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.
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 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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.