Manila (CNN Philippines Life) — From Oct. 19 to 21, the World Trade Center will be filled with Philippine-made furniture and accessories for Manila FAME, one of the trade shows of the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM). This year is the event’s 68th edition, which will include 366 exhibitors comprising of micro, small, and medium enterprises.
During the media preview for the upcoming showcase, Pauline Juan, the newly appointed executive director of the CITEM, highlighted the role of digitalization in this year’s event, particularly the Manila FAME mobile app that will be made available this weekend.
“Through our digital initiatives, export prospects and business transactions will start from within the World Trade Center and will continue at your phone screens, real time, and all the time,” she said at the preview.
Not only can these digital tools ease the ways in which products are seen and purchased, Juan said that this can also aid in exposing Philippine craftsmanship to a more global audience.
“Manila FAME is here to highlight the stories of our manufacturers and exporters. From this showcase, we will announce to the 21st century buyers from all over the world that we are more than ready to take on the growing demands of the market.”
Here are some of the furniture and accessories that can be expected at Manila FAME 2018:
Bikes made with bamboo by social enterprise Bambike. Through Bambike, Manila FAME aims to introduce new product concepts, such as the use of bamboo, that can be used for mobility and transport. Photos by JL JAVIER
There are bamboo bikes both for adults and kids. Photo by JL JAVIER
Wooden cone lighting by Triboa Bay Living, a furniture and lighting store that especially sells to resort contractors and retailers in Europe and Southeast Asia, among others. Photo by JL JAVIER
Home decor and furniture by Triboa Bay Living. Photo by JL JAVIER
Triboa Bay Living’s products are primarily made of wood and are typically used to create contemporary designs. Photos by JL JAVIER
The new collection at Tim Tam Ong features jewelry made of pearls, mother of pearl, and carabao horns. Photo by JL JAVIER
Accessories by Tim Tam Ong. Photo by JL JAVIER
Pendant hanging lights by Venzon Lighting & Objects. Photo by JL JAVIER
Venzon Lighting & Objects offers a wide variety of lighting fixtures — from ceiling lamps made of capiz shells and table lamps made of jute sack fabric to wall sconces and accent pieces. Photo by JL JAVIER
A sample of the product offerings at Design Commune: Patterns and Palettes, a themed section at Manila FAME which is headed by award-winning artist Tes Pasola. Photos by JL JAVIER
Raffia wall decor at Design Commune. Photo by JL JAVIER
Design Commune is going to showcase products from 90 companies. Each company has prepared a collection for Manila FAME, from precious stones to furniture. Photo by JL JAVIER