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Design For Exports Excellence with the Katha Awards


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.

Red Box Home

Part of the Decorate scenography featuring Red Box Home

A portrait of Red Box Home

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.

otop-1 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.

Manila Wear

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.

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Fashion Philippines Goes to Fashion Access Hong Kong 2014

Fashion Philippines, a government-initiated branding initiative, will once again participate in the forthcoming Fashion Access in Hong Kong 2014. The Philippines’ participation is organized by the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), the export promotions arm of the Philippines’ Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), in partnership with the Garments and Textile Industry Development Office (GTIDO). Under the Fashion Philippines brand, the participation will be spearheaded by selected 20 local designers and manufacturers.

Shells inlayed in geometric patterns – bangles and a minaudière from Bon-Ace

As part of CITEM’s continuous bid in helping revive and fortify the Philippine fashion industry, Fashion Philippines at Fashion Access will focus on the unique design sensibility of the Filipino craftsmen and the range of indigenous materials that the country offers. The country’s tropical location and rich, cultural heritage have blessed it with indigenous materials that range from local textiles such as raffia, banig, and ikat weaves, to natural materials such as shells and animal horns. Under the skillful hands of the Filipino craftsmen, these materials are transformed into high-quality fashion products that highlight their treatment to form, function, and design.

“The Filipino designers and craftsmen continuously challenge the limits of both material and technique. It is not enough to project what the Philippine design is about – they also want to present what Philippine design will be, and could be about. Rich, vibrant, and contemporary fashion accessories and wearables are the signature of Fashion Philippines,” said Rosvi C. Gaetos, executive director of CITEM.

The local fashion industry is certainly on the rise as it remains to be one of the Philippines’ key export sectors. Keen attention to design details and craftsmanship are its selling points that resonate well with the demands from the international market. With these strengths’, there is definitely room for the Philippine fashion industry to become part of the $1.1 trillion global fashion market. With its offerings of top-quality, tropical themed apparel, jewelry, bags and fashion accessories, Fashion Philippines will help establish the country as a number one destination for fashion pieces.

Chelsi Leather uses 100% handcrafted leather from the Philippines in all their bags and accessories.

Fashion Access Hong Kong will run from March 31 to April 2 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center. Fashion Access stands out as the only sourcing hub which showcases ‘fashion from head to toe,’ offering international buyers and suppliers a unique venue to discover new products. This bi-annual trade show is organized by APLF, a private international events organizer.

For more information about Fashion Philippines at Fashion Access 2014, interested parties can send an e-mail to GTIDO@citem.gov.ph.


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Food Philippines Goes to Japan’s Foodex

Food Philippines, the country brand for its food sector, will take its power fruits campaign to the next level as it gears up to participate in this year’s FOODEX Japan 2014, scheduled on March 4-7, 2014, at Makuhari Messe, Chiba, Japan.

Considered as the sweetest mango in the world, the Philippine mango will be the product highlight at the Philippines Pavilion in Foodex Japan.

The country’s product focus, Philippine mango in its various forms and applications, will be showcased through a special setting at the Philippines Pavilion. The other power fruits or top food exports of the country such as banana and pineapple, will also be featured in the special display, as a means to establish the country’s position as a reliable source of high-quality products to the Japanese market.

The Philippines participation is spearheaded by the Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI) export promotions arm, the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM).

“In FOODEX Japan 2014, our goal is to sustain and strengthen the position of the Philippines as one of the top suppliers of fresh fruits in Japan, since we command a 45.1 percent share of total fruit imports there. Through the Food Philippines at the Philippines Pavilion, we would like to present our country as a source of high-quality, healthy, and natural products that have premium taste,” said Ms. Rosvi C. Gaetos, the Executive Director of CITEM.

Last year, the Philippine delegation generated over US$30 million in sales, with over 700 trade inquiries from countries such as the United States, China, South Korea, Hong Kong, France, Belgium, Australia, Germany, and Mexico. The best-selling products from the 22 Philippine companies, which participated in March 2013 were fresh bananas, dried fruits, coconut products, and fruit juices.

Le Potager Inc.’s fruit-flavored home-made style luxury jams which make use of the company’s French heritage and Philippine’s natural resources, will be among the high-value products on display at the Philippines Pavilion

FOODEX Japan is the largest food and beverage exhibition in the Asia-Pacific region. Having been in operation for 39 years, it caters not only to the Japanese market, but also to those who are interested in opportunities for growing a market in Asia. Serving as Japan’s top trade food and beverage show, FOODEX Japan is renowned as a rewarding event for both the exhibitors and the visiting buyers. The show boasts of having conducted business meetings, providing its participants with key opportunities for dynamic discussions and business possibilities to enter the Japanese as well as the Asian and global markets.

The Philippines Pavilion is located at Hall 2, Booth 2B02.

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Philippine Participation in the 2014 Winter Fancy Food Show & Selling Mission in the U.S., a Resounding Success

Food Philippines, the country’s national brand for its food exports, makes waves in the first Philippine participation in the Winter Fancy Food Show (WFFS) in Moscone Center, San Francisco, USA on January 19-21, 2014. Food Philippines’ products received raves and warm reception from the local U.S media and from the big premium specialty food chains supplying natural and organic food products.

Food Philippines showcased the Philippines’ distinct taste and flavors through its unlimited food samples of Filipino heritage dishes to the food enthusiasts, and visitors of the Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco.

The WFFS is West Coast’s largest specialty food and beverage show that features around 80,000 on-trend and best-in-class specialty foods and beverages in the U.S. and from other countries. The Philippine participation in the WFFS is spearheaded by the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), through the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), and the Philippine Trade and Investment Centers (PTIC) in Silicon Valley and Los Angeles.

During the three-day event, the Philippine pavilion registered around 330 buyer inquiries and more than two hundred buyer visits. Moreover, three specialty food products from the Philippines were of particular great interest to a number of large importers in the U.S., namely the cacao-made single-origin chocolate of Malagos Agri-Venture Corporation, banana chips and nata de coco of Prime Fruits International, Inc., the steamed Filipino rice cake instant mixes of JNRM Corporation, and the edible Roselle (gumamela) flower of Herbanext Laboratories, Inc. Food Philippines featured 10 top food exporters and manufacturers that occupied the 16 booths of the Philippine Pavilion at the South Hall of the Moscone Center.

Food Philippines features the award-winning, San Francisco-based, Filipino-American Chef Thomas Weibull at the Philippine pavilion. Chef Weibull’s live cooking demonstration of the Philippine heritage dishes was well-received by the food enthusiasts and visitors at the Winter Fancy Food Show


San Francisco-based, award-winning Fil-Am Chef Thomas Weibull is shown here doing a cooking demonstration at the Philippine pavilion during the second day of the Winter Fancy Food Show. Chef Weibull cooks Philippine heritage dishes like adobo and lumpia for the American food enthusiasts, buyers, and visitors.

The Malagos cacaos, which surprisingly are supplying to famous chocolate company Mars, as well as Askinoskie chocolate from Missouri, have fascinated a certain premium specialty food chain in the U.S. because of the company’s advocacy for natural and organic food that are practicing sustainable agriculture. This Davao-based cacao-derived chocolate products will also be featured in the U.S.’ famous confectionery magazine Dessert, as this celebrated food product has enticed the Editor-in-Chief of the magazine when he visited the Philippine pavilion.

“Our theme Natural, Organic, and Heritage really suits the U.S. market because the consumers there are now looking for products that are not only of premium quality, but natural and organic as well,” said Ms. Rosvi C. Gaestos, Executive Director of CITEM.

The Food Philippines Philippines pavilion, with its especially designed booth system that carried a cheerful, airy and warm ambiance has also impressed the organizers of the Winter Fancy Food Show who were all-praises for it. The Philippines, incidentally, has the largest country pavilion from ASEAN at the WFFS.

Visitors and food enthusiasts of the Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco at the site of Food Philippines located in South Hall, Moscone Center. The 16-booth Philippine pavilion showcased its finest healthy, natural and organic products that are of proud Philippine heritage.

“Our excellent preparation in our booth and in our promotional materials and, of course the food products that we brought meant that this activity is a serious investment for us. More importantly, the Philippine participation in the WFFS has opened the eyes of the U.S. and North American market that our country can be a reliable source of healthy, natural and organic specialty premium products,” said CITEM Deputy Executive Director Ms. Malou D. Mediran.

The CITEM Deputy Executive Director also reported that potential export orders in excess of US$10.0 million have been generated from the Show by the exhibiting Philippine companies.

After participating in the WFFS, the Philippine business delegation proceeded to a selling mission to Los Angeles on Jan. 22-24. It was highlighted by a press conference, meetings with selected importers and store visits, and whole day business matching event on Jan. 24 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.

Deputy Executive Director Mediran also added that, “the exporters were very happy with the overall market response of the products they brought to the U.S., as well as the support of the government to them through DTI/CITEM. The exporters are highly appreciative of the efforts of government in helping SMEs promote their products in the global market, which on their own way cannot undertake because of the cost of investment required. Though the DEFood program, the exporters receive assistance in terms of proper mandatory labeling, getting alignment in certification, and packaging design.”

Trade Representative Jose Ma. Dinsay, Director of the Philippine Trade and Investment Center, Los Angeles, and appointed lead person of the DTI for food sector program in the U.S. said, “The said two events in the U.S. are part of a long-term strategy of the Philippine government in partnership with the country’s food manufacturers and exporters to promote premium products to the discerning consumers in the U.S. market.”

“We will aim to work closely with upscale and specialty food retail chains to ensure that our world- class products are available and accessible to our target mainstream market,” he added.

This program is supported by the Philippine Consulates in Los Angeles and San Francisco.

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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.

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The Pop-Up Market: A Design Marketplace and More

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With Design Week Philippines’ awesome line-up of activities, expect design, creativity, and fun turned up for an unadulterated celebration of the Metro’s design scene. Calling on creative aficionados and buffs, Design Week Philippines brings together a bevy of innovative and ingenious businesses in one design marketplace – The Pop-Up Market.

Millennial entrepreneurs gather at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) in a fantastical bazaar that shows off the Metro’s new generation of entrepreneurs. The Pop-up Market showcases works and products ranging from designer toys, animation and games, comic illustrations, crafts, and gourmet food and drink in one common ground.

At the CCP, the Pop-Up Market houses a full roster of excitement that includes Craft MNL, GTMACCON, and Alterchitecture (ALTER) with food and beverage from The Curator, PIPINO Vegetarian, Cucina Andare, and Yardstick Coffee.

Craft MNL is a community of artisans, crafters, designers, and creative entrepreneurs that celebrate various craft forms – from sewing, felting, and embroidery to printmaking and woodcraft, to weaving local threads and fibers of our traditional craft history, to brewing craft beer.

GTMACCON brings Pinoy Komiks closer to today’s generation through the popular art-form of Cosplay. Cosplay artists come together with Filipino indie comic book writers, artist, illustrators, and publishers to showcase their works – from comic books to illustrated artworks and collectible toys.

Partnering with the United Architects of the Philippines Student Auxiliary – UP Diliman (UAPSA-UPD), Design Week Philippines houses Alterchitecture (ALTER). ALTER is an annual architectural design competition that seeks to revolutionize perspectives on the development of the built environment through progressive design and sustainable architectural innovation.

For the Pop-Up Market’s food offerings, Design Week Philippines taps PIPINO Vegetarian and Cucina Andare to provide gastronomic gourmet fair. PIPINO Vegetarian takes favorite Filipino fare and turns them into creative vegetarian dishes, combining flavors, textures, and ingredients in recipes that bridge healthy and delicious. Cucina Andare, the first food truck market and food bazaar in the country, brings Truck Bun and Shawarma Bros to top off the festivities.

Coffee-lovers will delight in The Curator and Yardstick Coffee as the two offer handcrafted and specialty coffee and other beverages to guests at the celebration.

With all the fun lined-up at Design Week Philippines, everyone will be sure to enjoy their visit at The Pop-Up Market at the CCP on 18 October 2013, 10 AM to 5 PM.

For more information on The Pop-Up Market and other activities, visit www.designweekphilippines.com.ph or follow the official Design Week Philippines Facebook page for updates.

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Nurturing and Connecting the Creative Mind with Design Talks


Design Week Philippines turns up the volume for design, creativity, and fun this October. With a full roster of events and inexhaustible inspiration, Design Week Philippines gathers creative collaborators and enthusiasts in one melting pot of activity for a whole week of celebrating the country’s design scene. Among its calendar of exciting activities, Design Week Philippines features Design Talks – an event for nurturing creative minds, connecting people, and sharing of experiences.

Design Talks is all about creative inspiration and sharing concepts that create a rippling effect on people and their communities. It’s about bridging knowledge-seekers with creative professionals that offer the wisdom of experience and expertise. Design Talks is the avenue for exploring design in all its aspects, inspiring creativity through knowledge and education.

The event offers four modules at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP): Production Design; Fashion Journalism, PR, and Marketing; Industrial Design; and Business + Design. A special module by Kyoto-6: Japan Handmade with a demonstration on metal weaving will be held at the SMX Convention Center.

Designers and luminaries invited to impart their know-how include Philippine design icon Kenneth Cobonpue, acclaimed Philippine critic and writer Dr. Nicanor Tiongson, Olé Rauberg of DEDON – the world’s exclusive outdoor furniture company, British fashion experts Nikki Rowntree and Colin McDowell , plus international designers Eneri Abillar, Arik Levy, Anon Pairot, and Kyoto-6: Japan Handmade’s Masataka Hosoo, Toru Tsuji, and Ryo Kagami.

In the Production Design module, learn about the Father of Theatre Design in the Philippines Salvador “Badong” Bernal through the eyes of acclaimed critic and one of Bernal’s closest friends Dr. Nicanor Tiongson.

Learn the other side of fashion as Nikki Rowntree and Colin McDowell give insights to the industry and how the media affects the dynamics of its designers and audience.

International designers Eneri Abillar, Arik Levy, and Anon Pairot talk about when design meets life, discussing how design is made for people and how it moves life forward.

For Business + Design, Kenneth Cobonpue and Olé Rauberg emphasize the balance of good business and good design.

In their Special Module, Kyoto-6: Japan Handmade’s Masataka Hosoo, Toru Tsuji, and Ryo Kagami give a glimpse of what today’s Japanese design and aesthetic is and how over a thousand years of craft heritage is made relevant in these modern times.

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the Design Talks happening on 18 October 2013, simultaneously at the Cultural Center of the Philippines and the SMX Convention Center.

To reserve slots to the Design Talks, download form HERE.

To view schedules and fees, click HERE.

For more information on Design Talks and other activities, visit www.designweekphilippines.com.ph or follow Design Week Philippines on Facebook.

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The Katha Awards: Purveyor of Design Excellence

Design is on the continuous path to evolution and innovation with form, function, sustainability, and craftsmanship all playing a role. The intention behind designing and being creative matter as well. In this world, the creator always keeps in mind how design affects the world and how it can effect change. This October, the Katha Awards once again seeks to recognize such designs in the Philippines, a country home to award-worthy talents in design, creativity, and innovation.

The Katha Awards is a mark of design excellence in the country, honoring manufacturers, designers, and artisans who craft products that are distinctly fresh, original, and innovative with design and handiwork that is at par with the world’s best. The Katha Awards continues to inspire and encourage others to elevate the standards of Philippine design, through better, well-crafted creations.

The Katha Awards’ categories include Best Product Design which distinguishes innovative designs, each from furniture, homeware and furnishings, holiday décor and gifts, and fashion; Best Booth Display that recognizes booth designs at Manila FAME that capture smart and effective visual merchandising display; and a special citation of Eco-Design for products that emulate sustainability and eco-friendliness.

See the newest recipients of the Katha Awards, plus more Philippine 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.

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Portraits of Global Design: A Special Setting at DeXign Global Philippines

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October sees the launch of the newest platform for creative exchange, mixing design and business together under one locale: DeXign Global Philippines. It is here where local meets global and global meets local in the business of design. DeXign Global is where local and international buyers and exhibitors converge, making it a fertile marketplace thriving with opportunities and new partnerships. It is where markets come together to create a singular venue for sourcing the finest products in home and fashion from across Asia.

Among the exciting features of DeXign Global is a special setting that showcases international design personages whose work embody what it is to be current, storied, and exemplary:

ALVIN TJITROWIRJO | www.alvin-t.com

Indonesia’s Alvin Tjitrowirjo creates with his rich and diverse heritage in mind, reinterpreting culture and tradition into pieces that are modern takes in design. Tjitrowirjo employs the skills of his homeland’s artisans and integrating tradition into his designs crafted for the world’s consumers. Tjitrowirjo is the founder and creative director behind alvinT, a brand dedicated to bringing modern Asian design aesthetics to the elevated global stage. The brand embodies the seamless merging the essence of Indonesian heritage with the contemporary and avant-garde.


ANON PAIROT | www.anonpairot.com

One of Thailand’s most celebrated designers, Anon Pairot’s work encapsulates contemporary Thai design that is influenced by local craft instincts. His work is imbued with a poetic and passionate sense of culture that is artful, functional, and modern. Pairot also heads his own design consultancy and creative strategic planning agency and is expanding his range into sustainable and eco design.


ARIK LEVY | www.ariklevy.fr

Arik Levy is a Paris-based artist and technician with multidisciplinary skills that includes photography, design, and film making. He has created products and pieces for exhibitions in Japan and set designs for contemporary dance and opera in Europe. He has designed furniture and light fixtures as well as hi-tech clothing lines and accessories.


BILL KEITH | www.billkeith.com.my

A Malaysian fashion icon and maven of elegance and exquisite taste, Bill Keith is renowned for his vibrantly hued designs that express his philosophy, individuality, and appreciation for feminine beauty.


DAVID THAM | www.studionorm.com

David Tham is a Singaporean design and creative luminary. As a co-founder of the design consultancy StudioNorm, Tham’s works are guided by the corporate philosophy to create designs inspired from the essentials of daily living. StudioNorm is a design house for authentic, refined, and unique design. The studio thrives on a sincere approach to provide aesthetical and functional pleasing for their customers. StudioNorm believes creativity within normality and seeking continuous improvement of quality in concepts, applications and services.



From Laos, Kanchana Sisane leads her family business of Kanchana: The Beauty of Lao Silk, a studio dedicated to silk-weaving and crafting traditional textiles. The studio is one of the foremost purveyors of the ancient art form and a symbol of the silk heritage of the country. In keeping the silk-weaving tradition alive, the company produces versatile couture-quality textiles and high-end silks for the global market.



Malaysia’s Hazree Wahid is known for designs that are decadent and opulent with the trademark colors of turquoise and pastels. Wahid’s couture stresses a luxurious and elegant style with great attention to detail and versatility. His designs are a mix between traditional and western trends, capturing feminine beauty in a playful blending of colors, silhouettes, and styles


MASATAKA HOSOO and TORU TSUJI | www.japan-handmade.com

Masataka Hosoo of HOSOO and Toru Tsuji of KANAAMI-TSUJI are two from the collective that forms Kyoto-6: Japan Handmade.

Kyoto-6: Japan Handmade is a collaborative of companies from Kyoto that applies Japanese traditional craft forms in creating novel and innovative designs for the international market. Teaming up with Danish design studio, OeO, the group seeks to revitalize Japan’s unique heritage of craftsmanship in ceramics, metal-knitting, teaware, and wood and bamboo crafting. With their compelling universe of storytelling that is rooted in 1,000 years of tradition, Kyoto-6: Japan Handmade, delivers inspired and contemporary designs to its global audience.


See these portraits of global design at DeXign Global Philippines on 17 – 20 October 2013, a partner event of Manila FAME at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines.

For more on DeXign Global Philippines, visit www.dexignglobal.com

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