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DTI champions over 360 PH home and lifestyle firms through Manila FAME October 2018

Filipino ingenuity and design innovation win big at Katha Awards


Tadeco Home Decor won the Best Booth Award in the 68th edition of Manila FAME.

Organized by the Department of Trade and Industry, through the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (DTI-CITEM), Manila FAME has once again championed the cause of Philippine home and lifestyle exporters as it opens its doors to hundreds of international and domestic buyers in its first day on October 19 at the World Trade Center Metro Manila, Pasay City.

In the opening ceremony, DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez recognized Manila FAME in elevating the standards of Philippine design and craftsmanship.

“Manila FAME serves not only as an export promotion but a value-adding platform for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs),” said DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez.


DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez delivers his keynote speech in the first day of the 68th edition of Manila FAME..

 “It continues to inspire and encourage MSME’s to creating better products through the skillful use and exploration of the country’s natural resources,” he added.

A total of 366 exhibitors have signed up for the event. Among the sectors under Manila FAME, the furniture and garments sectors has been identified as two of the twelve priority sectors of DTI for development and promotion.

Since its inception in 1990, the Katha Awards has stood as the hallmark of Philippine product design excellence and innovation. The special distinction is awarded to Manila FAME companies and designers whose products embodied the innovative design and material manipulation.

Katha Awards upheld Filipino design ingenuity and product innovation

Manila FAME has ended its first day with the exciting announcement of the KATHA October 2018 winners.

“With plenty of talents across the country, the KATHA Awards gives distinction to fresh, original, and innovative designs that embolden the spirit of Filipino creativity,” said DTI-CITEM Pauline Suaco-Juan

Here are the winners of the KATHA October 2018:

Best Booth Design and Best Product for Furniture: Bench Bark by Tadeco Home Décor and designed by Nelson Sepulveda.

Eyes on the prize, a big winner in this edition of Manila FAME is Tadeco Home Décor after winning the Best Booth Design with their exemplary exhibition style and Best Product for Furniture for their bench made from abaca.


Best Product for Lamps and Lightings: Ikat Lamp by Hacienda Crafts


Best Product for Festive and Seasonal Decor: Pinoy Tree of Life by Touch of Craft, Inc.


 Best Product for Fashion: Casa Portable by Zacarias 1925 under S.C. Vizcarra


Best Product Home Décor: Flower Box by Native Crafts and Arts and designed by Tes Pasola.


Special Citation for Eco-Design: Pipes by Red Slab Pottery and designed by Tes Pasola.


People’s Choice Award: Kalabaw Rocker by Quick Stitch Embroidery/FUNNEST.


Best Product Design winners were chosen based on their product’s overall aesthetics (20%), function (30%), materials innovation (15%), and product innovation (35%).

The best booth display award is given to the exhibit with the best concept (30%), use of space (35%) and visual appeal (35%) to maximize their presence in Manila FAME. The Special Citation for Eco-Design Award is conferred based on concept (25%), manufacturing processes (30%), fitness of purpose (15%) and impact/environment benefits (30%).

Meanwhile, the People’s Choice Award is given to the exhibitor who has the highest number of votes from buyers and visitors on the Manila FAME App.

The KATHA Awards winners were chosen by a lineup of design and product experts. For products under furniture, lamps and lighting, home décor, festive/ seasonal décor, and gifts & premium, the judges line up is composed of Rossy Anne Yabut-Rojales (Co-Founder and Creative Director of Hurray Interior Design Group), Nina Santamaria (Principal Designer, Grupo Santamaria), Ma. Carmen Lim-Regala (Principal Designer and Sole Proprietor, CRL Interior Designs), Miguel Rosales (Art Advisor and Creative Consultant, Caramel Creative Consultancy, Phils Inc.), Cyndi Fernandez (Owner and Interior Designer, Moss Manila), Mel Patrick Kasingsing (Creative Director, One Mega Group), and Daphne Oseña-Paez (Owner, Daphne).

Meanwhile, judging for Fashion products are Shanon Pamaong (CEO/Director, Fashion Institute of the Philippines), Mark Bumgarner (Fashion Designer), Sky Gavin (Chief Operations Officer, WheninManila.com), Raymond Ang (Owner, Milk Man Marketing), Bea Ledesma (Group Publisher, Hinge Inquirer Publications, Inc.)


Manila FAME is one of the longest-running trade shows in the Asia-Pacific region and is the only trade event in the Philippines approved by the Union des Foires Internationales (UFI), the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry. Held bi-annually every April and October.

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