Five things to look forward to at the 68th Manila FAME

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Design and lifestyle aficionados are in for a treat as Manila FAME is set to open its doors to enthusiasts this month.

Last week, the Department of Trade and Industry, through the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (DTI-CITEM), hosted an exclusive media preview of the 68th edition of Manila FAME.

DTI-CITEM Executive Director Pauline Suaco-Juan gave the tour to showcase the home and lifestyle products of Triboa Bay Living, Tim Tam Ong and Venzon Lighting.

"CITEM is continuing its mission to support local companies in introducing their products to the international market and effectively promoting the Philippines through the Manila FAME as a premier sourcing destination for furniture, home and holiday décor, fashion, health and wellness, and food as gifts sectors," said Suaco-Juan.

Suaco-Juan added the media preview was "just the tip of the iceberg."

The media preview also hosted the signing of the partnership agreement between the Design Center and PNIA as part of the Bamboo 360° program.

Here are five things that visitors and buyers should look forward to in the event:

Manila FAME goes digital

Manila FAME launched its first-ever digital content marketing platform, Touchpoint, which seeks to complete the event experience of buyers and visitors by giving them access to the stories and product visuals of the exhibitors.

DTI-CITEM also launched the Manila FAME App, which is downloadable on Google Play and the App Store.

The app is envisioned to serve as an efficient channel for business-matching and interaction between buyers and exhibitors.

Design Commune: Nude+ uncovers Filipino creativity

For its third run in Manila FAME, the Design Commune will unveil the depth of Philippine craftsmanship with nude color palettes as their primary motif.

Led by the award-winning Filipino designers Tes Pasola and Tony Gonzales, Design Commune: Nude+ is set to highlight the country's leading home and lifestyle brands to highlight the ingenious designs and techniques Philippine artistry takes pride in.

Bamboo 360° flexes its material strength

With its fresh take on one of the country's top sustainable material, the Bamboo 360° exhibit returns once again to Manila FAME through the presentation of an exquisite and innovative collection of bamboo-made products that perfectly capture the millennials' way of life.

Artisans Village features crafts across the archipelago

As a staple in Manila FAME, the Artisans Village will feature the home and lifestyle products from the emerging micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) across the different provinces and localities in the Philippines.

This edition will highlight the works from Cebu, Bohol, Cagayan de Oro, Albay, Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental and Marawi City.

Engaging hands-on workshops

Buyers and visitors can participate in four hands-on workshops hosted by skilled craftsmen and advocacy groups located in the Creative Corners.

Manila FAME is one of the longest-running trade shows in the Asia-Pacific region, and is the only trade event in the Philippines approved by the Union des Foires Internationales, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry.

The event is held every April and October.