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.
Manila FAME, the country’s premier design and lifestyle event, returns to its April season to bring the global trade buyers to the optimal buying cycle at the World Trade Center in Pasay City on April 21-24. For its 63rd show edition, the trade fair evolves into a boutique show featuring a more sophisticated, more exclusive and tightly curated show.
With the theme “Iridescence,” a portrayal of the colorful character of the design and lifestyle event of Asia, Manila FAME will headline an ever-growing showcase of export-quality Philippine designer pieces for the home, holiday, and fashion sectors in a well-coordinated boutique setting. It is 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 more than just a trade fair. It is a journey of discovery of globally responsive products that celebrate color and style under one roof. Buyers who visit Manila FAME on a regular basis always comment that they enjoy and benefit from the multi-dimensional experience that only Manila FAME offers,” said Rosvi Gaetos, the executive director of CITEM.
Spring Forward and Y’ARI are Manila FAME’s special highlights this April under CITEM’s Design for Exports program, a multi-tiered and multi-faceted assistance program which provides Philippine exporters, manufacturers, and designers with a full range of design and product development services. The program brings together both local and international designers and business experts, as well as both young and seasoned industry players to create finely crafted products in the home and fashion sectors designed for the global market.
Spring Forward will showcase handpicked local creations from the country’s craftsmen, artisans, and young designers. Furniture designer and interior design consultant Ito Kish will ‘reimagine’ the season of renewal through a symphony of greens and hanging light bulbs, brought together by solid black marble table tops that puts focus on the versatility and the potential of Philippine products.
Y’ARI will highlight the intersection of artisanal production in various Philippines villages and the interventions used to modernize this production, with Marian Roces as lead curator. The exhibition will showcase textiles, accessories, and ornaments crafted from native materials such as piña silk, beads, pearls, and gold to convey the level of quality that is being matched by modern transformations. With a haute design concept on hand, the exhibit will depart from typical trade show approaches.
Trade buyers and visitors will also get to experience the Philippines’ distinct character and rich inventory of traditions and talents through The Artisans Village, which aims to protect, preserve and promote the arts and crafts of the islands. It aims to celebrate the work of local artisans and master craftsmen highly skilled in weaving, wood carving, metal forging, and other various forms of traditional crafts.
As in previous Manila FAME show editions, Red Box will continue to inspire design enthusiasts with an inspirational showcase of fresh home and fashion ideas. Red Box is a design development that continues to develop junior designers through an ongoing talent and development and mentorship program. For the April 2016 edition, Red Box will feature the iconic designs of junior designers Joseph Rastrullo and Rachelle Dagñalan who will develop a conceptual display based on Manila FAME’s theme “Iridescence,” under the mentorship of Budji Layug, the creative director of Manila FAME.
The presence of OTOP (One Town, One Product) manufacturers will once again highlight handcrafted products made by skilled Filipino craftsmen from various local communities. It is a project of the DTI-Bureau of Domestic Trade Promotions (DTI-BDTP).
Manila FAME will coincide with the celebration of Design Week Philippines (DWP), which fosters connections between creative industry practitioners and design enthusiasts in an interactive sharing of knowledge, ideas, and trends.
Now on its 9th bi-annual staging, Design Week Philippines will provide “the richest, most exciting, most meaningful ways to group, gather, and bond people.” The theme for April 2016 is “Connection” which refers to the creative attempt to bring together people from diverse backgrounds and culture to interact and share their creativity with each other, with Intramuros as DWP’s first design district.
Manila FAME is the second-longest running trade show in the Asia Pacific. It is the only trade event in the country approved by the Union des Foires Internationales (UFI), or the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, a Paris-based association of trade fair organizers founded 90 years ago in Milan, Italy on 15 April 1925.
For more information on Manila FAME: The Boutique Edition, interested parties may visit the official Manila FAME website at www.manilafame.com.
Manila FAME proves once again that it is the country’s premiere design and lifestyle event as it showcased a host of finely crafted home, fashion, and holiday products that could attest that the Philippines is indeed an ideal sourcing destination in Asia for design-driven products.
As the signature event of the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), Manila FAME drew a number of local and foreign buyers who happily sourced for designer products in the four-day trade show held recently at the SMX Convention Center.
“We do not just follow trends; we set them. Manila FAME continues to inspire with a strong design statement on what is design-forward, popular, artisanal, and soulful. It’s a design experience like no other,” said Rosvi Gaetos, executive director of CITEM.
In each show edition of Manila FAME, hundreds of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the home, holiday décor, and fashion industries are continually given a platform to promote their export-quality products to the world market.
For its 60th edition this October, Manila FAME featured products that were crafted according to the ‘design stories’ of Soulcrafts (heritage crafts), Luxe (luxury items) and Gen C (Millennial products), as it aimed to cater to the needs and interests of all audiences.
Event highlights were the Design Philippines Scenography, ‘Be Our Guest’: A Table Accessories Showcase, Manila Wear, NeoTextiles Philippines, Red Box, OTOP Marketplace,and the International Hall.
Under the creative direction of Budji Layug, the Design Philippines Scenography featured the latest designs from a collection crafted by designers and exhibitors of the Design for Exports program, as well as, choice pieces from brands under Design Philippines and Manila Wear. Designers Eric Paras and Stanley Ruiz collaborated with Layug in designing the Design Philippines installation, which featured a giant salakab made of bamboo to set the tone for the special setting made of select design-forward pieces from a gathering of the country’s brightest creative talents.
A tabletops setting titled “Be Our Guest” highlighted an eye-catching, ready-to-buy collection of table accessories developed under the Design for Exports Program by German master florist and designer Detlef Klatt, in collaboration with 17 manufacturers who are experts in working with materials such as abaca (a plant fiber), ceramic, wood, metal, capiz, mother of pearl, and other natural materials. On three 13-meter-long tables, over 800 table pieces such as baskets and bowls, trays and centerpieces, and tablecloths and placemats were laid out in an extraordinary presentation – a play of patterns, textures, and shapes that masterfully blended the table, products, and surrounding elements to create still-life compositions, as inspired by the street scenes of Berlin, New York, Tokyo, and Manila.
Fashionistas had a visual sampling of unique fashion pieces that combined artisanal crafts with contemporary sensibilities in Manila Wear, which featured a fresh collection in pursuit of personal style. International fashion icon Josie Natori curated the presentation and teamed up with fashion designers Cesar Gaupo, Lulu Tan-Gan, and JC Buendia.
NeoTextiles Philippines promoted the country’s indigenous fibers and textiles in support of local weaving communities. Designers Amina Aranaz-Alunan and Olivia d’Aboville provided new design directions to the participating textile manufacturers that created contemporary and versatile textiles and products for home and fashion.
Red Box Home Scenography presented the works of young designers Rachelle Dagñalan, Lilianna Manahan, Leeroy New, and Joseph Rastrullo who were matched with local manufacturers to create innovative products with a unique design sensibility. Red Box is a design development program of CITEM which aims to create the next generation of Philippine design talents.
The One Town, One Product (OTOP), a priority program of the Bureau of Domestic Trade (BDT), showcased handcrafted pieces by skilled Filipino craftsmen whose skills have been passed on through generations of artisans. OTOP manufacturers teamed up with senior designers Viña Domingo-Roy and Rey Soliven, who both mentored Dagñalan and Rastrullo, to produce the latest collection from the regions.
Foreign exhibitors of home and fashion from Asia and the Pacific presented their export-quality products such as furniture, home décor, garments, fashion accessories, and scents in the International Hall. Participating countries were Australia, China, India, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, and Taiwan.
Manila FAME is one of the longest-running trade shows in the Asia Pacific, and is the only trade event in the country approved by the Union des Foires Internationales (UFI), the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry. The 61st show edition will be held at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City on March 13-16, 2015.