Citem’s Manila FAME: Boutique Edition opens at World Trade Center


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Manila FAME, the country’s premier design and lifestyle event, opens its 63rd show edition at World Trade Center in Pasay City on April 21-24, showcasing a more sophisticated, more exclusive and tightly curated show.

Organized by the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), the export promotions arm of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Manila FAME: Boutique Edition will carry the theme “Iridescence” to highlight the colorful character of Asia’s design and lifestyle,  embodied in export-quality designer pieces for the home, holiday, and fashion sectors.

 “Manila FAME is more than just a trade fair. It is a journey of discovery of globally responsive products, a multi-dimensional experience,” said Rosvi Gaetos, CITEM executive director.

Highlights include “Spring Forward” and “Y’ARI”, a multi-faceted assistance program which provides Philippine exporters, manufacturers, and designers a full range of design and product development services. The program brings together local and international designers and business experts, as well as both young and seasoned industry players to create finely crafted products in the home and fashion sectors designed for the global market.

For “Spring Forward,” furniture designer and interior design consultant Ito Kish reimagines the season of renewal through a symphony of greens and hanging light bulbs, focusing on the versatility and the potential of Philippine products. Y’ARI will highlight the intersection of artisanal production in various Philippines villages and the interventions used to modernize this production, with Marian Roces as lead curator.

The Artisans Village will showcase the work of local artisans and master craftsmen highly skilled in weaving, wood carving, metal forging, and other various forms of traditional crafts.

Red Box, a design development for junior designers via a mentorship program, will also take centerstage, featuring the works of Joseph Rastrullo and Rachelle Dagñalan, under the mentorship of Budji Layug, Manila FAME creative director.

For more information on Manila FAME: The Boutique Edition, interested parties may visit the official Manila FAME website at


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