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At Manila FAME, see ‘Heritage Reimagined’

The country’s premier design and lifestyle event opens its doors on April 25.

Filipino design talents, raw materials, craftsmanship, and service. All of these, and more, you can find at Manila FAME. Touted as the country’s premier design and lifestyle event, Manila FAME is where you go to find the gorgeous, the awe-inspiring, the stunning.

Set to open its doors on April 25 at the World Trade Center Metro Manila, Pasay City, this April edition will have ‘Heritage Reimagined’ as its theme, featuring iconic and forward-looking collections under Manila FAME from its over-30-year run.

Leading the thematic showcase of ‘Heritage Reimagined’ is creative director Vince Uy, under the Design Commune special setting in its fourth run in Manila FAME. This April edition features products from 115 Philippine brands and manufacturers that have undergone product development and curation to meet the aesthetics and demands of the international market.

Maco Custodio, Vince Uy, CITEM Executive Director Pauline Suaco-Juan, André Chang, Nix Alañon, Stanley Ruiz

Product development designers who were involved in this edition were: Stanley Ruiz for home and lighting; Nix Alañon for furniture and lighting; André Chang for fashion; and PJ Arañador and Maco Custodio for the home and fashion sectors of the Artisans Village.

Manila FAME is one of the longest-running trade shows in the Asia-Pacific region, and it is the only trade event in the Philippines approved by the Union des Foires Internationales (UFI), the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry.  The event is held bi-annually every April and October.

According to Department of Trade and Industry-Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (DTI-CITEM) Executive Director Pauline Suaco-Juan, this April edition features quite a few unique things.

DTI-CITEM Executive Director Pauline Suaco-Juan

First is the CREATE Lab, designed to inspire and motivate creatives, and to provide participants with a sneak peek into the rich creative experience and networking opportunities that the next edition of CREATE Philippines will offer. Another is the Gender Responsive Economic Actions for the Transformation of Women (GREAT Women Project), which will feature arts and crafts from women entrepreneurs.

Manufacturers from the Philippine provinces of Antique, Marawi, Zamboanga, and Albay will also be presented this edition. Manila FAME’s Artisans Village will showcase products that highlight each province’s distinctive raw materials and production techniques. There will also be live demonstrations of how these materials are crafted and fashioned into end products.