Philippine festivals and design in the spotlight –


The country’s diverse festivals and iconic designs are highlighted in two events happening this weekend. 

Philippine festivals and design in the spotlight
THE FESTIVAL OF FESTIVALS. Several contingents from all over the country will showcase their respective town’s festivals in this year’s Aliwan Fiesta at the CCP Complex.  

Manila Broadcasting Company, Star City, and the Cultural Center of the Philippines, in cooperation with the cities of Manila and Pasay, are staging this year’s Aliwan Fiesta which opened on April 25 and will run until April 27 at the CCP Complex. 

Aiming to show local and foreign audiences the richness and diversity of Filipino culture in a single venue, Aliwan Fiesta harnesses the power of Philippine festivals to showcase how religion, culture, and tradition are woven in the fiber of our existence.  

The three-day festival opened with a shoppers bazaar along Sotto Street at the CCP Complex, and a Pasakalye concert featuring Ben and Ben, Juan Karlos, This Band, and Extreme Lab. 

Meanwhile, 24 lovely young ladies representing different festivals from all over the country take to the outdoor stage in front of the Aliw Theater for the Reyna ng Aliwan Pageant happening tonight. 

Philippine festivals and design in the spotlight
Baguio City National High School represents the City of Pines’ Panagbenga festival.  

Festivities will culminate with the grand parade and street dance showdown, which will kick off at Quirino Grandstand at 4:00 p.m. on April 27, traversing Roxas Boulevard en route to the CCP Complex, and capped by the awarding ceremonies at 9:00 p.m. 

Local designs take center stage at Manila FAME which opens its doors to thousands of international and local buyers this week, April 25-27. 

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The 69th edition of the country’s premier design and lifestyle event at the World Trade Center in Pasay City is anchored on the theme “Heritage Reimagined” as it features iconic and forward-looking collections under Manila FAME from its over 30-year run.

“Our goal is to highlight the most iconic styles and elements of past products and reintroduce them through modern interpretations,” said Pauline Suaco-Juan, executive director of the Department of Trade and Industry – Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions. 

Philippine festivals and design in the spotlight
DTI-CITEM executive director Pauline Suaco-Juan (third from left) with Manila FAME April 2019 designers (from left) Maco Custodio, Vince Uy, Andre Chang, Nix Alañon, and Stanley Ruiz. 

The Design Commune special setting features products from 115 local brands and manufacturers that have undergone product development and curation to meet the aesthetics and demands of the international market. 

Product development designers who were involved in this edition are Stanley Ruiz for home and lighting, Nix Alañon for furniture and lighting, André Chang for fashion, and PJ Arañador and Maco Custodio for the home and fashion sectors of the Artisans Village.

The April edition also features 20 of the country’s rising online fashion entrepreneurs and designer commercial brands showcasing the latest trends in both couture and ready-to-wear fashion. 

Further, the Gender Responsive Economic Actions for the Transformation of Women presents arts and crafts by women entrepreneurs who have undergone product development workshops.

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