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Manila Fame Welcomes Exhibitors, Int`l Buyers To Bigger Show

The Philippines premier design and lifestyle event, Manila FAME 2016, is expanding the show with more venues, extended hours, and more SME exporters, while showcasing new artisans, designers, and products.

The 64th edition of Asia-Pacifics second-longest running trade exhibition, from October 20 to 22, 2016, will be held in four large venues to accommodate the growing number of participating SME exporters and the deluge of international trade buyers joining every edition to source unique products of the Philippines’ artisans, its embassy said in a statement, here, Saturday.

The upcoming show will be held at the World Trade Center (WTC) Main Hall, which will house the holiday and home exporters, and the WTC Tent, which will feature fashion, textile, and apparel brands. The Philippine Trade Training Center (PTTC) will exhibit arts and crafts, and start-up and retail companies, while HallONE will be the venue for the Design Week Philippines – (DWP) Creative Marketplace.

Design Week Philippines, held concurrently with Manila FAME, is a multifaceted fete of arts and design aimed at fostering creativity and spurring innovations. It is overflowing with activities that speak of Filipino ingenuity and design breakthroughs that strengthen the Philippines position as Asias design capital.

In addition to the special DWP events to be held in HallONE, more activities initiated by the Design Center of the Philippines will take place in Manilas historic center, Intramuros.

Extended exhibit hours for more buyers, visitors

Manila FAME will extend its operating hours by an hour to 7.00pm from the original 9:00am to 6:00pm. The change was made in response to requests from trade buyers for longer business hours that would allow them to meet with all their target suppliers, examine new products at the show, and maximize their visit in Asia, which will have other trade events scattered across the region.

New special showcases and daily events on whats hot

Exciting showcases to look forward to at the October show include New Generation Weaves, Bamboo and Coconut Special Setting, Lamps and Lighting, and Icon Setting: Peacock Redux.

Lively daily events to update trade buyers on on-trend designs and products as well as inspiring and creative workshops and business fora will be staged for a multi-sensory, comprehensive, and diverse trade show experience.

Furthermore, the 64th Manila FAME will be made even more momentous with the celebration of the ASEAN Master Craft Design Festival and the participation of the ASEAN master craftsmen who will present their creations in a special pavilion called ASEAN Crafts to the World.

The first group of the ASEAN master craftsmen, coming from Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Viet Nam, will unveil new designs and progressive applications of native materials and traditional techniques in home furnishings, gifts and housewares, garden accessories, and fashion apparels.

“CITEM is continuously shaping Manila FAME, not just to meet the demands of the changing industry with its new generation of buyers, entrepreneurs, consumers, designers, and artisans, but to exceed expectations, bring new ideas to the table, and most of all to showcase what the Philippine SMEs can do with training and assistance,” CITEM Executive Director Rosvi C. Gaetos said.

Manila FAME is a bi-annual showcase of craftsmanship in Philippine products. It features finely selected furniture and home furnishings, holiday gifts and accessories, designed and crafted in the Philippines for the global market.

Organized by the Philippines Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), through the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), Manila FAME is the only trade event in the Philippines approved by the Union des Foires Internationals (UFI), or the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, a Paris-based association of trade fair organizers founded 90 years ago in Milan, Italy, on April 1925.

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