Top 5 reason to visit the 57th Manila International FAME 2013

SMX Convention Center, Pasay City , Metro Manila – Philippines

Department of Trade and Industry , Center of International Trade Expositions and Missions   ( CITEM ) together with  various government agencies and private sectors  stage the 57th Manila International FAME ( Furnishings and Apparel Manufacturers’ Exchange) at the SMX Convention Center , Pasay City , Metro Manila.

“Takesu Hanging Lamp” Katha – Eco-Design award designed by Mr. Wataru Sakuma- Manila International FAME 2013 awardee

Wataru Sakuma is a Philippine based Japanese designer with a strong background in the fine arts. He received a degree in Bachelor of Fine Arts majoring in painting at Memphis college of Art in the United States. In 2004, Wataru joined Masa Ecological Development, Inc., a company produces handmade paper products utilizing various local agricultural waste materials.

Having garnered Katha Awards for his paper product designs in 2005, 2006 and 2009, he was invited to be one of the design consultants for MANILA FAME International in 2010. On October 2010 Wataru launched Kalikasan Crafts’ “ICARUS” lamp which awarded him another Katha award.


Armina Arnaz collection

This bi-annual event is highly anticipated by  the local and international buyers and trade experts. Manila FAME 2013 is a trade show event presenting world class  Philippine craftsmanship in furniture, furnishings, decor, toys , gardening items and  fashion. It has become the world’s favorite sourcing hub for unique, outstanding design.

1.) Educational : Some schools and universities would require their students to visit the show . It is like going to field trip with on the spot lectures from different government agencies , NCCA,  DTI and on the spot demonstration on how to make fashion accessories, arts and craft  by some of the exhibitors. There are also organized tours to different art galleries, museums and historical sites organized by CITEM and DOT which they called ” Design Tours” which emphasized Culture and Architectural Landmarks, Manila Galleries and Art Houses and also CITEM -Hall 1 for exports  . The tour is for  buyers , visitors and students . For those interested contact

Flor- Sans Handicraft

Contact Person : Mr. Florentino M. Velasco- President

Address: Manila East Road, Paete , Laguna,Philippines

TEL : (6349) 557-2778
FAX : (6349) 557-0892

2.) World Class Fashion Designs: this premier design and lifestyle event has attracted a stream of both local and international clientele.

Mr. Kenneth Cobonpue’s artistic woven in knots made from foam tubings .

Mr. Kenneth Cobonpue was  born, raised and based in Cebu. Among Cobonpue’s multitude of awards are Design Excellence Award and Design for Asia Award in 2005, Good Design Award ASEAN Design Collection for 2003 and 2004, Perlas Award for Outstanding Cebuano for 2004, Craftsmanship Award at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in 2001, among others.  Some of his Hollywood clientele are Ms. Lucy Liu ,  couple Mr.  Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie and local celebrities like Ms. Kris Aquino .    This is my second time meeting  , the last one was during last year’s Manila International FAME 2012.  However due to to the large crowd that visited his booth during the opening date, i was only able to take some pictures of his exhibit which is restricted .

Website :

Mr. JC Buendia collection

Mr. JC Buendia is a fashion design for about 26 years . Some of his  creations  are worn by Philippine celebrities, politicians and well to do family like Ms. Kris Aquino ,Mr. Franco Laurel , Ms. Maricel Soriano,  former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, President Benigno Simeon Cojuangco -Aquino III among others.

Mr. Jun Rodino Artajo collection

Mr. Jun Rodino Artajo is based from Davao , a  fashion blogger  and an  active user and photography is one of his passion  .  He is a fashion design instructor at the Philippine Women’s College of Davao.

His creation called Dreamweaver was selected as one of the top 50 (out of 2,500 entries ! ) to strut the ramp of Meguro Gajoen Hotel for the 49th Japan Fashion Design Contest last October 2011. Because of this achievements, he even became more popular outside the country .

handmade dolls

3.) Toys : World class toys are being exhibited and sold at the show. If you want to see and buy quality export item toys , This is the proper venue to buy these items. they are meticulously  crafted and designed. The only downside is that most of the exhibitors would seldom sell few items to walk-in buyers .  They cater bulk orders.


Parañaque Livelihood Resource Management Office (PLRMO)

These handcraft items and dolls were made by the people from Parañaque . The dolls are highly sought after by balikbayan and foreigners . The center handles the Tatak Parañaque , Gawang Parañaque   entrepreneurship program, offering livelihood training and capital for locals who wanted to start their local business featuring their culture.

Address: Simplicio Cruz Compound, San Isidro, Parañaque City, Metro Manila

Contact number: (+0632) 820-6527 to 28, 820-6877

Website :

Wood Classics Enterprise booth

Green Craft for Creative Environment Exhibit

4.) Native Handicrafts : This world class event would feature outstanding Philippine handicrafts like baskets, bags,eco-friendly items like items made from recycled items , discarded wood, plastics, paper , organic items and  accessories to the rest of the world. high quality fashion accessories like mother of pearls, puka shells , beads , carabao horns and bones are just some of the items that one can see and buy during the duration of the event.

Virgina bag designed  by Ms. Ann Ong ” Best Product Design “

Company : Imperial Nova Corporation

Address: Rm. 205 P & J Bldg., Pasig Blvd cor. E, Rodriguez Jr. Ave. Bagong Ilog,  4, Philippines

CEO: Mr. Jason Ong

Telephone Number : (632) 672-1839
FAX : (632) 672-1839

5.) Katha Awards:  This is Philippine version of Design Award  .  This award  is highly anticipated by every exhibitors and trade show visitors . The panel of judges and their rigid scoring  make sure that only the BEST and Most artistically done pieces of items are awarded.

MCCA – Best Booth Display 

MCCA Industrial Corporation won the prestigious Katha ” Best Booth Display ”  Their booth  illustrates the most effective visual merchandising display during the event.

Company Name: MCCA Industrial Corporation

Location: Manibaug, Libutad, , Porac, Pampanga

President : Mr. Miguel Carlos C. Aguas

Telephone Numbers: (6345)961-3917/19

Fax: (6345)961-3917/19/963-4383

Type of Business: Toys, Souvenirs, Gifts, Jewelry and Decors

Organizer :Manila International FAME 2013

Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions
Golden Shell Pavilion, Roxas Boulevard cor.
Sen. Gil J. Puyat Avenue, Pasay City, 1300 Philippines
T_(632) 831-2201 to 09
F_ (632) 832-3965 / 834-0177

Note: There is an entrance fee set by CITEM to the visiting public and Pre-registration to the event is highly encourage. There are photography restrictions in most exhibit areas due to copyright and intellectual property rights by the designers and companies . There is also dress code for those people who wish to come ( so dress appropriately semi-formal to business attire) . The author being a part-time contributor to a lifestyle magazine had to pre-register ) My heartfelt Thanks,  to all the exhibitors who accommodated me! 


Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions

Manila FAME:


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
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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.

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