The Center for Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), with the local government of Albay, the provinces of Southern Mindanao (Region XI), Zamboanga Peninsula (Region IX), and their respective regional Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) units, are working on an extensive Partner Province program that encourages and inspires Philippine artisans to promote their heritage crafts through a more fun entrepreneurial strategy for the local and international markets.
The product collection developed through the program will be a unique show feature at the 62nd Manila FAME, scheduled on October 15-18, 2015, at the SMX Convention Center, Pasay City, Philippines. Dubbed as the Artisan Village, it aims to shine the spotlight on Philippine craftsmen and their significant contribution to the country’s rich culture as well as to the nation’s economic growth.
With full support from the provincial government, the craftsmen from Albay come from a strong community of weavers who create abaca handbags, houseware and home décor, furniture, carpets and rugs.
Participating artisans from Mindanao provinces are developing a diverse set of crafts including exotic leather, jewelry, pearls, mats from natural fiber, soap and other organic products from the madre de cacao plant, as well as exquisite textiles by the Yakan people.
CITEM, the owner and organizer of Manila FAME, understands that the worth of fine artisanal crafts is not only monetary but also social and cultural. They have a distinctive value woven together with the beliefs, traditions, and customs making up the fabric of a nation’s identity. “Our goal is to reach out to the local makers and equip them with up-to-date business knowledge so that they can maintain the relevance of their crafts to the community, recreate their art, sustain livelihood, and be at par with the top players in the industry,” said CITEM Executive Director Rosvi C. Gaetos.
With the help of the country’s young designers, whose innovative ideas will modernize the crafts of our local makers, the Artisan Village, along with the entire Manila FAME show, will offer a curatorial and meaningful exhibition that displays the fine work of Philippine artisans.
A signature event of CITEM, the export promotions arm of the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Manila FAME is the country’s bi-annual design and lifestyle trade platform that is approved by Union des Foires Internationales (UFI), the global organization for the leading trade show organizers, fairground owners, and major national and international association of the exhibition industry.
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Founded in 2005, Basket and Weaves is one of the leading exporters of decorative home accessories established in Paranaque City. Their showroom is home to thousands of handcrafted home decor made of wood, metal, recycled glass, wire, paper, and natural woven materials native to the Philippines. Their product lines range from decorative table top accessories, wall art, functional storage, and housewares. For the 61st Manila FAME, they collaborated with Lilianna Manahan for the latter’s Red Box collection and was also one of Manila FAME’s March 2015 exhibitors.
The design journey continues for Rachelle Dagñalan, Gabriel Lichauco, Lilianna Manahan and Joseph Rastrullo as they showcased the results of their design challenge at the recently concluded 61st Manila FAME
For this edition, the Red Box talents used the the show window concept to capture unique design aesthetic and language. Blurring the boundaries between design and art, each show window provided a glimpse of the designers’ minds and their collaboration with their partner manufacturers. Manila FAME Creative Director Budji Layug oversaw this creative process.
A proud native of Albay, Rachelle Dagñalan took us on a personal journey as she dug deep into her roots and used her intimate knowledge of the province to work alongside local artisans, designers and manufacturers in partnership with the Provincial Government of Albay PTCAO (Provincial Tourism & Cultural Affairs Office). Her setting featured a fresh approach on the province’s abundant raw materials and traditional crafts.
Gabriel Lichauco took inspiration from the controversial postmodernism movement by fusing patterns, colors and materials in his entire structure-object installation. Four different artisanal techniques were highlighted in a singular surface – lahar lamination, marquetry, carving and hand veneering – which provided a didactic approach to his design. South Sea Veneer Corporation, a furniture and wood veneer panels manufacturer based in Pampanga, worked with Gabby in this setting.
Curiosity was the base of Lilianna Manahan’s design and turned the world of her imagination into reality by staging a safari-inspired setting which infused her capsule collection for the home. With a touch of whim, she explored the material language of the Philippines to express her craft. Featured in this setting are collaborations with Prizmic & Brill, Basket & Weaves and TAN-GAN.
Exploring material transparency and translucency, Joseph Rastrullo experimented on fibers, resin, iron, wood, and plastic, and the potential combination of these. In this setting, he focused on the subject of his exploration through different ways of manipulating material such as glass and acrylic, playing and exploring on forms and textures.
Red Box is a design development program aimed at harnessing talent and creating the next generation of Philippine designers. It introduces and nurtures emerging talents from various disciplines of design, with potentials to become the new corps of young designers and artists.
While developing Philippine talents, Red Box also simultaneously assists the country’s small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in their product development.
The 61st edition of Manila FAME ran from March 13-16, 2015 at the second level of the SMX Convention Center.
Manila FAME’s recently concluded 61st edition featured selected furniture and home furnishings, holiday gifts and décor, and fashion accessories designed and crafted in the Philippines for the global market. The country’s trade platform for exports and design ran from March 13 to March 16, 2015 at the second level of the SMX Convention Center, Pasay City, Philippines.
Reinventing and broadening its sphere for this edition, Design Philippines gave visitors a whole new experience as it put together the latest collections from exhibitors and synthesized them in one bold curatorial presentation, capturing the latest trend in the lifestyle retail concept. Its grand ambition is to boost desires and ideas as catalysts for the next season’s merchandise collection.
Under the curation of Manila FAME creative director, Budji Layug, the Design Philippines scenography applied the concept of the apartment store – a concept in space planning where individually designed interiors center around the people occupying space – in showcasing select homegrown brands from Home, Fashion, and One Town One Product (OTOP) companies. These companies include Industria Home, Tara Designs, MCCA Industrial Corp., CSM Philippines, Schema, Chanalli, Cebu Fil Veneer, Asia Ceramics, Kenneth Cobonpue, Domicillo by Peter and Paul, S.C. Vizcarra, Shelmed Cottage Treasures, P&B Valises, JB Woodcraft, Maze Manufacturing, Filtra, Shell Arts, Basket & Weaves, Triboa Bay Living, Bon-Ace Fashion Tools, Vito Selma, Tadeco, Obra Cebuana, Venzon Lighting, Prado Filipino Artisans, Padi Outdoor, and A. Garcia Crafts.
From a resort/beach theme to a more rustic, home lifestyle and lastly, to an urban opulence, the evolution of style in the “apartment store” differentiated it from department stores or single brand corners because it virtually had the fingerprints of the designer all over the place where a guest can imagine using the product and can buy anything he sees. It provided greater drama and merchandising charm with less reliance on in-store inventory.
Manila FAME is one of the longest-running trade shows in the Asia-Pacific and the only trade event in the country approved by UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry.
On its fourth edition, Manila Wear brings together 10 Philippine fashion-forward designers who will showcase their latest fashion collections infused with traditional yet contemporary elements at the 61st edition of Manila FAME, slated on March 13-16, 2015, at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City, Metro Manila. Bespoke fashion items at Manila Wear showcase are once again anticipated to excite international and local buyers, visitors, and fashion enthusiasts.
The international trade fair is organized by the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), the export promotions arm of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).
“Philippine craftsmanship and design sensibility is one of the best in Asia. The Manila Wear showcase at Manila FAME is the annual center stage of Philippine fashion designers for the global market,” said Ms. Rosvi C. Gaetos, Executive Director of CITEM.
Chic, stylish and relevant, Manila Wear is a confident statement to the growing internationalization of the Philippine fashion design sector. Since its launching in 2012, select designers and their products were honed through CITEM’s integrated approach to export promotion. The program involves product development, export coaching, creative consultation, and buyer matching. To date, Manila Wear has nurtured and honed 54 Philippine apparel and accessories designers who have received training and exposure to international fashion trade fairs and events. Adante Collections, Aranaz, Beatriz, Filip + Inna and Joanique are some of the featured brands that have found a loyal following in the global sourcing community.
International fashion icon Josie Natori serves as mentor to Manila Wear designers who will present their fresh collections such as Avel Bacudio, Len Cabili, Maco Custodio, Joel Escober, Carissa Evangelista, Adante Leyesa, Malou Romero, Anne Marie Saguil, Ken Samudio, and Michelline Syjuco. Samudio and Syjuco, who represented Fashion Philippines at the International Fashion Showcase in London held during the London Fashion Week, earned rave reviews for their avant-garde creations with Samudio selected as a runner-up for the Best Designer award.
One of the longest-running trade shows in the Asia-Pacific, Manila FAME features the latest Philippine-made creations from artisans and manufacturers. It is the only trade event in the country approved by UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry. On its 61st edition, Manila FAME ushers in a fresh approach with the 21st century-consumer in mind, with an impressive show of handcrafted products for the home, including holiday décor and fashion wearables – all designed in the Philippines for the global market.