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Filipino Soulful Craftsmanship @ 60th Manila FAME


From carving to weaving to shell inlay to leather embossing to upcycling, visitors of the 60th Manila FAME on October 16-19 will witness the unfolding of the Philippines’ rich and colorful craft heritage through a showcase of hometown handcrafted pieces by passionate Filipino craftsmen whose skills have been passed on through generations of artisans.

This edition of Manila FAME, the country’s premier design and lifestyle event, will highlight the country’s cultural narrative at the One Town, One Product (OTOP) Marketplace, a priority program of the Bureau of Domestic Trade (BDT), in partnership with the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM) of the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

LEE_6903“True to CITEM’s commitment of promoting the global competitiveness of Philippine products, this edition intends to emphasize the local communities’ age-old techniques and their use of homegrown materials to craft items that narrate the vibrant stories of history, heritage, and talent of the Filipino craftsman,” said CITEM Executive Director Rosvi Gaetos.


Various towns, provinces, and regions will take pride in their distinctive products at the OTOP Marketplace, transforming the abundant natural resources available to them into masterpieces of Philippine craft. Local artisans from the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), South Luzon, Eastern Visayas, and Southern and Central Mindanao,will unveil their exquisite techniques and styles to unearth distinctive woodwork. Craftsmen from Ilocos, MIMAROPA, Bicol, Central and Eastern Visayas, and Davao tell their stories through weaving cotton, palm, pandan, and ticog (a type of local wild grass), celebrating the country’s rich culture and traditions. The art of upcycling waste materials such as coconut shells, leaves, or newspapers by Bohol, Cagayan Valley, and National Capital Region (NCR) speaks not only the talents of the individual local artisans but also their genuine appreciation for nature and their natural environment.

“Ultimately, CITEM strives to generate a pool of market-ready manufacturers that create innovative and market-driven products made from locally sourced raw materials in order to bring livelihood to their local communities,” Gaetos added.


CITEM, the export promotions arm of the DTI, organizes the Manila FAME, which nurtures and promotes upcoming designers and manufacturers. The bi-annual event is a global platform for the country’s small and medium enterprises (SMEs), which features export-quality products such as furniture and furnishings, holiday gifts and décor, garments, and fashion accessories designed and crafted in the Philippines for the global market.

Manila FAME, slated at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay, is the second longest-running trade show in the Asia-Pacific, and is the only trade event in the country that is approved by Union des Foires Internationales (UFI), the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry.


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.

Design Philippines at The Hotel Show 2013: A Preview

Design Philippines brings the country’s authentic brand of design, craftsmanship, and innovative use of indigenous materials at this month’s The Hotel Show on 28 – 30 September 2013 at the Dubai World Trade Centre. The participation presents The Art of the Craftsman for the first time in Middle-East and North Africa (MENA) region, showcasing the finest products from the Philippines crafted by some of the best design-forward manufacturers with craftsmen that transform natural, local materials into exquisite pieces that combine tradition with contemporary.

The collective presentation of Design Philippines features 10 companies, each bringing to the table their own uniqueness to the global hotel industry at The Hotel Show. The featured companies are Catalina Embroideries Inc., Cebu Fil-Veneer Corporation, Craft Mill, Inc., Dale Mathis, Diretso Philippines Inc., The Gilded Expressions, Lightworks Resources, Maze Manufacturing, More Than a Chair, Inc., and Padua International.

Here’a preview of what you’ll see at the Design Philippines showcase at The Hotel Show 2013:

Catalina Embroideries Inc. || www.catalina.ph

Handmade and hand-loomed home accessories crafted from natural materials like shell, coco, abaca, and rattan with quality and design in mind.

Cebu Fil-Veneer Corporation || www.filveneer.com

Top-caliber producer of high-quality sliced veneer, created out of genuine Filipino craftsmanship and state-of-the-art Italian machinery.

 Craft Mill, Inc. || www.craftmillinc.com

Environment-friendly creations with clean, consistent workmanship and a distinct style, crafting trendy furniture pieces from paper, fabric, leather and natural materials from the Philippines.

Dale Mathis Studio, Inc. || www.dalemathis.com

From the heart of a self-taught artist and an imaginative man, Dale Mathis creates mixed-media pieces and design objects that defy typical artistry.

Diretso Philippines Inc. || www.diretso.com

The fusion of European design flair and the world-renowned crafting skills of the Philippines, combining innovation and excellence to create exciting new dimensions in furniture design

The Gilded Expressions || www. annpamintuan.com

Designer and craftswoman Ann Pamintuan creates distinct textures and shapes, crafting furniture, house ware, home accessories, and jewelry from metal

Lightworks Resources, Inc. || www.lightworks.com.ph

Each piece is meant to be an experience of nature’s bounty, the vastness of human potential, and the interconnectedness of all forms of life.

Maze Manufacturing Co. Inc. || www.mazefurniture.com.ph

Furniture and home accessories crafted from metals and industrial materials interpreted in clean and whimsical lines, juxtaposing the styles of ornate classic and sleek contemporary.

More Than a Chair, Inc. || www.morethanachair.com

Elegant and sophisticated furniture pieces crafted to suit classic and modern styles

Padua International

Furniture and decorations created from wood and natural materials, designed for the millennium lifestyle

More Design Philippines at Manila FAME, The Design and Lifestyle Event on 17 – 20 October 2013 at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines.

On the Scene: Design PH at Maison & Objet

Design PH just finished living out another chapter of its story at Maison & Objet the 6 – 10 September 2013 at the Paris Nord Villepinte, representing The Art of the Craftsman at the City of Lights.

The new movement on the rise, Design PH brought together 12 diverse design brands for the occasion, each bringing their own style and innovation, coming together to showcase what the Philippines has to offer the world of design and modern living. Design and craftsmanship featured were by Betis CraftsHiveIndustria HomeIto Kish, LUISA HomeMASAECOMayumi by CSM PhilippinesPeter and Paul, Inc.Schema by Kalikasan CraftsTadeco HomeTriboa Bay Living, and Vito Selma.

Here are some of the sights from the recent interior trade event:

The Design PH pavilion at Maison & Objet September 2013

A closer look at some of the products showcased at the Design PH pavilion. In the photo are metal furniture and lighting from Industria Home and Kenneth Cobonpue’s Papillon Easy Chair.

Some of the Philippine-crafted furniture, furnishings and lighting at the show

A look at the Design PH showcase featured at Maison & Objet September 2013

Products from Betis Crafts, Mayumi by CSM Philippines, Domicillo by Peter and Paul, and Schema by Kalikasan Crafts

Handcrafted Philippine products from Betis Crafts, Mayumi by CSM Philippines, and Domicillo by Peter and Paul

Products from MASAECO, Triboa Bay Living, and Vito Selma

“Design tradition transformed. Craftsmanship re-created. Indigenous materials made innovative.” Design PH at Maison & Objet September 2013

A collection of the country’s premier products for furniture, furnishings and lighting at the Design PH pavilion

Show on-goers visiting the Design PH pavilion

A buyer showing interest on Schema’s products

Buyers at the Triboa Bay Living area of the Design PH pavilion

Visitors flock the Design PH pavilion

Buyers taking a closer look at Industria Home’s designs

Guests taking a closer look and feel of products from Mayumi by CSM Philippines

The Design PH pavilion was swarmed with buyers taking interest on the products and the story behind each of them

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Design PH in Focus: Hive

Design PH brings exceptional Philippine design and craftsmanship to Maison et Objet on 06 – 10 September 2013 at the Paris Nord Villepinte. Hive, along with 11 other design brands, will represent The Art of the Craftsman at the biggest trade event for interior design.

A collective of creative minds in design and artisanship creating under one roof, Hive produces some of the world’s most exceptional products in lighting and interior accessories. Founded by Kenneth Cobonpue and Celso Advincula Jr., Hive merges design excellence and innovative manufacturing, using locally-sourced and sustainable organic materials in crafting unique products inspired by nature, fusing it with handmade production techniques and using tradition as a tool in creating modern design.

Design PH will also feature the products from Betis CraftsIndustria HomeIto Kish, Luisa Home by Luisa RobinsonMASAECOMayumi by CSM PhilippinesPeter and Paul, Inc.Schema by Kalikasan CraftsTadeco HomeTriboa Bay Living, and Vito Selma.

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See all these design brands and more at Manila FAME, The Design and Lifestyle Event on 17 – 20 October 2013 at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines.