The Regional Interactive Platform for Philippine Exporters (RIPPLES) Plus, an export development program for SMEs joins the Manila FAME for the second time held on April 21-23, 2017 at the World Trade Center, Manila.

Of the twenty companies who participated in this program, four (4) companies were from Cagayan Valley. Representing Isabela were Andrea’s Paperbeads, who makes fashionable accessories out of paper, Karigo Corn Husk Fashion and Accessories Association who makes bags and home décor from corn husk, San Mariano Banana Growers and Producers Association who designs and makes origami inspired crafts and wallpaper using banana stalks and Silya Home Furnishings of Nueva Vizcaya, which specialize in manufacturing functional stools and sign boards out of scraps.

A total domestic sales of P 207,730.00 and export sales of US$ 250 was generated by the participating companies. Among the buyers identified were foreign buyers from US, Australia, and companies such as Horst Mellis Trend by Team, ATT Rotex Walcoverings Taiwan, Mehitabel, Inc., New World Hotel, Georgina Teng, and G Designs USA.

The origami inspired craft of San Mariano Banana Growers and Producers Association were nominated for the Katha - Eco-design award.

The Katha Awards since its inception in 1990 has been distinguished as a hallmark of Philippine product design excellence and innovation. It inspires and challenges exporters to raise their design standards for export products through constant creation of original designs, and skillful exploration of new materials or processes to produce market-responsive furniture, home décor and furnishings, holiday décor and gifts, and fashion complements.

Manila FAME, on its 65th edition showcased eight special exhibits to present Philippines’ iconic native materials which have been used to produce furniture pieces that bring Philippine craftsmanship into the spotlight. The exhibits, namely Materia: Bamboo Setting, Materia: Coconut Setting, Lucent Objects, New Generation Waves, Christmas “Pabitin” Redux, MindanaONE Fashion, Great Women 2, and TM*/New Directions Redux, revealed the art, culture, and history behind each natural materials  that can be found in the Philippines.