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Design Week Philippines: Calendar of Events

Kish Store


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.

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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.

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15 – 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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).


“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.


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.


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.


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.


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 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 or follow Design Week Philippines on Facebook.

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Design Week Philippines: Everyday DESIGN this October


This October, Design Week Philippines brings a whirl of creative inspiration with another edition of sights, sounds, and textures featuring the country’s very own creative identity. Together with Manila FAME and DeXign Global Philippines, Design Week Philippines presents an incredible roster of events and happenings that can only be summed up as Everyday DESIGN.

Design Week Philippines celebrates design in all its collective diversity. It is a gathering that brings together people from all walks of life. Design Week Philippines about honing and nurturing the creative mind and effecting change and milestones in life, society, and communities.

This October, Design Week Philippines is headlined by exciting features that encourages creative collaborations. With its new venue at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), Design Week Philippines presents the Design Talks with new additions such as the Pop-up Market and Design Tours.

The Design Talks, scheduled on 18 October 2013, features a roster of international and local experts in design, journalism, public relations, and business. Talks on Production Design; Fashion Journalism, PR, and Marketing; Industrial Design; and Business + Design will be held at the CCP and a Special Module by Kyoto-6: Japan Handmade with a demonstration on metal weaving will be at the SMX Convention Center.

Designers and luminaries invited to speak at Design Talks include Philippines’ acclaimed critic and creative writer Dr. Nicanor Tiongson, British fashion experts Nikki Rowntree and Colin McDowell, Bangkok’s celebrated artist Anon Pairot, Paris-based designer Arik Levy, Olé Rauberg of DEDON – the world’s exclusive outdoor furniture company, Philippine design icon Kenneth Cobonpue, and Kyoto-6: Japan Handmade’s Masataka Hosoo, Toru Tsuji and Ryo Kagami.

The Pop-up Market features millennial entrepreneurs setting up space at the CCP including select gourmet offerings and more. Meanwhile, Design Week Philippines collaborates with the Wander Team to develop a Design Guide, a comprehensive list of 100 design ideas in the Metro waiting to be explored and includes the a week-long schedule activities.

Manila FAME, The Design and Lifestyle Event and HallONE: Design for Exports also play host to some of the activities for the celebration.

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for Design Week Philippines, 14 – 20 October 2013.

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Design Talks and Fora: Architecture and Design in Today’s Philippines

Design Week Philippines organized Architectural Talks, a three-part forum that tackles design in the context of cultural preservation and economic growth under its Design Talks and Fora component. Design Week Philippines invited three of the best minds in Philippine architecture to share their insights on Philippine architecture and design in today’s modern setting.

The Impact of Cultural Heritage on Design

Arch. Augusto Villalon discusses how heritage plays a part in today’s design. According to him “it is global design whose roots are in Filipino tradition that stand out.” He advices to keep an eye on the many inspirations that our extraordinary cultural heritage can give to design. He stresses that heritage should not be exploited. “Recognize, appreciate, and revive traditional skills. Respect traditional design and skills.”

Indigenous Filipino Architecture in the Modern Setting

Arch. Angelo Mañosa presents the many indigenous materials — from coconut and bamboo, to capiz and rattan — incorporated into Philippine architecture and design, citing examples such as Pasay City’s Coconut Palace and the Bamboo Mansion of Puerto Azul Resort in Cavite. He says that “by using indigenous materials to go hand and hand with architecture and design, we allow the evolution of the bahay kubo and bahay na bato to contemporary Philippine architecture.”

Green Architecture for Sustainable Cities

Arch. Amado De Jesus, Jr. states that with rapid urbanization, pressure is put on the living environment — challenges like pollution, transportation, health and sanitation, and energy efficiency. The solution, according to him, is green and sustainable development which aims to mitigate the problems posed by urbanization through site planning, water conservation, materials and indoor environmental quality. According to him, “energy efficiency is the main trust of green architecture.”
The Speakers:
Augusto Villalon, PhD, FUAP
Architect, Cultural Heritage Planner
Consultant for the UNESCO World Heritage Committee
Advisory Body Member, International Council for Monuments and sites (Paris)
Trustee, National Museum of the Philippines
Miguel Angelo S. Mañosa
Architect, CEO of Mañosa & Co. Inc.
Managing Partner, Mañosa + Architects
Founding Member, Philippine Green Building Council
Member, Green Architecture Movement of the United Architects of the Philippines
Amado P. de Jesus, Jr., FUAP
Architect and Founder, APJ & Associates
Founding Chairman, Green Architecture Movementof the United Architects of the Philippines
Initiator and Vice President, Philippine Green Building Initiative (PGBI)
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