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MANILA FAME INTERNATIONAL, Asia?s boutique show, recognizes two Philippine design masters in ?Icons,? a special show focusing on the works of Antonio ?Budji? Layug and Benjamin ?Ben? Farrales, on April 22-25.

Antonio ?Budji? Layug, has always been an advocate of local materials and traditions, designing furniture and spaces that subscribe to his philosophy of design.

Pioneering the concept of tropical modern, his revolutionary Giant Bamboo Collection has been showcased in famous department stores such as Bloomingdale?s, Harrod?s, and Lord and Taylor?the first Filipino to have achieved such. Through the years, he has established international presence with showrooms in the United States, Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur.

As co-founder of Movement 8, an alliance of celebrated Filipino furniture designers, Layug was able to create a brand that has successfully represented the country in the international design scene and is charting the direction of Philippine design in the world market.

A total designer, Layug has evolved into a space planner and designer, partnering with architect Royal Pineda. In designing spaces, he looks at how furniture, interior design and architecture blend and complement each other to create a cohesive whole.

A living legend in the Philippine fashion industry, Benjamin ?Ben? Farrales has been transforming indigenous materials into stunning masterful creations for more than half a century now.

What comes to mind at the mention of his name are his Muslim-inspired creations that fuse indigenous materials with tribal elements, turning ordinary ubiquitous clothing into extraordinary pieces. He has brought his signature designs to many countries in various continents through fashion shows and exhibitions.

Proudly promoting Filipino fashion abroad, his creations have been showcased in prestigious venues such as the Palacio Real in Madrid, Galleries Lafayette in Paris, as well as in Italy and Hong Kong, and holds the honor of being the only Filipino to date to produce a well-received fashion show at Washington DC?s Kennedy Center.

The dean of Philippine Fashion is a title rightly earned by Farrales for his many contributions to the fashion industry and to society.

The recognition he has received for his works include: Hall of Fame award from the Fashion Designers? Association of the Philippines, Philippine National Red Cross, People?s Poll for Haute Couture and the highly coveted The Outstanding Filipino (Tofil) award for fashion arts and culture in 2005 given by Insular Life Assurance Co., Ltd. and the Philippine Jaycee Senate.