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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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PH Delegation Highlights Diversity at CAEXPO 2015

The Philippines turns its focus on promoting potential areas for trade, investment, and tourism as well as viable sources of diverse, quality products and services for its participation at the 12th edition of the China-ASEAN Expo (CAEXPO).

As the only international trade event dedicated in promoting the China-ASEAN Free Trade Area (CAFTA) and celebrating regional economic and trade cooperation, CAEXPO hones the economic capabilities of each ASEAN member economy.

Twenty-six (26) Philippine exhibitors will feature of products from different regions at the country’s Commodity Trade Pavilion. Participants from food, home, health and wellness and fashion sectors will represent the country as a melting pot of lucrative business enterprises and as a leading export hub in the region.

This year’s contingent aims to boost the Philippines’ trade and economic relationship with China and other ASEAN member economies through a showcase of diversified products and comprehensive business dialogues and presentations featuring the major investment growth sectors of the country: agri-business, tourism, manufacturing/logistics and IT-BPO.

“CAEXPO is an ideal venue for local manufacturers and exporters to showcase their products and services for export. The country’s participation will contribute to the improvement of the economy as well as strengthening its ties with its economic allies,” said Rosvi Gaetos, CITEM’s Executive Director.

The Philippines delegation will also hold a Philippines Promotion Conference and Business Meetings on September 19, 2015. This event is an invitation for foreign investors and top business conglomerates to explore potential areas of investment in the country.

The 12th edition of CAEXPO will take place at the Nanning International Convention and Exhibition Center in Nanning, Guangxi, China on September 18-21, 2015. The Philippine delegation will be led by Undersecretary Ponciano Manalo of the Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI) Investment Promotion Group (IPG). Partner agencies include the Zamboanga City Government, the Philippine Investment Promotion Plan Steering Committee (PIPP-SC) Technical Working Group, the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB), the Philippine Trade and Investment Centers (PTIC) in Guangzhou, Beijing and Shanghai, the Board of Investments (BOI), and the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).

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Philippines to feature Asia’s Latin City in the 12th China-ASEAN Expo

Zamboanga City Hall

Zamboanga City Hall

The Philippines will once again participate in the China-ASEAN Expo (CAEXPO) to strengthen its economic partnership with China and other ASEAN member countries. For the international trade event’s 12th edition, the country will be highlighting the distinct culture and fast-paced economy of Zamboanga City.

Spearheaded by the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), the export promotions arm of the Philippines Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), the Philippine delegation will have two-themed pavilions: the Commodity Trade Pavilion and the National Pavilion. Twenty-six (26) local food, home, health and wellness and fashion companies will showcase their unique products at the Commodity Trade Pavilion. In the National Pavilion, Investment Promotion Agencies (IPAs) and the Zamboanga City Government, this year’s City of Charm, will highlight its promising business and investment opportunities.

The Philippines will also organize a Philippine Investment Promotion Conference and Business Meetings on September 19, 2015 which aims to motivate the entry of foreign investors to explore business and investment opportunities in the country.

Canning Industry

Canning Industry

Zamboanga’s participation in CAEXPO will help establish the city as a fully-industrialized and developed center that is capable of providing employment and livelihood opportunities to its locals through the entry of foreign and domestic capital that will create income generating industries. Attaining this will harness the economic competitiveness of the city, diversifying its products and services that will be marketed both locally and abroad.

Ship Building Industry

Ship Building Industry

Zamboanga City is a highly-urbanized and ethnically diverse community with over 800,000 inhabitants from various local tribes and neighboring provinces. It serves as the commercial and industrial center in the Western Mindanao Region. As the only city with an Economic Zone and Freeport in the regions of Visayas and Mindanao, Zamboanga acts as a docking point for local and international vessels traversing the waters of Zamboanga Peninsula and the Sulu archipelago.

The city secures a steady foothold in both agriculture and aquaculture sectors. Its major export products (processed fish, frozen fish and coconut products) yield 81% of the city’s US$ 300M exports. With 11 sardine factories situated in the investor area, it caters not only to its local consumers but to its neighbor countries; hence, the title “Sardine Capital of the Philippines.”

Yakan Banig

Yakan Banig

As an old Spanish fort, Zamboanga City has adopted Hispanic influences in its culture particularly in its architectures, festivities and other practices. But in spite of the Spaniards’ long occupancy, the city remained devoted to its native roots. The Yakan Weaving Village of Zamboanga follows an early practice of colorful weaving tradition to produce handicrafts both for commercial and domestic purposes.

Fort Pilar Shrine, Zamboanga

Fort Pilar Shrine, Zamboanga

Chavacano, an amalgam of Spanish and other native dialects in Zamboanga, is a result of a well-developed rapport between the people and culture; manifesting a union of the East and West – a portrayal of a globally-driven mindset. This led to bearing its title as Asia’s Latin City.

With its strategic location and lucrative economic areas, the city remains as an industrial and commercial giant. It plays a crucial role in the Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines – East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) as it serves as a trading hub and gateway to the southern Philippines.

“For thousands of years now, China and the Philippines have developed a firm economic partnership through trade. CAEXPO is a celebration of a lasting partnership not only between the two nations but with other ASEAN member countries as well, serving its primary goal to strengthen economic ties and provide investment opportunities to the whole economic region,” says Rosvi Gaetos, Executive Director of CITEM.

The country’s participation in the 12th CAEXPO will be led by Undersecretary Ponciano Manalo of the Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI) Investment Promotion Group (IPG). Other major partners include the Zamboanga City Government, the Philippine Investment Promotion Plan Steering Committee (PIPP-SC) Technical Working Group, the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB), the Philippine Trade and Investment Centers (PTIC) in Guangzhou, Beijing and Shanghai, the Board of Investments (BOI), and the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).

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Lifestyle Philippines joins NY NOW 2015

From left to right: Alice Blue Candles & Home Fragrances, Arden, Art N' Nature

From left to right: Alice Blue Candles & Home Fragrances, Arden, Art N’ Nature

Under the Lifestyle Philippines brand, a strong contingent of 19 Philippine manufacturers/exporters will represent the Philippines in the 2015 edition of NY NOW slated at the Javits Convention Center in New York City on August 16-19.

Lifestyle Philippines is a curated exhibition of creative enterprises reinterpreting the Philippines’ rich heritage and artisanal soul for modern living. For its maiden launch in NY NOW 2015, the government branding aims to position the Philippines as a sourcing destination for finely-crafted lifestyle products for the world market.

From left to right: CSM Philippines, Finali

From left to right: CSM Philippines, Finali

NY NOW is a bi-annual trade show for home and lifestyle products and is a premiere market for all new and on trend in specialty retail. It features three collections: Home, Lifestyle and, Handmade.

“To boost the country’s export sales, the country’s first participation in NY NOW will not only strengthen the Philippine design identity but shall expand opportunities for our home, lifestyle, and fashion sectors as well,” said Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), Executive Director Rosvi Gaetos.

Top (left to right): Klassy Collections, Lightworks, Markalex Creative Craft Corp. Bottom (left to right): Mil Export Philippines, Nature's Legacy, Venzon Lighting

Top (left to right): Klassy Collections, Lightworks, Markalex Creative Craft Corp. Bottom (left to right): Mil Export Philippines, Nature’s Legacy, Venzon Lighting

The participating companies under the Home sector are: Alice Blue Candles & Home Fragrances, Arden, Art n Nature, CSM Philippines, Finali, Klassy Collections, Lightworks, Markalex Creative Craft Corp., Mil Export Philippines, Nature’s Legacy, and Venzon Lighting.

The companies which will take part under the Fashion sector are: Ann Ong, Beatriz, Crystal Seas, kitSilver Jewellery, Larone, Megabijoux, Risqué Designs, and The Tannery Manila.

Top (left to right): Ann Ong, Beatriz  Bottom (left to right): Crystal Seas, KitSilver Jewelry

Top (left to right): Ann Ong, Beatriz
Bottom (left to right): Crystal Seas, KitSilver Jewelry

Strengthening the country’s participation are 3 themes: “Industrial Craft” emphasizes the industrial making process of molding and casting, welding, CNC machining, laser-cutting, and 3D printing, accenting the marriage of linear and geometrical structures with a more subdued color palette; “Terno Patterno” underlines traditional motifs imbued with patterns and bold colors for a modern revamp; and “PriMo (Primitive Modern)” that juxtaposes geometric and organic elements that are raw and primitive with postmodernist designs that are ornate and ablaze with colors.

Top (left to right): Larone, Megabijoux Bottom (left to right): Risqué Designs, The Tannery Manila

Top (left to right): Larone, Megabijoux
Bottom (left to right): Risqué Designs, The Tannery Manila

The country’s first participation in New York’s leading trade fair is spearheaded by CITEM, the export promotions arm of the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

NY NOW 2015 will accommodate 2,600 exhibitors and thousands of lines under 400 categories, 35,000 buyers representing 20,000 companies coming from 50 states, as well as a number of attendees from 80 foreign countries, including the Philippines.

For more information on Lifestyle Philippines at NY NOW 2015, interested parties can visit www.manilafame.com/nynow2015/

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PH identified as a potential ally of European Union on sustainable management

In December 2014, the Philippines has been granted Generalized System of Preferences Plus (GSP+) by the EU that provided duty free entry to the region for important Philippine exports including food products such as coconut and marine products, processed fruits, prepared food, animal and vegetable fats and oils. Using the GSP+ grant, the Philippine exporters now have the opportunity to bring more than 6,000 products to 28 EU-member countries at zero tariff.

The inclusion of the Philippines in the GSP+ scheme boosts the country’s agriculture and fisheries sector, particularly the tuna industry of General Santos City in Mindanao, according to Philippine Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary Proceso Alcala.  Home to six tuna canneries and big tuna fishing companies, the tuna capital of the Philippines sees sales boost from the EU because of the grant.  The Philippines’ Bureau of Fishery and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) states that the EU is a major export market for the country’s marine and seafood products.

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As the world’s biggest fish importer, the EU follows a strict policy in filtering which marine and seafood products enter their market through Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing (IUUF) regulation. The regulation allows only the fish products deemed legal by the EU-member country concerned to enter the EU market.

The Philippines was given the “green card” to bring in the country’s marine and seafood products to EU, which was previously put on hold for ten months. The country’s effort to cooperate in fighting illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing through Republic Act (R.A.) 8550, a national policy that will ensure compliance with international agreements on fishing, has been acknowledged by the EU.

With the Philippines’ efforts to help prohibit illegal fishing and protect marine resources, the EU considers the country as a valuable ally on sustainable management within global and regional organizations, thus giving the Philippines an opportunity to bring our premium food products to the EU market.

On October 10-14, 2015, Food Philippines will bring Philippine tuna and its food applications to Anuga, the world’s largest and most important food and beverage fair, slated at the Koelnmesse in Cologne, Germany. With canned and processed tuna on top of the list, the Philippines’ fish products exports to the EU market amount  to USD180 million annually.

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Tuna is among Food Philippines’ premium seven food products which will be featured at the Philippine Pavilion together with banana, cacao, coconut, coffee, mango, and pineapple. The country’s delegation to Germany will bring processed fruits derived from the premium seven (dried mangoes, dried pineapple, dried young coconut, coconut gel, dried banana, banana chips, fruit preserves, fruit-based ingredients, canned juices, and dried fruits and nuts); canned and frozen seafood; breads and confectioneries; snacks and noodles; and sauces and condiments, backed by strict adherence to international food standards.

Food Philippines is the industry brand for the food sector which unifies the overseas promotional efforts of the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), the export promotions arm of the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). Under this industry brand, the Philippines is positioned as Asia’s most exciting sourcing destination for food exports, being one of the world’s top exporters of tropical fruits and marine products.

The Philippine pavilion at Anuga will be located at Hall 1 – Booth Nos. D30-E39 / D40-E49.

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Philippine power fruits catering to the health and wellness needs of the discriminating EU market

Food Philippines is geared up to feature the country’s premium tropical fruits in Anuga, the world’s largest  and most important food and beverage fair, slated at the Koelnmesse in Cologne, Germany on October 10-14, 2015. A select group of 32 Food Philippines exhibitors will showcase healthy and natural products derived from “power fruits” such as coconuts, bananas, mangoes, and pineapples.

The food and beverage industry is one of Europe’s most important and dynamic industrial sectors, with tropical fruits being niche products in the region. European Union (EU) consumers are shifting from basic fruit towards more exotic and tropical fruits that have healthy benefits. As some fruits are not locally grown in the EU while some are only produced seasonally, the region heavily relies on importing fresh and processed tropical fruits from different countries including the Philippines.

The EU is ranked as the fourth most important trading partner of the Philippines, with Germany as the largest trading partner in the region. EU sources 75 percent of its coconut oil imports from the Philippines. Additionally, it is one of the leading regions with the most demand of Philippine mangoes and pineapples.

“The increasing demand for food products that meet EU consumers’ standards for safety, taste, health, and nutrition poses a huge opportunity for Food Philippines exporters,” said Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM) Executive Director Rosvi C. Gaetos, adding that the Philippine “power fruits” are not only rich in vitamins and minerals but are likewise considered as superior in taste and aroma.

As the world’s leading trade fair for food exporters, Anuga is a significant business platform for the Philippines’ “power fruits” and food products derived from them. These “power fruits” are deemed to be the best-tasting as well as nutritious fruits in the world, owing to the country’s tropical weather and soil.

Food Philippines is geared up to feature the country’s premium tropical fruits in Anuga , the world’s largest  and most important food and beverage fair, slated at the Koelnmesse in Cologne, Germany on October 10-14, 2015. A select group of 32 Food Philippines exhibitors will showcase healthy and natural products derived from “power fruits” such as coconuts, bananas, mangoes, and pineapples.

Food Philippines is geared up to feature the country’s premium tropical fruits in Anuga , the world’s largest and most important food and beverage fair, slated at the Koelnmesse in Cologne, Germany on October 10-14, 2015. A select group of 32 Food Philippines exhibitors will showcase healthy and natural products derived from “power fruits” such as coconuts, bananas, mangoes, and pineapples.

The Philippine coconut is famous for its distinct flavor, fragrance, and texture, which very well responds to the global need for healthy and natural food products. Coconut water and meat are rich in potassium and magnesium, and contains a considerable amount of vitamin B, which aims in strengthening the muscles, preventing fatigue, and maintaining normal heart function. It has the ability to clear up and moisturize the skin from within, aids in the prevention of indigestion, boosts hydration, reduces blood pressure, and pushes out urinary stones. The Philippines’ coconut exports have diversified over the years, ranging from food and non-food products, enabling this palm to gain the distinction of being called the “tree of life.”

The Philippine banana industry is one of the best-performing agricultural products of the country. Banana is high in potassium and low in salt which helps stabilize blood pressure and prevent stroke. The fruits’ varieties include saba or Cardava, lacatan, latundan, bongolan, Cavendish, señorita, chiquita, bangara, and kadulce from Tacloban, tindok from Cebu, among others, each with distinct flavor and quality. Research shows that the Cardava variety, used in making the famous banana chips, is rich in potassium and dietary fiber, thus, aids in fighting arthritis, heart disease, gastric ulcer, anemia, and depression. Banana is one of the oldest cultivated crops in the Philippines with plantations of 450,125 hectares across the country. Two-thirds of bananas exported are grown in the Philippine region of Mindanao, where the humid climate and rich soil allow it to grow in abundance.

The country is one of the largest exporters of pineapples in the world. Majority of Philippine pineapples are produced in the island of Mindanao, where volcanic ash soil and climate create a suitable environment for pineapple production. The proximity of pineapple plantations to its ports ensures the freshness of the fruit. As an excellent source of vitamin C, pineapple helps combat the formation of free radicals that cause cancer and also improves skin texture. Since pineapple is rich in fiber, it also promotes healthy digestion and prevents diabetes.

Another power fruit from the Philippines is the world’s “queen of fruits,” mango, which is also the country’s national fruit. Considered to be sweetest in the world, it is abundant in the Philippines because of the country’s warm, dry weather and well-drained soil. Mango is rich in vitamins A, B-6, C, and K, and carotenoids that strengthen the immune system; antioxidant that fights leukemia as well as colon, breast, and prostate cancers; and iron that is effective in fighting anemia. When the fruits are ripened on the tree and picked just before full ripeness, it produces an aromatic smell and sweetness, which makes it the source of the most successful commercial products available in the market. The Philippine mango exports amount to USD 12 million, showing a 15.4 percent growth rate from January to September 2014 as compared to that of the same period in 2013.

Spearheaded by CITEM, the export promotions arm of the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), the country’s delegation to Germany will bring processed fruits (dried mangoes, dried pineapple, dried young coconut, coconut gel, dried banana, banana chips, fruit preserves, fruit-based ingredients, canned juices, and dried fruits and nuts); canned and frozen seafood; breads and confectioneries; snacks and noodles; and sauces and condiments, backed by strict adherence to international food standards.

The delegation consists of food companies committed to continuous product improvement to provide the highest level of quality food products, making sure to offer products designed to meet the needs of its various clients – manufacturing sector, food service sector, and retail mainstream market. By adopting current organic farming and manufacturing practices while using the best and safest technology, these Food Philippines companies use techniques in processing that allow the retention of the raw materials’ natural flavor, color, and aroma while prolonging shelf life.

Food Philippines is the industry brand for the food sector which unifies the overseas promotional efforts of CITEM. Under this industry brand, the Philippines is positioned as Asia’s most exciting sourcing destination for food exports, being one of the world’s top exporters of tropical fruits and marine products.

The Philippine pavilion at Anuga will be located at Hall1.1 Aisles – D030g, D040g, E039g, and E049g.

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HallONE’s Maiden Showcase at IFEX Philippines 2015 Generates Outstanding Results

In line with its mission to promote, celebrate and inspire Filipino craftsmanship and creativity, HallONE, the country’s venue brand for year-round product sourcing, creativity and design-driven events, marked its first participation in the IFEX Philippines 2015 with a superb number of inquiries and interest from local and foreign trade buyers.

The successful 10th edition of the International Food Exhibition (IFEX) Philippines was held at the SMX Convention Center on May 21-24, 2015, as one of the parallel activities of the APEC Summit this year hosted by the Philippines. The Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), export promotions arm of the Department of Trade and Industry, organized the biennial IFEX Philippines.

The attractive HallONE display created an immense impact to the buyers and visitors coming up in the second floor of the SMX Convention Center on May 21-24, 2015.

The attractive HallONE display created an immense impact to the buyers and visitors coming up in the second floor of the SMX Convention Center on May 21-24, 2015.

“The inspiring success of HallONE in the recently concluded IFEX Philippines proves that it is a reliable wing in our agency’s promotion of the country’s export industry. With the sustained and steadfast conduct of activities in HallONE through product sourcing, creativity and design-driven events, exhibitions, and stakeholder support services, CITEM fortifies its position as the export promotions arm of the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry,” said Ms. Rosvi C. Gaetos, Executive Director of CITEM.

HallONE exhibited some of the newly launched artisanal and distinctive food products which elicited very strong interest and 116 inquiries from Philippine company owners and 25 inquiries from various foreign buyers including those from the United Arab Emirates, Korea, China / Taiwan, and Japan, among others. Bote Central Inc.’s civet coffee (Coffee Alamid) became an instant favorite among the products sampled for the show visitors, guests, and buyers, particularly among the East Asian buyers. Aside from beverage sampling, representatives of the Coffee Alamid company also explained about their support for the non-caging of Philippine civets and the empowerment of local coffee farmers.

Foreign and local buyers, media, and guests couldn’t resist taking a sip of the sampled Coffee Alamid by Bote Central, Inc. and novel beverages by Destileria Limtuaco & Company, Inc. at the HallONE area.

Foreign and local buyers, media, and guests couldn’t resist taking a sip of the sampled Coffee Alamid by Bote Central, Inc. and novel beverages by Destileria Limtuaco & Company, Inc. at the HallONE area.

Destileria Limtuaco & Company, Inc.’s free tastes of its artisanal beverages, utilizing natural ingredients like cacao, coffee, dalandan, calamansi, coconut sap and mango, also earned rave responses and inquiries from the HallONE buyers. The company also exhibited its notable liqueurs including the Lambanog, Manille, Intramuros, Amadeo, and Very Old Captain rum (IFEX 2015’s Katha product excellent awardee).

Some of the HallONE showcase which yielded positive feedback from buyers were Grand Alphatech International Corp.’s ready-made merienda mixes including those for ‘puto’, ‘kutsinta’, ‘sapin-sapin’ and other native Filipino snacks, as well as Raw Brown Sugar Milling Co.’s muscovado products.

The featured food products at HallONE’s exhibit area was accented by the abaca fiber containers from Tadeco Home Décor and the iconic planters from Lightworks Resources Inc. which were topped with topiary plants.  These Home accessories, which are also featured at HallONE’s year-round facility in Pasay City, added an elegant and relaxed ambience to the overall exhibition of HallONE.

As one of CITEM’s signature brands, HallONE actively promotes and supports the growing Philippine export industry through brand building events and exhibitions. Likewise, HallONE brings the Filipino craftsmanship and manufacturing skill to global platforms such as IFEX Philippines as a celebration of world-class Philippine artistry.

HallONE opened its year-round sourcing facility on 20 December 2012 at the International Trade Center (ITC) Complex, Roxas Boulevard corner Sen. Gil J. Puyat Avenue, Pasay City, now featuring top quality export products not only from the Home sector, but also from the Fashion and Food industries as well. To visit its design-driven facility, contact its secretariat office at telephone number +6328312201 local 253/600.

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Food Philippines to showcase bestsellers in the world’s largest food fair

The Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), the export promotions arm of the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), is gearing up for the country’s much-awaited participation in Anuga, the world’s largest and most important food and beverage fair slated in Cologne, Germany on October 10-14, 2015.

The Philippine Pavilion at the Koelnmesse in Cologne will showcase the newest products of 30 premium food companies with culinary demonstrations and unlimited  food sampling. A highlight of the Philippine presence in Anuga will be business matching activities and a Philippine Business Presentation before European trade buyers.

THE PHILIPPINE COCONUT (left) and cacao beans (right).

THE PHILIPPINE COCONUT (left) and cacao beans (right).

“The country’s presence in Anuga will be themed under the industry brand of Food Philippines. Anuga is considered by food and beverage industry players as the leading source of information on product trends, innovative products and distribution schemes. It is the ideal platform to reinforce the country’s brand promotion of the Food Philippines Premium 7, which include banana, cacao, coconut, coffee, mango, pineapple, and tuna,” said Rosvi Gaetos, Executive Director of CITEM.

Philippine mango – dried mangoes (foreground) and fresh mango (background).

Philippine mango – dried mangoes (foreground) and fresh mango (background).

Thirty Philippine food manufacturers will join the world’s leading food fair for the retail trade,  food service, and manufacturing market. They will carry a wide range of the country’s bestselling food export products like seafood, tropical fruit products, organic muscovado sugar, coconut products, among many others. New food applications and derivatives like coconut chew, coconut flour, frozen tropical fruits, and pouch tuna will be presented to approximately 155,000 decision-makers from  the  retail, manufacturing, and food service sectors visiting Anuga.

BANANA CHIPS (left) and dried pineapple chews (right).

BANANA CHIPS (left) and dried pineapple chews (right).

The Philippine delegation to Anuga will be led by Trade and Industry Secretary Gregory Domingo and Undersecretary Ponciano Manalo, Jr. of the Industry Promotions Group (IPG), who will meet with key food importers and distributors in Europe to boost  Philippines-EU trade relations, especially in the  light of the Philippines being the only Southeast Asian country accorded with the GSP+ status for 10 years (2014-2024).

The country’s participation in this major industry event will highlight the potential benefits of the European Union (EU) GSP+ to the Philippines. Exports of the Philippines to the EU are expected to increase after the country’s official inclusion in the EU GSP+ Program in December last year. More products will be accorded zero duty.

TUNA tops the list of the seafood that the Philippines exports to the EU.

TUNA tops the list of the seafood that the Philippines exports to the EU.

“We at DTI and CITEM are confident that trade buyers from the food and beverage industry all over the world will find our product lineup to be refreshing and even inspirational. It is going to be a ‘Taste by Design experience,’” said Undersecretary Manalo.

DTI has been campaigning recently about the advantages of exporting under the EU GSP+ scheme, and encouraging qualified exporters to maximize opportunities from the said scheme. The EU GSP+ is a system of tariff preferences granted unilaterally by the EU to products originating from developing countries. It is a special incentive arrangement for sustainable development and good governance in the form of zero duties.

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10 food startups represented global potential of SME innovation at 10th IFEX Philippines

A fresh crop of innovative food concepts had been selected by the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), the export promotions arm of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), as the embodiment of SME innovation in the local food sector.

The 10 startup food companies were chosen through CITEM’s Red Box Food program, which serves as the primary platform for promising food enterprises, to showcase innovative specialty food products with strong potential for the international market.

Red Box Food was one of the highlights of the 10th International Food Exhibition (IFEX) Philippines, the biennial food trade show and a leading source of Asian food, ingredients, and raw materials.

“With the onset of the ASEAN economic integration, the Red Box Food program provides incentives to the local food SME sector to become globally competitive by developing artisanal food concepts that will surpass trends and widen the landscape of domestic cuisine,” said Rosvi Gaetos, executive director of CITEM.

Launched in 2013, the Red Box encourages and nourishes raw entrepreneurial talent from the fashion and luxury home furnishing sectors. This year marks the Red Box program’s first venture into the food sector.

Aside from the participation at IFEX Philippines 2015, Red Box Food assists the 10 chosen startups through the use of sustained market-engaging tools across various global platforms. With this effort, CITEM seeks to further cultivate the country’s reputation as a leading source of innovative food exports.

Artisanal food products are made by modern craftsmen who are intimately involved in the creation of their product — from ingredient selection, to production, all the way to branding and distribution. They are often produced on a small-scale basis, to preserve the quality of flavor and presentation.

Adam’s Seriously Good Ice Cream was initially created by Adam Lieberman to supplement the dessert menu of a local Japanese restaurant. Made with the finest ingredients through an intricate double cooking method, the artisanal ice cream took on a life of its own after the demand for it surpassed that of the other items on the menu.

From local organic peanuts to Spanish Manchego cheese, Adam’s Ice Cream takes no compromise in crafting their sophisticated flavors.

Adam’s Seriously Good Ice Cream

 Adam’s Seriously Good Ice Cream

Adam’s Seriously Good Ice Cream

Adam’s Seriously Good Ice Cream

Made by self-confessed chocolate lover Miguel Vargas, Bucky’s Not A Brownie does its best to differentiate itself from the familiar chewy treat. Despite looking like one, it can be described as a combination of flourless chocolate cake, brownies, and fudge.

Bucky’s takes its name from Miguel’s childhood, a time of rebelliousness that is embodied in the sweet treat’s anti-brownie status.

Bucky’s Not A Brownie

   Bucky’s Not A Brownie

Bucky’s Not A Brownie

      Bucky’s Not A Brownie

Chili Chili Bang Bang is based from a slow-cooked chili con carne recipe that has been handed down as a family culinary heirloom. By creating variants with tasty new twists, its creators seek to introduce this rather obscure dish to the mainstream Filipino palate.

As a dip, a topping, or on its own, Chili Chili Bang Bang demonstrates the versatility of chii con carne.

Chili Chili Bang Bang

        Chili Chili Bang Bang

Chili Chili Bang Bang

        Chili Chili Bang Bang

Chef Arnold Bernardo combined familiar local ingredients with some international flavors to create Deep Dips, gourmet creations that have found more culinary applications besides dipping and topping. More than 40 variants later, the bottled mixes are poised to take traditional Filipino flavors to the modern international market.

Of all the possible types of food to make, Chef Arnold chose the underserved dips market simple because he wants to set trends instead of following them.

Deep Dips

    Deep Dips

Deep Dips

                  Deep Dips

EDSA Beverage Design Group was borne out of the desire to explore the upper limits of liquid cuisine. The group develops coffee, cocktails, sodas, and beer using the best and freshest ingredients available in the market, resulting in some of the most interesting home-brewed beverages.

In the pursuit of the noble beverage, EDSA BDG also conducts beverage courses in at their headquarters.

EDSA Beverage Design Group

EDSA Beverage Design Group

EDSA Beverage Design Group

EDSA Beverage Design Group

There are sweet rice-based varieties of the Japanese sushi, but few cross the line to become true cake desserts like Pink Wasabi. Pastry Chef Anna Chua hand rolls Kashi Maki to create more than a dozen bite-sized flavors that combine the richness of cakes with the artistry of Japanese sushi.

Like traditional Japanese sushi, each Kashi Maki is carefully rolled by hand to create edible pieces of art.

Pink Wasabi

Pink Wasabi

Pink Wasabi

Pink Wasabi

Gerald Montelibano created Slurp Coffee after failing to find a shop that brews the blend he wants. The young brand is known for its readily available cold-brewed blend, but what sets it apart is the option for ordering batches that can be customized according to all sorts of preferences.

Each “dose” is served in an amber medicine bottle and is treated very much like a doctor’s “prescription.”

Slurp Coffee

Slurp Coffee

Slurp Coffee

Slurp Coffee

Husband and Wife tandem Marc and Tricia Castrodes quit their day jobs to create The Original Cookie Sticks — an interesting twist to an all-time classic.  A desire to make cookies more convenient led to this handier version of the classic favorite, marketed as the perfect snack on the go.

The stick shape and cup packaging has been carefully thought out for maximum portability.

The Original Cookie Sticks

The Original Cookie Sticks

The Original Cookie Sticks

The Original Cookie Sticks

The many flavors of Up In The Clouds Ice Cream are quirky and artisanal enough to satisfy discerning palates without being too sophisticated for fun. Featuring variants such as Butterbeer and Me Lychee, the many tastes of this hip ice cream brand is a reflection of its creators’ light and creative attitude on daily life.

From a passion project, Up in the Clouds Ice Cream has grown to become one of the most sought-after treats in food bazaars.

Up In The Clouds Ice Cream

Up In The Clouds Ice Cream

Up In The Clouds Ice Cream

Up In The Clouds Ice Cream

Voila! Jars were created with one goal in mind: to enable just about everyone to make cakes on their own as they please. Creator Ryan Tan put together his love for French soufflé and Belgian chocolate to end up with three-step, ready-to-bake cakes in a jar.

Aside from simplifying the cake-making process, the creators of Voila! Jars encourage customization with just about any imaginable dessert topping.

Voila! Jars

Voila! Jars

Voila! Jars

Voila! Jars

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IFEX Philippines 2015 culminates its 10th edition with a boost in PH exports

The Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), the export promotions arm of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) co-organized this year’s International Food Exhibition (IFEX), with the Department of Agriculture (DA), ended its 10th edition with exhibitors and their new business alliances happily looking forward to a productive year ahead in their export sales.

In the welcome reception held at SMX Convention Center, Trade and Industry Usec. Ponciano Manalo, Jr. delivered a message from Pres. Benigno “Noynoy”Aquino III, “this event reiterates that the Philippines is now open for business with the international market, and that such program further empowers the industry of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the country”. That the Philippines was open for business in the international market was evident in the volume of inquiries by foreign trade buyers translated into economically viable business opportunities for Philippine exporters and manufacturers.

Contributing to the successful four day event was the partnership of the public and the private sectors from several local government units, food exporters and manufacturers and the international market. The 10th IFEX Philippines 2015, the most talked about food and ingredients show, staged TasteAPEC@IFEX, the official parallel activity to the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit 2015, which featured top food products from over 750 exhibitors, guest chefs and baristas from the Philippines and APEC economies.

DTI Undersecretary Ponciano Manalo and US Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg exchanges ideas on cranberry products at the US Pavilion during the 10th edition of IFEX Philippines 2015

DTI Undersecretary Ponciano Manalo and US Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg exchanges ideas on cranberry products at the US Pavilion during the 10th edition of IFEX Philippines 2015

DTI Undersecretary Ponciano Manalo and US Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg exchanges ideas on cranberry products at the US Pavilion during the 10th edition of IFEX Philippines 2015

DTI Undersecretary Ponciano Manalo and US Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg exchanges ideas on cranberry products at the US Pavilion during the 10th edition of IFEX Philippines 2015

(l-r) CITEM Executive Director Rosvi C. Gaetos, DTI Undersecretary Ponciano C. Manalo Jr., Viet Nam Trade Attaché Vu Viet Nga, Export Marketing Bureau (EMB) Head Senen M. Perlada, and exhibitors from Viet Nam pose during the 10th edition of IFEX Philippines. International Food Exhibition (IFEX) Philippines, the Asia’s ethnic food and ingredients trade show.

(l-r) CITEM Executive Director Rosvi C. Gaetos, DTI Undersecretary Ponciano C. Manalo Jr., Viet Nam Trade Attaché Vu Viet Nga, Export Marketing Bureau (EMB) Head Senen M. Perlada, and exhibitors from Viet Nam pose during the 10th edition of IFEX Philippines. International Food Exhibition (IFEX) Philippines, the Asia’s ethnic food and ingredients trade show.

Department of Agriculture (DA) Undersecretary for Operations Atty. Emerson Palad, Export Marketing Bureau (EMB) Head Senen M. Perlada, Senator Cynthia Villar, Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos, DTI Undersecretary Ponciano C. Manalo Jr.,  and CITEM Executive Director Rosvi C. Gaetos at the Ilocos Norte Pavilion, International Food Exhibition (IFEX) Philippines 2015, the Asia’s ethnic food and ingredients trade show.

Department of Agriculture (DA) Undersecretary for Operations Atty. Emerson Palad, Export Marketing Bureau (EMB) Head Senen M. Perlada, Senator Cynthia Villar, Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos, DTI Undersecretary Ponciano C. Manalo Jr., and CITEM Executive Director Rosvi C. Gaetos at the Ilocos Norte Pavilion, International Food Exhibition (IFEX) Philippines 2015, the Asia’s ethnic food and ingredients trade show.

(From l-r) Tourism staff members from the city government of Taguig Liza Del Valle and Arlene Vidal, Eunice Lagat from the Web Media Group, Executive Assistant from the City Economic and Investment Promotions Office Lea M. Camacam, City Economic and Investment Promotions Head Jorge Daniel S. Bacobo, Senator Cynthia Villar, Department of Agriculture Undersecretary for Operations Atty. Emerson Palad, DTI Undersecretary Ponciano Manalo, CITEM Executive Director Rosvi Gaetos and Export Marketing Bureau Head Senen M. Perlada at the Taguig City Pavilion at IFEX Philippines 2015

(From l-r) Tourism staff members from the city government of Taguig Liza Del Valle and Arlene Vidal, Eunice Lagat from the Web Media Group, Executive Assistant from the City Economic and Investment Promotions Office Lea M. Camacam, City Economic and Investment Promotions Head Jorge Daniel S. Bacobo, Senator Cynthia Villar, Department of Agriculture Undersecretary for Operations Atty. Emerson Palad, DTI Undersecretary Ponciano Manalo, CITEM Executive Director Rosvi Gaetos and Export Marketing Bureau Head Senen M. Perlada at the Taguig City Pavilion at IFEX Philippines 2015

(from l-r) Export Marketing Bureau Head Senen M. Perlada, DTI Undersecretary Ponciano Manalo, Senator Cynthia Villar, Dagupan City Mayor Belen Fernandez, Department of Agriculture Undersecretary for Operations Atty. Emerson Palad, Engr. Jane Rosario of the Dagupan City Engineering Office, City Budget Officers Cynthia Sinlao and Luz de Guzman, and CITEM Executive Director Rosvi Gaetos at the Dagupan City Pavilion at IFEX Philippines 2015.

(from l-r) Export Marketing Bureau Head Senen M. Perlada, DTI Undersecretary Ponciano Manalo, Senator Cynthia Villar, Dagupan City Mayor Belen Fernandez, Department of Agriculture Undersecretary for Operations Atty. Emerson Palad, Engr. Jane Rosario of the Dagupan City Engineering Office, City Budget Officers Cynthia Sinlao and Luz de Guzman, and CITEM Executive Director Rosvi Gaetos at the Dagupan City Pavilion at IFEX Philippines 2015.

Department of Agriculture Undersecretary for Operations Atty. Emerson Palad, Senator Cynthia Villar, Quezon City Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte, and OIC-Head Sikap Buhay Entrepreneurship and Cooperatives Office of Quezon City Mr. Alfredo Britaña, Jr. at the Quezon City Pavilion during the 10th IFEX Philippines 2015. International Food Exhibition (IFEX) Philippines, the Asia’s ethnic food and ingredients trade show.

Department of Agriculture Undersecretary for Operations Atty. Emerson Palad, Senator Cynthia Villar, Quezon City Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte, and OIC-Head Sikap Buhay Entrepreneurship and Cooperatives Office of Quezon City Mr. Alfredo Britaña, Jr. at the Quezon City Pavilion during the 10th IFEX Philippines 2015. International Food Exhibition (IFEX) Philippines, the Asia’s ethnic food and ingredients trade show.

CITEM Project Management Department Head Romleah Ocampo, DTI-OUTIPG Chief-of-Staff Althea Antonio, Senator Cynthia Villar, DTI Undersecretary Ponciano Manalo, CITEM Executive Director Rosvi Gaetos, Pasig City Cultural Affairs Office and Tourism Office OIC Noel Rivera, PLFI OIC Marilon Anselmo, PLFI Trainor Venus Manalo and Mayor’s Office Staff Aika Dare at the Pasig City Pavilion at the IFEX Philippines 2015

CITEM Project Management Department Head Romleah Ocampo, DTI-OUTIPG Chief-of-Staff Althea Antonio, Senator Cynthia Villar, DTI Undersecretary Ponciano Manalo, CITEM Executive Director Rosvi Gaetos, Pasig City Cultural Affairs Office and Tourism Office OIC Noel Rivera, PLFI OIC Marilon Anselmo, PLFI Trainor Venus Manalo and Mayor’s Office Staff Aika Dare at the Pasig City Pavilion at the IFEX Philippines 2015

Department of Agriculture Undersecretary for Operations Atty. Emerson Palad, Deputy Executive Director Rhea Matute, DTI Undersecretary Ponciano Manalo, CITEM Executive Director Rosvi Gaetos, Senator Cynthia Villar, Manila food and Wine Festival Director Melissa Sison-Oreta, and Chef Sau  del Rosario at the Taste by Design Food Trail at IFEX Philippines 2015

Department of Agriculture Undersecretary for Operations Atty. Emerson Palad, Deputy Executive Director Rhea Matute, DTI Undersecretary Ponciano Manalo, CITEM Executive Director Rosvi Gaetos, Senator Cynthia Villar, Manila food and Wine Festival Director Melissa Sison-Oreta, and Chef Sau del Rosario at the Taste by Design Food Trail at IFEX Philippines 2015

(From the 5th l-r) Agriculture Undersecretary for Operations Atty. Emerson Palad; Senator Cynthia Villar; DTI Undersecretary Ponciano Manalo, Jr.; CITEM Executive Director Rosvi Gaetos; Dagupan City Mayor Belen Fernandez pose for the cameras in one of the event’s special feature:  The Art of Kiping,  from the popular Pahiyas Festival in Lucban, Quezon province, as backdrop

(From the 5th l-r) Agriculture Undersecretary for Operations Atty. Emerson Palad; Senator Cynthia Villar; DTI Undersecretary Ponciano Manalo, Jr.; CITEM Executive Director Rosvi Gaetos; Dagupan City Mayor Belen Fernandez pose for the cameras in one of the event’s special feature: The Art of Kiping, from the popular Pahiyas Festival in Lucban, Quezon province, as backdrop

ASEAN-KOREAN CENTER sponsored several seminars on product development

ASEAN-KOREAN CENTER sponsored several seminars on product development

ASEAN-KOREAN CENTER sponsored several seminars on product development

ASEAN-KOREAN CENTER sponsored several seminars on product development

ASEAN-KOREAN CENTER sponsored several seminars on product development

ASEAN-KOREAN CENTER sponsored several seminars on product development

SPECIAL SETTINGS IN IFEX PHILIPPINES 2015

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