I got a last minute invite to Manila FAME at the SMX Convention center. I’ve been to a few shows before and I always come out with a silly grin on my face, so naturally I didn’t even hesitate.
I don’t have a lot of pictures because it’s sort of illegal to take any photos of the products, so I just took snapshots of those that won’t get me into trouble or cause me to be thrown out of there or simply those that I asked permission for.
There were a lot of great stuff there, and my senses were basically just torn because I felt like I wasn’t admiring one part enough. I spent like 15 minutes figuring out what one lampshade was made of, the owner was already looking at me weird because I was touching stuff, in the end I learned it was just stockings. Stockings!
Really, there were a lot of cool things, and by a lot I mean ALL.
I wanted to buy a few home accessories but I just learned that the exhibit is mainly for export items. Imagine that, Filipino craftsmanship is already getting recognized around the globe. What a feeling. Bittersweet though since I couldn’t take some home.
Anyway, I found some old traditions that still blew my mind away like how you make this lace pattern out of thread.
And weaving. There is a movement called Hibla where traditional Filipino arts such as weaving and beadworks are being promoted. Hopefully these traditions will be passed on to younger generations.
It literally took us about almost 3 hours to cover the whole area. The place was packed with great ideas and quirky twists with known Filipino novelties.
But I must say, the one that gave me the giggles is this little fellow…
I can’t wait to visit a new place oozing with great things. I left the exhibit dazzled with new ideas. Talking to people who know their stuff really gave me a boost. I’m just plain happy for the exhibitors, they’ve made it and I pray someday, I will too. Thank you to the participants of Manila FAME for lighting the path of young designers like me and setting really high standards (no pressure…) and congratulations for a wonderful exhibit.