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Celebrating Design

Does anyone still wear a hat? I think so, yes. For Manila FAME October 2012, I did a collection of fascinators made of Abaca from Catanduanes. I got inspired by surf waves and twigs you find on the beach of the island province. Many thanks to the Duchess of Cambridge, Manila denizens Tessa Valdes and Mich Dulce, there's a new romance with the chapeau and a new romantic mood in the city.
I'm loving Manila's new design energy. I'll drink to that!

Air conditioned Jeepney shuttle!

The SMX Convention Center











Fabulous neckpiece from Arnel Papa.

Rings from Joyce Makitalo

Adante Leyesa clutch.

Binky Ilusorio's Larabee necklaces.

Fringed clutch by Dennis Lustico.

Patrice Ramos-Diaz's neck wear.

Oj Hofer's 'blouse of beads'.


Maco Custodio



My Abaca fascinators by The Loom of Catanduanes.


With Ms. Lumen Teves of The Loom

Proclamation No. 277 declares every third week of March and October annually as the celebration of Design Week Philippines. Signed by President Benigno Aquino III on 20 October 2011, this week-long celebration will feature a range of design-centric activities which include the bi-annual Manila FAME, Creative Environment, Museum and Art Tours, KATHA Awards, Design Talks and Fora, and Food and Arts Festival.
Manila FAME is a signature event of the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM).

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