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Internationally acclaimed Filipino designer lights up Manila FAME April 2016

Stanley Ruiz

Stanley Ruiz

Stanley Ruiz, one of the Rising Asian Talents at the March 2016 Singapore edition of MAISON&OBJET Asia, comes back to Manila FAME for its April 2016 boutique edition.

Industrial designer Stanley Ruiz is currently collaborating with 10 exhibitors from Pampanga, Cebu, Davao, Negros Occidental, and Metro Manila to develop functional, stylish, and commercially viable lighting products. Together, they are exploring the themes of post-industrial design and Philippine heritage taken on a more modern-day level.

At the same time, Stanley is working with respected Philippine designers Nina Santamaria and Ito Kish for one of Manila FAME’s highlights this April: the Spring Forward special setting, which will showcase the three designers’ products, along with several Filipino manufacturers’ finely crafted seasonal indoor and outdoor product collections for the home. In particular, Stanley will be designing light and home accent pieces to complement the Spring-themed presentation.

Stanley, who took up Industrial Design in UP Diliman, discovered his passion for designing when he was a student. After learning about materials and the essentials of design and being able to apply what he learned, he embraced his major and began taking on designing projects for small and medium enterprises in the provinces while still studying in the early to mid-2000s. His efforts eventually paid off, and so he decided to work in the design industry.

As a designer, Stanley has limitless sources of inspiration. He gets ideas from everyday life, local industries and materials, and nature to name a few, and he transforms them into clever and exceptional design patterns. He shares some pieces of advice to other aspiring young designers: “Take it seriously, explore on your own, think outside of the bounds of the academe, read a lot—not only about design, but other disciplines like music, film, arts, social sciences because these all come into play eventually. It’s not only about being good at drawing, colors, or computer software. There is a lot that you can apply if you know the world more. So, travel—just expose yourself. That’s what I did.”

Today, Stanley is an internationally awarded designer who owns his own studio in Manila, the Estudio Ruiz Design Consultancy. Some of the awards and recognitions he has received include being listed by New York-based Surface Magazine as one of the Avant Guardians of 2010, getting the Bronze Award at the A’ Design Awards in Italy in 2013, and receiving the Outstanding Asia Talents award at the Bangkok International Gift Fair in 2014.

In spite of his accomplishments in the global design scene, Stanley continues to return to Manila FAME. “I love Manila FAME because this is the venue for local companies to show their prowess. It’s actually a showcase of real industry—what our resources are, who we are as a people, and what our crafts are all about, which are basically part of our culture,” he said.

Lighting pieces by Stanley Ruiz for the March 2015 show edition of Manila FAME.

Lighting pieces by Stanley Ruiz for the March 2015 show edition of Manila FAME.

Stanley has been participating in Manila FAME for six editions now as a product specialist, creating product designs for Philippine manufacturers under the Center of International Trade Expositions and Missions’ (CITEM) Design for Exports Program, which aims to assist Philippine manufacturers in creating globally competitive products with design support from some of the country’s top design experts.

“We get fulfillment out of it, like collaborating with companies. I learn from them. I was able to impart some of my knowledge with them to come up with some new products for their collections. In fact, that’s one of the main goals of my design studio here in Manila: to be able to contribute to the local design landscape. And by doing these consultancy projects, I think I’m partly on my way to achieving my goals,” said Stanley.

Aurora—A Light Imprint, designed by Stanley Ruiz, Jinggoy Buensuceso, and Wataru Sakuma.

Aurora—A Light Imprint, designed by Stanley Ruiz, Jinggoy Buensuceso, and Wataru Sakuma.

At the October show edition of Manila FAME last year, Stanley worked with Filipino visual artist and sculptor Jinggoy Buensuceso and Philippine-based Japanese designer Wataru Sakuma to create the northern lights-inspired installation titled, Aurora—A Light Imprint. Inspired by the ‘Aurora Borealis,’ the dreamy natural lights spectacle in the northern hemisphere, the ingenious display was made of over 20,000 chain-linked colorful glow sticks hanging from the ceiling.

The 63rd show edition of Manila FAME, the Philippines’ premier design and lifestyle event, is scheduled on April 21-24 at the World Trade Center, Metro Manila, Philippines. The trade show is organized by the Center of International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), the export promotions agency of the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). For more information, please visit www.manilafame.com.

Manila FAME buyers get a chance to win a holiday experience in the Philippines like no other

An extraordinary Luxe Escape dream destination holiday awaits one lucky overseas trade buyer of Manila FAME’s April 2016 show edition.


At Manila FAME, foreign trade buyers get to source artisanal, green crafts, and luxe products for the home, holiday, and fashion sectors. Buyers are assured of full assistance by Manila FAME organizers, from online pre-registration to pre-arranged business meetings with on-site exhibitors, after-show transactions, and year-round sourcing of the finest of Philippine products, thus, ensuring a satisfying buying experience.

On top of these benefits, Manila FAME—through its Luxe Escape raffle promo—offers overseas trade buyers a chance to win a dream vacation in an exquisite tropical island paradise in Donsol, Sorsogon province, the southernmost part of the Bicol Peninsula in Luzon. The province is home to the planet’s largest fish: the magnificent and gentle “butanding” or whale sharks.

The captivating Sorsogon holiday experience includes round-trip flight arrangements and accommodation—a four-day/three-night stay at a luxurious and distinctly Filipino island resort hotel.

Sorsogon offers a wide range of exciting and meaningful activities, which the Luxe Escape winner can take pleasure in. These include the opportunity to go swimming with the “butanding” in Donsol; go sunset cruising and firefly-watching in Donsol River; and get a glimpse of the past by visiting Barcelona’s St. Joseph Church and Juban’s Spanish stone houses dating back to the Spanish colonial era. The winner can also take a relaxing dip into Irosin’s natural hot and cold springs, and trek up to the summit of Mt. Bulusan and marvel at the breathtaking view of the Pacific Ocean and West Philippines Sea. In this dream vacation, they can discover Tikling and Calintaan Islands’ pink sandy coasts and Bacon district’s pristine beaches, and take a plunge into the Manta Bowl dive site, the Philippines’ Manta Ray Capital, which is also rich in rare marine life. The possibilities for exploring other eco-tourism sites such as rainforests, caves, waterfalls, and lakes are endless, and the winner gets to indulge in the scrumptious seafood and local delicacies of the province.

The Luxe Escape raffle promo is open to all Manila FAME April 2016 Overseas Trade Buyers who are at least 21 years old and not based in the Philippines. To register for Manila FAME and know more about the Luxe Escape raffle promo, log on to www.manilafame.com/en/index.php?idpg=luxe-promo.

The April 2016 show edition of Manila FAME, the country’s premier design and lifestyle event, will be held on April 21-24, 2016 at the World Trade Center, Metro Manila, Philippines. It is organized by the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), the export promotions arm of the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

Creative Hotspots: An Artistic Pulse at Manila FAME

Manila FAME, ever the purveyor of a creative Philippines, presents the Creative Hotspots where all things artistic pulses and resonates. Asia’s Design and Lifestyle Event brings four hotspots from around the metro to showcase the creative movement currently thriving through the country’s new generation of entrepreneurs, artists, and lovers of design and creativity.

Strokes of brilliance brought life to these Creative Hotspots and have remixed Metro Manila with their ingeniousness and uniqueness, standing out from the backdrop of urban Philippines, ushering in a modern era in Philippine design and creativity.

Resurrection Furniture and Found Object for 10A Alabama

10 alabama collage

Ronac Art Center

ronac collage

The Collective

the collective

Van Gogh is Bipolar for 154 Maginhawa Street

van gogh collage

Manila FAME likes Sustainable Products!

Manila FAME featured a special setting that showcases earth-friendly and sustainable products at its GreenCrafts for Creative Environment exhibit. An initiative that will highlight the participating localities’ efforts to transform urban ecologies into self-sustaining and pro-environment society.

The GreenCrafts for Creative Environment project showcases local crafts from cities in Metro Manila that turns recycled materials into beautifully handcrafted products. Participating municipalities are: Caloocan, Las Pinas, Makati, Marikina, Manila, Muntinlupa, Paranaque, Pasig, Quezon City, San Juan, Taguig, and Valenzuela.

Veteran designer PJ Aranador worked hand in hand with the exhibitors to develop these products. Aranador says, “This year, we updated some materials which are upcycled from mostly waste materials. These include rubber tires which are converted into footwear and bags. Also we updated the colors, in terms of the spring/summer 2013 color palette so these are the reflectors or luminous colors. There are also pieces that we kept; we updated them in terms of functions and sizes so that they suit the export market, not only for local retail but also for the international market.”

Check out Manila FAME’s green products:


GreenCrafts 1

Join the movement for a greener future, come and visit Manila FAME’s GreenCrafts for Creative Environment! Asia’s Design and Lifestyle Event runs until tomorrow, 17 March 2013, at the SMX Convention Center, Metro Manila, Philippines.

The Metro’s Creative Scene Converge at Manila FAME

In the streets of Metro Manila is a growing number of creative communities that mark the rise of a new movement in the Philippines, one that lives and breathes all that is artistic, inspirational, and innovative. This new scene presents an undiscovered side of the Philippines, reinforcing the country’s identity as the destination for design and creativity in Asia. These are the Creative Hotspots.

This March, Manila FAME brings together four Creative Hotspots under one roof, representing the metro’s creative scene, each hotspot will bringing something different to Asia’s Design and Lifestyle Event.

The Collective

7274v Malungay St., San Antonio Village, 1203 Makati City

Ingeniously converted into a thriving community of creative retail spaces, The Collective houses some of the most fashionable and eclectic mix of a bar, restaurants, galleries, and boutiques.

Ronac Art Center

424 Ortigas Avenue, Greenhills North, 1502 San Juan

Manila’s newest hub for art stands out from its old neighborhood of San Juan in its über contemporary and unconventional architecture. The art center, more than anything, fulfills the vision of creating a space that promotes creativity and artistic brilliance in art, fashion, and design.

Resurrection Furniture and Found Object for 10A Alabama

10A Alabama St., Quezon City

The ancestral house turned art and furniture gallery is a must-visit in Quezon City. From the creative minds of its founders comes new life for found objects  and salvaged materials, turning one’s junk into another’s whimsy and functional treasure.

Van Gogh is Bipolar for 154 Maginhawa Street

154 Maginhawa Street, UP Village, Diliman, Quezon City

Relatively new in the restaurant scene, Van Gogh is Bipolar is a one-of-a-kind restaurant that serves a far from average menu conceptualized and designed by its self-confessed bipolar owner. The menu offers choice meals that contain ingredients that are known for their mood-boosting properties.

See the Hotspots and feel the pulse of creativity at Manila FAME, 14 – 17 March 2013 at the SMX Convention Center, Metro Manila, Philippines