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Design Icons Budji Layug and Kenneth Cobonpue at FAME

Budji and Kenneth in Focus

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.





The Art of the Craftsman at Manila FAME’s Craft Spots

Coverphoto craftspots

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!

The Art of the Craftsman rings true with the Journey of the Tao-Tao

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.

Read more about Leopoldo and Fang-Od

Read more about Baleteng Tao and Monsoon Memories

Read more about That Virus Called Progress, Re-Contextualizing Faith and the Barrel-Man

Look forward to more Philippine craftsmanship at Manila FAME on 14-17 March 2013.

The Katha Awards at Manila FAME

Design innovation and creativity pave the way for the latest recipients of the prestigious Katha Award last 17 October 2012 during the Manila FAME Opening ceremony.

Ann Ong receives the Katha Award for Best Product Design in Fashion presented by DTI Secretary Gregory L. Domingo, DTI Undersecretary Cristino Panlilio, and CITEM Executive Director Rosvi Gaetos

General Manager of Locsin International Robert Locsin takes home the Katha Award for Best Product Design in Furniture

Wataru Sakuma receives the Katha Award for Best Booth Display for MASAECO

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 judges during the Katha Awards deliberation at Manila FAME



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


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

Spotted at Manila FAME!

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.

(L-R) U.S. Ambassador His Excellency Harry K. Thomas Jr., Department of Trade and Industry Secretary Gregory L. Domingo, Russian Ambassador to the Philippines His Excellency Nikolay Kudashev, Philippine Fashion Icon Ms. Josie Natori, CITEM Executive Director Ms. Rosvi C. Gaetos, and Department of Trade and Industry Undersecretary Cristino Panlilio formally opens the event.

Secretary Gregory L. Domingo of the Department of Trade and Industry gives his opening remarks at the opening night of Manila FAME.

Mr. David Celdran served as the master of ceremonies at the opening night of Manila FAME!

Senator Loren Legarda, Senate Committee on Cultural Communities chair, interacts with the different indigenous people invited to do a live weaving demonstration at one of Manila FAME’s event highlights entitled HIBLA.

Party list representative for Bayan Muna, Honorable Teodoro “Teddy” Casino spotted at Manila FAME’s HIBLA!

Mr. Calvin Tsao, President Emeritus of the Architectural League of New York interacts with Mr. Giovanni Bianchi of La Perla.

The Philippines’ most treasured Fashion icon Ms. Josie Natori having a good time with renowned event planner and floral designer Mr. David Monn.

La Perla creative director Mr. Giovanni Bianchi chats with Ms. Josie Natori.

Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago having fun at Manila FAME!

Manila FAME Project Director Mr. James R. Booth and Manila FAME Visual Merchandising Specialist Mr. Ito Kish strike a pose with Preview Magazine Editor in Chief Ms. Pauline Suaco-Juan.

BIR Commissioner Kim Henares spotted at Manila FAME!

Pinky Aquino interacting with the indigenous people at Manla FAME’s HIBLA!

Expect more of Philippine ingenuity on 14-17 March 2013 at the 57th edition of Manila FAME! Witness a bigger display of unique and globally competitive products at Asia’s Design and Lifestyle Event.

FAME by Frame: The October 2012 Edition

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.


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.

(Upper left)CITEM Executive Director Rosvi Gaetos, DTI Secretary Gregory L. Domingo, Katha Awardee for Best Product Design for Furniture Roberto Locsin, and DTI Undersecretary Cristino Panlilio during the Katha Awards Ceremony. (Right) The DTI Secretary and the US Ambassador to the Philippines Harry Thomas, Jr. (Lower right) Stills from the Tinikling flash mob during the Manila FAME Opening Ceremony.


Closely following the Opening Ceremony, the Katha Award winners were announced and recognized.

(Upper left) Manila FAME Project Director James Booth, design icon Josie Natori, DTI Undersecretary Cristino Panlilio, and Nicolette Naumann of Messe Frankfurt. (Right) DTI Secratary Gregory L. Domingo and CITEM Executive Director Rosvi Gaetos present the Katha Award for Best Product Design in Fashion to Ann Ong. (Lower left) HE Harry Thomas, Jr., Secretary Domingo,
Russian Ambassador to the Philippines Nikolay Kudahsev, Josie Natori, Executive Director Gaetos, and Undersecretary Panlilio toast to Manila FAME.


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.

Design Houses

Ten designers, their individual design sensibilities, and the country’s indigenous materials.

Four of the ten Manila FAME Design Houses from designers (clockwise) Stanley Ruiz, Milo Naval, Wataru Sakuma, and Ito Kish.

Garden Pavilion

A display of the global trend of indoor-outdoor living focusing on Asian, American, British, and French themes.

The four themes of the Garden Pavilion: (clockwise) French, British, Asian, and American

Budji and Kenneth in Focus

Special setting for home furniture and furnishings from designers Budji Layug and Kenneth Cobonpue.

Budji Layug’s and Kenneth Cobonopue’s furniture settings at Manila FAME

Manila Wear

A collection of the hottest summer must-haves from top fashion designers, curated by Josie Natori.

The Fashion Pavilion housed the Summer Must-Haves of Manila Wear.

Style Spots

A cross-merchandised presentation of color, texture, and form inspired by the global macro trends.

Products featured at Manila FAME’s Style Spots

Craft Spots

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.

The Craft Spots featured four craft forms from the country, namely (clockwise) The Giant Lanterns of Pampanga, Taka (Papier Mache) of Paete, Bobbin Lace of Iloilo, and the Rice Baskets of Palawan

Craft Village

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 Craft Village featuring local products from various cities in the Philippines.

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.

The OTOP Marketplace featured many developmental products available for retail that showcased the local talent in the Philippines


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

(Upper left) HIBLA featured traditional music from the Philippines during its opening. (Right) Senator Loren Legarda at HIBLA’s ribbon cutting. (Lower left) Tribeswomen work fibers and form beautiful crafts at HIBLA.

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.

(Left) The Journey of the Tao-Tao featured life-size sculptures and a display of reinvented Barrel-Men. (Right) Dancers from the ACC performed during the Journey of the Tao-Tao Opening Ceremony.

The Boutique

 The show’s retail area where products from exhibitors and FAME merchandise were sold exclusively at Manila FAME.

Manila FAME’s The Boutique sold exclusive products during the four days of the show

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 and ACC presents the Journey of the Tao-Tao (PART 3)

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.


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.


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