Manila FAME finds

Happy Monday, everyone! I’ve been so jetlagged in the last few days and have taken to hibernating like a bear, so I apologize if I hadn’t been able to update the blog over the weekend. I did however, get some rest and some good family time 😉

So what has been happening? For starters, I went to Manila FAME and had a good look-see with what the Philippines’ top design talents and their companies had produced– from furniture pieces to fashion accessories. I was given the honor and unique opportunity to be one of the judges for the fashion accessories division contest on the first day of the exhibit  but was unable to make it  because I was still out of town then. 🙁

Fortunately though there were a few more days of the exhibit and I was able to see what our local artisans have come up with. Here are some highlights:

In the furniture hall, I gravitated towards the work of Kenneth Cobonpue. If you don’t already know, Kenneth rose to international fame after Brad Pitt had singled out his work   and had bought his Voyage bed. Cobonpue is now one of Hollywood’s go-to furniture designer.


I loved his Bloom chair when I had first seen it. It came in chartreuse, red, and yellow in the past and now it also comes in blue.

And in the fashion accessories hall, I easily singled out Ann Ong’s beautiful work:

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It’s a precious ostrich egg bag 🙂

And this is redefining the meaning of “statement necklace”!



I also found Neil Felipp’s dragon minaudiere in black shell as well as his skull rings quite catching.IMG_20130315_182347There were many more things to look at but I had so little time to walk around because I had arrived late. For those of you who were unable to go though, there will be another exhibit come October, so don’t worry!

For more information, do visit the Manila FAME website. It’s definitely worth going for a visit or two!

I’m rushing out now for a work meeting that’s quite exciting and I promise to keep you posted once everything has been given the green light 🙂 🙂




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