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Designers say Asian Modern is over


At the Philippine Furniture International Show (PFIS), exhibitors met the challenge to remain creative yet viable despite stiff competition from China and other markets.

Posted: April 2nd, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Headlines,Home and Entertaining,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Filipino ingenuity shines on local, global stages

SEA Princess enjoying Dedon furniture

The Filipino is loved all over the world. The overwhelming outpouring of global support for the victims of Supertyphoon “Yolanda” is testament to the solid relationships Filipinos have forged with all the world’s nationalities. We live in every country and are a part of the world community.

Posted: March 23rd, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

New ideas from an old standard


Antonio “Budji” Layug, creative director of the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions’ Manila Fame furniture exhibition, emphasized that the fair, held last weekend at the SMX Convention Center, should be a place for designers and buyers to visit for novel ideas. The exhibitor’s strength is appraised according to the capability to generate fresh concepts.

Posted: March 19th, 2014 in Headlines,Home and Entertaining,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Export-quality products, designs on display at Manila FAME

The 59th edition of Manila FAME, a biannual showcase of craftsmanship, design innovation, eco-sustainability and artisanship in Philippine products, will take center stage at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex, on March 14-17.

Posted: March 14th, 2014 in Fashion and Beauty,Headlines | Read More »

This is Design Philippines

DESIGN Philippines showcase curated by Budji Layug at the 58thManila Fame. Director’s chair and travel chairs by Matthew Brill for P&B Valises et Compagnie Inc.; stools by Ramir Bonghanoy for Bon-Ace Fashions; low table by Carlo Cordaro for Cebu Fil-Veneer Corp.; lounge chair, bowl and large table by Jude Tiotuico for Industria Home VicoManufacturing Corp.; chandeliers, candelabras, jars and panels by Mike Aguas for MCCA Industrial Corp.; bowls by Maricris Floirendo Brias for Tadeco Inc.; rug by Pacific Carpet. PHOTOS BY AUGUST DE LA CRUZ

When Budji Layug was tasked for the second time this year to design the creative showcase of Manila FAME, he was clear about his goals: to push the “Design Philippines” brand and to mentor new designers.

Posted: October 23rd, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Home and Entertaining,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Bringing Filipino fashion to the rest of the world

LEN Cabili

For its 58th edition, Manila FAME, the leading lifestyle and design exposition in Southeast Asia, puts the spotlight on Manila Wear, the foremost destination for the hottest in resort and tropical wear.

Posted: October 18th, 2013 in Fashion and Beauty,Headlines | Read More »

FAME burnishes Philippine reputation as a key design center of Asia

CITEM executive director Rosvi Gaetos, Manila FAME project director James Booth, ManilaWear creative director Josie Natori, Manila FAME creative directors Budji Layug and Kenneth Cobonpue

The spotlight was on Filipino creativity and ingenuity at the Manila FAME, “The Design and Lifestyle Event,” at the SMX Convention Center.

Posted: May 2nd, 2013 in Columns,Fashion and Beauty | Read More »

Now, they’re designing furniture and accessories for the ‘millennials’

OLIVIA D’Aboville’s t’nalak lighting fixtures by Tadeco. PHOTOS BY NELSON MATAWARAN

Trend is a dangerous word,” declared James Booth, project director of the recent Manila FAME (Furnishings and Apparel Manufacturers’ Exchange).

Posted: March 27th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Home and Entertaining,Photos & Videos | Read More »

London-based Filipino designer opts for artisanal modes of creation

CHILDREN’S deck chair with macramé

Turning his back on technocracy and mass production, London-based Filipino designer Daniel Latorre Cruz reverts to history and traditional craftsmanship. Call it the revival of the artisan.

Posted: January 8th, 2013 in Headlines,Home and Entertaining,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Young designers give Hive a new vibe

LILIANNA Manahan, Jinggoy Buensuceso, Olivia D’Aboville, Mona Alcudia, Kenneth Cobonpue, Luisa Robinson, Christy Manguerra

This year’s Manila Fame buzzed with a vibrance that has been missed over the past few years. On the first floor were row upon row of furniture booths featuring all styles, ranging from rococo to tense linear moderne.

Posted: March 28th, 2012 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Home and Entertaining,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Brazil’s famous Campana brothers impressed with Filipino crafts and materials

CENTER for Trade Expositions and Missions’ executive director Rosevi Gaetos with Manila FAME’s special guests Humberto and Fernando Campana

World-famous Brazilian chair designers Humberto and Fernando Campana visited the Philippines as Manila FAME’s special guests last week.

Posted: March 21st, 2012 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Home and Entertaining,Photos & Videos | Read More »

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  2. Noli Yamsuan, Cardinal Sin’s ‘official’ photographer: ‘I could smell the aftershave lotion of the Pope’
  3. Palawan favorite getaway of show biz celebrities
  4. Fashionistas flock to designer’s wedding
  5. Joe de Venecia visits the Queen Mother of Cambodia
  6. President Quezon was born here–and so was Philippine surfing
  7. A tale of two Priscillas: my mother Prissy and Chona Recto Kasten
  8. This is not just a farm
  9. ‘Labahita a la bacalao’
  10. Levine designs womenswear with help from fiancee
  1. Why is the lifestyle set now afraid to wear jewelry–before Kim Henares?
  2. Are your favorite malls open this Holy Week break?
  3. Sarah Geronimo and Matteo Giudicelli sing ‘All of Me’–and we all swoon
  4. How Vitamin B can be a remedy for ‘manhid’ and neuropathy
  5. 90 percent of Filipino households don’t practice proper toilet hygiene, sanitation
  6. ‘Labahita a la bacalao’
  7. Boots Anson-Roa to wed in Eddie Baddeo
  8. Prince William fuels speculation of second royal baby
  9. Marcos grandson to wed beautiful Rocha scion
  10. This is not just a farm
  1. Mary Jean Lastimosa is new Miss Universe Philippines
  2. Did Angara ruin Pia Wurtzbach’s chances at Bb. Pilipinas?
  3. Dominique–Gretchen and Tonyboy Cojuangco’s daughter–now an endorser
  4. Manila in shock over model Helena Belmonte’s death
  5. Vinegar test helpful vs cervical cancer
  6. From Jeannie to mom of suicide victim
  7. San Vicente beaches hidden but not for long
  8. Borgy and Georgina are back; others are off–again
  9. Sen. Angara: I thought Pia Wurtzbach gave a good answer
  10. Why is the lifestyle set now afraid to wear jewelry–before Kim Henares?


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