The SPOT.ph Guide to Artisan Fairs in Metro Manila

See you in these events next year!

(SPOT.ph) Homegrown lifestyle brands are making huge waves in the Philippine market today. Most of them start out as online sellers and eventually gain enough following (and capital) to test out their products in pop-ups and bazaars. Some of them go a notch further and participate in artisan fairs that not only promote Filipino craftmanship but also help in creating a network of entrepreneurs in the global market. We round up regular trade events that you should be on the lookout for every year. You’d be amazed at what our own artisans can do!

Manila FAME

When: October
Where: World Trade Center Metro Manila, Pasay City

Manila Furnishings and Apparel Manufacturers' Exchange (a.k.a. Manila FAME) is one of the longest-running design and lifestyle events in the Philippines. It's been around since 1983 and has since provided business opportunities for small- and medium-scale entrepreneurs by showcasing their products to manufacturers and distributors from all over the world. Items on display range from high-quality Philippine-made furniture to innovative modes of transportation (such as the bamboo pedicab!).

MaArte Fair

When: August
Where: The Peninsula Manila, Makati City

MaArte Fair was established by the Museum Foundation of the Philippines in 2008 and previously called Rockwell Center in Makati City its home. It moved to The Peninsula Manila in 2017 and opened pocket events, such as the special afternoon tea (or "MaArTEA") at the hotel lobby and a series of talks on entrepreneurship and Filipino craftmanship. The artisan fair sells goods by social enterprises such as GKonomics and Good Luck, Humans; upcycled apparel from Cosimo Leathersmiths; and other home items inspired by Filipino designs such as a Bagobo-inspired bag from Great Women and an inabel blanket from Beyond Borders. Proceeds go to the projects of the Museum Foundation of the Philippines, including the upkeep of the National Museum.

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The Negros Trade Fair

When: September
Where: Glorietta Activity Center, Makati City

The Negros Trade Fair, the country's longest-running provincial trade fair, showcases furniture, housewares, accessories, food, and other organic products that all came from Negros Island. Brands include Tumandok Crafts, Hacienda Crafts, Vivo Handmade, and Casa Carmela Kitchen.

Likhang HABI Market Fair

When: October
Where: Glorietta Activity Center, Makati City

The annual Likhang HABI Market Fair is an annual trade fair organized by the HABI Philippine Textile Council to promote "the preservation and creative enhancement of the indigenous textile industry through entrepreneurship and synergy." It hopes to sustain and develop weaving communities all over the country by putting the spotlight on Philippine cotton and raising awareness about the country's indigenous fabrics industry. The artisan fair also links weavers with institutions that can support and preserve these communities.

FilipinaZ Fair

When: November
Where: Makati City

FilipinaZ Fair was founded in 2016 by Zonta Club of Makati and Environs—a foundation that advocates women empowerment and champions health and livelihood trainings for disadvantaged women. It celebrates everything Filipina-made, including accessories from Calima Jewelry and All That Glitters, bags from Threads and Trends, and other novelty items from local communities. Proceeds are used for literacy programs and legal consultations in Zonta's adopted communities like Guadalupe Nuevo, East Rembo, Pitogo, Carmona, and Pinagkaisahan.

ArteFino

When: August
Where: Rockwell Center, Makati City

ArteFino, which first came into the artisan fair scene in 2017, prides itself on featuring brands with the "Stilo ArteFino" characteristic—"a distinctly Filipino way of living." It aims to serve as a launch pad for small-scale artist-entrepreneurs who are still finding their way through the market but have always been exemplary in showcasing ingenious craftmanship of Filipino designers. It also showcases apparel from well-known players in the industry, such as Filip+Inna, Natalya Lagdameo, and Barong Batik.

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