Worldbex 2013 Highlights

World Trade Center and Philippine Trade Training Center, Pasay City , Metro Manila -Philippines

Worldbex 2013 exhibitors and participants

Worldbex 2013 is one of the most anticipated events in the Philippines and  in Asia  for this year .

neon colored toilet bowls and bathroom fixtures

The worldwide trend  nowadays is to put more emphasis on going GREEN , Sustainability ,  Environment friendly companies and their Corporate Social Responsibility . The author being an environmental advocate and member of various environmental societies will be  focusing on some companies which of contributed their resources in helping  the environment  , waste reduction  or their corporate social responsibility towards the community and environment.

Mariwasa Siam Ceramics Incorporated showcasing different tile colors

 The Tag-line of the company : MARIWASA is the FIRST and ONLY local ceramic tile maker certified by the Green Choice Philippines and given an Eco-Label Seal of approval.

Mime artists is one of the attraction of Mariwasa Saim Ceramics exhibit both

Website : www.mariwasa.com/

Davies Paint exhibit

Davies Paint -Philippines  focuses on protecting and preserving the environment is a core belief  of the company , two coveted international standards in quality and environmental performance which recognize our clear focus on sustainable practices, and most of our products are  Leadership in Energy and Environment Design of ( LEED ) compliant.  The company also started creating and implementing innovative ways to prevent pollution, reduce energy consumption and cut waste disposal costs – from product development to manufacturing processes and throughout our daily work.

Website: http://www.daviespaints.com.ph/

mime artists on the second floor of the exhibit

Architects , Construction Suppliers, Contractors,  Engineers, Real Estate developers , Students from various schools and universities and photo enthusiast would troop to the exposition site.

 different works of art using different kinds of materials like wood, plastic toys and metals . Some of which are made from recycled materials.

some of the art  displayed in the booth is the work of Philippine Native Plant Conservation Society member and artist Mr. Reg Yuson

As the economy construction and real estate markets is booming and the demands for new buildings ,commercial centers and residential houses will continue to grow .

Matimco wood exhibit

Matimco is a regular exhibitor at the Worldbex exposition . Their massive exhibit is a consistent crowd drawer .  Matimco, Inc. is the country’s  leading provider of quality architectural and structural wood products, catering to a diverse market . The company the first and only ISO Certified wood processing and treatment plant in the country, Matimco continues to evolve as it stretches the potential of wood applications. Most of the trees are planted in tree plantations .

Website: http://www.matimco.com/

Obra Maestra exhibit

This is part of the annual Worldbex intended for  fine arts, architecture and interior design  students from selected colleges, universities . The exhibit is dubbed ” Modern Living 2013 collection ”  The best exhibit design will win ” People’s Choice ” selected by people on their facebook account before the end of the Worldbex  . There are 9 competing schools for this year .

Here are some of the competing entries

Eulogio  Amang  Rodriguez Institute of Science and Technology  ( EARIST )exhibit showcasing  bedroom setting  with an emphasis on straight edges with smooth and slim forms of contemporary counterpart. The  artistic curves and some elements of classical style.

University of Santo Tomas

This exhibit was done by selected group of students from the College of Fine Arts and Design . The living area is an opus of olive green accent and neutral color pieces. The space is framed perfectly with period details with stillness and simplicity.

Polytechnic University of the Philippines

The dining set design is accentuated with glass and table pieces, the majestic touch of silhouette in the interior space bore a new artist idea that connects the beauty of the classic and modern concept.

University of the Philippines

A living room showcase the  paradoxy  is a design inspiration. The design is a contradictory the baroque and industrial styles are brought together in this stylish and liveable  space.

Philippine School of Interior Design

The bathroom design was a fusion of French empire motifs and the bathroom fixtures and bathtub  poses colors predominantly dark with large and masculine furniture which is a prevalent trend for 2013.

Note : I would like to invite the public to this annual event, the three hours or so spend in this exposition enriched my knowledge and feast of the eye. Until the next Worldbex 2014 !

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.

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