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Arts and crafts from the regions showcased at the OTOP Marketplace

Indigenous, design-savvy arts and crafts products will take the spotlight in the One Town, One Product (OTOP) Marketplace, one of the show features of the 59th Manila FAME slated at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex on March 14-17.

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 a global platform for the country’s small and medium enterprises (SMEs), which features certified, 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.

A project of the DTI-Bureau of Domestic Trade (DTI-BDT), OTOP Marketplace topbills the 25 “Rising Stars” of the regions, whose products are created by local communities, highlighting tradition, culture, and craftsmanship while emphasizing sustainability and generating livelihood. It showcases local arts and crafts products from select regions in the Philippines.

Last year’s OTOP Marketplace featured design-forward products made from locally sourced raw materials such as water hyacinth, bamboo, burnt wood, coconut, and tikog, among a variety of natural fibers. More promising products are in the offing in the 59th show edition of Manila FAME, which was curated by Manila FAME Creative Director Budji Layug.

Six young and emerging design talents from the Red Box program were tapped to work with the participating OTOP Marketplace companies to beef up their product development endeavors. They are Leah Sanchez, Vernice Songco, Marga Espiritu, Bong and Rossy Rojales, and Rachelle Dagñalan.

Manila FAME is the second longest-running trade show 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.

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Katha Awards – an appreciation of Philippine design, artisanship, and craftsmanship

As lead implementing agency of Design Week Philippines, the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM) will host once again the Katha Awards at HallONE at the International Trade Center in Pasay City on March 14, under the banner of Design Week Philippines.

CITEM is the export promotions arm of the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and organizer of Manila FAME, the country’s premier design and lifestyle event slated at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay City on March 14-17.

The Katha Awards, considered as the most prestigious award in the Philippine design scene, is a significant platform where Philippine product design innovation and excellence 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. Design Week Philippines is a multi-faceted platform that brings together creative visionaries from diverse backgrounds and disciplines in a series of programs and events that celebrate design and artistry.

“Since its inception in the early ‘80s, the Katha Awards has been distinguished as an important landmark of Philippine product design excellence and innovation. It is an emblem and statement that seeks to inspire and challenge exporters and designers to constantly create and develop original designs for furniture, houseware and furnishings, holiday décor and gifts, and fashion complements relevant in the global market,” said Rosvi Gaetos, Executive Director of the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM).

The major categories of Katha Awards are Best Product Design (Furniture, Houseware/Furnishings, Holiday Décor and Gifts, and Fashion), Best Booth Display, and an Eco-Design Award as a special citation. The four major product categories are Furniture, Houseware/Furnishings, Holiday Décor and Gifts, and Fashion.

More than just recognizing design excellence and innovation, the Katha Awards also considers the development of earth-friendly products as a top priority. Its Eco-Design Award category puts focus on products developed through the use of sustainable materials and environmentally sound practices.

Below are the March 2014 Katha Award Winners:

The Katha Award winners for Best Product Design: the Angler Lamp by Miguel Aguas (home/furnishing) and the Bordeaux Chair by INDUSTRIA (furniture)

The rest of the Katha Award winners: Ann Pamintuan’s Crocheted Handbag with Real Twig (upper left) for the Best Product Design in fashion, Navidad Crafts’ Bird Ornament with Capiz Wings (lower left) for the Best Product Design in holiday decor, and Floreia’s Poi necklace (right) for the Eco-Design Award.

Manila Wear exhibits finest tropical resort collections

The Center for International Trade and Expositions (CITEM) and the Garments and Textile Industry Development Office (GTIDO) will unveil the finest tropical wear collections of the country’s most prominent designers in Manila Wear at the 59th edition of Manila FAME at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay City on March 14-17. Manila FAME is the country’s premiere design and lifestyle event held every March and October.

(L-R) The Amina Aranaz-Alunan booth and Carissa Cruz-Evangelista’s Matahari collection

Spearheaded by international fashion icon Josie Natori, Manila Wear is a bi-annual presentation of the country’s finest selection of summer-inspired fashion pieces that has been making waves in the international fashion scene since its debut in 2012.

For this edition of Manila Wear, Natori is collaborating with Manila FAME Creative Director Budji Layug in the interpretation of the “Urban Resort” design concept, which has been adapted by Manila Wear designers to create their own fashion collections. “Urban Resort” calls for lines and structures that are relaxed and defined by lush, vibrant colors, with dramatic textures and embellishments.

A series of exciting collaborations and exhibitions, featuring the Filipino’s mastery of indigenous materials and heritage handiwork, will be the added attraction of Manila Wear.

(Clockwise) Anne Marie Saguil’s collection, shoes by Maco Custodio, and a neck piece from Adante Leyesa’s Cathedral collection

On exhibit will be unique fashion pieces that are contemporary fashion expressions of traditional design methods – all creations of leading fashion designers, namely, Amina Aranaz-Alunan, Carissa Cruz- Evangelista, Maco Custodio, Lally Dizon, Natalya Lagdameo, Adante Leyesa, Joyce Makitalo, Michelline Syjuco, Malou Romero, Ken Samudio, and Nicole Whisenhunt. They will again interpret Manila Wear with their own brand and sensibility.

Meanwhile, designers Tipay Caintic, Joel Escober, Twinkle Ferraren, Anne Marie Saguil, and Lulu Tan-Gan will display their intricately handcrafted apparels with their own take on Manila Wear. Filip+Inna’s Len Cabili, known for her masterful use of indigenous materials in modernist designs, will present her new collection.

Manila Wear designers are proving how fashion sense can be Filipino and global at the same time. Their fashion creations affirm that the Filipino fashion label has become globally competitive.

Manila FAME Presents the Country’s Weaving Traditions in Special Installations

Manila FAME, the country’s premier design and lifestyle event, will highlight unique Filipino craftsmanship and the age-old weaving traditions of the Philippines in special installations called “Weaves of the Philippines” at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay City on March 14-17.

A developmental partnership between the Garments and Textile Industry Development Office (GTIDO) and the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), “Weaves of the Philippines” highlights the versatility, viability, and global competitiveness of Philippine craftsmanship through live demonstrations and eyecatching textile installations.

“It is with pride that we present these special installations that feature the country’s artistic tradition of weaving which dates back to the pre-Hispanic times. This tradition has earned its place not only in the country’s culture and history but also in the local fashion scene as well,” said CITEM Executive Director Rosvi Gaetos.

Live demonstrations of traditional weaving, juxtaposed with contemporary display installations, will give Manila FAME visitors an insight into the cultural narrative of the country’s weaving heritage. The country’s traditional weaves are given a contemporary spin in a unique collaboration among local designers, manufacturing companies, and the weaving communities.

Artisans at work at the Weaves of the Philippines: (L-R) Abel Iloco weavers, Samar’s Mat weavers, T’boli T’nalak weavers of the T’boli tribe, and the Pina weavers of Aklan

The special installations will showcase the Piña of Aklan, Abel of Ilocos Sur, T’nalak of the T’boli, and 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 have collaborated with local manufacturers and weaving communities to give the country’s traditional weaves a contemporary spin.

The Weaves of the Philippines: (clockwise) Samar’s Mat Weaving, Ilocos Sur’s Abel Weaving, T’nalak Weaving, and Pina Weaving.

Manila FAME is a global platform for the country’s small and medium enterprises (SMEs), which features certified, 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. It is the second longest-running trade show in the Asia Pacific, and is the only trade event in the country that is approved by UFI (Union des Foires Internationales), the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry.

59th Manila FAME sets special holiday setting

The 59th edition of Manila FAME will be a colorful showcase of the country’s best and most innovative products, set to take center stage at the SMX Convention Area, Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay on March 14-17.

Inspired by the Filipino’s identity of being festive people, there will be a special holiday setting at the Manila FAME under the Red Box Holiday and Gifts, which aims to put on display export-quality holiday décor and local ornaments in a whimsical holiday setting, under the creative direction of Manila FAME Creative Director Budji Layug.

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 a bi-annual showcase of 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. Red Box is CITEM’s design development program which introduces a fresh batch of Filipino designers who are matched with local manufacturers to create innovative products that reflect their unique design sensibility.

“The Philippines is considered as one of the countries with the merriest and most number of festivals celebrated every year. At Manila FAME,our aim is to establish our local arts and crafts industry as a reliable source of gifts and decorative pieces, crafted with soul and from the heart,” said Rosvi Gaetos, CITEM Executive Director.

A new set of designers will provide product development assistance to local manufacturers to create export-quality holiday products. Young designers Mansy Abesamis and Kath Mitra have collaborated with Budji Layug for the Red Box Holiday and Gifts program to help local manufacturers in showcasing their finely crafted holiday products to local and foreign buyers in a special setting.

Mardi Gras-inspired theme for the Celebrate scenography styled and curated Kath Mitra

The Enchantment setting for the Celebrate scenography by Mansy Abesamis

The Red Box program aims to position the country as a go-to destination for design-savvy and innovative products made by talented Filipino craftsmen whose work are on a par with world standards. It also covers the following categories: Home, Fashion, and the One Town, One Product (OTOP), with each having its own scenography at Manila FAME, highlighting the potential of the Philippine export industry in the grassroots levels.

Manila FAME is the second longest-running trade show in the Asia Pacific and the only trade event in the Philippines approved by the Union des Foires Internationales (UFI), the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry.

Top creative visionaries share design tips and trends in Design Talks

Design industry practitioners and design aficionados are gearing for a two-day intensive yet inspiring encounter with the country’s – and even the world’s – key personalities in the creative industries in the forthcoming Design Talks slated at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay City on March 14-15.

A potent avenue to gain insights and inspiration from the knowledge and experiences of design icons from here and abroad, Design Talks is the banner event of Design Week Philippines, a multi-faceted platform that brings together creative visionaries from diverse backgrounds and disciplines in a series of programs and events that celebrate design and artistry.

Invited speakers for Design Talks include graphic designer and illustrator Dan Matutina, advertising bigwig Merlee Jayme, architect Paulo Alcazaren, and Shanghai-based ‘starchitect’ (star architect) and designer Lyndon Neri.

The Design Talks will be divided into two tracks: Good Design + Communication and Good Design + Business. The first track, set on March 14 at the SMX Convention Center Meeting Rooms 7-8, will focus on the intersection between using design and the communication tools and technology to engage the end-users. The second track, set on March 15 at SMX Convention Center Meeting Rooms 7-9, will attempt to find a balance between design and business, and how to find the middle ground between the two.

Dan Matutina was recently awarded the Art Directors Club Young Guns Award for 2013 (Year 11). He is the co-founder of Plus63 Design Co., a design studio that creates brand identities and strategizes communications, as well as design and illustrate for print and web. He has co-directed commercials, designed short films, made maps, created lamps and sculptures, and even “designed food.”

Dan Matutina

Merlee Jayme was executive creative director for BBDO Guerrero before starting her own agency, DM9 Jayme Syfu, almost seven years ago. Prior to BBDO, she was vice president and executive creative director of ACE SAATCHI & SAATCHI. As chairman and CCO of DM9 Jayme Syfu, a DDB Worldwide affiliate, her creative shop has been ranked the Philippines’ no. 1 in the 2010 Campaign Brief Asia Ranking and was awarded the very first Campaign Asia Pacific Creative Agency of the Year for the Philippines 2012.

Merlee Jayme

Architect Paulo Alcazaren is director of PDAA Design International with offices in Manila, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur; and principal of the professional design firm PGAA Creative Design. He has received recognition from the Singapore Institute of Landscape Architects Design for his work at Hong Kah Town and the British Club. He also received the Alab ng Araya from the National Commission for Culture and the Arts for his article series on design. He was former president of the Philippine Association of Landscape Architects.

Paulo Alcazaren

Multi-awarded designer and architect Lyndon Neri is Wallpaper* Magazine’s 2014 Designer of the Year. His design firm is an interdisciplinary international architectural design practice that was selected as one of the Design Vanguards by Architectural Record (US) in 2009, won AR Awards for Emerging Architecture 2010 by Architectural Review (UK), and was the INSIDE Festival Overall Winner in 2011. In 2013, Neri was inducted into US Interior Design Hall of FAME with wife and partner Rossana Hu and was selected as AD 100 top talents in architecture and interior design by Architectural Digest China.

Lyndon Neri

IMG_7045As it features notable personalities in the creative industry, Design Talks creates opportunities for like-minded design specialists to exchange ideas, increase knowledge, encourage collaboration, and expand design networks.

Positioning the Philippines as Asia’s design destination, Design Week Philippines has become a national agenda that nurtures the creativity and design capability of the Filipinos to usher in trade opportunities. Proclamation No. 277, signed by President Benigno S. Aquino III on October 20, 2011, declares the third week of March and October of each year as Design Week Philippines.

Aside from Design Talks, the other components of Design Week Philippines are Creative Environment (local creative communities and urban development initiatives), Design Tours (special tours around Metro Manila’s design destinations), and Food and Art Festivals(celebration of design through the five senses).

SMEs to show innovative designs at the 59th Manila FAME

For its 59th edition, Manila FAME takes Filipino craftsmanship to the next level as it showcases the work of the country’s emerging creative talents and local artisans from various regions across the Philippines. This collaboration will be under the Red Box One Town, One Product(OTOP) scenography at Manila FAME slated at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay City on March 14-17.

Spearheaded 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 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. It has nurtured and promoted up-and-coming designers and manufacturers in the global market.

“For this edition of Manila FAME, we are yet again collaborating with both seasoned and new designers to put the spotlight on fresh and contemporary techniques and interpretations that define the country’s design sensibilities,” said CITEM Executive Director Rosvi Gaetos.

A program of the Bureau of Domestic Trade (BDT), OTOP is an effective platform to demonstrate local design skills, techniques, and materials. It aims not only to provide small and medium enterprises(SMEs) with product development assistance but also to inspire people with success stories of these promising business undertakings – from how the local artisans carefully gather and collect raw materials to how they painstakingly transform them into finely crafted creations that speak of beauty, quality, and durability.

Through the Red Box OTOP, a collective of emerging designers and promising Philippine-based SMEs will collaborate to present to the local and international community what Filipino craftsmanship is all about. In this special setting, local products from select regions will be unveiled, showing the potential of the Philippines as a reliable source of finely crafted products.

Under the mentorship of Manila FAME Creative Director Budji Layug, six emerging designers will provide assistance to these local small and medium enterprises (SMEs), including home designer Leah Sanchez, industrial designer Rachelle Dagñalan, Vernice Songco and Marga Espiritu of Bungalow 300, and Bong and Rossy Rojales of Heima.

The Red Box program aims to position the country as a go-to destination for design-savvy and innovative products made by talented Filipino craftsmen whose work are on a par with world standards.

Aside from OTOP, the Red Box program includes the following categories: Fashion and Holiday and Gifts. Each category will have its own scenography at Manila FAME.