20th National Trade Fair

9.5 meter tall  giant scarecrow exhibited by the province of Cagayan (photo credit  : from   Mr. Allen Mayor and NTF organizers)

World’s Tallest Scarecrow unvield at the Philippine National Trade Fair – The 2011 National Trade Fair (NTF) unveiled the dual-sided Giant Scarecrow during its opening ceremonies on March 17, 2011. The 9.5 meter-high scarecrow vies for the title “Tallest Scarecrow in the World” as part of the celebration of the 1st Scarecrow Festival of Cagayan Valley Region, NTF’s first Fiesta Region. NTF is open from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm from March 17-20, 2011 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City.

entrance to the National Trade Fair 2011

The Philippines’s most comprehensive local trade show which features the best products, services, tourism spots from the country’s 17 regions. Now on its 20th year, the National Trade Fair (NTF) has served as a platform for launching new products, services and has helped over 3,000 small, medium scale business enterprises in brand building, product awareness, increasing their sales and finding new customer base.

Some of the countries biggest export oriented industry started their participation in the National Trade Fair. The show featured about 250 small and medium scale enterprises.

scarecrow greeted the visitors to the event

There is also an individual competition where several scarecrow life sized statutes were judged for their design.

Gawad Ginintuang Yaman honors the extraordinary contributions of individuals or institutions in uplifting the Philippine economy through their own advocates or respective businesses. It is a salute to the outstanding efforts of private or government organizations and individuals in supporting NTF and contributing to its legacy.

The Gawad Ginintuang Yaman sets a new standard for companies and institutions to perennially vie for excellence in the hopes of attaining this illustrious award.

NCAA Exhibit

National Commission for  Culture and the Arts (NCCA) also exhibited ” Banig“. Banig is a handwoven mat usually used in several southeast Asian countries like the Philippines for sleeping , sitting . Depending on the region or province of the country. The mat may be made from buri, pandanus . The leaves are dried, usually dyed, then cut into strips and woven into mats, which may be plain or intricate.

NCCA representative wearing a colorful costume greeted the visitors –  Banig mat and banig woven bags served as background

The Samals of Sulu usually make their mats out of buri leaves. Often, dyed strips of buri are woven to produce a design.

Another region in the Philippines which is famous for intricately designed mats is Samar, where the mats are usually made of pandan leaves. The leaves are dyed green, then different colored buri strips are inserted into the plaits to make the design.

Banig woven mats are also made into Filipiniana items like Philippine terno , sandals, slippers and bags

The artistic works, were exhibited consists of mats, bags, national costume, interior, household items, and art pieces.

Bella’s  Calasiao Puto bagged the ” Best Exhibit Booth ” award

Bella’s different specialties- native puto , bibingka

Adolph Coco Beads from Butuan City

The company specializes in coco beads, coconut by-products , coco shells and started to export in other countries.

Contact : Ms. Amelia Cagorol – Marketing Manager

Address: P5 Lower Doongan, Butuan City

Telephone # 345-94-46

Fax : (085)815-1271 c/o DTI CARAGA Region

REV Fashion exhibit booth at the National Trade Fair

This company  specializes in beads, fashion accessories, beaded jewelry, necklaces, earrings, bracelets,eyeglass holders, dream catchers, patchwork , crosses and other crafts.

Address: Saac I Buaya, Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu, 6015 , Philippines
Contact No:  341-4550/495-8681
Fax No:495-8681

Klub Natur  Photography exhibit booth

For the past 17 years , Klub Natur is a nature photography society in which members explore different parts of the country for nature photography and the organization is also a butterfly club. The members are called kloobers. The club usually participate in several trade fairs and exhibits in different parts of the country.

Contact : Mr. Allen Hipolito – Mayor

Address: 50 Longbeach St. Merville Park, Parañaque,Metro Manila, Philippines
Contact No: 6597536/6976405

A woman in native costume together with admirers

Djaboy’s exhibit booth

Djaboy’s specializes in an array of semi-process products of jewelry components  like shells, coco beads, carabao horn, pig’s bones , mother of pearls, fresh water pearl.

According to the sales person manning the booth , The company is also into retail of their products .

Address  :0178 Enerio St. Pagadian City, Zamboanga Del Sur, Philippines
Contact No:(032) 4127967 /Mobile: 09189212511
Fax No:929-8403

Product display made from the fronds and fruits of  Manila Palm Veitchia merrilli / Adonidia merrilli ( semi- process materials and process materials like bags, components , frames

Crafters Joy Corn husk Handicraft

The company was formed in 2006. Basista which is located in the province of Pangasinan consists mostly of farmers which engaged in planting various staple crops like rice, corns, mangoes , garlic and fruit trees. The Basistans, young and old alike, have this inept ability in making handcrafted products. This god given gift has made Basista, the cottage industry town of Pangasinan in the 1970’.

artificial flower arrangement made from cornhusk

The company had various products made from corn husks like slippers, bags, ornamental, rope twine, artificial flowers. According to one of the sales executives,   several years ago , their company won several awards in design which was sponsored by DTI and CITEM .

Contact: Ms. Jocelyn Ong-Perez – Owner / Manager

Address: 15 JP compound , Magsaysay Avenue, Poblacion, Basista , Pangasinan

Telephone (075) 505-2095 /  Mobile: (0918)3464417

Website: htp://www.craftersjoy.com

Taguig Water Hyacinth  Livelihood Project exhibit booth

Gathering and processing the plant would greatly benefit not only the unemployed women residents of Taguig, but also help in the clearing up of clogged waterways and prevent floods. The water hyacinth is more popularly called water lily. Similar livelihood project is also being initiated by the local government of Las Piñas .

Company : VDM Waterlily Arts and Crafts

Contact:Ms.Trinidad Aquino- Adminstrator

Address: 12 Andres Bonifacio , Sta. Ana Taguig City , Metro Manila

Telephone (02) 223-7126

The aim of the national trade fair is not just to showcase the regional products , but also protection of the environment thru the usage of indigenous and natural made products . The beautiful products that were showcased in this fair is also a source of livelihood and income for many of the people in the country.


WorldBEX 2011

World Trade Center in Pasay City boast of world class exhibition center  and  trade shows

World Trade Center- The Philippines largest construction , building , architecture and trade exposition had open its doors for the public from March 16 to 20, 2011 at the magnificent World Trade Center and Philippine Trade Training Center compound .

Entrance to the WORLDBEX 2011

Worldbex is the only show in the Philippines that always adds new dimensions and directions to the construction industry.

a man on stilts greets the visitors to the venue – he is promoting Neltex  Company

It assembled the widest array of new and interesting products, which represents the greatest advances in materials tools or equipment.

Matimco House at the main entrance of the World Trade Center – Main supplier of wood materials

Profile for exhibit include Building material, equipments and services, Construction materials, equipments and services, Interior Designs, Renovation Products, Mechanical Engineering Systems, Electrical Engineering Systems, Construction Promotions, Information Technology, Telecommunications, Real Estate, Housing etc.

Matimco House landscape exhibit executed by King Louis Ornamental Plants

Kraut Art Glass Company exhibit

Kraut Art Glass is stained glass. In 1911, family patriarch MATTHIAS KRAUT, born in Saarbreuchen, Germany, arrived from Switzerland as a representative of Moore Paints, distributed in Manila by Sprungli & Co.

Within a year after his arrival, the enterprising Matthias made a name for himself as a house painter among the illustrados of Central and Southern Luzon through the Standard Paint Co., and was widely known as “The Standard Painter”.  It was soon later that he diversified into artistic glass windows after purchasing equipment from a compatriot’s short-lived attempt at a stained glass business. It was in 1912 when he put up the first KRAUT stained glass studio in Bilibid Viejo, Quiapo. This was where he met, and eventually married, the lovely Pilar Gonzalez. Before long, Matthias was selling a novel decorative concept: interiors planned not just paints, but colorful windows as well.

proprietors of Kraut Glass Company

The company is known to have been the contractor of several stain glass  projects  from Metropolitan Theater, Santo Domingo Church in Quezon City and to  various family mausoleums .

Kraut Glass Company
1874 Dominga St. Pasay City Philippines 1300
Tel : +63 2 521-64-88
+63 2 525-43-37
Telefax +63 2 523-24-32

Advanced Materials Corporation was founded in 1996 by a group of highly skilled and dedicated chemical engineers. Since then, it has expanded to become one of the leading manufacturers of building & construction materials using innovative technologies available around the world.

Novtek Company mascot

Novtek experience in the construction industry encompasses a multitude of products. These include Tile & Stone Care Product (NovTek), Tile & Stone Setting Products, Surface Preparation Products, Mortar Products (NovCrete), Waterproofing Products (NovSeal), Adhesives (NovStik), and Tools & Accessories (AMC). They gave interesting key chains and handouts to the visitors of their exhibit booth.

Eglo Light Company exhibit

Eglo Light Company is a Global Company which provides upscale lighting equipments , The company is present in over 70 countries and territories  and Philippines is one of the emerging markets in the Asia-Pacific region.

The company was started by Mr. Ludwig Obwieser creates the enterprise „EGLO Leuchten in 1969. The company then started its expansion in 1976 with the building of the first business premises in the Tyrol (Austria).

Comical characters are infused with lighting fixtures

In the mid 1980’s EGLO was finally established as one of the leading light manufacturers in Europe. Expansion into new markets became priority and the opening of the first sales division in Germany laid a solid foundation for international business dealings. Consistent development of new markets opened the opportunity to establish more than 70 business premises all over the world.

EGLO Lifestyle Lighting
Exclusively distributed by:
Collins International Trading Corporation
412 Amang Rodriguez Avenue, Manggahan, Pasig City
Telephone # (632)  467-9043/( 632) 681-61-61

Baba Plastic Pot Company exhibit booth at the WorldBex 2011

According to one of the  booth managers  , Materials used  in producing its pot are environment friendly , noting that non-recycled plastic is used in making their line of pots and gardening utensils.  Some of their  plastic pots are exported to Middle Eastern countries where there is extreme temperature fluctuations and heat from the sun may cause other plastic pots in the market to fade their colors and even break .   “The other brand faded in a matter of months when exposed to sunlight,” she notes, “while Baba’s retained its color.”Their pots can withstand extreme temperature from negative  17C to 48C.

grey and terracotta colored plastic planting boxes

The company has over 50 copyright protected designs of its polypropylene plastic pots. The pots, previously unadorned and sporting the terracotta like color  pots, are now hand-coated to resemble stone and are painted to match furniture. The company also came up with “drop-in” pots, hole-less decorative pots that serve as shells for potted plants and which help decorators change the look of a plant without the need for re-potting.

“You can tell by looking closely at the item.  If you see black flecks on it, it means that it used recycled plastic,” she reveals, noting that Baba’s plastic items do not have such a characteristic.

Spathiphyllum plant in a Tenen water  solution with no media present

The company had  introduce to the country a line of fertilizers and insect repellents that’s especially suitable for indoor gardening.  Marketed  as  Tenen line, the products come in 20k and 50 k solution that  are non-toxic and safe for use, and guarantees healthy plants even with less  sunlight. With this new product line , There is a  boost the use for indoor plant growing , considering that indoor gardening entails rotating potted plants for their dose of life-giving sunlight.  With their new line, such a time-consuming exercise is virtually eliminated.

According to one of the sales staffs, Some of the top importing countries of their water based solution are  Australia , New Zealand , United States , Japan and Singapore .    At present, Baba is into advocacy of sorts as well in educating plant enthusiasts about the usefulness of some decorative plants in purifying indoor air.  They are in fact publishing and giving away bookmarks printed with plant facts that are especially suited for indoor gardening.  Already out are information regarding the Dracena fragrans (corn plant)  and  Spathiphyllum (white anthurium)—which are great for purifying air; and the sanseveria locally known as the buntot tigre or mother -in law’s  tongue which doesn’t only purify air by which is rich in so-called anions that are beneficial to the human body.

The products is locally distributed in major garden centers such as Manila Seedling Bank outlets , ACE hardware store.

Ms. Elaine Daclis a cactus and an ornamental grower from Benguet is a regular trader at the WorldBex , She had a plant stall at the Flower mart Center at the Manila Seedling Bank

There are also well-known plant traders ,  landscaper like Professor Serapion Metilla, King Louis Ornamental Plants, Ms. Elaine Daclis ,  Ms. Mable Chua’s – Flower Box among others.

 

King Louis Ornamental Plant

The organizers organized the 13th WorldBEX seminar had also conducted a 3-day seminar which various speakers from different countries like Singapore , Malaysia and notable Filipino architectsand urban planners like Arch. Nathaniel Vonm Einsiedel, Arch. Micheal Tomeldan, Arch. Felino Palafox, Jr., Arch. Emelito Punsalan,  Engineer Gloria Correa, Arch. Augusto Villalon and Arch. Amado de Jesus of the University of Santo Tomas and environmentalist Mr. Jose Maria Lorenzo Tan .

At the nearby PTTC , there is a gallery of various architectural firms like Palafox , Luis Associates among others.

Palafox Associate gallery of their architectural works  from different parts of the country and the world.

There is also an interior design contest dubbed as ” OBRA MAESTRA” which were participated by  Mapua Institute of Technology , University of Santo Tomas, University of the East, Saint Scholastica’s College , Eulogio Amang Rodriguez Institute of Technology , University of the Philippines and Polytechnic University of the Philippines

Mapua Institute of Technology students executed this design (dining room )

University of the East students executed this design ( children room )

living room interior designs by the students of University of Santo Tomas

According to one of the students of  UST, they had to used a lot of recycled materials in order to execute this magnificent living room- proof is the plastic spoons which were recycled and turned into a fanciful chandelier light. While old books served support  for the glass centerpiece.

University of the Philippines

The aim of this show is not just to showcase Filipino architects and promoting business but also pioneering students to showcase their talent in interior decoration. This is open to the public , but visitors to the trade show must bring their business card or professional license cards ( PRC) like those of Architects , Engineers, Public Accountant in order to enjoy some perks like free drinks and snacks.

vintage pop art design with matching furniture

 

an quotation from Mr. Andy Wartol “They always say time changes things., but you actually have to change them yourself “

According to one of the exhibitors , average  crowd estimate is  from 8,000 to 10,000 visitors in the three day event.

53rd Manila International F.A.M.E. 2011

Manila International FAME is an acronym for Furnishings and Apparel Manufacturers’ Exchange the country’s trades’ show for top-notch artistry and craftsmanship, continues to become a popular destination for best designs in home and fashion lifestyle products in Asia.

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

This Christmas decor from Kriks Enterprise won the Katha designer award

Company : Kriks Enterprises
Address: 242 Balubad Bulacan, Bulacan

It remains one of the favorite sourcing destinations of famous brands such as Pier 1 Imports, Crate and Barrel, Neiman Marcus, Ballard Designs, Kalalou, Roost, Lawrence of La Brea, Hermon & Hermon, Papaya, Samaco, Lane Crawford, Li & Fung, El Corte Ingles, Hollander, Konert, Impressionen, Asplund, Etoile Kaito, itokin, Euro Diwan, BML, Kontekas, DK Home, Haans Lifestyle, and Briefing Collection.

This bag by Yvette’s Bag and Beads Collection from Davao won the Katha designer award

Contact Information : YVETTE’S BAGS AND BEADS COLLECTIONS- 09323281440; 09189129173

This is one of the much sought after event by international buyers, exporters, and designers from home made furniture’s, accessories, jewelries, components, raw materials, clothing, Christmas decors, bags, leathers, shell crafts, natural materials, recycled materials, natural and organic products from different companies and trading houses all over the country. This bi-annual event is a venue for trade buyers from all over the world who are looking for quality materials for their business.


Locsin International exhibit booth
Roberto M. Locsin established Locsin International in 1979 , a Philippine manufacturer and exporter of furniture and lamps, together with his wife, Cindelyn B. Locsin. The formidable partnership led to what is now known as a trusted name in the international furniture market.

Today, after twenty-five years of commitment to service excellence, Locsin International continues to flourish as one of the leading makers of premium quality home furniture. Diversity, functionality and innovation drives this company to distinction, as it performs and ensures consistent year-round product research and development initiatives. By continuously exploring and infusing unconventional themes and design concepts into practical living area pieces, this company succeeds in producing and impressive collection to showcase regularly in various exhibitions and fairs here and abroad.

Contact Information:
Office Address : LOCSIN INTERNATIONAL , 2nd Flr. Unit 209 LRI Design Plaza , 210 Nicanor Garcia Street,
Bell-Air II Village, Makati City , Philippines – 1200
Tel. Nos. +632-846-1498
Fax Nos. +632-899-7468
Email : locsin@locsin.com
Website :www.locsin.com

Philippines top designers, exporters, furniture makers, artists; students would showcase their creative designs. Held at the SMX Convention Center within the SM Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay City last March 14 to 17, 2011 this trade fair is internationally recognized. This trade fairs not only attracts local buyers but a multitude of international buyers from all over the world.

Christmas decor on display

Manila F.A.M.E. International is one of the longest trade shows for lifestyle products in Asia Pacific and the only accredited event in the Philippines by Union des Foires Internationales (UFI), a Paris-based association of trade fair organizers.

Daniel Latorre -Cruz- furniture and product designer from London, Stanley Ruiz – industrial furniture and product designer based in New York, Jinggoy Buensuceso a sculptor based in Singapore and Wataru Sakuma a paper artist based in Manila . Their latest works are exhibited during the 53rd edition of Manila FAME

53rd edition, this event has evolved into more than just an exhibition for home and fashion lifestyle products. It also provides buyers and visitors the one-stop venue in sourcing products made by Filipino craftsmen, who now enjoy the reputation of being among the best artisans in the world.

furniture exhibit circa 1980’s to 1990’s

The show’s curator, Maja Olivares-Co, found inspiration in our country’s rich resource of traditional raw materials in creating the show’s concept – TM/New Directions.

These are some of the modern innovative furniture styles in the 2000’s – a lot of which are exported abroad

There are fashion shows, reception cocktails, katha awards, best exhibit booths and design contests.

The fair is open to local and international buyers during the first 3 days where pre-registration is highly encourage while the last day is usually open for the public for a minimal entrance fee of Php 500.  Sketching and taking of pictures is highly discouraged in order to avoid copyright and intellectual property rights violation.

Catalina Trade Exhibit – their product are different  kinds of lampshade

” The country ( Philippines) had a good number of designers which may even surpass some of the other international trade fairs , we have gone”  . We simply loved the quality and styles. This was according to one of the international trade visitor who wanted to remain anonymous.

For more information :

www.manilafame.com/

Earth Hour 2011

Earth Hour and environmental advocacy which started in in Sydney, Australia  in 2007 with 2.2 million individuals and more than 2,000 businesses turned their lights off for one hour to take a stand against climate change, is now on its fourth year of staging  in the Philippines.

The Philippines topped global Earth Hour participation levels for both 2009 when 10 million Filipinos in 647 towns, cities and municipalities switched off, while 15 million Filipinos in 1076 towns and cities joined the 2010 switch-off.

On March 27, 2010, Earth Hour became the biggest ever. A record 128 countries and territories joined the global display of climate action. Iconic buildings and landmarks from Asia Pacific to Europe and Africa to the Americas switched off. People across the world from all walks of life turned off their lights and came together in celebration and contemplation of the one thing we all have in common – our planet.

Will this be surpassed by Earth Hour 2011?

Earth Hour 2011 will take place on Saturday, March 26, 2011 at 8:30PM (Manila time). People from all walks of life are encouraged to go beyond the hour, so after 60 minutes, when the the lights go back, organizers urge everyone to think about what else all of us can do to make a difference.

WWF- Philippines, several environmental NGO groups, government agencies , private corporations,  Meralco  are highly supportive of this upcoming event.

 

Organic Food Bowl Night Market at Centris

Now, a marketplace for safe and healthy fresh produce and products made available to the public — from vegetables to grains to animal and fish products. A marketplace that works on the concept of accessibility, sustainability, and fair trade practices to capture the bulk buying demand and promote sustainable lifestyle.

Big groups of organic and natural farming practitioners have signified their interest to support by joining the market: The Organic Producers Trade Association (OPTA), One Organic Movement of the Philippines with the Agri-Aqua Network International, Inc. (AANI), Go Organic Philippines, Intercontinental Network of Organic Farmers Organizations (INOFO), Philippine Development Assistance Program, Inc. (PDAP), Kasama Ka Organik Cooperative, Aquarius Agricultural Source Corporation (AASCORP), Magsasaka at Siyentipiko para sa Pag-unlad ng Agrikutura (MASIPAG), the natural farming advocates under the Philippine Natural Farming, Inc. (PNFI), Organic na Negros Organic Producers and Retailers Association (ONOPRA), biodynamic farms under the Agrikultura Natural, Inc. (ANI) Mo, Cosmic Farm of Benguet State University, La Trinidad, the Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs) under the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) and the Agribusiness Marketing Assistance Service of the Department of Agriculture (DA-AMAS). The Department of Health (DOH) and the Department of Tourism (DOT) were also tapped by the organizers to support through an information campaign to reach its target buyers” said Ms. Sharon Tan, co-organizer of the Food Bowl Night Market.

“The potential for the organically grown produce and foods is growing both domestically and abroad due to the increasing health, environment and social concerns. Food Bowl Night Market will highlight crops and commodities of Philippine “SUSTAINABLE AGRIBUSINESS”. Its quality should also meet the demand for its quantity. The Crops, Commodities and Technologies Section will showcase farmers, fisher folks and organizations providing safe and healthy food to Filipinos and present the value chain: production, processing and marketing. This will be a good start for the farmers to program their production to meet the requirements of institutional buyers especially from hospitals, restaurants, hotels and food caterers” she added.

Other than natural, organic and biodynamic farm produce which includes vegetables, fruits, rice, fisheries, live stock, native free ranged pastured poultry produce and products, Food Bowl Night Market will also feature food operators and wellness organizations, ornamental and herbs producers and the eco-friendly product manufacturers.

The Food Bowl will be launched at the ETON Centris Walk, Quezon Avenue, Quezon City starting March 18. It will open every Friday and Saturday from 4pm to 12mn. ETON Centris Walk is directly under the stop of the Quezon Avenue MRT Station with a commercially accessible area and ample parking for the target institutional buyers.

The World Agape Association, Inc., with the owners of DS Pinoy Organic and Herbal Store organizes the Food Bowl Night Market. The World Agape Association is a group of young professionals whose primary objective is to provide leadership seminars for public servants with focus on public school teachers and farmer leaders. For queries to Food Bowl Night Market, please contact (02) 806-2448