Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Press Release: Manila FAME elevates PH export through design excellence – DTI chief

DTI Sec Lopez affirms PH firms, designers in their contribution vs poverty under Duterte admin

The country’s trade chief during his welcoming speech at the Katha Awards in the 65th edition of Manila FAME in the May 19 at the World Trade Center Metro Manila (WTCMM) and the Philippine Trade Training Center (PTTC).

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Ramon Lopez underscored the key role of Philippine companies and designers in attracting more export interests and investments from international trade buyers—leading to more quality jobs and the much-needed inclusive growth in the country.

Lopez said the country’s design-forward products for the home and lifestyle sectors give Filipinos significant edge in the international market in his speech at the Manila FAME Katha Awards at the World Trade Center (WTCMM) and the Philippine Trade Training Center (PTTC).

“The [Philippine] designs are indigenous with a modern twist. Design is our unique selling proposition every time we present the Philippines outside the world,” said Lopez, a known champion of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs).We are so proud to say that the skill remains a strength of exports in the country. Investors see a bright future for the sector since design is a center of excellence for the Philippines.”

Lopez had earlier identified “design-oriented furniture and garments” as one of the Philippines’ globally competitive industries—capable of generating higher income opportunities for MSMEs, multi-national corporations (MNCs), and other social enterprises.

In line with the 30th Association of Southeast Asian Nation (ASEAN) Summit, Lopez recently encouraged Philippine companies and designers to forged new trade partnership with the over 600 thousand potential customer-base in furniture and home furnishing sectors in the ASEAN region.

The country’s trade chief also advised local exporters to take advantage of various trade agreements involving the Philippines in winning potential markets,including ASEAN’s free trade agreements (FTAs) with China, Japan, Korea, India, Australia and New Zealand (NZ).

The Philippines is also pushing for a FTA with the European Free Trade Association (EFTA), composed of Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland, under the Generalized Scheme of Preferences (GSPs).

Lopez expressed his gratitude towards local companies, designers, partner agencies, and stakeholders, as well as trade buyers, for their relentless effort in elevating the Philippine design and craftsmanship in the global market.

CITEM Executive Director Clayton Tugonon (first from left), DTI Undersecretary Nora K. Terrado, and DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez (eights from left) handed out the trophies for the KATHA Awards winners in the 65th edition of Manila FAME. The KATHA Awardees are: Kalikasan Sorsogon (Citation for Eco Design Award and Best Booth Display), Wolfe and Huntr (Best Product Design Fashion), Our Handmade Heritage Inc. (Best Product Design for Holiday), Delza’s Native Products (Best Product Design for Home Accent), and Schema (Best Product Design for Lamps & Lighting)

“Congratulations for keeping the passion—the fire in you to make a much better design. Let us continue it. Year in and out. We are helping the country. We are inspiring more young designers. And we are helping the [administration] of President Rodrigo ‘Roa’ Duterte in elevating the status of the country,” said Lopez.

“Continue to make the lives of all Filipinos great. Uplift them and address inequality through design. You are empowering everyone to succeed in life,” he added.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Eduard Folayang feels privileged to headline ONE Championship’s 10th event in the Philippines

Good afternoon! Wow! What a hiatus. Sharing this story about One Championship's event which will happen on April 21, 2017 at SM Mall of Asia Arena. I missed today's press conference at City of Dreams Manila Ballroom 1. 

I am amaze with all the dedications each fighter gives while in training. 

Although Eduard “Landslide” Folayang has been with ONE Championship since its inception in 2011, it marks the first time that he will be in the top bill of the organization’s live event in the Philippines.
The 33-year-old Baguio City native is set to lock horns with Malaysian-Kiwi sensation Ev “E.T.” Ting in the main event of ONE: KINGS OF DESTINY, which is ONE Championship’s tenth blockbuster show on Philippine shores.

With ten marquee match ups slated on the card, ONE: KINGS OF DESTINY takes place at the 20,000-capacity SM Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines on 21 April.
Folayang, who is universally recognized as the face of the Philippine MMA scene, has previously headlined two events under the ONE Championship banner.
The popular Team Lakay representative competed in the headliner of ONE Championship’s inaugural card, where he notched a unanimous decision victory over Korean veteran A-Sol Kwon.
Five years later, Folayang found himself in the same position when he challenged Japanese MMA legend Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki for the ONE Lightweight World Championship title in the main event of ONE: DEFENDING HONOR.

Folayang dethroned Aoki for the gold-plated belt by way of third-round technical knockout, driving a hard knee to the head before unleashing a barrage of punches to coerce the referee to wave it off.
In the first defense of his coveted lightweight strap, Folayang has been booked in the principal attraction of ONE: KINGS OF DESTINY, squaring off against a topnotch challenger in Ting.
Folayang stressed that he considers it as a privilege to be in the main event of the tenth ONE Championship card in the Philippines.
“It’s my first time to be in the main event of ONE Championship’s card in the Philippines. I know that it’s a big responsibility, but I am humbled and privileged to be in this position,” he said.

Folayang admitted that he is so motivated for his upcoming title defense as he will be fighting in front of a partisan Manila crowd for the first time in nearly three years.
“It’s going to be awesome. I love my country, and I love the Filipino people and all the MMA fans. I can’t wait to get back in there and defend our home turf. By the grace of God, I will emerge victorious,” he stated.

The man known as “Landlside” realizes that to be successful against Ting, he has to make sure he comes in at his absolute best.
“I know the stakes. I know what’s riding on this fight. Ev Ting is coming for my belt. He’s coming to take what I’ve worked so hard for my entire career. There is no way I’m just going to let him take it. It’s not going to be easy, that’s for sure,” Folayang shared.
With Ting recently making the move up from featherweight to lightweight, Folayang believes that his extra experience in the weight class will give him the advantage.
“My main advantage over him is my experience as a fighter, especially in the lightweight division. We all know that Ev Ting came from the featherweight division, so I’m more used to fighting in this division,” he said.
Although he may have a friendly and boyish demeanor outside the battleground, Folayang made it clear that inside the cage, it is all business.
“When I enter that cage, my entire mindset changes. The time for being nice and playing games is over. Once that cage door closes, my focus shifts entirely to battle. It’s different because it’s just like taking final exams. If I don’t take it seriously, I myself will fail. Only one guy gets to walk out of the cage a winner, so I make sure that guy is me,” he concluded.

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Press Release: AllHome unveils state-of-the-art showroom in Sta Rosashowcasing world-renowned ceramics and sanitary ware brands—IrisCeramica and INAX.

Whatever size or shape it is, home is a very special place and spending money on home renovations and improvements is no joke. That is why AllHome offers only the best quality products at any price point for every home need. 

AllHome, the most innovative and fastest rising home depot shopping solution in the Philippines, provides homeowners, contractors, architects and interior designers with the widest selections of products to turn homes and spaces into the ideal havens envisioned by their owners.

This summer, AllHome introduced new lifestyle concepts for homes by launching the showrooms of two world-renowned brands in ceramic tiles and bathroom fixtures: Iris Ceramica, the leading Italian manufacturer of high-tech glazed ceramic and porcelain tiles, and INAX, a global leader in the manufacture of sanitary fixtures from Japan – the pioneer of the world’s first advanced toilet seat and automatic faucet. 

AllHome brings innovative and high-quality Italian Tile Brand Iris Ceramica to the Philippines

Italian tiles are generally known for their unique design and durability but IRIS added innovative modern technologies to their tiles that set them apart from the rest. Iris Ceramica’s award-winning tiles boast of features such as resistance to flexion, abrasion, thermal shock, crazing, chemical stains, and frost. In fact, they also manufacture antibacterial ceramic. Since 1961, Iris Ceramica has been consistent in demonstrating its commitment to the creation of ceramics with high technical and stylistic value. All of its product innovations are backed up by years of intensive research and intense dedication to make quality and reliability synonymous to the brand.

Iris Ceramica unveiled its seven elegant product collections for floors, walls, d├ęcor and special places. The collections exclusively carried by AllHome are the following:

Balance—intricately designed wall tiles; Flows; French Woods—glazed porcelain stoneware that mimics the beautiful weathered surface of natural wood; Maiolica—a contemporary tile collection that reinvents tradition as a source of inspiration for the modern look; My Wall—porcelain stoneware solutions for tailored bathrooms, available in eight modern and refined combinable colors, and a broad selection of surfaces to make the most of your bathroom; Palazzo—pieces in muted hues that exude class and elegance; and Slide—offers a new tile size for walls, has bright, glossy surfaces, and hues, offered in a palette marked by decisive, refined shades.

Iris Ceramica tiles are used in world-class hotels like Hotel Monte Sarago in Italy and Hotel Alpenrose in Austria. 

With the addition of the Iris Ceramica brand to AllHome’s tile arsenal, homeowners now have hundreds of designs and kinds of tiles to choose from—making it a delight to think about renovating spaces like the kitchen or bathroom.

Leading Japanese sanitary ware brand INAX partners with AllHome to enhance the Filipinos’ bathroom experience

Established in 1924, INAX's heritage started with the production of Japan's first mosaic tiles. Since then, they have built their reputation on the superlative quality and design of their products. To this day, they continue to find new ways to 'design smart' to enhance consumers' daily lives.

The story behind INAX's name is known to only a few. In fact, INAX came from the founder's name 'Chozaburo Ina'. In mathematics, the letter 'X' connotes an 'unknown variable' and the addition of 'X' in INAX signifies strengthening their passion to challenge the unknown. Another trivia about the INAX branding is that their logo shows the word INAX emerging from a blue space because this represents the brand's uncompromising quest to create a new way of living for consumers and deliver value based on tireless and original innovations.

INAX draws on the sophisticated technologies and craftsmanship they have developed over the years as Japan's pioneer manufacturer of bathroom and sanitary fixtures, tiles and building materials. 

This high-tech and innovative bathroom solution can be found in the bathrooms of establishments like Aeon Mall in Tokoname District and Hotel Grand Bach Kyoto in Japan.

In the AllHome Sta Rosa Showroom, INAX showcases its exquisitely-designed, superior-quality, and environment-friendly products that boast of advanced technologies. AllHome houses eight collections from the prestigious Japanese brand namely—Echinos, Luxury, Xtreme, Vitality, Familiar, and Standard. Other bathroom accessories and fixtures from INAX such as water closets, bidets, sinks, and faucets are also available in AllHome.

AllHome’s INAX and Iris Ceramica showrooms unveiled in Vista Mall Sta Rosa on April 3, 2017

The wide and well-appointed showrooms were highlighted by beautiful but hardworking pieces that reveal the future of premium ceramic tiles and sanitary ware in the country. As AllHome partners, products bearing the Iris and INAX brands will be available in the Philippines only at AllHome stores. 

The launch event was punctuated by a short program featuring performances that echoed the Italian and Japanese themes of the brands. Vista Land chairman and former Senator Manuel B. Villar, was special guest at the event together with All Home president Jing Serrano and Country Heads from INAX and Iris Ceramica.

The showrooms make shopping for tiles and sanitary ware more fun and satisfying because of the comfortable, air-conditioned surroundings, well-organized product aisles and the helpful accommodation of the AllHome staff. AllHome now provides residents and offices in Sta. Rosa and nearby vicinities with world-class products and brands that contribute to a distinctive premium lifestyle.

AllHome is indeed a one-stop shop where everyone can find their specific needs for home and lifestyle improvement. Owned by the Villar family, founders of Vista Land and one of the country’s leading home builders, it was born out of a thorough understanding of the real estate industry and a well-established expertise in home building.

There are currently 15 branches of AllHome in the Philippines located in Pampanga, Cebu, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Metro Manila. The hub for home and building needs continues to grow to serve more and more residential communities and provide a complete and rewarding home shopping experience for both families and industry professionals.

For more information visit www.allhome.com.ph and/or call the numbers for AllHome Sta. Rosa at (049) 544 1856 / (049) 544 1858 / 0932 668 9999 / 0927 892 0361.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Media Sneak peek of Manila Fame 2017.

Earlier today, I attended the media sneak peek of Manila Fame 2017. I've been to Manila Fame once back in 2015

Manila Fame is a bi-annual business sourcing platform of export ready and finely crafted furniture and home furnishings, holiday gifts and decor, and fashion accessories. With a wide array of products brandishing Philippine craftsmanship at its best selections of products and eight show scenography, the 65th edition of Manila FAME will open its doors to international trade buyers on April 21-23, 2017 at the World Trade Center, Metro Manila.

The Center for International Trade expositions and Missions (CITEM), the export promotions arm of the Department of Trade and Industry (DRI) is the proud organizer of the Manila FAME --- the second longest-running trade show in the Asia-Pacific, and the only trade event in the Philippines approved by Union des Foires Internationales, a Paris-based association of trade fair organizers founded 90 years ago in Italy. 

The Panelists with CITEM Executive Directior Clayton Tugonon (middle)

-Ramon "Mon" Pabillion, product specialist assistant of the Great Women 2 participants together with PJ Aranador. 

- Maria Rita "Rhea" Matute, Executive Director of Design Center of the Philippines.

- Sir Clayton Tugonon, newly appointed Executive Director of CITEM.

- Stephen Buni, design consultant for the Design of the Philippines.

- Redemptor "Dem" Bitantes, product development and design consultant f A. Garcia Crafts. 

Carlo Delantar - Nature's legacy eximport inc.
Eugenio Fabregas - Philippine Treasures

Carol  Balbuena - Basket and Weaves Handicrafts Manufacturing

Crisanto Venzo - Venzob Lighting

Judith Madarang - Maze ManufacturingCo. Inc.

Marichu Legaspi - Kilus Foundation 

Maco Custodio 

"There are a lot of materials in the Philippines that are never utilize. Let's bring back the glory days of being called as Milan of Asia". -- Clayton Tugonon

Some of the expected exhibitors this year:

Maco Custodio

Kilus Foundation and Multipurpose Cooperative

Philippine Treasures

Basket and Weaves

Venzon Lighting Manufacturing

Maze Manufacturing Co., Inc. 

Prado Filipino Artisans

Natural Carpet Industries

Nature's Legacy Eximport Inc.,

More than 300 local micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) are expected to showcase the distinct Philippine design and craftsmanship in the 65th edition of Manila FAME. 

The three day fair will create more opportunities for Philippines companies to leverage on the booming global market for design services, and architectural and interior contract market in the real estate and tourism industry.


What: Manila Fame 2017

When: April 21 to 23, 2017

Where: World Trade Center, Gil Puyat Ave. Extension cor. Diosdado Macapagal Blvd., Pasay City, Manila

Website: http://www.manilafame.com/