“Inspiration does not come from one source alone.” This is what Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM) Deputy Executive Director Ria Matute has to say with the constant evolution of Manila FAME.
Design can come in many forms, just like how students from UP Diliman designed these smartphone stand and speakers from different kinds of wood.
Now on its 62nd iteration, Manila FAME has always draws the crowd, both from local and foreign visitors. In fact, Manila FAME has not shown any signs of slowing down in spite of being in existence for 32 years as the forerunner in showcasing the best products and ideas by Filipinos, wherein it has launched the careers of several exhibitors to be known globally. To name a few, Mila Imson of Kit Silver Jewelry and Kenneth Cobonpue are among one of the many exhibitors who have made it successfully not just locally, but internationally as well.
Like in its previous iterations, Manila FAME has been the go-to place for new designs and innovation in furniture, fashion, and accesories.
In addition to its usual exhibits such as the Artisans’ Village and Red Box exhibits, Manila FAME this time goes beyond designs involving furniture and fashion. As part of its constant evolution and efforts in adapting to globalization, there are exhibits involving art, food, and health and wellness as part of the many offerings for the 62nd iteration of Manila FAME. [RELATED: How Manila FAME started in the 80s]
Among the highlights for the arts is HYBRID's Aurora: A Light Imprint, which is an installation that represents free-flowing movement and mimics the colors of the Aurora Borealis.
For art, Manila FAME featured exhibits such as Aurora: A Light Imprint by art group HYBRID, and several urban art walls featuring up-and-coming artists constantly adding designs to these walls found at the second floor of SMX Convention Center. As for food on the other hand, Mercato Food Plaza and Manila Gusto Gallery headline in showcasing the latest in artisan food products, ranging from ice cream, cookies, to coffee.
The Manila Gusto Gallery showcased the best in Philippine specialty and artisanal food products by presenting them through modern tablescapes. The gallery is curated by German product consultant Detlef Klatt.
The addition of food and the arts for the 62nd iteration is proof to the Filipinos’ creativity and innovation going outside of the box and beyond norms. “This blurring between design and art, having that influence each other…that’s what makes it very current, very now, but at the same time cross-fertilize creative industries,” Matute said.
A definite first for Manila FAME was incorporating as as the many ways to find inspiration in the field of design, like how these up-and coming artists create their art through a blank wall.
Design Week, which happens at the same time as Manila FAME, is a partner event that focuses on innovations such as product design and rapid prototyping. “It’s not just about the business but it is also on being able to throw in new ideas manufacturers and buyers can think about in future Manila FAME events,” Matute explained on the goal of Design Week, which started in 2011 under the administration of Pres. Noynoy Aquino.
“It’s all about having this creative inputs become the flavor of Manila FAME: To become different and make it stand out,” Matute explained, with how the event continues to evolve and expand its scope starting with its original goal of promoting small local businesses worldwide.
When it comes to fashion, Manila Wear gave emphasis to bridal wear by showcasing gown designs from known fashion designers such as Rhett Eala, Randy Ortiz, and John Herrera. The shift to gowns is in line with the upcoming months such as November and December being wedding months as well.