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Trip to Palawan Up for Grabs for Manila FAME Overseas Buyers

wild tropical beach panorama - tropical escape

Manila FAME, the Philippines’ premier design and lifestyle event, is set to open its doors to global buyers of Philippine-made artisan products for the home, lifestyle, and fashion industry on April 21 – 23, 2017 at the World Trade Center in Pasay City. As one of the oldest trade shows in Asia, the bi-annual event offers a vast selection of exquisite products, such as furniture, home accents, and fashion accessories from the country’s best artisans and designers.

As part of the event, all Manila FAME April 2017 overseas trade buyers who are at least 21 years old and based outside of the Philippines are eligible to join the Luxe Escape raffle promo for a chance to win the ultimate four-day, three-night vacation at the lush tropical paradise of Palawan!

Voted as the World’s Best Island for Beaches and Natural Attractions in Travel + Leisure magazine for 2015 and 2016, Palawan features crystalline waters, lush forests, unique rock formations and a number of exciting spots for everyone to enjoy, including the Puerto Princesesa Subterranean River National Park, El Nido Marine Reserve, the Tubbataha Reef, and the prehistoric Tabon Caves.

The Luxe Escape raffle promo will include two (2) roundtrip flight tickets and accommodations for two (2) in Daluyon Beach and Mountain Resort in Puerto Princesa, Palawan. Don’t miss out on your dream destination, pre-register now for Manila FAME at manilafame.com/en/Registration/Buyer.

Manila FAME is organized by the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions, the export promotions arm of the Department of Trade and Industry.

Visit the upcoming 65th edition of Manila FAME on 21-23 April 2017 for a chance to discover emerging talents from the Philippines, and find out more about the country’s rich artisanal heritage.

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 http://www.manilafame.com.


palawanPhoto: Kayangan Lake by Eric Beltran

October is the much-awaited time of the year when the bi-annual Manila FAME, one of Asia’s oldest among its leading trade shows and also the Philippines’ premier design and lifestyle event, rolls out its red carpet welcome for the world’s top buyers and excellent hunters of furniture, furnishings, accessories and artisanal crafts. The incredible crowd-drawing diversity of products in Manila FAME on 20-22 October 2016 is plushly laid out in four venues of invitingly walking distances to each other.

While on the lookout for premium products for trendy global buying seasons and demanding retail shoppers, catch intriguing lore on the origins, how and where on our exotic Philippine islands your next exciting product discoveries and design inspirations may spring from! Among these 7,100 islands is Palawan where an overseas trade buyer and a companion will get a chance to win a free and exclusive Luxe Escape package.

Let Palawan Island- voted Readers’ Choice Awards as “Best Island in the World” in 2014 and 2015 by Conde Nast Travel Magazine readers, preferred world’s best island 2013 and 2015 by readers of Travel and Leisure. Cap your buying visit! Overseas trade buyers are invited to simply register online or upon arrival at the Manila FAME to be immediately eligible for the raffle count. Get those bags packed for a quick buying visit, make your orders, and be sure you don’t miss this chance of a dream vacation getaway.

Sun, sea, sand – yes! Dive into clear waters everywhere reflecting exciting rock formations and the awesome tropical green splendor of lush forests. In the capital Puerto Princesa runs the world’s longest Subterranean River, a UNESCO World Heritage site and latest addition to the Seven New Wonders of the World. In the evening, ford placid waters for a glimpse of bats rushing out at sundown and fireflies lighting up the darkening islands.  Swim and snorkel, bask in the awesome beauty of reefs and stretches of white beaches. Wander into the El Nido marine reserve, the Tubbataha Reef, and the prehistoric site of the Tabon Caves.  Hop around the islands and feast on a choice of fresh seafood and island fiesta fare or sophisticated continental cuisine. Feel satisfied and sated in your own private adventure. Discoveries abound and await.

The Luxe Escape raffle promo consisting of two (2) free roundtrip tickets for a dream vacation to the lush tropical splendor of Palawan is open to all Manila FAME 20-22 October 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 October 2016 show edition of Manila FAME runs from 20-22 October in the World Trade Center Main Area and its Tent, the Philippine Trade Training Center and HallOne, all contiguous venues in 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).

Crafts of Palawan gives hope to local artisans


“This project is so heartwarming for us! When you go to the barangays, you’ll notice several areas of improvement. And we saw that the people are really exerting an effort to improve on their craft and generate livelihood for the rest of their community. These are some of our objectives, and I can say that they have been met.”

Noemi Avancena, product development consultant of the USAID-COMPETE Project, talks about the agency’s collaboration with the Provincial Government of Palawan for the exhibit of MSMEs at Manila FAME.

Noemi Avancena of USAID-COMPETE.

Noemi Avancena, product development consultant of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), could not help but be proud of the end result of a long and arduous journey towards the development of self-sufficiency among the small enterprises and group of artisans tapped by USAID for the Crafts of Palawan project.

Avancena, along with representatives from USAID, and the Provincial Government of Palawan, was at the recently concluded Manila FAME where the select group of Palawan-based small cooperatives and enterprises showcased for the first time their handcrafted products using locally available, sustainable materials.

Eva Valledor of Binuatan Creations shares her experience on how programs like USAID-COMPETE create livelihood opportunities for small enterprises like hers.

Eva Valledor of Binuatan Creations.

The Crafts of Palawan booth put on display over 200 newly developed products, ranging from handicrafts and furniture items to houseware, fashion accessories, and souvenir items.

Eva Valledor, manager of Binuatan Creations which was part of the Crafts of Palawan at Manila FAME, shared that the program has been a tremendous help to her dedicated team of grass gatherers, who regularly source out raw materials like indigenous grass and fibers such as buntal fibers, mangrove grass, buri sprigs, vetiver, abaca, and other varieties of wild grass found mainly in the province. Binuatan Creations manufactures woven products like bags, pouches, placemats, table runners, purses, slippers, and window shades.

“Exporters are asking samples from us. For each buyer inquiry, an opportunity is given not only to us but to the grass gatherers as well. We’re not yet in the export industry, but I personally would like to learn the tricks of the trade,” said Valledor.


Pearl jewelry by Nitz Pearls, Gems & Souvenir Shop.

Binuatan Creations was one of the five MSMEs which participated in the Crafts of Palawan showcase at the 63rd Manila FAME along with AVT Bambuhay, Bacolod Rattan Furniture Shop, Malampaya Pancol Multi-Purpose Cooperative, and Nitz Pearl, Gems & Souvenir Shop.

The collaborative project of the Provincial Government of Palawan and the USAID through the Advancing Philippine Competitiveness (COMPETE) Project has already assisted over 18 micro-entrepreneurs and 50 local artisans since 2014. As a culminating activity, they joined the 63rd show edition of Manila FAME after an intensive six-month product development with international lifestyle designer PJ Arañador and a series of design consultations with USAID-COMPETE consultants.


Rattan storage baskets by Bacolod Rattan Furniture Shop.

“A lot of work still needs to be done, but we are already thankful to the Provincial Government of Palawan for being so supportive,” added Avancena.

Foreign trade buyers particularly from the US, Netherlands, Germany, and Japan flocked to the Crafts of Palawan booth which encouraged the exhibitors to join the succeeding editions of Manila FAME as well as other local and international trade shows.

“It’s not just the sales, but the experience here as well. They (the companies) observe a lot of things in this area. They see new ideas from other producers and their competitors. We can say that we have achieved our goals,” said Avancena, adding that the USAID is in close touch with the Provincial Government of Palawan to discuss possibilities of continuing the noble project to help local MSMEs in promoting their products and expanding their business networks.

The COMPETE Project is a four-year project funded by USAID which aims to assist the Philippines in improving its competitiveness to attain higher levels of trade and investment. USAID-COMPETE targets to develop the main sectors named in the Philippine Development Plan such as the tourism, manufacturing, logistics, and agribusiness sectors.

To boost the tourism sector of the country, USAID-COMPETE and the Provincial Government of Palawan launched a souvenir products development program for the artisans of the province, which serves as the debut collaborative effort for an exhibit at the 63rd edition of Manila FAME.

The Crafts of Palawan showcase at the 63rd edition of Manila FAME at the World Trade Center.

The Crafts of Palawan showcase at the 63rd edition of Manila FAME at the World Trade Center.

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

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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!