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.
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!
Last October, the Fine Arts was among Manila FAME’s line up of exceptional show features in the form of the Journey of the Tao-Tao exhibit. The Manila FAME Fine Arts installation sought to showcase art pieces that honor Filipino culture and craftsmanship while keeping in line with the show theme “The Art of the Craftsman = The Soul of the Philippines.”
The Journey of the Tao-Tao comes to Manila FAME through the Asian Cultural Council (ACC) Philippines Foundation, an organization dedicated to providing international opportunities for artists, scholars, and cultural organizations in the Philippines. The Journey of the Tao-Tao highlights six life-size contemporary artworks by ACC grantees Irma Lacorte, Don Salubayba, Anton del Castillo, Gerry Leonardo and Noel Cuizon, appropriating traditional sculptures from the northern region of Asin, Benguet. Honoring the sculptors that originated the masterpieces, the grantees bring them back to life, merging tradition with contemporary and creating something different and unique but nonetheless new, changing, and inspiring.
Look forward to more Philippine craftsmanship at Manila FAME on 14-17 March 2013.
For 29 years, the Katha Awards has been a purveyor of design excellence in the Philippines, giving distinction to the best talents in the country.
This October 2012 edition, the standards were high as a group of experts formed the judge’s panel. The diverse group gave keen eye, discerning taste, and outstanding expertise in choosing this edition’s Katha Awardees.
THE KATHA AWARDS JUDGES
Arch. Tobias Guggenheimer, Executive Director for Academics at SOFA Design Institute
Ms Daphne Oseña-Paez, TV host, producer, and businesswoman
Mr. Mitch Shivers, Entrepreneur, Industrial Designer, Faculty Member of the UP College of Fine Arts Diliman
Arch. Topy Vazquez, Owns T. I. Vasquez Architects & Planner Inc.
Arch. AJ Javier, Principal at Javier Design Studio Manila
Arch. Choie Funk, Principal at Atelier Funk Architecture
HOLIDAY AND GIFTS
Mr. Ricky Toledo and Mr. Chito Vijandre, Proprietor of Firma and AC+632
Mr. Andres Vazquez-Prada, Creative director and Proprietor of W/17 Home
Mr. Rachy Cuna, Multi-talented “Floral Architect of the Philippines”
Ms Pauline Suaco-Juan, Editor-In-Chief of Preview Magazine
Ms Tatum Ancheta, Creative Director for Digital, Draft FCB and Creative Consultant People Asia Magazine
Katha Awards October 2012 is in cooperation with the National Council of Industrial Designers of the Philippines (NCIDP)
The Katha Awardees of October 2012
Anchored to the theme “The Art of the Craftsman = The Soul of the Philippines“, Manila FAME showcased design-forward, high-quality, Philippine-made products at par with international standards. A visual feast like no other, Asia’s Design and Lifestyle Event brought together some of the biggest names in the industry.
On the heels of a successful 56th edition, we relive the scenes at Manila FAME, Asia’s Design and Lifestyle Event during its four-day celebration of Philippine craftsmanship and design.
For decades Manila FAME has been an advocate of the Philippine export industry, becoming a platform for promoting the country’s top products and designs from local designers, exporters, and manufacturers. This October show’s theme “The Art of the Craftsman = The Soul of the Philippines” highlights the country’s affinity to craftsmanship and why the Philippines is the best sourcing destination for the most unique, hand-crafted export products.
THE OPENING CEREMONY
In a whirlwind of a journey through the show floor, Philippine Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Gregory Domingo and FAME’s notable guests were led through a tour of Manila FAME, culminating in a memorable flash mob of the traditional Philippine dance Tinikling.
THE KATHA AWARDS
Closely following the Opening Ceremony, the Katha Award winners were announced and recognized.
A LINE-UP OF EXCITING FEATURES
Manila FAME weaves the story of The Art of the Craftsman through the Event Highlights, featuring a range of talented designers, exquisite design, top craftsmanship, and quality products.
Ten designers, their individual design sensibilities, and the country’s indigenous materials.
A display of the global trend of indoor-outdoor living focusing on Asian, American, British, and French themes.
Budji and Kenneth in Focus
Special setting for home furniture and furnishings from designers Budji Layug and Kenneth Cobonpue.
A collection of the hottest summer must-haves from top fashion designers, curated by Josie Natori.
A cross-merchandised presentation of color, texture, and form inspired by the global macro trends.
Live demonstration of the Philippine traditional crafts, featuring The Giant Lanterns of Pampanga, Taka (Papier Mache) of Paete, Bobbin Lace of Iloilo, and the Rice Baskets of Palawan.
Traditional crafts that breathe new life and aims for the preservation of a locality’s culture and crafts, promotion of the talent of the place, and the generation of sustainable livelihood.
The OTOP Marketplace
The best products from all over the country were gathered at Manila FAME to showcase local skills, techniques, and materials. Designer Jinggoy Buensuceso lends his vision in design and curating the OTOP Marketplace.
A project of Senator Loren Legarda featuring the many Philippine traditions of craftsmanship. The Senator herself hosted the opening ceremony and the setting proved to be one of the most popular at Manila FAME.
Journey of the Tao-Tao
A fine arts exhibit in partnership with the Asian Cultural Council (ACC). The opening ceremony featured dance performances from ACC grantees.
The show’s retail area where products from exhibitors and FAME merchandise were sold exclusively at Manila FAME.
Look forward to another celebration of Philippine craftsmanship in 2013 as Manila FAME returns with more top export products, innovative designs, and bigger highlights. SAVE THE DATE: 14 – 17 March 2013 at the SMX Convention Center.
Manila FAME brings “The Art of the Craftsman = The Soul of the Philippines” to life with an exciting line up of features this October. Through the Asian Cultural Council (ACC), Manila FAME presents the Journey of the Tao-Tao, a fine arts exhibit that opens “a dialogue on and with the Filipino soul.” Read on and experience the journey.
THAT VIRUS CALLED PROGRESS | By DON SALUBAYBA
The art piece is a visual attempt at charting a fictionalized journey of the sculpture from the North. Drawn onto the body are images of veins and internal organs that maps out the geography, revealing the entire travel experience.
RE-CONTEXTUALIZING FAITH | By ANTON DEL CASTILLO
With a seemingly daunting task of ‘appropriating’ an iconic sculpture with a technique on wooden panels, “estofado” oil on golf leaf, the challenge proved to be magnificently worthy.
The initial task is to diminish the confusion between “Budai”, the laughing monk and “Guatama Buddha”, the enlightened one, by transforming or re-contextualizing “Budai” into “Buddha”.
To obtain the inspiration, a Boddhi tree is placed as a symbol of enlightenment.
Furthering the transformation, the wooden “Budai” is turned into a glamorized gold leaf using the estofado technique of scratching/erasing the painted oil on the layer to reveal a golden effect. The metal leaf and metal cladding Boddhi leaves attached and hung over the image, complete the mystic of “the enlightened one”.
BARREL-MAN | By The ACC Grantees
New connections are uncovered as choice ACC grantees took on a fresh, personal approach to the iconic wooden souvenir from the North. Strikingly innovative and extremely imaginative, the traditional barrel man/woman is modified to an inspired version.
See these fantastic sculptures at Asia’s Design and Lifestyle Event, Manila FAME on 17-20 October 2012 at the SMX Convention Center, Metro Manila, Philippines.
Know more about the Asian Cultural Council at www.asianculturalcouncil.org