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Intramuros is first Creative Environment

Manila celebrates Design Week Philippines

The Philippines has become a star in the design scene in recent years. Design icons such as Kenneth Cobonpue and Budji Layug and up-and coming designers Ito Kish, Vito Selma, Stanley Ruiz, and Liliana Manahan have been reaping awards lately for their innovative ideas. To nurture future design stars and world class creative talents, Design Week Philippines will be held on 16-24 April 2016 through various activities in various venues.

Presented by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), through the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM),  Design Week Philippines is a multi-faceted celebration of the arts and design aimed at fostering creativity and innovations as well as pushing the Philippines as a leading design hub in Asia and globally.

With the theme “Connection,” Design Week Philippines is all about the different ties that bind design enthusiasts of different backgrounds and upbringings to interact and share their creativity with each other.

Highlighting Design Week Philippines is the launch of the first creative environment Intramuros. Positioning the Walled City as a hub that caters to creative entrepreneurs who balance history with contemporary ideas,  the launch will feature 13 events, eight venues, and 18 partners. These include a spoken word poetry and independent music festival by Ilvstrados on 16 April; a weekend market on Gen. Luna Street by Viva Manila on 16-17 April; a screening of past Sinag Maynila films at the NCCA Auditorium from 17 April; a demonstration called School of Living Traditions at the NCCA Lobby, street art exhibitions, an exhibit by Type Kita, and public art installations by Alessa Lanot from 16-20 April; and Design Trails by Bambike at Casa Manila from 17-24 April.

Also happening during Design Week Philippines is Slingshot Philippines, which features a National Conference on Startups and Innovation, and an exhibit on Philippine startup companies. The Design Center of the Philippines (DCP) will also put on display innovative products that are design solutions to identified socio-economic and environment issues as part of the exhibition. Slingshot Philippines will run from 21-22 April at the Philippine Trade Training Center (PTTC), Pasay City.

Design Week Philippines coincides with Manila FAME, the country’s premier design and lifestyle event, on 21-24 April. Now on its 63rd edition and considered Asia’s second longest-running trade show, it will feature carefully curated fashion items, holiday gifts and décor, furniture, and home furnishings designed and crafted in the Philippines. Organized by CITEM, Manila FAME is the country’s premier source of high-concept products using indigenous and local materials. Designers also look forward to the event as an exclusive platform for business matching between exporters and buyers. Trade show goers can discover globally-responsive products that celebrate the color and richness of Filipino culture through unique products.

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Slingshot Philippines and Intramuros headline Design Week Philippines celebration

Fostering creativity, connections and innovation

Design Week Philippines comes back this April 2016 for its 9th bi-annual edition to gather creative trailblazers, design enthusiasts and entrepreneurs, and engage them in a creativity that connects everyone. In a technology-driven environment propelled by a vibrant millennial mindset, the emergence of sharing economies and collaborative spaces signals the active pursuit of the integration of physical and digital connectivity. Young artists and designers explore and exploit technology to contribute to a more experiential economy, bridging the online world to the offline.

Social network takes off on a new height as it links the digital creative environment to the physical one. A personal kiss digitized and sent to your loved ones; an Instagram photo printed real time and on site; a DIY tutorial pinned for a Saturday craft session—these mark a different kind of interaction, tapping technology and the Web for a contemporary connective power.

Design Week Philippines celebrates arts, culture, history, technology and innovation by lining-up activities that underscore the exchange of creative energy between an individual and the community. Headlining this year’s celebration are Slingshot Philippines and Creative Environment Intramuros, held alongside Manila FAME 2016.

Take a walk around Intramuros and capture the architectural beauty of the Walled City in sketches with Typography sensation Abbey Sy.

Take a walk around Intramuros and capture the architectural beauty of the Walled City in sketches with Typography sensation Abbey Sy.

Manila FAME, Philippines’ premier design and lifestyle event, is a bi-annual showcase of craftsmanship, design innovation, and artisanship in Philippine products. It features finely selected furniture and home furnishings, holiday gifts and décor, and fashion accessories designed and crafted in the Philippines for the global market. Now on its 63rd edition, Manila FAME returns to its April season to bring the global trade buyers to the optimal buying cycle. It is envisioned to be a specialized one-stop source of high-concept products and an exclusive platform for business matching between choice exporters and buyers. Manila FAME will run from 21-24 April 2016 at the World Trade Center, Sen. Gil Puyat Ave., Pasay City.

In its continuous effort to enrich the startup ecosystem and innovation community in the country, Slingshot Philippines brings together promising entrepreneurs, innovators, venture capitalists and government stakeholders in a conference and exhibit that aims to accelerate the growth of startups by leveraging on existing technology. As part of Design Week Philippines, Slingshot Philippines offers a National Conference on Startups and Innovation where key speakers from the government and innovation sector share ideas and technology that can spark new creative projects and businesses. To complement the forum, an exhibit on design solutions will gather startup companies and social enterprises, funders, incubators, the academe and education sector to showcase their respective tech startup ventures aimed at addressing identified socio-economic and environmental concerns. Slingshot Philippines is a follow-through activity after SlingshotMNL 2015, and is organized by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). It will be held at the Philippine Trade Training Center (PTTC), Sen. Gil Puyat Ave. cor. Roxas Blvd., Pasay City.

A walking tour with Viva Manila’s Carlos Celdran is a must-experience to discover more about Intramuros.

A walking tour with Viva Manila’s Carlos Celdran is a must-experience to discover more about Intramuros.

Intramuros, Manila’s oldest district and historic core, will be launched as the first dedicated district under Design Week Philippines’ Creative Environment. The national celebration envisions to establish the Walled City as a hub that caters to the creative entrepreneurs in the community, infusing new energy and innovation that can enrich the economic and civic assets of Intramuros. Thirteen events, eight venues, and 18 partners line up activities aimed at highlighting the existing creative ecosystem in the area including Spoken Word performances; independent music festival; creative workshops with Life After Breakfast, DMC, Zig Kuretake and Stabilo; Design Trails with Bambike; Intramuros Pasyal by Viva Manila; screening of past festival films by Sinag Maynila; and a lot more.

Alessa Lanot of Life After Breakfast will be in Intramuros to conduct a series of workshops on pattern design, floral sketching, and watercolor.

Alessa Lanot of Life After Breakfast will be in Intramuros to conduct a series of workshops on pattern design, floral sketching, and watercolor.

Design Week Philippines also partnered with the United Architects of the Philippines (UAP) for their CONEX 2016, Philippines’ premier building and construction expo on 21-23 April 2016 at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City; the World Street Food Congress (WSFC), a five-day feasting festival that highlights heritage street food culture that runs from 20-24 April 2016 at the Bonifacio Global City, Manila; and the Sinag Maynila Independent Film Festival, a screening of five full-length indie films on 21-26 April 2016 at selected SM Cinemas.

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for Design Week Philippines, 16 – 24 April 2016. Log on to www.designweekphilippines.com.ph for more details, and register now.


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. It has its roots from Proclamation No. 277 signed by President Benigno S. Aquino III where it has become a national agenda to nurture creativity and design capability in the Philippines in order to spur innovations directed towards ushering in of trade opportunities, and positioning the Philippines as Asia’s design destination.

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Design Week Philippines stages its 8th bi-annual run this 12-18 October

Be part of the changing creative landscape.

Positioning itself as the most comprehensive gathering of the country’s design initiatives, Design Week Philippines opens this 12-18 October with its freshest offerings to underline the emerging creative landscape shaping the metro.

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. It has its roots from Proclamation No. 277 signed by President Benigno S. Aquino III on October 20, 2011, where he declares the third week of March and October of each year as Design Week Philippines. It has thus become a national agenda that nurtures the creativity and design capability of the Philippines to spur innovations directed towards ushering in of trade opportunities, and positioning the Philippines as Asia’s design destination.

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This October, Design Week Philippines recognizes that the millennial mindset, as influenced by smart phones and social networks, has transitioned from a ‘me’ to ‘we’ collective empowerment movement. Ms. Rosvi C. Gaetos, executive director of the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), the exports promotions agency of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), says, “The do-it-yourself has branched out to do-it-with-others and do-it-yourself-for-others since the maker revolution has created design filled with purpose, and as a means of communication and self-expression. Driven by the emergence of these new DIY movements, collaborative creativity sets the foundation for modern-day sustainable communities.”

Gaetos adds, “Design Week Philippines serves as the platform that connects actors, players, and would be players to further strengthen, enliven, and nurture the Philippine design industry.”

Design Week Philippines has three components—Design Talks, Design Tours, and Creative Environment—that will be held inside and outside of the SMX Convention Center in the duration of the event.

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Design Talks, the key thought platform on design and creativity, masters and industry movers from various creative industries will flesh out the key values of the maker culture in  a three-module forum to provide insight towards the co-creation of a better future.

The formula begins with the combination of the urge to collaborate, the drive to innovate, and the freedom to play, to bring to life a community of shared creativity. Building better sharing communities is made easier through the emergence of maker spaces and incubators, where creative movements of do-it-with-others (DIWO) and do-it-yourself-for-others (DIYFO) have prospered. OmniFab 3D Technologies illustrates how the 3D printing industry presents opportunities for the Philippines to develop high value skills that also benefit other industries, while Korea Institute of Design Promotion (KIDP) share stories about approaching social challenges with wiser solutions through service design. Meanwhile, the ever-shifting demographic, economic and technological landscapes demand a distinct foresight into consumers’ needs. WGSN, IDEO Japan, London College of Fashion and Aarki, Inc. answer this through market intelligence via trends forecasting and analysis, design thinking, and active design interactions. Lastly, embracing curiosity, openness and exploration have allowed creative minds to re-make the world. In line with this, Philrobotics will hold a workshop on building robots from scratch, combining excitement with the rigors of science, technology, and design.

The Philippines hosts the Asia Design Sharing Council Meeting through the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM) and Design Center of the Philippines (DCP) on its fifth year. This program continues to nurture a design neighborhood among ASEAN member countries. KIDP and Thailand Creative and Design Center (TCDC) takes the stage this October to present their own design initiatives, listens to and learns from other members’ creative advancement efforts in preparation for the ASEAN Integration.

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The Creative Environment, another component of the Design Week Philippines, embodies the coming to life of the maker culture and the co-creation consciousness. As part of the Creative Environment, the “Urban Art by Millennials” is an interactive live art show in the SMX Convention Center that allows designers, artists, guests and even brands to communicate, connect, and construct with one another through visual arts. This activity puts the spotlight on thread, colored pens, paint, and calligraphy as the media of art for collaboration. Brands DMC, Stabilo,  Nippon Paint, and Zig Kuratake partner with Design Week Philippines to bring this collaborative project to life.

Three satellite creative events organized by different creative groups in various parts of the metropolis shall showcase the different aspects of the country’s creative industry as a testament of their commitment to cultivate inclusivity and nurture the growth of creative collectives. The Animation Council of the Philippines, Inc. (ACPI), in partnership with SMX Aura, celebrates Filipino talent in the field of animation as they hold Animahenasyon 2015: 9th Philippine Animation Festival on 15-16 October 2015. Tenants of the 2680 F.B. Harrison Compound, The Henry Hotel, Atelier of Mr. Jojie Lloren, Artelano 11 and Avellana Art Gallery, organized a curated event “Design Open House at 2680 F.B. Harrison Compound,” where they open their space exclusively for select Manila FAME guests and buyers on 16 October 2015. The Asia Cosplay Meet Philippines, as organized by the Norman Goss Training Services in cooperation with Asia Cosplay Meet main organizer Singapore Cosplay Club and in partnership with Intramuros Administration, is set to select a three-person cosplay team that will represent the country in the upcoming Asia Cosplay Meet 2015.

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Design Tours will take Manila FAME VIBs (very important buyers) and special guests to Pampanga to witness age old living traditions. Betis, a small town in the province, will be a major stop during the tour for the wood carving tradition of Pampanga. The guests will be taken to the workshop of sculptor Willy Layug, recipient of  Presidential Merit Awardee for Ecclesiastical Art, for an up-close and first hand encounter of the art of wood carving; to Betis Crafts to appreciate detailed carving in furniture; and to Prado Farms to participate in a hands-on Steiner workshop. Engaging consumers in an in-depth perspective on these artisanal traditions reinforces craftsmanship as one of the strengths of Philippine design and creativity.

A bigger creative consciousness in the Philippines comes to you this coming Design Week Philippines slated on 12-18 October 2015 at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City. For more information, please visit http://www.designweekphilippines.com.ph.

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Design Week Philippines: Calendar of Events

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MANILA FAME | THE DESIGN & LIFESTYLE EVENT

15 – 18 October 2015

9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

SMX Convention Center, MOA Complex, Pasay City

Manila FAME will usher in a fresh approach with the 21st-century consumer in mind, with an impressive show of handcrafted products for the home, including holiday decor and fashion wearables — all designed in the Philippines for the global market.

Visit Manila FAME (http://www.manilafame.com/) for more information.

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DESIGN TALKS

16 – 18 October 2015

2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

2/F SMX Convention Center, MOA Complex, Pasay City

The Design Talks is the platform for industry practitioners, the academe, and students to gain insights and inspiration from the experiences being shared by designers, industry experts, and entrepreneurs from all over the world. It is an opportunity for dialogue and discussion that will enhance knowledge, fuel creativity, encourage collaboration, and expand design networks.

The Korea Institute of Design Promotion (KIDP) and the Thailand Creative and Design Center (TCDC) will share their present initiatives for the creative and design sectors at the Design Talks for a wider audience to gain insights, find inspiration, and develop networks with regional creative partners. KIDP and TCDC are among participating organizations of the 5th Asia Design Sharing Council Meeting in Manila where countries will share, listen and learn from each other’s experiences in elevating Asian design sector

Visit Design Week Philippines (http://www.designweekphilippines.com.ph) for more information.

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URBAN ART BY MILLENIALS

15 – 18 October 2015

9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

SMX Convention Center, MOA Complex, Pasay City

Companies, artists and the audience of the Design Week Philippines join forces for a four-day interactive live art show at the SMX Convention Center. Artists team up with the participants of the Design Week Philippines to create four massive murals using chalk, thread, marker and paint respectively. This collaboration is a chance for brands, designers/artists and guests to communicate, construct and connect with one another through visual arts. This project calls on every art enthusiast to show off their creative potentials.

Visit Design Week Philippines (http://www.designweekphilippines.com.ph) for more information.

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ITO KISH SHOWROOM LAUNCH AND KISH CHRISTMAS

13 October 2015

11:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Kish Store, 233 N. Garcia Street, Bel Air, Makati City

Launch of the new Ito Kish Showroom and Kish Christmas Collection.

Visit Kish Store (http://kish.ph/) for more information.

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ANIMAHENASYON 2015

15 – 16 October 2015

10:00 AM – 5:30 PM

SMX Aura Convention Center, Taguig City

Animahenasyon is the annual animation festival and competition held in the Philippines that began in 2007. Organized by the Animation Council of the Philippines, Inc. (ACPI), the festival features the animated works of veteran and novice Filipino animators. Apart from the competition, the festival holds classes, seminars, workshops, and exhibits related to the animation profession.

The Festival aims to encourage the production of original content in Philippine animation, recognize the Filipino talent in the field of animation, and achieve local and international animation excellence and competitiveness.

Visit Animahenasyon (http://www.animahenasyon.com) for more information.

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CONVERSATIONS AT 2680 F.B. HARRISON COMPOUND

16 October 2015

5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

2680 F.B. Harrison Street, Pasay City

Conversations at 2680 F.B. Harrison Compound is a curated event where design, art, architecture and dining intersect. Participating establishments are The Henry Hotel, Atelier of Mr. Jojie Lloren, Artelano 11 of Mr. Eric Paras and Avellana Art Gallery of Mr. Albert Avellana.

Visit Design Week Philippines (http://www.designweekphilippines.com.ph) for more information.

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ASIA COSPLAY MEET PHILIPPINES

17 October 2015

2:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Baluarte de Dilao, Intramuros, Manila

This year’s Asia Cosplay Meet Philippines will select the three-person cosplay team that will represent the Philippines and compete against the other countries in the upcoming Asia Cosplay Meet 2015 in a Royal Carribean Cruise Ship from Singapore on 8 – 11 January 2016.

Visit Asia Cosplay Meet Philippines (http://asiacosplaymeetph.blogspot.com/) for more information.

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Island-inspired fashion at Manila FAME

International fashion icon Josie Natori leads Manila Wear‘s island –inspired collection at the 60th edition of Manila Fame on October 16-19 at the SMX Convention Center, Pasay City.

Manila Wear is a platform for the country’s finest collections of tropical and resort wear collections of apparel, accessories, and other wearables infused with traditional yet contemporary elements.

For this edition, Natori unifies 10 of the country’s most celebrated apparel designers to present fashion collections in a special setting that will feature Luxe’s timeless, and universal fashion pieces. The select group of designers as principal proponents in the local fashion industry are: Ivarluski Aseron, Avel Bacudio, JC Buendia, Rhett Eala, Cesar Gaupo, Rajo Laurel, Dennis Lustico, Randy Ortiz, Joey Samson, and Lulu Tan-Gan.

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Filipino’s mastery in handicraft is exemplified in a separate special setting withthe collaboration of rising designers Amina Aranaz, Len Cabili, Tipay Caintic, Carissa Cruz-Evangelista, Maco Custodio, Lally Dizon, Joel Escober, Twinkle Ferraren, Emi Jorge, Adante Leyesa, Joyce Makitalo, Arnel Papa, Malou Romero, Anne Saguil, Ken Samudio, Michelline Syjuco, and Nicole Whisenhunt.

Manila Wear’s collective designersare set tocapture what the local fashion is all about: Filipino and global at the same time.

The Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), the Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI) export-marketing arm, will redefine the Philippine fashion as Asia’s Premier Design and Lifestyle Event that exhibits the finest Philippine-made products from home, holiday, and fashion sectors.

For more information on Manila Wear at Manila FAME, interested parties can visit www.manilafame.com or email info@manilafame.com.ph.

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Filipino Soulful Craftsmanship @ 60th Manila FAME

LEE_6844From 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).

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“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.

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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.

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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.

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60th Manila FAME features German home specialist

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International product development specialist Detlef Klatt from Germany, is set to transform Manila FAME with a special setting of handcrafted tabletops under the Design for Exports Program of the country’s premier design and lifestyle event Manila FAME for its 60th edition.

Manila FAME will feature a collection of tabletops, which include dinnerware, flatware, and other table accessories, produced by 17 different home design companies using different materials and techniques. The special setting, with the supervision of Klatt, is developed under CITEM’s Design for Exports Program which aims to translate trend-forward designs into products that have strong commercial value.

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The Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), the export promotions arm of the Philippines Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), organizes the bi-annual Manila FAME, which continuously nurtures and promotes Philippine design in the global market. Design for Exports is CITEM’s multi-tiered and multi-faceted assistance program that provides Philippine exporters, manufacturers, and designers with a full range of design and product development services.

The Design for Exports Program seeks to provide Manila FAME buyers a wider range of merchandise. With the help of this program, Manila FAME will promote and market the Philippines as Asia’s design trendsetter and as the leading source destination for creative export products and services in Asia.

“CITEM will once again excite buyers and guests to the show with the newly-revived category of tabletops. It is equally important to increase the number of exhibitors carrying ceramics and pottery and to boost the product development for natural fibers,” said CITEM Executive Director Rosvi Gaetos.

Klatt will provide product and material development assistance to local manufacturers to create a diverse yet cohesive range of merchandise, particularly ceramics, pottery, and other table top categories. Klatt worked with leading home design companies including Asia Ceramics, Asia Embroidery, Basket and Weaves, Bon-Ace Fashion Tools, Celestial Arts, Chanalli, CSM Philippines, Filtra, Globeasia Nature Industries, Maria Vinecraft, MCCA Industrial Corp., Oricon, Prado Filipino Artisans, Robles Heritage, Shell Arts, Shelmed Cottage Treasures, and TADECO Home, and assisted them in maximizing business opportunities through product development, market intelligence, and buyer matching.

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As part of Klatt’s assistance on material and product development, he has embarked on visits to participating companies located in Bicol, Cebu, Davao, Metro Manila, Pampanga, and Tarlac where he did an evaluation on the materials and techniques utilized by each company. Along with the assessment of each company was his introduction of the program and his concept for the special setting.

“I know the potential of this country as a source of finely crafted products. In the Philippines are materials which you will not find anywhere else.On one side, the materials and techniques show creativity. On the other side, each has a character and tells a story,” said Klatt when asked about his collaboration with the Philippine companies, adding that the companies were very open and enthusiastic to the idea of working with him to develop new products.

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 Union des Foires Internationales (UFI), the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry.

The 60th Manila FAME is slated at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay on October 16-19.

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THE 60TH MANILA FAME: Design-forward, Popular, Artisanal, and Soulful

October is coming and you know what that means. With more than a month left before the October 2014 showcase, the days are going by quite quickly as the 60th edition of Manila FAME: Asia’s Design and Lifestyle Event approaches. Known to be the 2nd longest running trade show in the Asia-Pacific, Manila FAME is organized by the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions, the export promotions arm of the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). It continues to be the primary sourcing venue for buyers such as Galerie Lafayette, Crate & Barrel, Pottery Barn, Neiman Marcus and Williams Sonoma, to name a few.

An event filled to the brim with craftsmanship, design, art and culture, Manila FAME will feature an extensive range of furniture and furnishings, fashion objects, gifts and décor for the upcoming holiday season and arts and crafts skillfully handcrafted by our very own local designers. After a successful event back in March 2014, this celebration of Philippine design is set to happen once again on October 16-19, 2014 at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City, Philippines.

The 60th Manila FAME will revolve around the three segments entitled Soulcrafts, Luxe and Gen C.

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Design Week Philippines: Sights, Sounds, Flavors, and Textures at the CCP

Design Week Philippines was a celebration to its fullest capacity with its line-up of talks, creative finds, delicious food, and more. It was high on excitement at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) yesterday, 18 October 2013. The lobby was packed with creative enthusiast that were keen to take part of what Design Week Philippines was offering – design, creativity, and fun under one roof.

The Design Talks offered conversation with candor and knowledge, creating seeds of inspiration and capturing the imagination of the eager audience. Meanwhile, the Pop-Up Market provided a glimpse of the Metro’s creative entrepreneurs, highlighting Filipino craftsmanship in both food and design.

Attendees of Dr. Nicanor Tiongson’s design talk were treated to a tour of the Salvador “Badong” Bernal exhibit.

Scale models of sets and costumes by the Father of Theatre Design Salvador “Badong” Bernal.

Dr. Nicanor Tiongson during his talk about Philippine culture and design.

The live feed of Dr. Nicanor Tiongson’s talk in the lobby of the CCP.

Nikki Rowntree takes the stage and talks about the things that are overlooked when marketing a brand.

Colin McDowell provided enlightening and amusing insights on fashion and bad taste.

Anon Pairot was first up on the talks about “When Design Meets Life.”

Arik Levy for the Design Talks at the CCP.

“The focus is gonna be on us very soon.” – Eneri Abillar of Vapor Studio Asia on Philippine design.

“You have to enjoy what you do.” – Olé Rauberg of DEDON from his design talk of Business + Design.

“Marketing won’t solve a product that’s not unique. You have to find your own voice.” – Kenneth Cobonpue, Design Talks October 2013

Creative finds at the Craft MNL booth.

The Alterchitecture booth at the CCP.

GTMACCON exhibiting comics and art work.

Delicious vegetarian meals, pastries, and drinks at Pipino Vegetarian.

The Curator was mixing coffee and cocktails at the Pop-Up Market.

Yardstick Coffee was also part of the design celebration at the CCP.

Shawarma Bros served up some delicious eats for guests at the Design Week Philippines.

Truck Bun delivered tasty sandwiches for everyone at Design Week Philippines.

Expect more in the next edition of Design Week Philippines coming soon in March 2014.

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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