The Artisans Village aims to promote regional MSMEs from the handicrafts sector to establish the provinces’ brand of quality and craftsmanship.

Regional MSMEs will highlight local craftsmanship in trade, investment and tourism campaign

The best artisanal products from more than 40 regional micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) will be highlighted at the 68th edition of Manila FAME on 19 to 21 October 2018 at the World Trade Center in Pasay City.

A signature event of the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), Manila FAME is one of the longest running trade shows in the Asia Pacific and is the only trade event in the Philippines approved by Union des Foires Internationales (UFI), the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry. It is held every April and October and covers the home, holiday, and fashion sectors.

As the country’s premier trade platform for exports, Manila FAME aims to provide MSMEs in the Philippines a chance to showcase their products to the world market.

It is the go-to venue for artisans and makers with unique, creative, functional and innovative products.

One of Manila FAME’s signature features, the Artisans Village, gives local manufacturers from CITEM’s partner provinces an opportunity to establish their brands and unique craftsmanship in both the local and international markets.

CITEM also collaborated with the Regional Operations Group of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI-ROG) and various local government units (LGUs) to promote local products and encourage local and international buyers to source their merchandise requirements from Manila FAME’s homegrown MSMEs.

For this October show, the Artisans Village will feature furniture, home décor, holiday, gifts and fashion products from CITEM’s partner provinces—Antique, Bohol, Cebu, Negros Occidental, Negros Oriental, Northern Mindanao and Marawi City. DTI Regional Offices and LGUs gave full support to their participating companies which will feature artistic abilities and impressive product selections with a goal to showcase the creativity and dedication of local MSMEs in their respective crafts.

Some of the companies included in the Artisans Village are starting to take part in the mainstream market while some are new players with fresh designs that will excite and intrigue both local and international buyers.

Manila FAME’s three-pronged promotional activities will highlight the Partner Province’s local trade, investment and tourism while establishing their brand of quality and unique craftsmanship,” said newly appointed CITEM Executive Director Pauline Suaco-Juan.

CITEM also teamed up with high-caliber talents like product design consultants Tes Pasola and Detlef Klatt as well as designers from the Design Center of the Philippines to provide the participating companies a series of needs-based export coaching, training, and workshop to keep them updated with industry demands.