philippine products and designers to break through key international markets.
The seminar on Philippine traditional art was made possible by the Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI’s) Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM) in partnership with CNN Life and the Diamond Hotel Manila.
The 70th edition of the Manila FAME is slated on October 17-19, 2019 at the World Trade Center Metro Manila. Learn more about the event on www.manilafame.com. To receive show updates, follow Manila FAME on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
Like a party of peacocks, nine emblematic chairs are poised to enthrall global buyers this October 20-22 at the World Trade Center in Manila FAME, the country’s premier design and lifestyle event. In collaboration with top Philippine SMEs, nine young and notable designers will recast the Peacock Chair (also called Philippine Chair) in uniquely modern versions, founded on the original design that captivated the world since its debut in the early 1900s.
Collaborating in this special showcase titled, ICON: Peacock Chair Redux, are Leo Sano for Locsin International, Mark Gerby Rivera for Country Accents, Inc., Jim Torres for Industria Home Vico Design and Manufacturing, Corporation, Tony Gonzales representing his own brand, A Greeting Card Co., Budji Layug for Kenneth Cobonpue, Jinggoy Buensuceso for Prizmic and Brill et Compagnie, Inc., Val Padilla for Luzon Rattan Industries, Leeroy New for MCCA Industrial Corporation, and Tes Pasola for Prado Filipino Artisans, Inc.
In a simple and organic design using steel frames and arorog weaves, internationally trained designer Leo Sano, in tandem with Locsin International, aim for the light, airy, and fluffed-up look, resembling the peacock’s feathers in its wide-open magnificent spread.
Country Accents, Inc., which collaborates with designer Mark Gerby Rivera, explores the essence of a peacock’s beauty and references on royalty. Using eyespots in resplendent hues of blue and yellow as highlights of a “birdcage-like” form, their design succeeds in combining the flexibility of rattan and firmness of steel and acorn wood.
Industria Home Vico Design & Manufacturing Corp. taps Jim Torres, a young Filipino designer for its Peacock chair entry in Manila FAME. Jim chooses metal to demonstrate the design values of the original Peacock Chair, including its intricate details, dramatic upper tail called coverts, and distinct hourglass base.
Designer and artist Tony Gonzales, who authored out of the box and globally acclaimed creations such as the Genie and the Melon chairs, is designing the peacock chair for A Greeting Card Company, a firm which Gonzales also heads. The company, which has been creating products out of handmade papers, is expected to produce a standout metal piece worthy of another global design award.
Kenneth Cobonpue, the self-titled company whose exceptional creativity and ingenuity has been recognized in various countries, including London, Italy and Germany and by renowned Hollywood celebrities, partners with designer Budji Layug to create its version of the iconic chair. With these two design bigwigs coming together to create a piece, nothing less than superlative is certain.
Prizmic and Brill et Compagnie, Inc., a company known for its signature style of juxtaposing the raw and traditional with choice modern materials such as select hardwood, hand tipped hides, brass, rattan, steel, glass and textile, very well complements the skills of visual artist and sculptor Jinggoy Buensuceso. Buensuceso, who made the 2,000-scale monumental modern dragon sculpture that wraps around the Green Sun Building in Makati City, is expected to produce a modern statement this October.
Luzon Rattan Industries picks veteran designer Val Padilla for its chair entry in Manila FAME, a challenging feat for the company that has been manufacturing and exporting original Peacock Chairs as well as other rattan furniture since the 1940s. Padilla, however, gamely accepts the opportunity to contemporize the once globally acclaimed design without losing its essential Filipino roots and taking advantage of the company’s deep weaving expertise.
Leeroy New, one of Lady Gaga’s costume designers in her music video, Marry The Night, designs for MCCA Industrial Corporation, an internationally renowned wrought-iron and glass-blowing company that produces indoor and outdoor furniture and decorative accessories. New, who has partnered with MCCA in the past, presents a stunning design of the peacock chair in all its bluish iridescence, achieving it through glass and metal.
The peacock chair has been described as “the fan chair, with its flared back and intricately woven details and throne-like, (its) head-framing seat reserved for royals.” More interestingly, the peacock chair carries its personal cachet, as narrated in “The Development and Effects of the Twentieth-Century Wicker Revival” by Emily A. Morris in her thesis for the Smithsonian Associates and Corcoran College of Art and Design in 2012. She stated that while few sources can track the accurate origins of the peacock chair, which she tagged “Manila” or “Philippine,” the American critics wove fantastical tales that involved Southeast Asian royalty and lush surroundings.
Come October Manila FAME, worldwide buyers will be treated to this one-of-a-kind metamorphosis and evolution at its ICON: PEACOCK CHAIR REDUX showcase.
Capture another piece of Philippine history as Manila Peacock Chairs preens its feathers again, this time in all its glorious plumage for the world to see!
Manila FAME, the country’s premier design and lifestyle event, is organized by CITEM, the export promotions arm of the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). For more information, log on to www.manilafame.com.