The Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), the export promotions arm of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), and the United Architects of the Philippines (UAP), which recently entered into a partnership to help secure the foothold of Philippine design and architectural enterprises in the global scene, reinforced their alliance by supporting each other’s signature events, Manila FAME April 2016 and UAP CONEX (Convention Exhibits) 2016.
During its three-day run, UAP CONEX 2016 featured the Manila FAME Pavilion, which exhibited some of the best furniture, lighting, and home accents crafted by Filipino manufacturers. Meanwhile, UAP CONEX delegates visited Manila FAME during its opening day, in support of the trade show and the Philippine design industry.
Through the DTI-CITEM and UAP partnership, Manila FAME and Philippine MSMEs can create new networks and strengthen their current connections to UAP’s 27,000 members as well as the leading architects and builders worldwide who are linked with UAP through significant organizations such as the UIA (Union Internationales des Architectes or International Union of Architects) and ARCASIA (Architects Regional Council). Meanwhile, UAP architects can find creative inspiration and valuable ideas through Manila FAME, which features one-of-a-kind, innovative, and sustainable furniture, home furnishings, holiday gifts and décor, and fashion accessories by Filipino designers and artisans.
The April 2016 boutique edition of Manila FAME, Asia’s premier design and lifestyle event that showcases craftsmanship, design innovation, and artisanship, was held by CITEM on April 21-24, 2016 at the World Trade Center in Pasay City. UAP CONEX 2016, the Philippines’ leading building and construction expo, was held by UAP on April 21-23, 2016 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City.
For more information, visit http://www.manilafame.com
The Design Center of the Philippines envisions to become the “leading advocate of design innovation in the Philippines.”
The Design Center of the Philippines (Design Center) showcases various innovative designs, sustainable crafts, and reflective creations through five informative and engaging exhibits at the recently concluded Manila FAME Boutique Edition on April 21-24, 2016 at the World Trade Center Metro Manila.
Driven to promote innovation and increase productivity in the design industry, Design Center is the country’s primary design servicing agency.
“Mandated to promote design, the Design Center takes the opportunity to present the agency’s collection of innovative, sustainable crafts and designs in Manila FAME where global buyers and leading international designers turn for inspiration this side of Asia-Pacific,” said Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM) Executive Director Rosvi C. Gaetos, also Design Center’s Officer-in-Charge.
In cooperation with CITEM, the organizer of Manila FAME, Design Center is exhibiting Balay Sisidlan: Architectural Baskets, Likha Kawayan: The Philippine Bamboo Showcase, Bamboo and Coco Coir Material Showcase; Sinag Papel: Paper Lamps; and, A Retrospect.
Balay Sisidlan: Architectural Baskets
With the vision of expressing the heart and soul of Filipino craftsmanship, the Balay Sisidlan features a line of baskets inspired by the architectural styles of different countries. The house baskets were launched in the late 1980s and were recently reinvented, with combined handwoven techniques and 3D printing for molds.
Balay Sisidlan reflects industrial designer Stephen Buñi’s reinvention strategies that address the decline in the demand of handwoven baskets and other Philippine rural crafts.
For the Manila FAME Boutique Edition, the Balay Sisidlan exhibit introduces a new addition to the architectural houses collection — handwoven and handpainted hanging and table lamps that also use natural and sustainable materials.
Balay Sisidlan house baskets are crafted by Design Center’s team of designers and researchers in collaboration with manufacturer That One Piece Enterprise.
Likha Kawayan: The Philippine Bamboo Showcase
In 2010, then president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo signed Executive Order No. 897, which specifies the use of bamboo for at least 25% of the desk and other furniture requirements for public and elementary schools. Design Center’s The Philippine Bamboo Showcase, in collaboration with the Philippine Bamboo Industry Development Council (PBIDC) and the Forest Products Research and Development Institute (FPRDI), in compliance with EO 897, is an exhibit of high quality school chairs crafted from bamboo.
The Likha Kawayan exhibit at Manila FAME showcases home and school furniture and furnishings that used metal-veneered, wood-veneered, flattened, and engineered bamboo. Val Padilla was commissioned as designer, consultant, and mentor to Design Center’s designers. Also featured were cross veneered bamboo tiles, bamboo pole tiles, and an engineered bamboo console table.
Bamboo and Coco Coir Material Showcase
Another exhibit by Design Center in partnership with HallONE: Design for Exports promotes the innovative uses of sustainable materials bamboo and coco coir, a natural fiber extracted from coconut husk.
The Bamboo and Coco Coir Material Showcase stages a collection of floor tiles and wall panels using veneered, flattened, engineered bamboo, and art deco-inspired wall panels.
Sinag Papel: Paper Lamps
Design Center’s young industrial designers under the agency’s mentorship program crafted eco-friendly paper lamps from available scrap paper. The suspended lamps are minimalist and uses subtle color and lighting. Similar to making papier mache, several layers of recycled paper were shaped into globes and cones to create the lamps. The project promotes recycling, upcycling, and sustainability.
The exhibit A Retrospect reflects Design Center’s long history of product development and innovation. Featured in this showcase are an array of pottery molded from well-mixed white clay and finished using different firing methods to display the aesthetic potential of the material. Several pieces incorporate the use of narra lids, giving the objects an organic charm.
The contemporary ceramic bowls and containers were designed in 1983 while the vessels inspired by traditional pottery forms were designed in 1988 by Joel Enriquez with Ceramika Enzon.
The staff manning the Design Center exhibit at Manila FAME are young industrial designers from the agency’s designer immersion program. They regularly attend various workshops conducted by the top industrial designers in the Philippines and participate in workshops on materials manipulation. Exposure to different clients in the industry, design consultations and seminars are also a part of their learning program in Design Center.
“Our country has a strong design culture and we are blessed with talented and creative young people who are enthusiastic in learning more about design and creating solutions for current, real world issues. The Design Center contributes by intensifying its efforts in training and nurturing the country’s young minds and ensuring that the future has a ‘solid and vigorous design community,’” explained Gaetos.
The Design Center exhibit is one of the highlights of Manila FAME Boutique Edition.
Manila FAME, the country’s premier design and lifestyle trade show, ran from April 21-24, 2016, at the World Trade Center Metro Manila in Pasay City.
For more information on Design Center and Manila FAME, log on to www.manilafame.com.
The Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) sponsored the Luxe Escape Raffle Promo of Manila FAME April 2016 edition organized by the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), the export promotions arm of the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).
The winner, Pru Ellen McMillan, from the Australia-based company Community Projects Worldwide (CPW) received a trip for two to Donsol, Sorsogon, Bicol Region during the Manila FAME Welcome Reception at the World Trade Center in Pasay City on April 21, 2016.
McMillan, a first-time visitor to the Philippines, plus one companion will get to enjoy complimentary flight arrangements, a 4-day/3-night stay at the deluxe Siama Hotel, and a tour package in the beautiful province of Sorsogon.
The Luxe Escape Raffle Promo is an incentive program for international buyers aimed at promoting Manila FAME as a prime sourcing event, and the Philippines as a home of wonderful island destinations.
UAP Convention Exhibits (CONEX) 2016 features Manila FAME Pavilion
The United Architects of the Philippines (UAP) Convention Exhibits (CONEX), ongoing at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City until 23 April 2016, features the Manila FAME Pavilion, as part of a partnership that aims to fortify the Philippine design and architectural enterprises’ foothold in the global scene. CONEX is the Philippines’ premier building and construction exhibition. It coincides with the 63rd edition of Manila FAME, a bi-annual showcase of craftsmanship, design innovation, and artisanship in Philippine products.
HallONE’s Manila FAME exhibit highlights the versatility of coco coir
HallONE teams up with DTI regional offices of CALABARZON, Philippine Textile Research Institute (PTRI), Philippine Fiber Industry Development Authority (PHILFIDA), Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA), and the Design Center of the Philippines (DCP) in presenting a special exhibit that explores new applications of coco coir as a raw material for home, lifestyle, and fashion products, amid its existing horticultural uses in the country. A complementary material showcase, featuring other Philippine indigenous materials that are just as versatile and available for sourcing, provides the backdrop for this exhibit.
Sen. Aquino supports the startups sector
Senator Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV, Chair of the Senate Committee on Trade, Commerce and Entrepreneurship, speaks on the second day of the Slingshot Philippines 2016 conference recently concluded at the Philippine Trade and Training Center (PTTC) in Pasay City. Aquino said that it’s high time to “kick-start changes and catapult the Philippines into the future” in order to be at the forefront of inclusive growth. A government-initiated platform for public dialogue and partnership, Slingshot Philippines 2016 is a national summit and exhibit which aims to develop the Philippine startup and innovation ecosystem.
Electric vehicle makes waves in Slingshot Philippines 2016 exhibit
The electric quadcycle known as “eQUAD” is one of the products of innovation featured at the Slingshot Philippines 2016 startup exhibit mounted at the PTTC recently. eQUAD is one of the first locally designed, manufactured, and mass produced electric vehicles by the Philippine Utility Vehicle (PhUV) Incorporated, the umbrella organization of companies and institutions that pioneered the electric vehicle industry in the Philippines. The exhibit targeted startup exhibitors from the following groups: funders and accelerators; startup/social enterprises, education services, and co-working spaces/incubators.
KATHA AWARDS. In the recently concluded 63rd edition of Manila FAME, the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM) recognized exporters and designers through the Katha Awards, considered as the most prestigious award in the Philippine design scene. The Katha Awardees for April 2016 are Console Table by Schema (Best Design for Furniture); Henesius Floor Lamp by Vito Selma (Best Product Design for Home Decor); Ladies Fans by Casa Mercedes (Best Product Design Award for Holiday Décor and Gifts); Adlaw necklace and Buwana clutch of Maskara Collection by Joanique (Best Product Design Award for Fashion); Ito Kish (Best Booth Display); and Binhi by Ito Kish (Special Citation: Eco-Design Award). In photo are (from left): CITEM Executive Director Rosvi Gaetos; Philippine Exporters Confederation, Inc. (PHILEXPORT) President Sergio Ortiz-Luis, Jr., Celia Jiao of Schema, a Vito Selma representative, Ito Kish, Trade Secretary Adrian Cristobal, Jr., Malou Romero of Joanique; Jun Balderrama, representative of Casa Mercedes; and Trade Undersecretary Nora Terrado of the Industry Promotions Group (IPG) of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).
UAP CONEX 2016 DELEGATES AT MANILA FAME. The United Architects of the Philippines (UAP) Convention Exhibits (CONEX) 2016 delegates visit the 63rd Manila FAME. The UAP architects from the different regions of the country graced the opening day of Asia’s Design and Lifestyle Event to support the Philippine design industry. UAP CONEX 2016 is a partner event of Manila FAME, which runs at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City until April 23.
DTI OFFICIALS AT MANILA FAME. Award-winning designer Ito Kish tells the story behind his curated special setting, Spring Forward, to Trade Secretary Adrian Cristobal, Jr., Trade Undersecretary Nora Terrado of the IPG, and CITEM Executive Director Rosvi Gaetos. Spring Forward is Kish’s visual take on the ‘season of renewal’ featuring handpicked local creations from the country’s craftsmen, artisans, and young designers. Ito Kish won the Best Booth Display Award and Special Citation: Eco-Design Award for Binhi in the recently concluded Katha Awards at the 63rd edition of Manila FAME.
LUXE ESCAPE RAFFLE PROMO. Trade Secretary Adrian Cristobal, Jr. awards the Luxe Escape Raffle Promo prize (a roundtrip ticket to Donsol, Sorsogon) to Pru Ellen McMillan of the Australian company Community Projects Worldwide (CPW) during the Manila FAME Welcome Reception at the World Trade Center. McMillan is the co-owner of CPW, a wholesale distributor of jewelery, gifts, and houseware that aims to assist individuals and groups to gain empowerment through employment. Sponsored by the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB), Luxe Escape Raffle Promo is an incentive program which promotes Manila FAME as a foremost sourcing destination and the Philippines as a home of beautiful island destinations.
SLINGSHOT PHILIPPINES 2016. Trade Secretary Adrian Cristobal, Jr. addresses over 500 delegates at the opening day of Slingshot Philippines 2016 held at the Philippine Trade Training Center (PTTC) just recently. Slingshot Philippines is DTI’s startup and innovation ecosystem development program and a government-initiated platform for public dialogue and partnership, which aims to build and nurture the innovation ecosystem as an enabling environment with policies and programs for the startup and innovation sectors. The two-day conference provides an opportunity to gather in one venue young minds with big ideas; innovators in constant pursuit of new things to benefit their community; supportive investors who fund startup ideas; and the policymakers whose role is to provide an enabling business environment.
A fresh and artisanal showcase of Philippine fashion
The Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), the export promotions arm of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), together with Josie Cruz Natori—international designer and founder and CEO of The Natori Company, New York-based maker of women’s apparel, accessories, and home products—will once again present Manila Wear in the 63rd edition of Manila FAME this April. Manila Wear is a platform for showcasing artisanal yet contemporary collections of the Philippine fashion industry’s top designers.
CITEM re-launched Manila Wear in 2012, with the aim of developing the Philippine fashion industry into a globally competitive one, recognized internationally as Asia’s sourcing destination for high-quality, innovative, and sustainable fashion pieces reflective of the distinct Filipino brand and craftsmanship. Aside from being the creative director of the program, Natori serves as a mentor to the designers, priming them for their transition from the local to the global fashion businesses.
Since its re-launch, Manila Wear has had eight editions. It has featured 60 of the country’s brilliant fashion designers, promoting their growth through product development, export coaching, and consultations. Manila Wear is a launching platform to going global, providing our local talents with the unique opportunity to gain international recognition by presenting their creations to the global market and serving as ambassadors to the Manila Wear brand through Manila FAME. Through their participation in Manila Wear, design-driven brands such as Adante Leyesa, Ken Samudio, Maco Custodio, Joanique, Michelline Syjuco, and Beatriz have introduced their collection overseas, transitioning from the local to the global fashion scene.
For the April 2016 boutique edition of Manila FAME, Manila Wear is featuring 13 brands—Adante Leyesa, Aranáz, Beatriz, Jared Servaño, Joel Escober, Ken Samudio, Lally Dizon, Maco Custodio, Joanique, Michelline Syjuco, Micki Olaguer, Thian Rodriquez, and Tim Tam Ong, which will exhibit a curated collection of apparel, accessories, and other wearables under the theme, “Streets of Manila.” Buyers will be immersed in the rich art and culture of Manila as they see the Manila Wear brands’ artistic interpretation of the city’s streets, graffiti, infrastructures, and locals through unique fashion pieces, under the creative guidance of Natori.
“This next show is going to be more intimate with new additions that will certainly inspire buyers. I look forward to each edition of Manila Wear because there’s always a nice surprise—there’s always something very special, and I think the joy and the passion of these designers are so obvious in how they are producing their work. It’s always a treat to come to this event to see these collections. That is why I always consider Manila Wear as one of the highlights of FAME,” said Natori.
The April 2016 boutique edition of Manila FAME, the country’s premier design and lifestyle trade show, is scheduled on April 21-24 at the World Trade Center Metro Manila in Pasay City. For more information on Manila Wear and Manila FAME, log on to www.manilafame.com.
Artisans from Albay, Cagayan Valley, Laguna, and Davao are ready to meet big retail firms at the Philippines’ premier trade fair in April
With support from PJ Arañador, lifestyle designer, local manufacturers from Cagayan Valley, Laguna, Albay, and Davao are getting ready to exhibit their finest furniture, home décor, and accessories at The Artisans Village in the boutique edition of Manila FAME this April.
The Artisans Village is a partner province program that aims to help regular and new Manila FAME exhibitors market their products in the global export scene. It is organized by the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), the export promotions arm of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), in partnership with LGUs (local government units) and different DTI regional and provincial offices that share CITEM’s aim to promote island crafts and celebrate Filipino craftsmanship.
Arañador leads The Artisans Village as the program’s creative director. He is the owner of the PJ Aranador Design Studio One; the Nautilus Boutique in Boracay; WAWA, Iloilo’s First Heritage Restaurant; and Escuela de Artesanias de las Filipinas, a crafts school. His creations are sold across Asia, Africa, North and South America, Europe, Australia, the Caribbean, and Middle East. Arañador is an international environmental design activist and a consultant for Go Green Philippines, an environmental program that aims to revitalize the Philippine ecosystem and uphold the country’s fashion accessories industry. He is a leading social design entrepreneur in the Philippines, helping the poor in many rural communities through crafts production. He also advocates trade fair, ethical livelihood, preservation and advancement of indigenous materials, and innovative use of traditional techniques with green technology. He has been an exhibit curator for fairs in Colombia, Peru, and India.
Arañador is conducting visits to Cagayan Valley, Laguna, Albay, and Davao to hold product development and one-on-one prototype checking sessions, with the assistance of seasoned design and product development specialist Imelda Datul, and rising designer Rachelle Dagñalan.
In addition, Arañador is coaching the exhibitors on the ins and outs of the export business, covering topics such as identifying the target market; selecting the right colors for products; determining the proper pricing and costing; marketing the products offline and online; executing product displays; and handling operations, income, and billing. As a mentor, Arañador not only focuses on the technical side of business, but reminds the exhibitors to be vigilant against frauds as well.
With 25 years of professional experience in designing and exposure to products and designs around the world, Arañador believes that one of the factors that sets Philippine products apart from those of other countries is the resourcefulness or ingenuity of the Filipinos. “While the technology may not be as advanced, with so much less, we become very creative. And I think that’s a good position because crafts are after all made by hand. That’s when the soul of the products reflects more,” he said.
Manila FAME, the country’s premier design and lifestyle trade show, will be held on April 21-24 at the World Trade Center Metro Manila in Pasay City. For more information on The Artisans Village and Manila FAME, please log on to www.manilafame.com.