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Over 360 MSMEs gear up to showcase PH design and craftsmanship at Manila FAME October 2018

First-time buyers flock to the Philippines’ premier design and lifestyle event

img1.jpgHandcrafted pieces under Design Commune, one of the special setting that will return this Manila FAME October 2018.

The country’s premier design and lifestyle event will stage a bigger exhibit for its October edition with more than 360 participating micro, small, and medium Enterprises (MSMEs) to showcase the design excellence and refined craftsmanship in the Philippines.

On October 19-21, the 68th edition of Manila FAME will present the best of home, lifestyle, and fashion products from the country’s leading brands and manufacturers at the World Trade Center Metro Manila in Pasay City.

Organized by the Department of Trade and Industry through the Center for International Trade Expositions and Mission (DTI-CITEM), the three-day event will spotlight homegrown artisans from regional groups and grassroots communities across the country, encompassing the Philippines’ vibrant and multi-layered cultural heritage.

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DTI-CITEM Executive Director Pauline Suaco-Juan

“Manila FAME stands as a platform for both small and established enterprises to penetrate the international market. The trade show provides exporters with the opportunity to meet with international trade buyers, importers, retailers, wholesalers, and merchandising agents,” said DTI-CITEM Executive Director Pauline Suaco-Juan.

“By helping our MSMEs land new trade deals, we are not only supporting their livelihoods, but we also create investments for the country,” she added.

Firsttime buyers surge from all over the world

Based on DTI-CITEM’s latest tally on October 10, nearly 1,300 local and international trade buyers from countries across the world have already signed up for Manila FAME October.

The top 10 countries where foreign buyers originate include the United States, Japan, Australia, India, Hongkong, Singapore, South Africa, United Kingdoms, United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Nigeria, respectively.

“We are also proud to announce that more than half of our confirmed trade buyers are attending Manila FAME for the first time. Their presence will be significant in catalyzing new export deals and trade partnerships for Philippine home and lifestyle brands,” Suaco-Juan emphasized.

“We are expecting more buyers to sign up as the event approaches with our aggressive buyer campaign, complemented by the renewed global appreciation for meticulous craftsmanship and eco-sustainable products in the Philippines,” she noted.

Special settings put an accent to Manila FAME

Enlivening the trade event is the third edition of Design Commune with a fresh theme that takes inspiration on nude palettes. It is set to be participated by more than 80 Philippine brands under the leadership of award-winning Filipino artists Tes Pasola and Tony Gonzales.

“Design Commune: Nude+ will exhibit a harmonious and impactful collection of home and lifestyle pieces that exude the varying tone, mood and shade of nude to strike balance on the intensity of each product and better highlight their beauty and uniqueness,” Suaco-Juan narrated.

Artistic freedom in Design Commune will be exercised under four themes: Nude+Pastel, Nude+Spice, Nude+Earth, Nude+Luster—all focusing on the barely-there shades of off-white & ivory, the palest of pinks and skin-toned hues.

Also highlighted in the event are the skillful craftsmen from the provinces of Cebu, Bohol, Cagayan de Oro, Albay, Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental, and the Marawi City under the Artisans Village setting.

“Emerging MSMEs across the country will converge to showcase the artistic capabilities and impressive crafts of local artisans and communities, each engraved with an interesting story from their place of origin,” Suaco-Juan noted.

Making a comeback this edition is the Bamboo 360 with a fresh approach in manipulating one of the country’s most ubiquitous and highly sustainable material, led by the Design Center of the Philippines in partnership with the Philippine Nickel Industry Association (PNIA).

The Bamboo 360 program is a disruptive, conceptual presentation of the bamboo material as it speaks of adventure, exploration, and experimentation, through the application of bamboo into product collections that capture the millennials’ way of life.

Buyers and visitors can participate in four hands-on workshops hosted by artisans and advocacy groups located in the Creative Corners. Featured workshops include a three-day Leather Reborn Workshop by Asia Pacific Leather Fair Ltd.; Basic Leather Workshop by H.H.S. Leather Goods Enterprises; Traditional Craft Making by CRAFT MNL; and Solar Lamp Making Workshop by My Shelter Foundation under their A Liter of Light program.

Attendees can also check out the wide range of gourmet gifts, health & wellness products and services, and other fiber-based products from selected grassroot communities under the Health and Wellness Pavilion, which is supported by the DA- Agribusiness Marketing Service (AMAS).

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, the Manila FAME covers the home, holiday and fashion sectors.

Learn more about Manila FAME on manilafame.com/. To receive show updates, follow Manila FAME on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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CITEM Backs Regional MSMEs To Promote Filipino Craftsmanship

Regional MSMEs will highlight local craftsmanship in trade, investment and tourism campaign

img1The Artisans Village aims to promote regional MSMEs from the handicrafts sector to establish the provinces’ brand of quality and craftsmanship

Manila FAME will highlight the best artisanal products of more than 40 regional MSMEs on its 68th edition slated on October 19-21, 2018 at the World Trade Center Metro Manila, Pasay City.

As the country’s premier trade platform for exports and design, Manila FAME aims to provide micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the Philippines a chance to showcase their products in the world market. It is the go-to venue for artisans and makers with unique, creative, functional and innovative products.

One of Manila FAME’s signature features, the Artisans Village, gives local manufacturers from CITEM’s partner provinces an opportunity to establish their brand and unique craftsmanship in both the local and international market.

CITEM also collaborated with the Regional Operations Group of the Department of Trade and Industry and various local government units (LGUs) to promote local products and encourage local and international buyers to source their materials and merchandises from Manila FAME and the homegrown MSMEs it supports.

For its October show, the Artisan Village will feature furniture, home décor, holiday, gifts and fashion products from CITEM’s partner provinces—Antique, Bohol, Cebu, Negros Occidental, Negros Oriental, Northern Mindanao and Marawi City. DTI Regional Offices and LGUs gave the participating companies their full support in featuring the artistic abilities and impressive product selection with a goal to showcase the creativity of dedication of local MSMEs in their respective crafts.

Some of the companies included in the Artisan Village are starting to introduce to the mainstream market, while some are new players with fresh designs that will excite and intrigue both local and international buyers.

 “Manila FAME’s three-pronged promotional activities will highlight the partner province’s local trade, investment and tourism while establishing the province’s brand of quality and unique craftsmanship,” says newly appointed CITEM Executive Director Pauline Suaco-Juan.

CITEM also teamed up with some of the country’s finest artists like Tes Pasola, Detlef Klatt, and designers from the Design Center of the Philippines to provide the participating companies a series of needs-based export coaching, training and workshop and keep them up to date with industry demands.

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Manila FAME, a signature event of the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions, is one of the longest running trade shows in the Asia Pacific and is the only trade event in the Philippines approved by UFI (Union des Foires Internationales), the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry. Held bi-annually, every April and October, the Manila FAME covers the home, holiday, and fashion sectors.

Top design and lifestyle brands take center stage at Manila FAME October 2018 Edition

Now on its 68th edition, the country’s premiere trade platform for exports and design, Manila FAME, will gather the country’s best micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) on October 19-21, at the World Trade Center Metro Manila, Pasay City, Philippines.

Limitless possibilities abound in Manila FAME 2018

The bi-annual trade show will continue to stand as a blank canvas for the country’s skillful artisans, providing a platform that nurtures creative freedom among entrepreneurs. It showcases the distinct design imprint of the Philippines to the global audiences.

For its October 2018 edition, Manila FAME will anchor on the shades of off white and ivory, the palest pinks and skin-toned hues. These soft colors are basic, discreet, timeless and classic. The perfect base that leaves plenty of freedom to add more.

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                                  CITEM Executive Director Paulina Suaco-Juan

“To emphasize the teeming ingenuity of local designers and entrepreneurs, Manila FAME serves as a springboard where they can explore their imagination. This will help us take Filipino craftsmanship to the next level,” said Paulina Suaco-Juan, the newly appointed CITEM Executive Director.

Manila FAME will put together exporters, designers and retail brands from all over the country under one roof to highlight Filipino artistry in the global marketplace. It will gather the best products from homegrown MSMEs in the home, furniture, lighting, holiday and gifts, fashion, visual arts and “food as gifts” sectors.

Organized by the Center for International Trade Expositions and Mission (CITEM), the export promotions arm of the Department of Trade and Industry, Manila FAME aims to strengthen the country’s position as a viable source of high-quality, and design-forward home décor and houseware products.

Design forward special features to behold in Manila FAME

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Design Commune

The upcoming edition of Manila FAME will feature the third edition of Design Commune. This special setting was conceptualized to establish a steady designer-manufacturer relationship where designers understand the skills of manufacturers, and manufacturers recognize the significance of product design and development.

This collaboration will conceive a constant output of well-designed products, creating an extensive showcase that meets the buyers’ expectation of a sourcing destination. The products to be developed will be segmented towards various markets including Europe, U.S. and Japan.

The main special setting will be designed by award-winning artist Tes Pasola who previously worked as a co-curator in the Product Design Consultancy Program during the April 2018 Edition of Manila FAME. During the same period, she was commissioned to make paper art collages for the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Manila.  She is part of Movement 8, a group of the country’s finest and choicest designers that seeks to establish the Philippines as a serious player in the international high-end consumer market.

Artisan Village

A staple of Manila FAME, the Artisan Village is a venue for masterfully made handcrafted pieces designed by Filipino MSMEs to be introduced in the international market. As part of CITEM’s commitment to promote the participation of local communities in Manila FAME, handicrafts from Antique, Bohol, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental, and Marawi will be displayed to showcase the artistic capabilities and product selection of local artisans.

Bamboo Extreme

Taking after the youthful energy of today’s generation, the Bamboo Extreme program pushes the use of bamboo as a raw material for high-end lifestyle pieces. It seeks to provoke and renew interest in the local resource, veering away from bamboo’s reputation as a “poor man’s material.”  Spearheaded by the Design Center of the Philippines, the program is a disruptive, conceptual presentation of the bamboo material as it speaks of adventure, exploration and experimentation through the application of bamboo into product collections that capture the millennials’ way of life.

Home and Wellness Pavilion

Another returning special feature for this edition is the Home and Wellness Pavilion. This special area will showcase a wide range of gourmet gifts, health & wellness products and services, and other fiber based goods manufactured by select grassroot communities supported by the Department of Agriculture-Agribusiness Marketing Service (DA-AMAS).

KATHA Awards

To continue the tradition of giving recognition to design-forward local enterprises, Manila FAME will also hold the annual KATHA Awards, the hallmark of product design excellence and innovation. It will distinguish the most innovative local fashion and lifestyle industries among the Manila FAME exhibitors who continue to develop and redefine the prestige of Philippine design.

Interested buyers and exhibitors can check out the official Manila FAME website at http://www.manilafame.com/Registration/Trade-Buyer for more details. You can also follow Manila FAME on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for the latest updates.

Sustainable Designs Win Big at the KATHA Awards April 2018

Green thinking swept the KATHA Awards for the 67th edition of Manila FAME as four out of the six awardees showcased innovative sustainable designs for their winning products.

As the hallmark of design excellence in the Philippines, the KATHA Awards recognizes artisans who continue to innovate and redefine the Philippine design imprint from Manila FAME’s pool of exhibitors. Winners are selected based on their product’s overall aesthetics, functionality, and innovative use of materials.

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“Anak ng Tupa” by Junk Not won the KATHA Award for Eco-Design. Made from twined recycled plastic and foil, the Anak ng Tupa mimics the appearance of sheep’s wool—a nod by designer Wilhelmina Garcia to the sheep that have died from digesting plastic at their farm.

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The KATHA Award for Best Product Design for Holiday Décor and Gifts went to Virtucio for its coasters and placemats made from recycled plastic. The Bohol-based company laser cuts the recycled plastic molds and accents the pieces with brass.

Design by Tes Pasola.

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The big winner of the night, Cebu Homecraft won the KATHA award for Best Product Design for Furniture and for Home Décor for its Denim Cabinet and Candelabras, respectively. Both items were created from Molave deadwood with upcycled denim used for the Denim Cabinet.

Candelabra design by Detleft Klatt.

Denim Cabinet design by Tes Pasola.

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Eccentric’s pair of goat horn and wild boar tusk earrings received the KATHA Award for Best Product Design for Fashion. The fashion-forward piece garnered praise from the judges for its boldness and possibly, the next big thing in fashion.

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Lastly, a Special Citation for Best Design 2018 was given to Siklesa for its eponymous vehicle that incorporates the heritage of traditional Philippine design with modern details to create a new, revolutionary mode of transportation.

“[Siklesa] encompasses what being a Filipino is. If you could make a product that symbolizes the Philippines, this would be a perfect match for having all the right nuances of what makes it Filipino,” said KATHA Judge Rajo Laurel.

The KATHA Awards was judged by a lineup of design experts. For home décor and furniture were Francis Alañon, Principal Designer of FTA Design and Phoenix Home; IDr. Cynthia Almario, Principal Designer of Atelier Almario; Arch. Tobias Guggenheimer, Dean of the School of Fashion and the Arts Design Institute; Arch. Anton Mendoza, Principal Architect of J. Antonio Mendoza Design Consultants; Arch. Royce Nicdao of WTA Architecture and Design Studio; and Jennifer So Hu-See, Founder and Chief Creative Officer of Sohu Designs.

While for fashion and holiday décor and gifts were Sky Gavin, COO of WheninManila.com; Angel Guerrero, President and Editor in Chief of Adobo Magazine; John Herrera of House of Herrera Philippines; Rajo Laurel of House of Laurel; and Lulu Tan-Gan, Principal Designer of TAN-GAN Atelier and Program Consultant for Fashion Design & Merchandising at the School of Design & Arts.

Since its inception in 1990, the KATHA Awards aims to encourage manufacturers and designers to create premium designs for furniture, home décor and furnishings, holiday décor and gifts, and fashion complements for the global market. It is held in every edition of Manila FAME.

The Center for International Trade expositions and Missions (CITEM), the export promotions arm of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is the proud organizer of the Manila FAME – the second longest-running trade show in the Asia-Pacific, and the only trade event in the Philippines approved by Union des Foires Internationales, a Paris-based association of trade fair organizers founded 90 years ago in Italy.

Manila FAME is a bi-annual business sourcing platform of export ready and finely crafted furniture and home furnishings, holiday gifts and décor, and fashion accessories. It showcases the best of Philippine design and craftsmanship. For more information, please visit http://www.manilafame.com/

World-renowned PH designers explore design trends at Manila FAME

Design trends have always been ambivalent in nature, remaining unusually predictable and uncertain with every shift. As easily as they come, a trend emerges and seeps its way across the design branches effectively dictating the product selection and overall demand in the market.

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Manila FAME, the country’s premier lifestyle and design event, has been witness to countless trends that has grazed the lifestyle and design industry. For its 66th edition on Oct. 20 – 22, the three-day trade event will explore product marketability and trends in its special setting, Design Commune, under the direction of internationally renowned designer Tony Gonzales.

Design Commune will feature items from more than 60 Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSME) across the country and will center around four market-oriented themes based on mainstream trends: Greens, Blues & Whites, Ethnic Nomad, and Naturals.

“The Green has been coming strong for the last two or three years. Back then, it was influenced by people’s desire to cook. They become weekend chefs and everybody just loved to cook,” Gonzales explained.

“This time, the trend has shifted to gardening. Buildings have greenhouses on their rooftops, people grow herbs, cactuses, and succulents in their houses. We created a variety of pots to cater to this, anything for the garden that can also be used as a home décor.”

Gonzales comments that Naturals and Blues & Whites have long been mainstream influencers. Natural tones saw a rise in the fashion and lifestyle industry for its simplicity and versatility, while the Blues & Whites had been a constant driver of color choices for home décor, personal products, and gifts.

Meanwhile, Ethnic Nomad takes inspiration from one of the biggest macro trends of recent, travelling. As young adults have adapted the need to travel, they gravitated from the consumerism-filled lifestyle. This movement was then followed by fashion houses who continued to look to the organic beauty of the earth the vast cultures it holds.

 “We’ve created a theme that takes inspiration from different ethnic cultures and colors without actively showing a particular country. It’s a mixture of ethnic influences. There’s a bit from South America and of course, from our very own Igorot and Tagbanwa,” said Gonzales.

Gonzales worked with a number of designers to support the product development stage of the companies. Tes Pasola, Detlef Klatt, Stanley Ruiz, Wataru Sakuma, Conrad de Leon, Leo Saño, and Reine Shih were among the Filipino designers who took part in Design Commune.

Products from A. Garcia Crafts, Asia Ceramics, Celestial Arts, Inc., Finali Furniture and Home Accessories, Kit Silver, Nature’s Legacy Eximport, and Prado Filipino Artisans among others will be featured in the boutique-style setting from October 20 – 22 at the World Trade Center Metro Manila.

“We didn’t design for ourselves as artists or designers. We designed for the companies as our way to support their livelihood,” Gonzales said.

The Center for International Trade expositions and Missions (CITEM), the export promotions arm of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is the proud organizer of the Manila FAME – the second longest-running trade show in the Asia-Pacific, and the only trade event in the Philippines approved by Union des Foires Internationales, a Paris-based association of trade fair organizers founded 90 years ago in Italy.

Manila FAME is a bi-annual business sourcing platform of export ready and finely crafted furniture and home furnishings, holiday gifts and décor, and fashion accessories. It showcases the best of Philippine design and craftsmanship. For more information, please visit http://www.manilafame.com/