Over 400 Philippine small and medium enterprises are ready to transact business and close export deals with more than 5,000 foreign and local wholesale and retail buyers and visitors for home, fashion, and lifestyle products in the upcoming October 2015 Manila FAME exhibition.
The participating SMEs in Manila FAME have been rigorously improving their products—diversifying and ensuring the quality of their output to secure a top spot in the highly competitive global market. With the devaluation of China’s currency creating an economic boost that spans the Asia-Pacific region, these SMEs which are highly involved in the export industry are expecting a growth trend that will continue over the coming months.
SMEs play a significant role in the economy, accounting for 99.6 percent of the country’s businesses and employing around 70 percent of the Philippine workforce. Empowering and supporting SMEs by providing them various platforms for brand-building and global export is therefore imperative to the growth of the economy.
The Manila FAME exhibition will show on 15-18 October the outcome of several continuous development platforms designed to help SMEs create a niche in the international market.
The Artisan Village, NeoTextiles Philippines, and OTOP Marketplace will showcase the heritage crafts of Albay, Laguna, Cagayan Valley, Davao Region; various natural fiber products; fabrics handwoven by indigenous groups from southern Philippines; and home and fashion merchandise made using traditional materials and techniques. These special platforms for grassroots organizations and craft communities in the rural areas aspire to nurture the traditional arts and crafts industry in the provinces and to help these groups to sustain livelihood by updating their merchandise, establishing a brand, and preparing them for business transactions with global companies.
The Light & Shadow, Red Box, and Manila Wear will present newly crafted lighting, fashion accessories and apparel, and furniture crafted by emerging Philippine talents who will be the future of design. These programs gather young, promising designers from all parts of the country and urge them to expand their capabilities, master their skills, and create innovate products that reflect their unique design sensibilities.
The Manila Gusto Gallery: In Pursuit of Pleasure will exhibit the new products of 21 Philippine export companies manufacturing dinnerware and table accessories. These products have been developed for the international market through the assistance of German consultant Detlef Klatt who will also curate the exhibit. The companies participating in this platform are established firms with years of experience in the export industry and stable clients from abroad.
The Manila FAME Design & Lifestyle Event is scheduled on 15-18 October 2015, 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM, at the SMX Convention Center, Pasay City, Philippines. It is organized by the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions, the export promotions arm of the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry.
Manila FAME proves once again that it is the country’s premiere design and lifestyle event as it showcased a host of finely crafted home, fashion, and holiday products that could attest that the Philippines is indeed an ideal sourcing destination in Asia for design-driven products.
As the signature event of the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), Manila FAME drew a number of local and foreign buyers who happily sourced for designer products in the four-day trade show held recently at the SMX Convention Center.
“We do not just follow trends; we set them. Manila FAME continues to inspire with a strong design statement on what is design-forward, popular, artisanal, and soulful. It’s a design experience like no other,” said Rosvi Gaetos, executive director of CITEM.
In each show edition of Manila FAME, hundreds of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the home, holiday décor, and fashion industries are continually given a platform to promote their export-quality products to the world market.
For its 60th edition this October, Manila FAME featured products that were crafted according to the ‘design stories’ of Soulcrafts (heritage crafts), Luxe (luxury items) and Gen C (Millennial products), as it aimed to cater to the needs and interests of all audiences.
Event highlights were the Design Philippines Scenography, ‘Be Our Guest’: A Table Accessories Showcase, Manila Wear, NeoTextiles Philippines, Red Box, OTOP Marketplace,and the International Hall.
Under the creative direction of Budji Layug, the Design Philippines Scenography featured the latest designs from a collection crafted by designers and exhibitors of the Design for Exports program, as well as, choice pieces from brands under Design Philippines and Manila Wear. Designers Eric Paras and Stanley Ruiz collaborated with Layug in designing the Design Philippines installation, which featured a giant salakab made of bamboo to set the tone for the special setting made of select design-forward pieces from a gathering of the country’s brightest creative talents.
A tabletops setting titled “Be Our Guest” highlighted an eye-catching, ready-to-buy collection of table accessories developed under the Design for Exports Program by German master florist and designer Detlef Klatt, in collaboration with 17 manufacturers who are experts in working with materials such as abaca (a plant fiber), ceramic, wood, metal, capiz, mother of pearl, and other natural materials. On three 13-meter-long tables, over 800 table pieces such as baskets and bowls, trays and centerpieces, and tablecloths and placemats were laid out in an extraordinary presentation – a play of patterns, textures, and shapes that masterfully blended the table, products, and surrounding elements to create still-life compositions, as inspired by the street scenes of Berlin, New York, Tokyo, and Manila.
Fashionistas had a visual sampling of unique fashion pieces that combined artisanal crafts with contemporary sensibilities in Manila Wear, which featured a fresh collection in pursuit of personal style. International fashion icon Josie Natori curated the presentation and teamed up with fashion designers Cesar Gaupo, Lulu Tan-Gan, and JC Buendia.
NeoTextiles Philippines promoted the country’s indigenous fibers and textiles in support of local weaving communities. Designers Amina Aranaz-Alunan and Olivia d’Aboville provided new design directions to the participating textile manufacturers that created contemporary and versatile textiles and products for home and fashion.
Red Box Home Scenography presented the works of young designers Rachelle Dagñalan, Lilianna Manahan, Leeroy New, and Joseph Rastrullo who were matched with local manufacturers to create innovative products with a unique design sensibility. Red Box is a design development program of CITEM which aims to create the next generation of Philippine design talents.
The One Town, One Product (OTOP), a priority program of the Bureau of Domestic Trade (BDT), showcased handcrafted pieces by skilled Filipino craftsmen whose skills have been passed on through generations of artisans. OTOP manufacturers teamed up with senior designers Viña Domingo-Roy and Rey Soliven, who both mentored Dagñalan and Rastrullo, to produce the latest collection from the regions.
Foreign exhibitors of home and fashion from Asia and the Pacific presented their export-quality products such as furniture, home décor, garments, fashion accessories, and scents in the International Hall. Participating countries were Australia, China, India, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, and Taiwan.
Manila FAME is one of the longest-running trade shows in the Asia Pacific, and is the only trade event in the country approved by the Union des Foires Internationales (UFI), the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry. The 61st show edition will be held at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City on March 13-16, 2015.
NeoTextiles Philippines launched its second edition at the 60th edition of Manila FAME last October 16-19, 2014. Located at the second floor of the SMX Convention Center, NeoTextiles weaved together homegrown design talents and indigenous weaving communities to create contemporary Philippine textiles: fabrics that are ethnic-inspired yet versatile, artisanal yet progressive, world-class yet distinctly Filipino.
Designing pieces for NeoTextiles October 2014 were Olivia d’Aboville for Home and Amina Aranaz-Alunan for Fashion. Olivia d’Aboville, a Manila-based French-Filipino artist who specializes in tapestry and textile structures, was also the designer last October handling both Home and Fashion. This time, her home designs share the stage with fashion pieces from Amina Aranaz-Alunan, founder of Manila’s first specialized fashion and design college School of Fashion & the Arts (SoFA).
The recent edition featured six weaving communities coming from the Visayas and Mindanao regions – twice the number of textile manufacturer-participants as compared to last year’s introductory launch. Olivia worked with three weaving communities and their textiles which included the hablon by Salngan Multi-Purpose Cooperative of Iloilo, raffia by Tubigon Loomweavers Multi-Purpose Cooperative of Bohol and hinabol by the Higaunon Women Weavers of Bukidnon.
Olivia also teamed-up with CustomMade Crafts Center and Tinukib to produce Home items made of hinabol and hablon and with That One Piece to create eye-catching lamps using the developed fabrics. The communities taught her about the textiles they used and from the available textiles, that’s where she got ideas on what exactly to transform them into, specifically home accessories. Olivia also learned about the weaving patterns and techniques (ex. Suksok) they used on the communities’ textiles from which she drew inspiration to innovate further and implement these patterns into her designs.
As for Amina, she worked with piña by Heritage Arts and Crafts of Aklan, the Philippine silk by Negros Silk Manufacturers’ Association of Negros Occidental and the t’nalak woven by the T’boli weavers of Klowil Multi-Purpose Cooperative in South Cotabato. Amina also introduced the ARANÁZ chic collections of Fashion wearables using the NeoTextiles. Though it might have been challenging since it was her first time to experience handling textile design, it was definitely a great and learning experience to meet and work with the hardworking weavers of the communities.
The Material Development program of the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), under the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), is a textile development initiative that seeks to develop and promote commercially-viable and globally-competitive fabrics and fabric-based products – through the brand NeoTextiles Philippines which had its first edition back in October 2013.
Manila FAME, the country’s premier design and lifestyle event, once again unveils the modern Filipino’s design sensibility and brings together promising talents and seasoned artisans all under one roof in its 60th edition at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay on October 16-19.
Each edition of Manila FAME features various programs aiming to position the Philippines as an ideal sourcing hub of finely crafted products for the local and global market. Among the event highlights this October are Design Philippines Scenography, ‘Be Our Guest’: A Table Accessories Showcase, Manila Wear, NeoTextiles Philippines, Red Box (Home), OTOP Marketplace, International Hall, and Modernizing the Masters.
“This edition of Manila FAME is set to unfold cutting-edge collections of handcrafted products designed by the Filipino craftsmen. Through this bi-annual event, CITEM intends to solidify the image of the Filipinos’ artistry and design ingenuity in the global community,” said Rosvi Gaetos, executive director of the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM).
Under the creative direction of Budji Layug, the Design Philippines scenography gives life to three stories with a strong statement on what is design-forward, popular, artisanal, and soulful – Soulcrafts, Luxe, and Gen C. It features the latest designs from a collection crafted by designers and exhibitors under the Design for Exports program, as well as, choice pieces from the experts in home design and fashion. Eric Paras and Stanley Ruiz collaborate in designing the Design Philippines central setting.
CITEM has tapped German master florist and designer Detlef Klatt who celebrates the art of dining with an attractive, ready-to-buy collection of table accessories developed under the Design for Exports Program in collaboration with 17 manufacturers who are experts in working with materials such as abaca (a plant fiber), ceramic, wood, metal, capiz, mother of pearl, and other natural materials. On three 13-meter-long tables, baskets and bowls, trays and centerpieces, and tablecloths and placemats are laid out in an extraordinary presentation — a play of patterns, textures, and shapes that masterfully blend the table, products, and surrounding elements to create still-life compositions that speak of a love for feasting and merrymaking.
In the fashion scene, renowned fashion designers Cesar Gaupo, Lulu Tan-Gan, and JC Buendia team up with international fashion icon Josie Natori as curator for this edition’s presentation of Manila Wear. Manila Wear continues to position the Philippines as an advocate of unique fashion pieces that combine artisanal crafts with contemporary sensibilities — a fresh take on a more individualized and personal style of fashion.
NeoTextiles promotes Philippine indigenous fibers and textiles, and aims to support the multitude of weaving communities that produce them. With new design directions from CITEM’s product specialists Amina Aranaz-Alunan and Olivia d’Aboville, these fibers and textiles become commercially viable and globally competitive; enabling traditional weaves to embrace today’s trends to create products that are versatile and modern.
In every Manila FAME edition, the Red Box introduces young designers matched with local manufacturers to create innovative products that reflect their unique design sensibility. Red Box is a design development program of CITEM which aims to create the next generation of Philippine design talents. This October edition, Red Box Home Scenography features Rachelle Dagñalan, Lilianna Manahan, Leeroy New, and Joseph Rastrullo.
The One Town, One Product (OTOP), a priority program of the Bureau of Domestic Trade (BDT), aims to promote entrepreneurship and job creation in the country’s various regions. OTOP Marketplace showcases handcrafted pieces by passionate Filipino craftsmen whose skills have been passed on through generations of artisans. OTOP manufacturers team up with senior designers Viña Domingo-Roy and Rey Soliven, who both mentored Dagñalan and Rastrullo, to produce the latest collection from the regions.
This edition, the International Hall features more exhibitors of home and fashion from Asia and the Pacific, who will present their brand of creativity and skillful workmanship. Trade buyers from the Philippines and overseas who regularly come to Manila FAME will find a wider variety of products to source. Participating countries are Australia, India, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, and Taiwan.
At the entrances leading to the ground-floor exhibits, Rogue magazine presents “Modernizing the Masters” where four talented artists pay tribute to the undisputed luminaries of Philippine art by creating works that evoke their spirit and style while ushering them into the realm of modernity.
Manila FAME is one of the longest running trade shows in the Asia Pacific, and is the only trade event in the country approved by the Union des Foires Internationales (UFI), the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry. It is organized by CITEM, the export promotions arm of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).
The Center for International Trade Expositions & Missions (CITEM) commissioned two of the country’s hottest young designers to create new collections for Home and Fashion using Philippine indigenous materials at the 60th Manila FAME slated October 16-19 at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay City.
Olivia d’Aboville, the program’s Designer for Home, will show modern Home applications of the fabrics developed with the participating weaving communities. Amina Aranaz-Alunan, Designer for Fashion, will create collections of fashion wearables showing how indigenous textiles can both be trendy and functional.
The 2nd edition of NeoTextiles Philippines will feature six weaving communities coming from the Visayas and Mindanao regions – twice the number of textile manufacturer-participants as compared to its introductory launch last year. The Philippine Textile Research Institute (PTRI) provided textile development support and consultancy to the participating designers as part of the textile development component of the program.
The featured Visayan textiles and manufacturers are: piña by Heritage Arts and Crafts of Aklan, Philippine silk by Negros Silk Manufacturers’ Association of Negros Occidental, hablon by Salngan Multi-Purpose Cooperative of Iloilo, and raffia textile by Tubigon Loomweavers Multi-Purpose Cooperative of Bohol. While the Mindanao textiles and manufacturers are: hinabol by the Higaunon Women Weavers of Bukidnon and t’nalak woven by the T’boli weavers of Klowil Multi-Purpose Cooperative in South Cotabato.
To showcase the versatility of the NeoTextiles, Olivia d’Aboville teams-up with CustomMade Crafts Center and Tinukib to produce Home items made of hinabol and hablon. Another participating company, That One Piece, collaborates with Olivia to create eye-catching lamps using the developed fabrics. While Amina Aranaz-Alunan will introduce the ARANAZ chic collections of Fashion wearables using the NeoTextiles.
Last year, CITEM, the Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI) export-marketing arm, launched its Material Development Program which gave birth to NeoTextiles Philippines as a textile-development and branding initiative for contemporary Philippines textiles.