Filipino design authorities share what to expect in Manila FAME's Design Commune this year

 The sourcing event introduces its inspirations for the show feature’s fresh offerings this October

By Aly Dela Peña



One of Manila FAME's main show features, the Design Commune serves as a showcase of
brand new home, fashion, and lifestyle pieces that have been created under the product
development program of the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions' (CITEM).

Manila FAME's Design Commune merges artisanship, innovation, and sustainability as a means to push the boundaries of excellent product design.

For this year's edition, local exhibitors collaborated with three renowned Filipino designers to serve as product specialists: Mr. Tony Gonzales, a creative director, consultant, and curator of various projects, such as the Pinyapel of the Design Center of the Philippines; and design duo Rita Nazareno and Gabriel Lichauco of Nazareno/Lichauco, internationally-awarded curators and mentors known to highlight contemporaneity and innovation in traditional craft and materials.

Collectively, they will share their design processes and inspirations that helped breathe life into the upcoming collections in collaboration with local brands and manufacturers. There are a total of 40 companies included in the roster of the product development program with more than 300 newly developed products.

Get to know the thought and creative process behind this year's Design Commune: Utilitarianism: accents of practicality for the contemporary consumer 

Mr. Mike and Ms. Banj Claparols of Creative Definitions during their consultation meeting with product development consultation 

Mr. Tony Gonzales, on the other hand, focuses on two distinct colorways to highlight the skillfully crafted and environmentally sustainable products from the country. With “Blues on Blue” and “Naturals and White” prevalent in the mainstream, both modern-classic colorways were the foundation of his upcoming collection.

Highlighted in his designs are the natural, handicraft flair of Filipino products, which were
reimagined and paired with clean lines, minimalism, and modern silhouettes and textures.

According to the designer, “What always inspires me are the craftsmen that I work with. The
material manipulation and masterful skill of our artisans is really what our country is known for.”

"Both colorways are chosen because of their commercial viability, or in other words, because
they already have a demand in the mainstream market." Gonzales added.

What makes this edition of the Design Commune exciting for Gonzales is discovering new
design outlooks from local exhibitors, including the executions of his designs. He said that their pieces take part in the fresh outlook of the global market brought about by the changing landscape after the pandemic.

Mr. Tony Gonzales at exhibitor 33 Point 3 Exports Inc. showroom

The 71st edition of the trade show will be held at the World Trade Center Metro Manila in Pasay City on October 19-21, 2023.

Manila FAME’s 2023 edition is organized in partnership with RLC Residences and the Philippine Airlines as official carrier.


About CITEM

The Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM) is the export promotions arm of the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

For 40 years, CITEM has established the country’s image as a premier destination for quality
export products and services. It continues to set the highest standards of creativity, excellence and innovation to achieve competitiveness in the home, fashion, lifestyle, food, creative, and sustainability sectors.

CITEM is committed to developing, nurturing, and promoting micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs), brands, designers, and manufacturers by implementing an integrated approach to export marketing in partnership with other government and private entities. 

About FAME 

FAME is a community of brands, designers, and manufacturers that showcase quality artisanal products in signature trade show Manila FAME, on digital platform FAME+, and in trade fairs and B2B initiatives around the world. The FAME community likewise includes global buyers and other stakeholders. 

About FAME+ 

FAME+ is the ultimate digital sourcing and storytelling platform for Philippine quality home, fashion, and lifestyle products. It enables Philippine brands and manufacturers to generate leads and reach global buyers through content creation, learning opportunities, and B2B capabilities. It intends to ensure and improve the discoverability of exhibitors online, creating a community of exhibitors, buyers, and stakeholders in one digital space. 

Ref. Elmer Harold Grande 
Email: ehgrande@citem.com.ph 
Twitter: @CITEMPh 
Facebook: @DTI.CITEM

Exhibitions to watch out for in Manila FAME 2023

Learn about the three-day sourcing show’s components promoting artisanal craftsmanship from across the Philippines.

By: Aly Dela Peña


This year's edition of Manila FAME will showcase artisanal craftsmanship through its various show components. The Artisans Village and The Coconut Pavilion are two must-see features of the three-day sourcing event. The Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM) collaborated with the Export Marketing Bureau (EMB), the Design Center of the Philippines (DCP), and various local government units to highlight the works of local artisan communities.

Manila FAME, the second longest running trade show for the home, fashion, and lifestyle sectors in the Asia Pacific, is set to celebrate its 71st edition on October 19-21, 2023 at the World Trade Center Metro Manila in Pasay City.

Here’s what you can discover from the two exciting components of the sourcing event.


Manila FAME's Artisans Village–an extensive showcase of homegrown artisanal crafts representing Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

The Artisans Village 

This holistic program for regional MSMEs in the handicraft sector provides marketing and technical assistance such as product showcases, product development assistance in partnership with the DCP, digital promotions, and capacity-building activities. 
For the 2023 edition of Manila FAME, the Artisans Village will feature the provinces of La Union and Antique, and Northern Mindanao region. 
In La Union, Governor Raphaelle Ortega-David spearheaded #LaUnionPROBINSYAnihan, a banner movement which provides developmental support for Research and Development (R&D) to MSMEs. It leverages the natural materials and techniques the artisan communities have mastered. 
On the other hand, the Creations of Northern Mindanao pavilion will feature masterpieces from award-winning designers, as well as artisans featured in prestigious international fairs. It will display abaca-based wearables and homestyle products, bamboo crafts, and various local weaves. 
For Antique, the exhibition will carry the creations born out of the collaboration of its MSMEs and artisanal communities with DCP and DTI-Antique. The pavilion will follow the theme "Hantique", which highlights the hands that craft artfully woven pieces in the province of Antique. The products from the province ranging from textiles, looms, and home decors are set to make their debut at Manila FAME 2023 before going to international trade fair Ambiente 2024 in Germany.

Lighting fixtures made of coconut husks featured at the Manila FAME exhibition in 2017.

The Coconut Pavilion 

Considered to be one of the Philippines' most-produced crops, coconut has been commonly used for food and household products. Manila FAME, in collaboration with EMB and DCP, saw this as an opportunity to create lifestyle products using the abundant raw material. The Coconut Pavilion houses the products from the program dedicated to develop and showcase nonfood coconut commodities in the home and fashion sectors.


A total of 15 brands have been developing new pieces for the showcase. These new products, along with the coconut-based products from 10 additional brands, will be showcased in Manila FAME’s Coconut Pavilion. This special setting aims to promote sustainability and spotlight Filipino craftsmanship and design innovation. The participating provinces and regions joining the pavilion are NCR, Region III, Region IV-A, Region V, Region VII, Region VIII, and Region XI.

A Manila FAME “staple”

The show will also have Design Commune, a showcase of brand new home, fashion, and lifestyle pieces that have been created under CITEM's product development program. Renowned Filipino designers Tony Gonzales, Rita Nazareno, and Gabriel Lichauco collaborated with 40 local companies to create more than 300 products in time for the sourcing event. 

Manila FAME’s 2023 edition is organized in partnership with The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR), The Tourism Promotions Board (TPB), RLC Residences, Jewelmer, and the Philippine Airlines as the official carrier. Register at https://bit.ly/MF2023-Reg or go to https://fameplus.com/manila_fame for more details.

About CITEM 

The Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM) is the export promotions arm of the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).


For 40 years, CITEM has established the country’s image as a premier destination for quality export products and services. It continues to set the highest standards of creativity, excellence and innovation to achieve competitiveness in the home, fashion, lifestyle, food, creative, and sustainability sectors.


CITEM is committed to developing, nurturing, and promoting micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs), brands, designers, and manufacturers by implementing an integrated approach to export marketing in partnership with other government and private entities.


About FAME

FAME is a community of brands, designers, and manufacturers that showcase quality artisanal products in signature trade show Manila FAME, on digital platform FAME+, and in trade fairs and B2B initiatives around the world. The FAME community likewise includes global buyers and other stakeholders.

About FAME+

FAME+ is the ultimate digital sourcing and storytelling platform for Philippine quality home, fashion, and lifestyle products. It enables Philippine brands and manufacturers to generate leads and reach global buyers through content creation, learning opportunities, and B2B capabilities. It intends to ensure and improve the discoverability of exhibitors online, creating a community of exhibitors, buyers, and stakeholders in one digital space.

Ref. Elmer Harold Grande

Email: ehgrande@citem.com.ph

Twitter: @CITEMPh

Facebook: @DTI.CITEM

Die and mold industry sets 10th expo to mobilize the Philippine manufacturing industry towards global excellence

Die and mold industry sets 10th expo to mobilize the Philippine manufacturing industry towards global excellence


PDMA, Inc., the leading group in the tool and die industry will unveil new machineries and state-of-the-art technologies as it holds the 10th edition of PDMEX, the country's largest, focused, and solely recognized machinery exhibition.


Also known as the Philippine Die and Mold Machineries & Equipment Exhibition, the biennial event is set on August 23-26, 2023 at the World Trade Center Metro Manila in Pasay City, the first since the Covid-19 pandemic.


“PDMEX will bring together hundreds of exhibitors from several sub-sectors of the industry including metal stamping, plastics, rubber and packaging, die casting and forging, electronics and semiconductors tooling, technological resources, and machining and equipment fabrication. World-class machineries and equipment with highly advanced technologies will be showcased and demonstrated,” says PDMEX chairman Hector Villanueva Jr.




He added that the 4-day event will be a comprehensive platform to promote the modernization of the local die and mold industry, and provide a convergence point for the industry, the government, and the academe to consolidate efforts in mobilizing the national manufacturing industry towards global excellence.


Acknowledged as the backbone of vital industries including manufacturing, agriculture, electronics, automotive, aerospace, and construction, the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) recognizes the die and mold industry's importance in the special economic zones that it governs. 



L-R: PEZA Board Member Mr. Robert Lester Aranton, PDMA Inc, Trustee Mr. Jimmy Chan, PEZA Director General Tereso Panga, PDMA Inc. President Mr. George Ong, PDMA Trustees Mr. Ian Mabini, Mr. Lino Yu, and Mr. Tony Mangubat


 “The inclusion of manufacturing zones, information technology centers, and agro-industrial economic zones in PEZA ecozones proves that the die and mold industry continues to be a crucial component in modernizing Philippine manufacturing to meet the demands of export standards,” Villanueva noted.


The Expo will also highlight the promising opportunities within the industry to encourage Filipinos and college students to pursue careers in the industry. A series of seminars and technical sessions presented by participating exhibitors Computrends, Backje Philippines, Guhring, LFK Corporation, and Teknologix are scheduled throughout the 4-day exhibition.



The first post-pandemic exhibition, PDMEX is incorporating several related industrial expos, such as the 8th Autocorp (Automation, Controls, Robotics, Accessories and Services), 8th Engineering and Outsourcing, the 10th Machinetools (Machine Tools Machineries, Equipment, Accessories, Products and Services), 7th Metfin (Metal Finishing Equipment, Tools, Accessories and Services), and 8th Metrology (Measuring Tools, Testing and Laboratory Equipment).


Other co-located events are the 7th Philplas (Plastics, Machinery, Equipment Tools, Accessories, Raw Materials, Products and Services) 7th Philweld (Welding Equipment Tools and Accessories, 10th Sheetmetal (Sheet Metal Machineries, Equipment, Accessories, Products and Services) and the first-ever Philippine Agri-Fisheries Machinery Expo.



 PDMEX will also welcome international delegates from the Federation of Asian Die and Mould Associations (FADMA) which will hold their office bearer meeting during the event. Composed of nine die and mold associations representing China, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, Taipei, the Philippines, and Hong Kong respectively, FADMA is currently chaired by the Philippines through PDMA Past President Hector Villanueva Jr.


The Expo is presented in cooperation with the Department of Science and Technology - Metals Industry Research and Development Center, Department of Trade and Industry, Philippine Exporters Confederation, Metalworking Industries Association of the Philippines, and the Hong Kong Mold and Die Council.


Media partners are Inquirer Group of Companies, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Inquirer.net, Mega Mobile, BusinessMirror, The Manila Times, International Metalworking News Asia, Chinese Commercial News, Digiboards Inc., Exhibits Today, and Everest Appliances.  


Pre-Registration to the expo is now open. Visit bit.ly/pdmexprereg or log on to www.pdmainc.com. For more information, contact the exhibition manager at 8363-5192, 8363-4900 or 8362-2266, email cut.eventsph@gmail.com or follow the PDMEX Facebook page.

Upcoming Manila Events in May 2023

Upcoming Manila Events in May 2023


Manila, the vibrant capital city of the Philippines, is known for its rich cultural heritage, bustling nightlife, and diverse entertainment scene. As the city continues to grow and evolve, it continues to attract visitors from all over the world who are eager to experience its unique charm and energy.

In May 2023, Manila is set to host an exciting lineup of events that are sure to delight locals and tourists alike. From cultural festivals and music concerts to sports events and trade shows, there's something for everyone in this bustling metropolis.

Whether you're an entrepreneur, a foodie, a traveler, a car enthusiast, or simply looking for a fun and memorable experience, the upcoming Manila events in May 2023 promise to offer a diverse and exciting array of activities that are not to be missed. So mark your calendars and get ready to experience the best that Manila has to offer!

PHIL SME Business Expo

When: May 5-6

Where: SMX Convention Center Manila

PHILBEX Davao

When: May 11-14

Where: SMX Convention Center Davao

Travel and Leisure Expo Davao

When: May 11-14

Where: SMX Convention Center Davao

Pet Expo

When: May 12-14

Where: Legazpi City, Albay

THE FUTURE ENERGY SHOW PH

When: May 15-16

Where: SMX Convention Center Manila

TransSport Show

When: May 18-21

Where: SMX Convention Center Manila

Philippine Airport Modernization and Expansion Summit

When: May 24-25

Where: Sheraton Hotel

WOFEX Mindanao

When: May 26-28

Where: SMX Convention Center Davao

International Food Exhibition Philippines (IFEX)

When: May 26 - 28

Where: World Trade Center Metro Manila

MAYFOREVER BRIDAL FAIR

When: May 19-21

Where: Megatrade Hall, SM Megamall


Emerging Trends and Exciting Flavors at the 15th Philippine Food Expo

 



Brace yourselves for the return of the only All-Filipino Food & Beverage expo in the country! Supporting local growers and entrepreneurs while featuring native delicacies and gourmet offerings, the Philippine Food Expo makes a much-awaited comeback with its 15th edition this April 28-30 at the SMX Convention Center, Pasay City.


Organized by the Philippine Food Processors and Exporters Organization, (Philfoodex) Inc., the 3-day exhibition will bring together over 300 micro, small, medium and large exporters involved in food manufacturing, growing, export, equipment, packaging, ingredients, additives, and allied services and industries.



Home-grown medium and small enterprises born out during the quarantine period will also exhibit their products and produce for the first time in this unique gastronomic event. As Philfoodex president Ruben See enthuses, “Exhibitors are putting their best foot, and best food, forward as we try to regain our global competitiveness in the post-pandemic era.”



Co-presented by the Department of Agriculture, the 15th Philippine Food Expo is in conjunction with the culminating activity of the Filipino Food Month, an annual celebration of the country’s rich culinary treasures and traditions. Get a taste of the regional flavors our country has to offer while also learning new recipes and skills through the series of simultaneous cooking demos, beverage preparations, and technical seminars that await visitors of the event.



Spicing up the expo is the Culinary Challenge competition where participants can flaunt their expertise in the following categories: Food Styling and Photography, Philippine Regional Table Setting, Kitchen Masters, PINASarap Breakfast, Healthy Pasta, Modern Filipino Dessert, and Mystery Ingredient. Over 30 schools will be engaging in friendly competition to showcase the skills of their respective students and faculty members – future frontliners of our food service and tourism industries.



Experience all these flavorful affairs at the 15th Philippine Food Expo – a must-visit event for everyone, from the everyday Filipino consumer to international traders and importers of food products. The 3-day event will be open to the public from 10am to 7pm. Pre-register now to get your event pass at a discounted rate.


For more information, visit www.phillippinefoodexpo.ph, follow its social media channels, or contact event manager Cut Unlimited at direct lines (02) 8 363 5192 / 8 363 4900 / 8 362 2266 or cut.eventsph@gmail.com. #philippinefoodexpo2023

How to Enjoy Your Wedding Preparations



Ok, so you're getting married, and it's time to start planning. If you've already started down this road, you know that there are a million different things to get done before the big day. And if you haven't started planning yet, well, buckle up! Get ready for one heck of a ride.


But don't worry! We've got some tips for making the whole process easier. Even though it can be overwhelming at times, planning a wedding doesn't have to be stressful or miserable. In fact, it can be fun—and even during the most difficult moments of wedding planning, you should try your best to savor them (and maybe even laugh along the way). Here are my top tips for having fun while getting ready for your big day:


SET A BUDGET

Setting a budget before you start planning is the best way to save money and avoid wedding drama. Think about how much you want to spend on each aspect of your wedding, such as the venue and food, and consider having a DIY (do-it-yourself) wedding—you could save thousands by doing everything yourself! If you don't want to do those things yourself, ask friends or family members if they'd like to help out with tasks like making place cards or crafting favors for guests. This will reduce your overall costs and give everyone something fun and meaningful to be involved in! 


Download our Event Budget Planner at https://beforeidobridalfair.com/downloadables. This will help reduce your stress level and play around with your available funds.


HIRE A PLANNER

If you’re planning to get married, you should absolutely hire a planner. Here’s why:

The experience and expertise of a good wedding planner are worth their weight in gold. A wedding expert can take care of all the details for you so that your day goes off without a hitch (and without having to worry about any last-minute details). They know where to find everything from the perfect dress for your body type to the best flowers for your theme, which will save you countless hours of research and shopping yourself.


Good ones come at reasonable prices—about Php 25,000 to Php 35,000 on average—and there are plenty out there who charge much less than that if your budget is tight. It’s important not to skimp when it comes to this kind of professional service; if you don't have enough money saved up yet but want some help planning now, ask around among friends or family members who've been through similar processes before; chances are they'll be happy pass along tips and tricks they learned along their own journeys rather than charging full price themselves! 


BUILD YOUR TEAM

Once you’ve decided on your date, it is time to look for a venue for your wedding and build your team. Who will help you with your wedding? Who will be there for you every step of the way? 

  • A wedding planner: Event planning can be stressful. Eliminate the wedding stress by getting a hands-on wedding planner such as FYI Events or Simply Beautiful Events. 
  • A jeweler: Complete your promise with wedding rings from A. Bernardo’s Jewelry, J’s Diamond, Kyle Jewelry and Goldenhills Jewelry. This is surely an investment that you do not have to skimp on.
  • A designer: All eyes are on you. Every unmarried woman at your wedding would want to look like a million bucks like you. So drop by the booth of Bride and Rose to check out their bridal gowns. 
  • A photographer: You’ll never go wrong with SilverMoon Studio. You and your partner are going to have photos from this day that will last forever. Make sure they’re breathtaking! 
  • A hair and makeup artist: Feel beautiful and confident at your big event. A reliable hair and makeup artist such as Maru Rodriguez Pro Hair and Makeup Artist and Arwin Jay Makeup Services can help you boost your confidence. 
  • A florist: Flowers can make or break any wedding, so make sure yours are beautiful! You are guaranteed to get fresh flowers from Dangwa Florist, and GreenBlooms Flower Shop and Events Stylist.
  • A caterer: You want people coming up to you after the wedding saying “This food was delicious! I couldn't believe how much food there was!” Be sure to register for your seat at Hizon’s Catering’s Grand Food Tasting at Before I Do.
  • A venue: This is where everything comes together. And if they don't have what you're looking for at one place, another one might just be perfect. Estancia de Lorenzo, Citadines, and Tyvo Resort are just some of the venues that you can find at Before I Do.

There are other vendors joining the bridal fair at Megatrade Hall 2, SM Megamall. Go around and check who you want to be part of your team. 

DON’T FORGET TO RELAX AND ENJOY YOURSELF!

Once you become anxious and stressed, you start to be less effective and you just can’t think clearly making you make bad decisions. When things go wrong and all you want to do is cry or turn into a bridezilla, try to find a quiet place and diffuse essential oils to help recenter yourself and feel relaxed. We find that to make this more effective, listening to beautiful music and deep breathing exercises really takes you to a better, calmer place.  


You’ll notice immediate relief from your wedding stress. If you have a diffuser, fill up to the line of the water reservoir with clean distilled water and add 5 to 6 drops of your favorite essential oil, turn on, close your eyes and drift to your quiet place. If a diffuser is not available, place a few drops of essential oils in the palms of your hands, rub them together, cup over your nose, and take deep breaths. Simply Beautiful Events partnered with Oils are Blessings to share essential oils with their clients to help them with their wedding anxiety and sleep.

So relax and enjoy yourself! 

You don’t have to be the perfect host, you don’t have to do everything yourself. Your guests will have fun if YOU do. The most important thing is that YOU AND YOUR PARTNER enjoy yourselves!


Make sure you have a budget, make sure you have a wedding planner or someone to help you plan the event, make sure you have someone to organize the food and drinks for your reception and make sure you have a photographer who can capture all of your special moments on film. 

Planning a wedding can be stressful, but it can also be fun and rewarding.

Planning a wedding can be stressful, but it can also be fun and rewarding. For example, you may feel overwhelmed by all of the work involved in planning your ceremony and reception. However, if you delegate certain tasks to other people in your life (such as friends or family members), then this will relieve some of the pressure on yourself.


You could also hire a wedding planner who specializes in weddings at this time of year—they will take care of everything from choosing flowers and menus to booking event stylists for decorations at the reception! A good planner will help both you and your fiancé keep track of how much money is being spent on each part of the event so that there are no surprises along the way.

BEFORE I DO: WEDDING AND DEBUT FAIR

Planning a wedding can be both stressful and exciting. The key is to prioritize the things that matter most to you, your partner, and the two of you together. This will help you make smart choices about planning your wedding day. In addition, it’s a good idea to stay organized throughout the process by creating a checklist or timeline, so you don’t get bogged down in details when there are bigger issues at hand. 

Remember that this is your special day—so have fun with it! 


Before I Do: Wedding and Debut Fair is fast approaching. If you are an event supplier and you want to join the event, shoot us an email at marketing@beforeidoweddingfair.com. If you are a soon-to-wed or a debutante, you still have time to grab tickets for yourself and your entourage. Enter for FREE when you register at https://beforeidobridalfair.com/ticket-check-out! Doors open at 11:00am. 


Before I Do: Wedding and Debut Fair is made possible with the support of Kasal.com, LightTV-God’s Channel of Blessings, SilverMoon Studio, A. Bernardo’s Jewelry, MetroTech, High Fidelity Audio Solution, GreenBlooms Flower Shop and Event Stylist, Dangwa Florist, Luce Acustico, Arumah Fresheners, Exhibits Today, Megatrade Hall, SM Megamall and Simply Beautiful Events. 


The Before I Do Wedding and Debut Fair is a production of VRC Creative Events Management Corporation.

The Manila International Auto Show set to return on April 2022

 The country’s biggest auto event is set to happen again this April.


The last two years of the pandemic have not been easy for the auto industry and the economy.


Fortunately, now that the numbers continue to show improvements with the decline of the new COVID-19 case, it seems that the business community and the government are easing restrictions to stimulate the economy.


With this in mind, the organizers of the Manila International Auto Show (MIAS), Worldbex Services International, have announced that the 16th edition of the MIAS will be held on April 7 to 10, 2022 at the World Trade Center in Pasay City.


The last on-ground show was held in April 2019, with an estimated 149,000 visitors. Featuring the latest models as well as soon-to-be-introduced models on the market, the MIAS has always been the platform for the latest trends in the industry.



For more information, visit manilaautoshow.com and follow Manila International Auto Show on Facebook and Instagram (@ManilaInternationalAutoShow). You may also contact them at 02-8656-92-39 and inquire@worldbexevents.com.