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Philippine designers stirred by their true artistic lineage

  • In a bid to continually inspire the design and creative community of the Philippines, CITEM partnered with CNN Life and Diamond Hotel Manila to invite famed curator Marian Pastor Roces for a talk on Philippine traditional art.

Feelings were moved as famed Filipino curator and author Marian Pastor-Roces shared her insights on the historical lineage of Filipinos in a whole-day talk held in Diamond Hotel Manila.

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Marian Pastor-Roces inspires the Philippine design community

In a room full of designers and creative artists who have always been proud of their artistic heritage, one can only imagine the impact of finding out that all along you are a part of something bigger. Ms Roces revealed that the Philippines is more than just a country colonized by different explorers. The Filipino genealogy is part of ancient Austronesian speakers, a language family widely dispersed in Southeast Asia, Oceania and East Africa. This language group from thousands of years ago spread to various locations and started many ancient civilizations and has been the foundation of countries today.

Apart from highlighting our true ancestry that unfortunately was not taught in Sibika at Kultura, Roces also showcased some relics such as old weaves, jewelries, accessories, tools and equipment handcrafted by Filipinos. The exquisite beauty and the epic history enfolded in the different artifacts presented made everyone in the seminar appreciate even more the dynamic past of the country. It is a testament that the Philippines’ fertile soil, abundant waters and creative talent were already evident in the functional art of our ancestors.

Intricate weaves, gold encrusted armors and ancient weaponry are just some of the pieces that reflect Filipino artistry from thousands of years of colorful history. Regrettably, only a handful were left, and most were scattered in various museums around the globe. Filipino artisans and budding creatives of today cannot even study and appreciate the art of the past in its full glory.

This is the reason why Manila FAME, the country’s foremost trade event for design and lifestyle products continues to partner with the likes of Marian Pastor-Roces, a true pillar of history and the arts to inspire the artists of today.

As a melting pot of Filipino creativity, Manila FAME is the Philippines’ premier sourcing event for sublime quality artisanal products. It serves as a cultivating ground and springboard for innovative, top-of-the-line Philippine products and designers to break through key international markets.

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Seminar on Philippine traditional art by Marian Pastor-Roces.

The seminar on Philippine traditional art was made possible by the Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI’s) Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM) in partnership with CNN Life and the Diamond Hotel Manila.

The 70th edition of the Manila FAME is slated on October 17-19, 2019 at the World Trade Center Metro Manila. Learn more about the event on www.manilafame.com. To receive show updates, follow Manila FAME on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

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DTI-CITEM and UAP partnership connects PH MSMEs to over a million architects and builders worldwide

In photo, from left: (Standing) Norman P. Bagulbagul, Officer-in-Charge, Exhibition Design Division, CITEM; Ms. Katrina Pineda, Officer-in-Charge, Buyer Marketing Services, CITEM; Arch. Catherine Carunungan, Director, NATCON 2016; Arch. Roger Ong, Executive Director, Commision on Convention, Assemblies, and Exhibition; and Arch. Richard Garcia, Director, CONEX 2016. (Seated) Ms. Rosvi C. Gaetos, Executive Director, CITEM; and, Arch. Maria Benita Regala, National President, United Architects of the Philippines.

In photo, from left: (Standing) Mr. Norman P. Bagulbagul, Officer-in-Charge, Exhibition Design Division, CITEM; Ms. Katrina Pineda, Officer-in-Charge, Buyer Marketing Services, CITEM; Arch. Catherine Carunungan, Director, NATCON 2016; Arch. Roger Ong, Executive Director, Commision on Convention, Assemblies, and Exhibition; and Arch. Richard Garcia, Director, CONEX 2016. (Seated) Ms. Rosvi C. Gaetos, Executive Director, CITEM; and, Arch. Maria Benita Regala, National President, United Architects of the Philippines.

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) forge a partnership that aims to fortify the foothold of Philippine design and architectural enterprises in the global scene.

“We recognize the magnitude of this partnership as it establishes new networks for Philippine MSMEs with major players in the industry. It will open new platforms to showcase products and new opportunities to demonstrate the local arts and crafts of artisans and designers not only to the 24,000 members of UAP but also to the leading architects and builders worldwide who are connected to UAP through significant organizations such as UIA (Union Internationales des Architectes, or International Union of Architects) and ARCASIA (Architects Regional Council),” said CITEM Executive Director Rosvi C. Gaetos. UIA represents more than one million architects in 124 countries all over the world while ARCASIA  is an association of 17 national institutes for architects in the Philippines, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam.

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Through this reach of UAP to numerous architectural organizations and events, the collaboration between CITEM and UAP will strengthen the presence of Manila FAME and Philippine MSMEs abroad, connecting the trade show and its participating manufacturers, exporters, designers, artisans, and entrepreneurs to key individuals in the construction and building industry, various related sectors, and numerous architects and builders associations in the world who are constantly searching for top quality, eco-friendly, and innovative products and services in the market.

CITEM, on the other hand, is the owner and organizer of Manila FAME, the Philippines’ premier bi-annual showcase of design and craftsmanship. The exhibition features unique, innovative, and sustainable furniture, home furnishings, holiday gifts and décor, as well as fashion accessories, all designed and crafted by Philippine artisans for the highly discerning global audience. A show attended by industry decision-makers, Manila FAME brings thousands of local and international trade buyers and visitors, including owners, managers, and purchasing directors of global lifestyle retail companies to source from the best export manufacturers in the Philippines.

Manila FAME is also attended by seasoned and rising design talents, both from the local scene and abroad, looking for the latest trends in design, materials, and production, and most especially, for stirring, one-of-a-kind, design concepts.

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“Creative inspiration is vital to all architects. UAP’s collaboration with CITEM and Manila FAME will provide the NATCON-CONEX delegates an invaluable source of inspiration and innovative ideas,” said UAP National President Architect Ma. Benita O. Regala.

Over 2,400 Filipino and foreign architects are expected to attend NATCON-CONEX 2016, all of whom will be granted access to Manila FAME. Similarly, top buyers and VIP guests of Manila FAME will also be welcome at the NATCON-CONEX 2016.


CITEM is the organizer of Manila FAME, the Philippines’ premier design and lifestyle event. A bi-annual trade show, it features finely selected furniture and home furnishings, holiday gifts and décor, and fashion accessories, designed and crafted in the Philippines for the global market. Manila FAME will run from April 21-24, 2016, at the World Trade Center, Pasay City, Philippines.

The country’s leading building and construction exhibition, the UAP CONEX unites all construction industry sectors and demonstrates state of the art products, technologies, equipment and materials in the market. CONEX will be held on April 21-23, 2016, at the SMX Convention Center, Pasay City, Philippines.

For more information, visit www. manilafame.com

Filipino Soulful Craftsmanship @ 60th Manila FAME

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From carving to weaving to shell inlay to leather embossing to upcycling, visitors of the 60th Manila FAME on October 16-19 will witness the unfolding of the Philippines’ rich and colorful craft heritage through a showcase of hometown handcrafted pieces by passionate Filipino craftsmen whose skills have been passed on through generations of artisans.

This edition of Manila FAME, the country’s premier design and lifestyle event, will highlight the country’s cultural narrative at the One Town, One Product (OTOP) Marketplace, a priority program of the Bureau of Domestic Trade (BDT), in partnership with the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM) of the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

LEE_6903“True to CITEM’s commitment of promoting the global competitiveness of Philippine products, this edition intends to emphasize the local communities’ age-old techniques and their use of homegrown materials to craft items that narrate the vibrant stories of history, heritage, and talent of the Filipino craftsman,” said CITEM Executive Director Rosvi Gaetos.

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Various towns, provinces, and regions will take pride in their distinctive products at the OTOP Marketplace, transforming the abundant natural resources available to them into masterpieces of Philippine craft. Local artisans from the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), South Luzon, Eastern Visayas, and Southern and Central Mindanao,will unveil their exquisite techniques and styles to unearth distinctive woodwork. Craftsmen from Ilocos, MIMAROPA, Bicol, Central and Eastern Visayas, and Davao tell their stories through weaving cotton, palm, pandan, and ticog (a type of local wild grass), celebrating the country’s rich culture and traditions. The art of upcycling waste materials such as coconut shells, leaves, or newspapers by Bohol, Cagayan Valley, and National Capital Region (NCR) speaks not only the talents of the individual local artisans but also their genuine appreciation for nature and their natural environment.

“Ultimately, CITEM strives to generate a pool of market-ready manufacturers that create innovative and market-driven products made from locally sourced raw materials in order to bring livelihood to their local communities,” Gaetos added.

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CITEM, the export promotions arm of the DTI, organizes the Manila FAME, which nurtures and promotes upcoming designers and manufacturers. The bi-annual event is a global platform for the country’s small and medium enterprises (SMEs), which features export-quality products such as furniture and furnishings, holiday gifts and décor, garments, and fashion accessories designed and crafted in the Philippines for the global market.

Manila FAME, slated at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay, is the second longest-running trade show in the Asia-Pacific, and is the only trade event in the country that is approved by Union des Foires Internationales (UFI), the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry.

 

Design For Exports Excellence with the Katha Awards

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DESIGN FOR EXPORTS EXCELLENCE. In the recently concluded 59th 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. Its goal is to give distinction to ingenious designs and encourage exporters to raise their design standards for Philippine export products and to pursue a skillful exploration of new materials/processes. The Katha Awardees for March 2014 are The Gilded Expression for the crocheted hand bag with real twig (Best Product Design Award for Fashion); Navidad Crafts Export Corp. for the bird ornament with capiz wings (Best Product Design Award for Holiday Décor and Gifts); MCAA Industrial Corp. for the Angler lamp (Best Product Design for Houseware and Furnishings); and Industria Home for the Bordeaux Chair (Best Product Design for Furniture). The Eco-Design Award, a special citation, went to Floreia CVD Ventures, Inc. for the Poi necklace. In photo are (from left to right): event host Daphne Oseña-Paez; Nini Ledesma of Navidad Crafts Export Corp., Jude Tiotuico of Industria Home; CITEM Executive Director Rosvi Gaetos; Carlo Delantar of Floreia CVD Ventures, Inc.; Trade Undersecretary Ponciano Manalo, Jr.; Trade Undersecretary Nora Terrado; Rowena Domingo, wife of DTI Secretary Gregory Domingo; Ann Pamintuan of The Gilded Expression, and Angeles Havitan of MCCA Industrial Corporation.

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59th Manila FAME celebrated Philippine design in style

The Philippine design community, composed of seasoned artisans, creative entrepreneurs, and emerging design specialists, showcased once again their unique and innovative creations in the 59th edition of Manila FAME, the country’s premiere design and lifestyle event, held on the second level of the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex, on March 14-17, 2014.

Organized by the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), the export promotions arm of the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Manila FAME featured a wide range of handcrafted products including home furniture and furnishings, fashion apparel and accessories, holiday décor and gifts, as well as arts and crafts products made by the skilled hands of local designers.

Drawing crowds from day one was Craftspots, set within the Weaves of the Philippines setting, where live demonstrations of traditional weaving, juxtaposed with contemporary display installations, gave Manila FAME visitors an insight into the cultural narrative of the country’s weaving heritage. The special installations showcased the Piña of Aklan, Abel of Ilocos Sur, T’nalak of the T’boli, and the Tikog mat of Samar. Installation artist Patty Eustaquio, interior design duo Vernice Songco and Marga Espiritu, accessories designer Natalya Lagdameo, and interior designer Rossy Yabut-Rojales collaborated with local manufacturers and weaving communities to give the country’s traditional weaves a contemporary spin.

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The Craft Spots at the Weaves of the Philippines: (1) T’nalak weaving, (2) Samar’s Mat weaving, (3) Abel Iloco weaving, and (4) Piña weaving.

Inside the exhibition hall, the Red Box Scenography attracted visitors, where a collective of local designers on the rise displayed export-quality products developed in collaboration with local manufacturers and exporters under the mentorship of Manila FAME Creative Director Budji Layug. Previously focused only on the home category, this year’s Red Box has expanded to designers representing the fashion, holiday décor and gifts, as well as the One Town One Product (OTOP) Marketplace sectors.

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Part of the Decorate scenography featuring Red Box Home

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A portrait of Red Box Home: (L-R) (seated) Gabby Lichauco, Rachelle Dagñalan, Leah Sanchez CITEM Deputy Executive Director Rhea Matute, Manila FAME Creative Director Budji Layug, CITEM Executive Director Rosvi Gaetos, Lyndon Neri, Joseph Rastrullo, Lilianna Manahan, Rossy Rojales, Marga Espiritu and Vernice Songco of Bungalow 300, (standing) Leeroy New and Bong Rojales.

CITEM, in partnership with the Bureau of Domestic Trade (BDT), presented design-forward arts and crafts products from select towns in the country, including the Yolanda-ravaged towns of the provinces of Leyte and Samar, under the OTOP Marketplace. Locally sourced materials used for these special products included water hyacinth, bamboo, burnt wood, coconut, and a variety of natural fibers.

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In the fashion scene, indigenous materials transformed into eye-catching apparel and fashion accessories were the highlights of Manila Wear, a branding initiative that aims to position the Philippine fashion industry in the tropical wear market segment, and push Philippine design and its unique sensibility that is better than the rest of Asia.

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Some of the fashion sights at Manila Wear: (L-R) Amina Aranaz-Alunan’s booth featuring her bag designs and jewelry from Carissa Cruz-Evagelista.

Manila FAME also recognized exporters and designers through the prestigious Katha Awards. The Katha Awards, considered as the most prestigious award in the Philippine design scene, is a significant platform where Philippine product design innovation is recognized. Its goal is to give distinction to ingenious designs and encourage exporters to raise their design standards for Philippine export products as well as to pursue a skillful exploration of new materials/processes.

The Katha Awardees for March 2014 are the following: Ann Pamintuan of The Gilded Expression for her real twig handbag (Best Product Design Award for Fashion); Roberto Borromeo of Navidad Crafts Export Corp. for his bird ornament with capiz wings (Best Product Design Award for Holiday Décor and Gifts); Miguel Aguas of MCAA Industrial Corp. for his Angler lamp (Best Product Design for Houseware and Furnishings); and Jude Tiotuico of Industria for his Bordeaux Chair (Best Product Design for Furniture). The Eco-Design Award, a special citation, went to Marivic Licardo of Floreia CVD Ventures, Inc. for her Poi necklace.

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The Katha Award winners: (1) Angler lamp (Best Product Design for Houseware and Furnishings), (2) Bordeaux Chair (Best Product Design for Furniture), (3) Real Twig Handbag (Best Product Design Award for Fashion), (4) Bird ornament with capiz wings (Best Product Design Award for Holiday Décor and Gifts), and (5) Poi necklace (Eco-Design Award)

“Manila FAME will always come out with something new. The companies participate twice a year to come out with something new. Buyers come here for something new. But what’s sexy, in Budji’s words, about the 59th Manila FAME is the excitement provoked by the range and expansiveness of design ideas and materials presented,” said CITEM Executive Director Rosvi Gaetos.

Manila FAME is one of the longest running trade shows in the Asia Pacific, and is the only trade event in the country that has been approved by UFI (Union des Foires Internationales) or the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry.

Arts and crafts from the regions showcased at the OTOP Marketplace

Indigenous, design-savvy arts and crafts products will take the spotlight in the One Town, One Product (OTOP) Marketplace, one of the show features of the 59th Manila FAME slated at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex on March 14-17.

Organized by the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), the export promotions arm of the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Manila FAME is a global platform for the country’s small and medium enterprises (SMEs), which features certified, export-quality products such as furniture and furnishings, holiday gifts and décor, garments, and fashion accessories designed and crafted in the Philippines for the global market.

A project of the DTI-Bureau of Domestic Trade (DTI-BDT), OTOP Marketplace topbills the 25 “Rising Stars” of the regions, whose products are created by local communities, highlighting tradition, culture, and craftsmanship while emphasizing sustainability and generating livelihood. It showcases local arts and crafts products from select regions in the Philippines.

Last year’s OTOP Marketplace featured design-forward products made from locally sourced raw materials such as water hyacinth, bamboo, burnt wood, coconut, and tikog, among a variety of natural fibers. More promising products are in the offing in the 59th show edition of Manila FAME, which was curated by Manila FAME Creative Director Budji Layug.

Six young and emerging design talents from the Red Box program were tapped to work with the participating OTOP Marketplace companies to beef up their product development endeavors. They are Leah Sanchez, Vernice Songco, Marga Espiritu, Bong and Rossy Rojales, and Rachelle Dagñalan.

Manila FAME is the second longest-running trade show in the Asia Pacific, and is the only trade event in the country that has been approved by UFI (Union des Foires Internationales) or the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, the association of trade show organizers, fairground owners, national and international associations of the exhibition industry and its partners.

Katha Awards – an appreciation of Philippine design, artisanship, and craftsmanship

As lead implementing agency of Design Week Philippines, the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM) will host once again the Katha Awards at HallONE at the International Trade Center in Pasay City on March 14, under the banner of Design Week Philippines.

CITEM is the export promotions arm of the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and organizer of Manila FAME, the country’s premier design and lifestyle event slated at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay City on March 14-17.

The Katha Awards, considered as the most prestigious award in the Philippine design scene, is a significant platform where Philippine product design innovation and excellence is recognized. Its goal is to give distinction to ingenious designs and encourage exporters to raise their design standards for Philippine export products as well as to pursue a skillful exploration of new materials/processes. Design Week Philippines is a multi-faceted platform that brings together creative visionaries from diverse backgrounds and disciplines in a series of programs and events that celebrate design and artistry.

“Since its inception in the early ‘80s, the Katha Awards has been distinguished as an important landmark of Philippine product design excellence and innovation. It is an emblem and statement that seeks to inspire and challenge exporters and designers to constantly create and develop original designs for furniture, houseware and furnishings, holiday décor and gifts, and fashion complements relevant in the global market,” said Rosvi Gaetos, Executive Director of the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM).

The major categories of Katha Awards are Best Product Design (Furniture, Houseware/Furnishings, Holiday Décor and Gifts, and Fashion), Best Booth Display, and an Eco-Design Award as a special citation. The four major product categories are Furniture, Houseware/Furnishings, Holiday Décor and Gifts, and Fashion.

More than just recognizing design excellence and innovation, the Katha Awards also considers the development of earth-friendly products as a top priority. Its Eco-Design Award category puts focus on products developed through the use of sustainable materials and environmentally sound practices.

Below are the March 2014 Katha Award Winners:

The Katha Award winners for Best Product Design: the Angler Lamp by Miguel Aguas (home/furnishing) and the Bordeaux Chair by INDUSTRIA (furniture)

The rest of the Katha Award winners: Ann Pamintuan’s Crocheted Handbag with Real Twig (upper left) for the Best Product Design in fashion, Navidad Crafts’ Bird Ornament with Capiz Wings (lower left) for the Best Product Design in holiday decor, and Floreia’s Poi necklace (right) for the Eco-Design Award.