Summer is here and aside from planning some getaway trip going to some remote islands or maybe an out-of-the country trips maybe in Jeju Island, or a trip to Osaka, Manila is also getting busy with numbers of exhibits that coming this summer, and that includes the bi-annual Manila FAME.
Considered as the country’s premier design and lifestyle event, Manila FAME is a bi-annual showcase of Philippine craftsmanship, design and innovations. It serves as a sourcing platform for Home, Fashion and Holiday products designed and crafted in the Philippines for the global market.
Manila FAME is organized by the Philippines’ Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), through the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM). It is the second longest-running trade show in the Asia-Pacific, and is the only trade event in the country that is approved by Union des Foires Internationales (UFI), or the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, a Paris-based association of trade fair organizers founded 91-years ago in Milan, Italy in April 1925.
And if you are an avid reader of my blog, I’ve been visiting Manila FAME exhibits for 3-years now and its amazing experience! I’ve got to see many inspirations from home accents, furniture, gift items (including gourmet gifts), festive/seasonal décor, fashion accessories, visual arts, personal care and wellness products, lamps and lightings, etc. – it is truly ashamed not to visit this prestigious event.
And did you know that they will celebrate its 65th edition this coming April 21-23, 2017.
Last October 2016, I’ve paid them a visit together with my friends who are also an avid fans of Manila FAME. Actually, visiting Manila FAME became a tradition for us friends, and it is also an advantage that contacts with the organizers. This event is open to the public (but kids are prohibited or almost not allowed and I guess you know the main reason why) and with the following admission fees:
Government employees – FREE Admission
Regular Visitors especially walk-in guests – Php250.00
PWD, Students and Senior Citizen – Php200.00
However, if you are pre-registered which are typically opens, 3-months prior the exhibits – successful registrants will avail FREE ADMISSION.
And event you pay the entrance fee, and telling you that it’s worth every penny! You will never be disappointed!
But before anything else, here are some house rules:
1. Registration is mandatory for all. CITEM reserves the right to refuse to persons who do not comply with the show rules.
2. “No ID, NO Entry” policy is strictly enforced. Badges may be used to access the show based on the applied rates paid, and should be worn at all times inside the exhibition halls. IDs are non-transferable and must be surrendered upon request of the show Secretariat/Security. (But I got to kept mine!)
3. Proper business attire is encouraged. (But since I visited as an influencer, so I was allowed to wear whatever I am comfortable with, just no pervy or raunchy attire).
4. Picture taking is allowed with prior clearance and consent of the exhibitors concerned. CITEM reserves the right to confiscate he sketches and/or memory cards of individuals caught violating this rule.
5. Guests below 12-years old are strictly prohibited inside the exhibit area, but may stay at the Kid’s Activity Station provided. Only infants and toddlers in carriers and strollers shall be permitted.
To help you inspired to visit Manila FAME, here are some of my photos I’ve took during my tour last October 2016 during their 64th edition. Basically photos are not allowed or better request for prior clearance from the exhibitors before you snap some photos. And never use DSLR camera because the deals are off!
I’ve used my Huawei P9 which are awesome to captured photos and videos, and of course had my prior clearance from CITEM and exhibitors
These gorgeous dresses are from the SLIM’s Fashion & Arts School exhibit, created by their very talented students. They will be the soon-to-be-famous fashion designers of the country, and I do hope they could make it to the top!
I’ve also found this hat collection that are soo cheap $4.00 each! However, these are just for exhibits and they are not selling for retail, no matter how much I beg them – a total bummer.
And these colourful handmade weaves are created by the women, supported by The Gender Responsive Economic Actions for the Transformation of Women or GREAT Women Project 2 (2015-2021) with the goal of enhancing the enabling environment for the Women's Economic Empowerment, focusing on Women Micro-Entrepreneurs and Workers in Microenterprises.
I truly admire this kind of initiative for our local women workers, and I do hope I would get a chance to collaborate to either any of the related programs, because I have this passion to promote the local goods and improve the lives of our locality.
Three words I love!
I hope you’ll visit Manila FAME this April because it will be fantastic!