Now on its 59th edition, Manila FAME takes Filipino craftsmanship to a higher level as it showcases the work of various creative designers and local artisans from different parts of the Philippines.
Every March and October, Filipino made designs takes center stage at the bi-annual Manila FAME — the Philippines biggest exposition for certified export-quality products.
It was my first time to witness and visit this premiere design and lifestyle event and I was really overwhelmed with all the products on exhibit. This exposition is actually not just an exhibit of products from local designers and creative entrepreneurs, this is also a gathering of the local artisan community who appreciates filipino craftsmanship.
Beautiful Lighting and Room design
More than just the world-class furniture and furnishings, Manila Fame also showcases locally handcrafted holiday gifts and decor, handwoven textile and garments, and fashion accessories crafted in the Philippines for the global market.
Filipiniana Paintings for sale
On the second level of SMX Convention Center, OTOP Marketplace showcases locally designed products from select regions of the Philippines. From Tinalak of South Cotabato to Abel Iloco of Ilocos Province, the hallway of SMX’s second level was filled with installations showcasing various handwoven products including the beautifully patterned mats (banig) from Basey Samar.
One Town One Product (OTOP) program was launched in 2004 by the Philippine government to promote entrepreneurship and create jobs. OTOP program supports the identification, development, and promotion of a single competitive product per specific area in the Philippines, with the goal of creating jobs and alleviating poverty in the countryside.
Filipino Designed Furnitures
“This year’s OTOP Marketplace features contemporized products made of local materials such as water hyacinth, bamboo, burnt wood, coco guinit, twigs, tikog, and a variety of natural fibers found in the different regions of the Philippines,” says Jinggoy Buensuceso,who curated the special setting.
Garments and Textile Industry Development Office (GTIDO) together with CITEM also unveiled some of the finest tropical wear collections from the country’s most prominent designers in Manila Wear.
Wooden Statues from Pampanga
Woods, Baskets and Weaves
Manila Wear is a bi-annual presentation of the country’s finest selection of summer-inspired fashion pieces that has been making waves in the international fashion scene since its debut in 2012. This years Manila Wear is spearheaded by international fashion icon Josie Natori. Manila Wear showcases high fashion designed clothing and accessories using indigenous materials and heritage handiwork.
Manila Fame is a bi-annual event spearheaded by the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), the export promotions arm of the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).