MANILA FAME: Design talks – 2015 (Part 1)


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Rise of the maker theme..

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So giddy and excited and tired and sick, and excited again! ❤

Our President, an Art appreciator himself (mom used to paint) declared the months of March & October as Art months in the Philippines. Since 1983, tandem of CITEM and DTI-organizes an exhibition of a collection of Arts created by Filipino artists. It is a clement support and nurturing move from the government to uplift and inspire the Philippine craftsmanship. In exchange it inspires seasoned Artisans and those that are just starting to build their names in this specific industry. Said event has been well attended every year. It’s on its’ 61st edition now. Much as I want to see it, there would be instances that I got sick or my schedule wont permit me. I attempted to see it last year though it’s on the same date with another Art event held in SMX too but the one I opted to attend was in in Aura. SMX has two locations-Aura and Moa which are both owned by SM. This year I had to take advantage for my jobs benefit and as a personal passion too. I was able to see it. So happy!

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SMX has great architecture..

At the main lobby, after the registration areas, you will be welcomed by these stunning booths:

Talahib… (grass in English)…
Mirror junkie..
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I wish I took a shot with more lighting..
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Those lamps and dividers? are made of papers…
Focal point: eclectic purse…=)
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Relaxed vibe..
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Nice abstract…

Some booths were dedicated to lamps and lighting – a special element and a must since designing an area is not complete without it. Besides UN declared 2015 as the “International year of the Light.”

Great work of art!

Manila fame is the only trade event in the Philippines approved by the UFI (Union Des Faires Internationales), UFI is the Global association of the exhibition industry.

A special portion of the exhibit was dedicated to OTOP:

One Town, One Product

The government enjoined all towns from all regions (we have a total of 17 regions) showcasing locally made products which utilizes Indigenous materials from their native place.

They also feature this year an Asean partner country: Indonesia. This made me appreciate their Arts and culture and promised one booth owner that I will visit Bali one day soon. He said that it is going to be one of the most beautiful places that I’ll ever see. It also reminded me of “Ketut”. =)

Budji Layug, Josie Natori and Kenneth Cobonpue are the Creative team. These three created their own niche in the design industry, theirs is an unparalleled and paramount innovation making them well known not only in Asia but in the world.

The exhibit were divided into these categories:

– Arts n crafts
– Fashion
– Manila wear
– Gifts n holidays
– Home decor


– Furniture =)

Best booth was “Schema”. It was greatly, intricately done.

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It was designed by Plus 63 Design Co. Courtesy of:

Though secretly, I have my own personal favorite:

Casa Mercedes:

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Huge fan! Intricate and very exquisite…
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Casa Mercedes…
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Reminded me to buy the violet ghost chair soooon!

I am ending this blog by saying that the show showed me the soul of my country’s inclination with Arts. And witnessing its’ individual beauty – has inspired my own soul too.

Manila fame itself described the event as soulful and witnessing them i didnt just agree. I experience each soul. Which left me breathless and proud of my fellow Filipinos.


Part 2 for posting soon.


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-An only daughter. A mother of a 22 year old son. Passionate with so many things. A lover of life itself. First of which is to write. Then, sing (I specifically love the stage), read, cook, travel & take beautiful pictures (photography) and scrap booking, all of which are my own way of coping with life's challenges. Lately, I have been enjoying quilting and crafting with beaded fabrics. Friends usually associate me with the color violet. I love this color so much! However, I love pink, red, teal, orange, yellow as well! Coffee is my water and my happy food is cheesecake topped w/ blueberries, frozen yogurt, sansrival and cream puff. I mastered fettuccine carbonara because that is one of my favorite food along w/ broccoli with prawns and mushrooms. Of all the International cuisines, Japanese food is on top of my list. Secretly, I love "Stitch" - that grinning indigo pup. =) Seriously, I dream to become a philanthropist (starting off by providing shelter to street children in our country) and a famous author someday. I'm just waiting for God's time for my first book to be published.- It took me years to decide to blog, more so to write and have it out in the open. I started writing even as a child, I just keep them on file. It was my outlet. Approaching the year(s) they say where life begins, or If I may say, the sweeter life. It was a year full of emotions. As I lost both my parents already, the unfathomable sadness prompted me to pour them out in my writings and share them to the world, hoping it might lighten the heaviness of my heart. I live now with my son as a mother and as a daughter (as a friend and a sister), this has made me be ready to finally do what I am meant to do. Even If there's a lot that I wanted to do. This came first, like a first love that occupied a special place in my heart. It's a looong process, tiring, frustrating, exciting. The best part? is the happiness it brings. Even if things around seems all so wrong. It's like having my own place under the sun. My own safe and happy rainbowed world. At times, there's guilt as well, for I strongly believe, writing (like singing) is a talent God has gifted us. We ought to use it and maximize it, in our littlest way, share it to mankind, for His glory. I just had a few distractions over the years and to realize that it is never too late to be who we ought to be, I have this very strong feeling, now is the time. All my life, I have decided on things that made me happy, this is one of those. I may never be a winner of those best blogs that have been awarded to talented writers/ bloggers and I don't mind, there are strikes of being envious, but according to my father, there are two kinds of being envy. There's envy that is negative, it'll hamper you from doing good and there's an envy that makes you happy for others' success, or seeing yourself in their shoes, I think, the kind of envy in me, is the latter. Like celebrities who missed an Oscar, while the film was watched by the whole world, she/he did not mind, it's like knowing what counts best, and it's the capacity to share your talents to anyone who wants to receive it, without asking anything in return. Expressing what's in my heart and mind on every occasion (which happens to be daily) and being happy about it is like a prize already. Happy reading!(--,)

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