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7 Exhibits To Check Out At Manila FAME 2017

Learn more about what the country's biggest trade show has to offer this year

Photography: Manila FAME

It's safe to say that Manila FAME needs no introduction. This bi-annual event is highly anticipated by trade buyers, shoppers and design enthusiasts for being the ultimate Philippine design and lifestyle expo—from export-ready and finely crafted furniture to home furnishings and fashion finds, you can find it all here. On its 65th edition, Manila FAME continues to patronize local wonders and Filipino craftsmanship. If you're visiting this weekend happening, get ready to feast your eyes on these seven amazing exhibits: 

In photo: New Generation Weaves

1. New Generation Weaves 

The New Generation Weaves aims to echo the voice of the indigenous people in the Philippines. Spearheaded by Paris-based design specialist Nelson Sepulveda, the exhibit pays homage to Filipino artisans that deserve a spot in the global stage. 

2. TM*/New Direction Redux

First introduced to the market in the 53rd edition of Manila FAME in 2011, TM*/New Direction returns this year to reimagine four iconic Pinoy materials—bamboo, coconut, capiz and abaca. This exhibit aims to inspire other artisans to work with traditional and local elements of design. 

In photo: Lucent Objects

3. Lucent Objects 

The Lucent Objects exhibit features a variety of lighting fixtures created from architectural elements like coconut husk, peanut shell, palm husk, pandan leaves and anabo fiber. These pieces were designed by Design Center product specialist Stanley Ruiz, who believes in experimenting with recycled materials.

4. Christmas "Pabitin" Redux

Everyone knows the Philippines is known for elaborate festivities, specifically Christmas and town fiestas. The Christmas "Pabitin" Redux is an illuminated display of various decor pieces hung from lattice of bamboo sticks to create ornate geometric shapes. This is also a part of the exhibit by the Philippine Homestyle and Holiday Decor Association. 

In photo: Materia: Coconut

5. Materia: Coconut

The Materia: Coconut setting is a showcase of products developed in collaboration with Design Center product specialist Wataru Sakuma together with Philippine SMEs. It focuses on the exploration and development of materials derived from coconut and how it can be manipulated for building homes or designing decorations. 

6. MindanaOne Fashion

MindanaOne Fashion shines the spotlight on the beauty of Philippine southern textiles in the form of fashion. It features dresses created by Davao-based designers and handcrafted by local weavers. Some of the pieces on display highlight the use of T'boli weaves, Yakan weaves, tribal weaves of Bukidnon, and the royal garb of the Mandaya tribe. The exhibit will also put the spotlight on the pieces worn by the 2016 Miss Universe candidates.

In photo: Materia: Bamboo

7. Materia: Bamboo

The Materia: Bamboo lets artisan bamboo items take center stage. It was curated by Design Center product specialists Den Bitantes, Stephen Buni, Rey Soliven and Pampanga Furniture Industries Foundation (PFIF) to show the versatility of local materials.

2017 Manila FAME is happening on April 21-23, 2017 at the World Trade Center in Pasay City from 9:00am-6:00pm. For inquiries, you can follow them on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.  

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