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CITEM Extends RED BOX Design Program Entry Submission to September 16

With the success of the Cycle 1 of the RED BOX design program, the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM) has managed to highlight the promising brilliance of the young Filipino design talents at the Manila FAME October 2015 edition and in select trade shows in London, Milan, and New York. Due to the heightening interest among designers, CITEM has announced the extension of the submission of entries for Cycle 2 to 16 September 2016.


The RED BOX design program is a platform to discover and train young designers to become the next generation of movers and shakers in the home and fashion industries. The application is open to Filipino product designers aged 21 to 30 years old who have not yet received major home- or fashion-related awards.

Since 2014, RED BOX Cycle 1 Grand Winners for the Home and Fashion Sectors, Thian Rodriguez, Micki Olaguer, Kit Blancas, and Jim Torres, together with 10 other finalists, underwent an in-depth immersion in their respective industries. The program includes attendance to seminars and workshops on design and business; exposure to craft techniques through regional factory visits; first-hand learning experience from world-renowned design icons such as Kenneth Cobonpue and Josie Natori; and, development of product collections in close collaboration with manufacturers.

Their training came with an extraordinary opportunity to be mentored by the country’s designers of premier caliber – Budji Layug for furniture and home accents, and Lulu Tan-Gan for apparel and fashion accessories.

“The Philippines is full of talented young creatives. RED BOX opened its doors to them, so they can further develop their skills under the mentorship of Filipino design icons,” CITEM Executive Director Rosvi C. Gaetos states.

RED BOX Cycle 2 aspires to send more promising designers to international trade fairs such as International Fashion Showcase in the United Kingdom, Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Italy, and International Contemporary Furniture Fair in the United States of America next year.

CITEM has partnered with the Design Center of the Philippines (DCP), a technical agency of the Department of Trade and Industry, mandated to promote industrial design as a tool for improving the quality and competitiveness of Philippine products. The partnership between CITEM and DCP aims to sustain development of the next generation of Philippine designers.

Applicants may submit entries for any of the following categories: furniture; home accents; apparel; and fashion accessories. Only one entry for a maximum of two categories will be accepted. Deadline of submission of entries is on 16 September 2016. For more information on the application process, please visit http://www.citem.gov.ph/index.php/developmental-programs/red-box.

Design for Exports: Bringing in a Fresher Take on Philippine Design

Manila FAME returns this October, bringing with it a new season of authentic Philippine craftsmanship as the premier trade platform for export and design in the country. The Design and Lifestyle Event continues to purvey Philippine-made products that embody the solid merging of traditional and modern techniques, utilizing local materials with ingenious approaches to form, function, craftsmanship, and design.

For the October 2013 edition, Manila FAME presents new collections of products that go beyond the boundaries of innovation and Philippine aesthetics from the collaborations of select manufacturers and brands and with seasoned and up-and-coming designers under the Design for Exports Program of the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), the Department of Trade and Industry’s export marketing arm and force behind Manila FAME.

The Design for Exports Program anchors itself in working with the country’s manufacturers in developing high-caliber products that exude the Philippine design identity of mixing the impeccable tradition of craftsmanship with modern aesthetics that caters to global demand. The program aims to nurture and promote Philippine manufacturers with the aid of the some of the best design professionals in the country. With the expertise and experience of designers backing these manufacturers and producers, the country continues to be a source for the best products in furniture, home décor, fashion, and holiday and gifts.

In a special setting of the Design Philippines, design icon Budji Layug provides decades of expertise and inspiration to a roster of Philippine manufacturers to develop top-of-the-line and design-forward products in furniture and home décor. “I’m trying to bring them to a new stage of exposure, of branding, and fresh ideas to how they can open up and offer their services, their products to a bigger market,” says Layug on working with the companies. “I think by giving my thoughts and sharing my experience with them they are able to open up and understand better the direction that they need to go for the future.”

The designer also leads a group of designers fresh to the Manila FAME scene, all designing and developing products with manufacturers under the Red Box Program of the Design for Exports. To Layug, working with these designers is both challenging and satisfying. “I am able to share my experiences with the designers as to how to understand better the whole picture of Philippine design and manufacturing,” says Layug. “I think it’s going to open up new levels of exposure and imagination for each and every one.”

Long-time creative collaborators to Manila FAME, designers Jinggoy Buensuceso and Wataru Sakuma lend their experience and expertise to the program as well. The two designers work with manufacturers to develop innovative, high-quality products in home décor, gifts and premium items, and Christmas and holiday décor.

Make sure to check out these new products and more when you visit Manila FAME on 17 – 20 October 2013 at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines.

For more information on Manila FAME, visit www.manilafame.com.