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Manila FAME calls Philippine Companies for its Boutique Show Edition

Registration is still open for the 63rd show edition of Manila FAME, the country’s premier design and lifestyle event, slated at the World Trade Center in Pasay City on April 21-24.

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For this show edition, Manila FAME returns to the April sourcing circuit to bring the global trade buyers to the optimal buying circle. As it shifts gears and evolves into its Boutique Show Edition, the trade event will stage a more sophisticated and more exclusive show that will cater to the strict buying standards of select local and international trade buyers.

Manila FAME is a bi-annual showcase of craftsmanship, design innovation, and artisanship of Philippine products organized by the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), the export promotions arm of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

With its commitment to promote the business of Philippines micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), Manila FAME offers special product development and coaching programs that assist and nurture local companies, entrepreneurs, design talents and industry practitioners in business improvement and export marketing. It is an excellent sourcing and networking platform for MSMEs looking for business opportunity in both domestic and export markets.

The trade show runs a buyer incentive program that ensures the arrival of overseas trade buyers and visitors composed of a wide range of renowned and influential retail chains and professionals across the globe such as ADEO Group; BENELIC Co., Ltd.; Comercio de Artigos de Moda Salsa, Ltda.; Crate & Barrel; El Corte Inglés; Elizabeth McAlpin, Inc.; Galeries Lafayette; GARANT Group; Haans Lifestyle; Kika Style, Inc.; La Maison d’Ivoire; LuLu Group International; Napa Home and Garden; ŐZARTAŞ AVIZE; Ralph Lauren; Royal Palace Group; Target Corporation and Williams-Sonoma. The show also attracts architects, interior designers, real estate developers and the specifiers from the hospitality sector.

Manila FAME is open to manufacturers, suppliers, independent designers of home accents (baskets and storage, lamp and lighting, and garden accessories), gift items (cards and stationeries, gift boxes, and toys), holiday décor (Christmas ornaments and hangings and figurines), fashion accessories (fine and costume jewelry and footwear), furniture, and arts and crafts.

To participate in the Manila FAME: The Boutique Show Edition, interested parties may log in to www.manilafame.com to accomplish the online application form or call 831-2201 loc. 242 for more details.

Filipino Soulful Craftsmanship @ 60th Manila FAME


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.


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.


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.


Indigenous materials highlighted at the OTOP Marketplace

Manila FAME, Asia’s Design and Lifestyle Event, emphasizes the massive potential of the grassroots level of the Philippine export industry. The One Town One Product (OTOP) Marketplace promotes Philippine craftsmanship and artisanship through locally made products from select regions in the Philippines.

“This year’s OTOP Marketplace features contemporized products made of local materials such as water hyacinth, bamboo, burnt wood, coco guinit, twigs, tikog, and a variety of natural fibers found in the different regions of the Philippines,” says Jinggoy Buensuceso,who curated the special setting.

Check out the products at the OTOP Marketplace:

Manila FAME runs until 17 March 2013! See more of Philippine ingenuity at the 57th edition of Manila FAME at the SMX Convention Center, Metro Manila, Philippines. For more information about the show, visit www.manilafame.com.

Manila FAME likes design-forward products!

The Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), the export marketing arm of the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), exhibits high-quality and design-forward products at Manila FAME developed through its Design for Exports program. These products are displayed at the Millennial Home, a special setting that explores what tomorrow’s home will be like.

Here are the products curated by our design experts:

Design For Export

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Manila FAME is now open! See Philippine ingenuity at the 57th edition of Manila FAME on 14-17 March 2013 at the SMX Convention Center, Metro Manila, Philippines. For more information about the show, visit www.manilafame.com.

Design Excellence and Innovation Through CITEM’s Design for Exports Program


“CITEM’s Design for Exports program is just one more example of DESIGN PHILIPPINES at work.  This movement, under the auspices of CITEM, nurtures and celebrates cutting edge product design making Manila FAME Asia’s leader in Design.”

James R. Booth, Project Director, Manila FAME

As the country’s pillar for design excellence and product innovation, the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), the export marketing arm of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), continues its mission to bring constant reinvention of high quality and design-forward products through its Design for Exports Program.

Designers working for the Design for Exports Program are Eric Paras, Inigo Elizalde, Ito Kish, Jinggoy Buensuceso, Leeroy New, Luisa Robinson, Olivia d’Aboville, Vito Selma, and Wataru Sakuma. These experts will lend their creative expertise in providing the participating companies with technical assistance to help stir interest and stimulate demand for Philippine products in the international trade scene and help establish the country as Asia’s go-to design destination.

Witness Philippine ingenuity at the 57th edition of Manila FAME as it shapes up to bring new and exciting products on 14-17 March 2013 at the SMX Convention Center, Metro Manila, Philippines. For more information about the show, visit www.manilafame.com.

Where to Find Great Gifts and Holiday Decor

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One of the most celebrated holidays in the world, Christmas is iconic for its bright décor and tradition of gift giving. The Philippines is one of the best destinations for this holiday celebrating it as early as September into the late weeks of January. It is this fascination for Christmas that inspires many companies from the Holiday décor and Gift industry to create memorable collections for the season.

Gifted with natural creativity and craftsmanship, top Philippine Holiday Décor and Gifts exporters unveiled their latest collections during the October edition of Manila FAME 2012.

Here are some products featured from select Manila FAME Exhibitors which are perfect for the holidays.

Balex Boxes


CD Handicrafts


Gifts and Graces




Gifts and decorations help make Christmas extra special. Choose the perfect mix of tree ornaments, Christmas decorations and gift items to brighten any holiday. Manila FAME is an excellent source for products with design and quality craftsmanship.

An even more exciting edition of Manila FAME is coming 14 – 17 March 2013 at the SMX Convention Center, Pasay City. Online registration is now open. Interested buyers may contact CITEM for more information about world class Philippine exporters.


Of all our senses, perhaps the most powerful is the visual experience. FAME – Asia’s Design and Lifestyle Event – is first and last a visual experience – one that communicates quality, design, and value.

As organizer of FAMECITEM, the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions – spends countless hours and employs incomparable talent to ensure a visual feast of the best product the world has to offer. Product that is a direct result of “The Art of the Craftsman = The Soul of the Philippines.”

Ito Kish, Visual Merchandising Specialist of Manila FAME describes Visual Merchandising as “The art of presentation which puts merchandise in focus. It directs desire and finally augments the selling process.”

The 56th edition of FAME – October 17-20 – not only takes product design to the ultimate level but visual merchandising as well. Visiting buyers will experience concepts that can and will connect with the customer and visually show ways they can tap into the psyche of their customer. The Garden Pavilion, the Fashion Pavilion, the Design Houses, and the Design Spots are just a few examples of how to visually connect.

Today’s business, more so than ever before, is about “Being in Connection” with the consumer. The value of visual merchandising cannot be underestimated as the most important way to connect. Don’t miss the “visual feast” at Manila FAME. Come see! Come sigh! And Come Buy!