Manila FAME, the country’s premier lifestyle and design event, is set to return bigger and better with more than 350 Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in a showcase of Philippine design culture and ingenuity.
On October 20-22, the 66th edition of Manila FAME will present the best of home, lifestyle, and fashion products from the country’s top and emerging design talents at the World Trade Center Metro Manila and the Philippine Trade and Training Center in Pasay City.
With more emphasis on the Philippines’ vibrant and multi-layered cultural heritage, the trade show will spotlight homegrown brands and craftsmen from regional groups and grassroots communities across the country.
“The crafts of a country are reflective of its culture. Today, we are at a crossroads between innovation and tradition, but it does not have to be one or the other,” said CITEM Executive Director Clayton Tugonon. “Through Manila FAME, we want to nurture the cultural identity of our exhibitors and encourage forward thinking as they develop new products.”
MSMEs are the stars of several of the show’s special settings. GREAT Women Project 2 will feature items from at least 40 women-led enterprises under the creative direction of design talent PJ Arañador.
Design Commune: Patterns and Palettes, curated by renowned designer Tony Gonzales, will highlight a number of items from MSMEs as part of a thematic display. New Generation Weaves returns with more artisans in a continuation of Paris-based design specialist Nelson Sepulveda’s exploration of natural raw materials and craftsmanship.
The Department of Trade and Industry’s RIPPLES Plus project will showcase artisanal products from 12 of its leading enrollees under the Home and Houseware sectors, while the Artisans Village, a show staple, will feature furniture, home décor, and fashion pieces by craftsmen from Bohol, Bulacan, and Central Luzon.
Manila FAME stands as a platform for both small and established enterprises to penetrate the international market. The trade show provides exporters with the opportunity to meet with international trade buyers, importers, retailers, wholesalers, and merchandising agents.
Buyers from Japan, Singapore, India, U.S., and the Middle East are expected to visit the event.
“Woodcrafts and furniture is the fourth biggest contributor to the Philippines total export for the first half of 2017 and we expect this trend to continue through the rest of the year,” Tugonon added.
“We need to capitalise on that trend and position our country as a premier sourcing destination for home, furniture, and fashion products. By helping our MSMEs land new trade deals, we are not only supporting their livelihoods, but we’re also promoting new investments in the country.”
The above article is published from the Centre for International Trade and Missions (CITEM), the export promotion of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).
The Center for International Trade expositions and Missions (CITEM), the export promotions arm of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is the proud organizer of the Manila FAME – the second longest-running trade show in the Asia-Pacific, and the only trade event in the Philippines approved by Union des Foires Internationales, a Paris-based association of trade fair organizers founded 90 years ago in Italy.
Manila FAME is a bi-annual business sourcing platform of export ready and finely crafted furniture and home furnishings, holiday gifts and décor, and fashion accessories. It showcases the best of Philippine design and craftsmanship. For more information, please visit www.manilafame.com