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Design For Exports Excellence with the Katha Awards

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DESIGN FOR EXPORTS EXCELLENCE. In the recently concluded 59th 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. Its goal is to give distinction to ingenious designs and encourage exporters to raise their design standards for Philippine export products and to pursue a skillful exploration of new materials/processes. The Katha Awardees for March 2014 are The Gilded Expression for the crocheted hand bag with real twig (Best Product Design Award for Fashion); Navidad Crafts Export Corp. for the bird ornament with capiz wings (Best Product Design Award for Holiday Décor and Gifts); MCAA Industrial Corp. for the Angler lamp (Best Product Design for Houseware and Furnishings); and Industria Home for the Bordeaux Chair (Best Product Design for Furniture). The Eco-Design Award, a special citation, went to Floreia CVD Ventures, Inc. for the Poi necklace. In photo are (from left to right): event host Daphne Oseña-Paez; Nini Ledesma of Navidad Crafts Export Corp., Jude Tiotuico of Industria Home; CITEM Executive Director Rosvi Gaetos; Carlo Delantar of Floreia CVD Ventures, Inc.; Trade Undersecretary Ponciano Manalo, Jr.; Trade Undersecretary Nora Terrado; Rowena Domingo, wife of DTI Secretary Gregory Domingo; Ann Pamintuan of The Gilded Expression, and Angeles Havitan of MCCA Industrial Corporation.

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59th Manila FAME celebrated Philippine design in style

The Philippine design community, composed of seasoned artisans, creative entrepreneurs, and emerging design specialists, showcased once again their unique and innovative creations in the 59th edition of Manila FAME, the country’s premiere design and lifestyle event, held on the second level of the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex, on March 14-17, 2014.

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 featured a wide range of handcrafted products including home furniture and furnishings, fashion apparel and accessories, holiday décor and gifts, as well as arts and crafts products made by the skilled hands of local designers.

Drawing crowds from day one was Craftspots, set within the Weaves of the Philippines setting, where live demonstrations of traditional weaving, juxtaposed with contemporary display installations, gave Manila FAME visitors an insight into the cultural narrative of the country’s weaving heritage. The special installations showcased the Piña of Aklan, Abel of Ilocos Sur, T’nalak of the T’boli, and the Tikog mat of Samar. Installation artist Patty Eustaquio, interior design duo Vernice Songco and Marga Espiritu, accessories designer Natalya Lagdameo, and interior designer Rossy Yabut-Rojales collaborated with local manufacturers and weaving communities to give the country’s traditional weaves a contemporary spin.

Craft Spots at the Weaves of the Philippines

The Craft Spots at the Weaves of the Philippines: (1) T’nalak weaving, (2) Samar’s Mat weaving, (3) Abel Iloco weaving, and (4) Piña weaving.

Inside the exhibition hall, the Red Box Scenography attracted visitors, where a collective of local designers on the rise displayed export-quality products developed in collaboration with local manufacturers and exporters under the mentorship of Manila FAME Creative Director Budji Layug. Previously focused only on the home category, this year’s Red Box has expanded to designers representing the fashion, holiday décor and gifts, as well as the One Town One Product (OTOP) Marketplace sectors.

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A portrait of Red Box Home: (L-R) (seated) Gabby Lichauco, Rachelle Dagñalan, Leah Sanchez CITEM Deputy Executive Director Rhea Matute, Manila FAME Creative Director Budji Layug, CITEM Executive Director Rosvi Gaetos, Lyndon Neri, Joseph Rastrullo, Lilianna Manahan, Rossy Rojales, Marga Espiritu and Vernice Songco of Bungalow 300, (standing) Leeroy New and Bong Rojales.

CITEM, in partnership with the Bureau of Domestic Trade (BDT), presented design-forward arts and crafts products from select towns in the country, including the Yolanda-ravaged towns of the provinces of Leyte and Samar, under the OTOP Marketplace. Locally sourced materials used for these special products included water hyacinth, bamboo, burnt wood, coconut, and a variety of natural fibers.

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In the fashion scene, indigenous materials transformed into eye-catching apparel and fashion accessories were the highlights of Manila Wear, a branding initiative that aims to position the Philippine fashion industry in the tropical wear market segment, and push Philippine design and its unique sensibility that is better than the rest of Asia.

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Some of the fashion sights at Manila Wear: (L-R) Amina Aranaz-Alunan’s booth featuring her bag designs and jewelry from Carissa Cruz-Evagelista.

Manila FAME also recognized exporters and designers through the prestigious Katha Awards. The Katha Awards, considered as the most prestigious award in the Philippine design scene, is a significant platform where Philippine product design innovation is recognized. Its goal is to give distinction to ingenious designs and encourage exporters to raise their design standards for Philippine export products as well as to pursue a skillful exploration of new materials/processes.

The Katha Awardees for March 2014 are the following: Ann Pamintuan of The Gilded Expression for her real twig handbag (Best Product Design Award for Fashion); Roberto Borromeo of Navidad Crafts Export Corp. for his bird ornament with capiz wings (Best Product Design Award for Holiday Décor and Gifts); Miguel Aguas of MCAA Industrial Corp. for his Angler lamp (Best Product Design for Houseware and Furnishings); and Jude Tiotuico of Industria for his Bordeaux Chair (Best Product Design for Furniture). The Eco-Design Award, a special citation, went to Marivic Licardo of Floreia CVD Ventures, Inc. for her Poi necklace.

Katha Award Winners

The Katha Award winners: (1) Angler lamp (Best Product Design for Houseware and Furnishings), (2) Bordeaux Chair (Best Product Design for Furniture), (3) Real Twig Handbag (Best Product Design Award for Fashion), (4) Bird ornament with capiz wings (Best Product Design Award for Holiday Décor and Gifts), and (5) Poi necklace (Eco-Design Award)

“Manila FAME will always come out with something new. The companies participate twice a year to come out with something new. Buyers come here for something new. But what’s sexy, in Budji’s words, about the 59th Manila FAME is the excitement provoked by the range and expansiveness of design ideas and materials presented,” said CITEM Executive Director Rosvi Gaetos.

Manila FAME is one of the longest running trade shows in the Asia Pacific, and is the only trade event in the country that has been approved by UFI (Union des Foires Internationales) or the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry.

Manila FAME to showcase export-quality products, designs and services at SMX

The 59th edition of Manila FAME, a bi-annual showcase of craftsmanship, design innovation, eco-sustainability, and artisanship in Philippine products, will take center stage at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay City on March 14-17, 2014.

Organized by the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), the export promotions arm of the Department of Trade Industry (DTI), Manila FAME is the premiere design and lifestyle event of the country that showcases certified, export-quality products such as furniture and furnishings, holiday gifts and decor, garments, and fashion accessories crafted in the Philippines for the global market.

“We intend to make Manila FAME as exciting as ever, with the intention to dish out modern design concepts. We will collaborate with both new and seasoned designers to ensure that we  will showcase fresh and modern product design and innovation,” said CITEM executive director Rosvi Gaetos.

As it aims to position the country as a steady supplier of innovative Filipino products for the global market, Manila FAME will attract local and international buyers via the following event highlights: Design for Exports, Red Box, Manila Wear, OTOP Marketplace, Crafts Spots, and Weaves of the Philippines.

Design for Exports is a multi-tiered and multi-faceted program which provides Philippine exporters, manufacturers, and designers with a full range of design and product development services. These services will cover product design, merchandising, export coaching in business planning, sales and marketing, visual merchandising, and brand building.

MANILA FAME creative director Budji Layug takes Philippine design to a whole new level in this Design Philippines special setting.

DESIGN-FORWARD furniture pieces by internationally acclaimed furniture designer Kenneth Cobonpue are featured in Manila FAME’s special setting.

THE DESIGN PHILIPPINES special setting at the Manila FAME features certified, export-quality home designs that represent what the Philippines can offer to the world.

Manila FAME will present each product sector (i.e., holiday décor, home, fashion, arts and crafts) in a series of scenography. It will also serve as a viable platform for new and young designers to collaborate with their seasoned counterparts in a design development program called Red Box, which is aimed at harnessing Filipino creativity through the use of sustainable raw materials to produce innovative export products.

“For Red Box, we will showcase a new breed of talents from Cebu, whose works are not known but are globally appealing  just the same. Seasoned designers will also take part as usual. It  will be a modern exhibit  which will not follow boxed-in concepts. The open spaces are guaranteed to make a distinct design statement,” said Manila FAME creative director Budji Layug.

MUSKEETER STOOLS by Filipino designer Rachelle Dagnalan.

FINE BONE china vases from the Mayumi Collection of CSM Philippines, Inc.

A bolder line of apparel and accessory designs using indigenous materials will be the focal point in Manila Wear, a branding initiative that targets to position the Philippine fashion industry in the tropical/resort wear market segment. Manila Wear aims to direct the creative energies of the country’s leading designers towards the development of refreshing designs in clothing and fashion accessories.

‘TESSELATION’ BAG made of nylon and plastic studs with metallic finish by designer Olivia d’Aboville.

Guaranteed to draw crowds once again are the much-awaited show features like the One Town One Product (OTOP) Marketplace showcase of products created by micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs); live demonstrations of age-old craft techniques by Filipino artisans in Craft Spots; and a vibrant display of contemporary Philippine textiles crafted from sustainable fibers by local weaving communities in Weaves of the Philippines.

Fortifying its campaign to strengthen the Philippines’ positioning as Asia’s creative hub, Manila FAME will again be hosting the Katha Awards, which is considered as the most prestigious award in the Philippine design scene. Katha Awards aims to give distinction to ingenious designs and encourage exporters to raise their design standards for Philippine export products as well as to pursue a skillful exploration of new materials/processes.

Manila FAME is one of the longest running trade shows in the Asia-Pacific, and is the only trade event in the country that has been approved by UFI (Union des Foires Internationales) or the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, the association of trade show organizers, fairground owners, national and international associations of the exhibition industry and its partners.

Get news and updates on Manila FAME in the following social media channels: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram. Keep track of the stories with the hashtags #ManilaFAME and #DesignPhilippines.

NeoTextiles Philippines: The Story of Philippine Contemporary Textile

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Manila FAME showcases tradition and age-old artisanship in textile making retold, revitalized, and rewoven for the modern world at the special setting of NeoTextiles Philippines.

NeoTextiles Philippines, a new feature this October, is a project of the Garments and Textile Industry Development Office (GTIDO). GTIDO’s Material Development Program aims to support and promote the Philippine textile, positioning it as a commercially-viable and globally-competitive product that gives value to its roots while innovating tradition and adapting today’s trends to create products that are versatile and modern.

Olivia d’Abovile, a French-Filipino artist based in Manila, lends her creative sensibilities in elevating these contemporary fabrics that are ethnic-inspired yet versatile, artisanal yet progressive, world-class yet distinctly Filipino. D’Aboville designed products developed from these neotextiles, partnering with seasoned manufacturers to create fashion and home pieces that highlight the versatility of these contemporary fabrics.

Companies involved NeoTextiles include Balay ni Atong, Klowil Multi-Purpose Cooperative, Tadeco Home, Rurungan sa Tubod Foundation Inc., and S.C. Vizcarra.

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See NeoTextiles Philippines and more at Manila FAME, The Design and Lifestyle Event, open today to 20 October 2013 at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines.

Philippine Contemporary Textiles this October at Manila FAME

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The Philippines is home to some of the most distinct textiles in the world, most of which are crafted by ethnic communities that have kept their craft alive, passing the art from generation to generation. This October at Manila FAME, discover how tradition and age-old artisanship in textile making will be revitalized and rewoven for the modern world.

NeoTextiles Philippines, a new feature this October, is a project of the Garments and Textile Industry Development Office (GTIDO). GTIDO’s Material Development Program aims to support and promote the Philippine textile, positioning it as a commercially-viable and globally-competitive product that gives value to its roots while innovating tradition and adapting today’s trends to create products that are versatile and modern.

NeoTextiles Philippines will showcase the modern Philippine textile, made from sustainable, natural fibers by artisan weaving communities from different regions of the country. These neotextiles are ethnic-inspired yet versatile, artisanal yet progressive, and undeniably Filipino.

Taking inspiration from the past and weaving new life to textiles craftsmanship, NeoTextiles Philippines will also showcase products created from these neotextiles, partnering with seasoned manufacturers to create fashion and home pieces that highlight the versatility of these contemporary fabrics.

See NeoTextiles Philippines and other exciting showcases of design and craftsmanship at Manila FAME on 17 – 20 October 2013 at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines.

What to Watch out for at Manila FAME this October

Another season of awe-inspiring design and craftsmanship is fast approaching as Manila FAME gets ready for its October 2013 showcase. One of the longest running trade fairs in the Asia-Pacific and is the only UFI-approved trade fair in the Philippines, Manila FAME: Asia’s Design and Lifestyle Event will be on 17 – 20 October 2013 at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City, Philippines.

In its 58th edition, Manila FAME continues to be the country’s premier trade platform for exports and design. Proving over the years that it is an event to be recognized, Manila FAME purveys 100% Philippine-made products crafted through a merging of traditional and modern techniques, utilizing sustainable indigenous materials with innovative approaches to form, function, and design.

Design and craftsmanship are the moving forces behind Manila FAME so expect new designs and innovation for the October edition. It will also present a roster of show features that promises to wow and deliver an exciting show for everyone.

Design PH

Design PH is a brand the goes beyond the boundaries of product innovation and Philippine aesthetics. Featuring products from the creative collaborations of select manufacturers and the bright minds of Philippine design, it showcases works of exceptional quality and craftsmanship under the direction of design icon Budji Layug.

Manila Wear

A branding initiative for fashion apparel and accessories crafted from the country’s local materials, Manila Wear embodies a truly Filipino design sensibility that is synonymous with tropical/resort wear. International fashion icon Josie Natori leads a select group of designers in creating remarkable Manila Wear pieces for the global market.

The Marketplace

Products that emphasize sustainability, the use of indigenous materials, and earth-friendly resources and methods are what The Marketplace offers at Manila FAME. Partnering with local communities and micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs), it presents a range of products that provide insight to the many indigenous materials and crafts skills of the Philippines.

Craft Spots

Skilled craftsmen breathe life to the many craft forms of the Philippines through live demonstrations of centuries-worth of traditional crafting techniques, transforming indigenous materials into extraordinary shapes and forms that provide a glimpse of the country’s culture of artisanship.

The Christmas Village

Capture the holiday spirit in this setting of vibrant creations that exults the essence of special occasions. The Christmas Village is a must-see destination for the latest products and freshest ideas that embody the country’s passion for creation, tradition, and celebration.

Design Txtile

A display of modern Philippine textiles, crafted from sustainable indigenous fibers. Ethnic-inspired yet versatile, artisanal yet progressive, and distinctly Filipino — Philippine contemporary textile.

Besides the exciting show features, Manila FAME also has two partner events:

DGPDeXign Global Philippines

Making its debut this October, DeXign Global Philippines is a platform that combines business and design and serves as a venue for creative exchange and trade promotion. It brings together international exhibitors in home and fashion, highlighting the ASEAN countries and their individual brand of creativity and artisanship.

Design Week Philippines

A celebration of design in the Philippines through programs and events that foster creativity among Filipinos to strengthen the country’s positioning as Asia’s Design Destination. Design Week Philippines will feature creativity in all forms through partnerships with communities and institutions in a jam-packed week of design-centric activities.

Stay tuned for more at FAME Speak, the official blog for Manila FAME and know more about these exciting show features and events happening in October.

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Manila FAME likes Sustainable Products!

Manila FAME featured a special setting that showcases earth-friendly and sustainable products at its GreenCrafts for Creative Environment exhibit. An initiative that will highlight the participating localities’ efforts to transform urban ecologies into self-sustaining and pro-environment society.

The GreenCrafts for Creative Environment project showcases local crafts from cities in Metro Manila that turns recycled materials into beautifully handcrafted products. Participating municipalities are: Caloocan, Las Pinas, Makati, Marikina, Manila, Muntinlupa, Paranaque, Pasig, Quezon City, San Juan, Taguig, and Valenzuela.

Veteran designer PJ Aranador worked hand in hand with the exhibitors to develop these products. Aranador says, “This year, we updated some materials which are upcycled from mostly waste materials. These include rubber tires which are converted into footwear and bags. Also we updated the colors, in terms of the spring/summer 2013 color palette so these are the reflectors or luminous colors. There are also pieces that we kept; we updated them in terms of functions and sizes so that they suit the export market, not only for local retail but also for the international market.”

Check out Manila FAME’s green products:

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Join the movement for a greener future, come and visit Manila FAME’s GreenCrafts for Creative Environment! Asia’s Design and Lifestyle Event runs until tomorrow, 17 March 2013, at the SMX Convention Center, Metro Manila, Philippines.