Five large venues, extended exhibit hours, more SME (small and medium enterprise) exporters and special showcases for artisans, designers and products makes the 64th edition of Manila FAME the most exciting yet.
Happening on October 20 to 22, the Philippines’ premier design and lifestyle event and Asia-Pacific’s second-longest running trade exhibition broadens coverage to accommodate the growing number of participating SME exporters and the deluge of international trade buyers joining every edition to source unique products of Philippine artisans.
World Trade Center (WTC) Main Hall will house the holiday and home exporters; and the WTC Tent to feature fashion, textile, and apparel brands. The Philippine Trade Training Center (PTTC) will exhibit arts and crafts, health and wellness products, food as gift, start-ups, and retail companies. HallONE will be the venue for the Design Week Philippines’ (DWP) Creative Marketplace, while Intramuros will stage the DWP Creative Environment.
Design Week Philippines, held concurrently with Manila FAME, is a multifaceted fête of the arts and design aimed at fostering creativity and spurring innovations. It is highlighted with activities that speak of Filipino ingenuity and design breakthroughs that strengthen the Philippines’ position as Asia’s design capital.
Extended exhibit hours
Manila FAME October 2016 edition will extend its operating hours from the original 9 a.m.-6 p.m. to 9 a.m.-7 p.m. The change was made in response to trade buyers’ request for longer business hours that would allow them to meet with all their target suppliers, examine new products at the show, and maximize their visit in Asia, which will have other trade events scattered across the region.
New special showcases and daily events
Exciting showcases to look forward to in the October show include New Generation Weaves, Materia: Bamboo, Materia: Coconut, Lamps & Lighting, and Icon Setting: Peacock Redux, Christmas Village, Red Box, Manila Wear, One Town One Product (OTOP) Marketplace, and The Artisans Village.
Lively daily events to update trade buyers on on-trend designs and products as well as inspiring and creative workshops and business fora will be staged for a multi-sensory, comprehensive, and diverse trade show experience.
Furthermore, the 64th Manila FAME will be made even more momentous with the celebration of the ASEAN Master Craft Design Festival and the participation of the ASEAN Master Craftsmen who will present their creations in a special pavilion called ASEAN Crafts to the World.
The first group of the ASEAN Master Craftsmen, coming from Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam, will unveil new designs and progressive applications of native materials and traditional techniques in home furnishings, gifts and housewares, garden accessories, and fashion apparels.
“CITEM is continuously shaping Manila FAME, not just to meet the demands of the changing industry with its new generation of buyers, entrepreneurs, consumers, designers, and artisans, but to exceed expectations, bring new ideas to the table, and most of all to showcase what the Philippine SMEs can do with training and assistance,” said CITEM executive director Rosvi Gaetos.
Manila FAME is a bi-annual showcase of Filipino craftsmanship featuring finely selected furniture and home furnishings, holiday gifts and accessories, designed and crafted in the Philippines for the global market.
Organized by the Philippines’ Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), through the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), Manila FAME is the only trade event in the Philippines approved by the Union des Foires Internationals (UFI), or the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, a Paris-based association of trade fair organizers founded 90 years ago in Milan, Italy, on April 1925.