8 reasons to visit Manila FAME
MANILA, Philippines - Manila FAME, the much-awaited design and lifestyle event organized by the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM) opened on October 17 at the 2nd floor of the SMX Convention Center. It runs until today, October 20.
Manila FAME is an exports and design trade platform based in the Philippines approved by UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry.
If you haven't dropped by Manila FAME yet, we're giving you 8 reasons to go there right now:
1. Philippine-born, US-based and world-renowned designer Josie Natori is there.
She’s curating the Fashion Pavilion featuring Manila Wear where you'll find the hottest “Summer Must-Haves: head gear, neck pieces, beach totes and stylish cover-ups for the beach."
2. The HIBLA Pavilion of Textiles & Weaves of the Philippines is there.
It features the arts and crafts of 12 Schools of Living Traditions (SLT) and 16 weaving centers that “seek to preserve the country’s distinct cultural heritage and ensure that they are passed on to the next generation,” or so project manager James Booth says.
HIBLA showcases the best textiles of the Ivatan of Batanes, Gaddang of Mountain Province, Mangyan of Oriental Mindoro, Panay Bukidnon of Iloilo, Subanen of Zamboanga del Sur, Ata Talaingod of Davao del Norte, T’Boli of South Cotabato and the B’laan of Saranggani, among other communities.
3. There are live demos by artisans of Philippine traditional crafts.
Buyers could literally speak with craftsmen and observe how they work on their craft, be it on a lantern from Pampanga, papier mache from Paete, embroidered lace from Iloilo or rice baskets from Palawan.
4. Because you’ll learn from and about the sustainable and environment-friendly practices of Metro Manila cities.
Like San Juan’s Ninay dolls, Quezon City’s recycled bags, Paranaque’s buntal bags and sunduan dolls, Pasig’s organic cleaning solutions, Mandaluyong’s recycled newspaper bags and fashion accessories, Manila’s arts and cafts, Las Pinas’ coconut weaves and Caloocan’s semi-precious neckpieces from Craft Village.
5. The very first thing that would greet you as you enter would be the Manila FAME design houses.
These are designed by renowned and/or upcoming Filipino designers like Inigo Elizalde, Vito Selma, Wataru Sakuma, Robert Alejandro, Amina Aranaz, Olivia D’aboville, Daniel Latorre Cruz, Stanley Ruiz, Ito Kish and Milo Naval.
6. Because Christmas is just around the corner.
With barely two months to go, it's gift-giving time once again; and there simply are so many fab décor available on retail!
7. You can have access to export-quality products.
These include specially-designed FAME premium items at The Boutique.
8. There are Museum and Art tours to:
- Manila Galleries and Art Houses: Silverlens, Finale, Galleria Duemila, Avellana Art Gallery
- Philippine Jewelry Museum and Shops: Metropolitan Museum, Miladay Showroom, Cura V and Firma
- American Colonial Architectural Landmarks: Paco Market, National Museum, Hall of the Masters & Legislative Hall, Central Post Office & Metropolitan Theater, Bayleaf Hotel – Skydeck
The tours come with tour rates: Php1,500 for regular passengers, and Php1,200 for students.
If you have never been to the Manila FAME, it's time to go there now and feast on eye candies for your home and fashion collection.
After all, it is not dubbed "The art of the craftsman = The soul of the Philippines" for nothing. - Rappler.com
Manila FAME is on until October 20, Saturday at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City. For more information, visit www.manilafame.com.