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In the age of Instagram, young design talents are easily discovered, their careers catapulted from out of nowhere. But in the retail industry, trade shows are still important to local and foreign buyers—they have to see and touch the products, and more importantly, forge relationships with the manufacturers and designers.
Other exhibits may have come and gone, but there will always be Manila FAME (Furniture and Apparel Manufacturers Exchange), the country’s longest-running bi-annual trade show. Aside from being a laboratory of sorts for designers’ concepts for the past 35 years, FAME is currently focusing on regional artisans (there is a Mindanao Pavilion, dedicated to the crafts of the region), as well as special design projects that collaborate with smallto-medium-scale enterprises.
FAME isn’t without its seasonal challenges, and its most recent controversy was its “showcasing” of Whang-od, the celebrated Kalinga tattoo artist, at its October 2017 show. The public quickly compared it to the exploitation of Filipinos at the St. Louis World’s Fair in 1904. CITEM’s executive director Clayton Tugonon made a statement that Whang-od was in perfectly good health, and that they had brought her to Manila to support her in her nomination for the National Living Treasures Award.
The April 2018 edition of FAME will feature exciting projects, such as the Design Commune, where German product specialist Detlef Klatt and Filipino designer Tes Pasola will collaborate with five manufacturing companies from Bacolod to create a richly layered and tightly curated exhibit of the objects. April 19 to 21, World Trade Center, Gil Puyat Avenue Extension corner Diosdado Macapagal Boulevard, Pasay; manilafame.com.
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