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Buy 100% Global Filipino at the MaArte Fair

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The mother of all pop-up shops that you’ve been waiting for – the MaArte Fair— finally opens its doors on August 26, 2016. The annual fundraiser organized by the Museum Foundation of the Philippines is now on its 8th  run and this year it’s more maarte than ever!

What maarte means

Pronounced ma-ar-te, it’s an adjective to describe one as high maintenance. In this case, MaArte is a double play on words to mean something that is artful and vibrant as well as thoughtfully-made. Those who flock to the yearly MaArte Fair are a combination of both: discerning shoppers who look for worthwhile items that have an artistic sensibility.


GREAT Women’s Zarah Juan’s beaded shoes; Joanique clutch bags; Gifts and Graces trays; Green Babes Fruit Garden fruit jams; Gifts and Graces’s pillows; Beatriz accessories

This year, MaArte Fair happens on August 26 to 28, 2016 at the 8 Rockwell Penthouse, Rockwell, Makati. Over 70 retailers’ products from fashion and accessories to fabrics, weaves and pottery will be sold. Back at MaArte are designers Amarie, Filip + Inna, Erica Concepcion-Reyes, Ken Samudio, Joanique, Beatriz Accessories, Natalya Lagdameo, My Domesticity, GREAT Women and many more! The local community is fortunate these products meant for an export market at retail prices are under one roof. “Our challenge is to ‘Evolve the Filipino Craftsman.’  We have attracted a wider market of individuals who appreciate the indigenous work of the Filipino, for the modern lifestyle,” emphatically notes Maritess Pineda, Museum Foundation President.


Jewelry designer Micki Olaguer’s Mine collection

Micki Olaguer's items feature mother-of-pearl and is reminiscent of small-scale mining tools

Micki Olaguer’s jewelry items feature mother-of-pearl and is reminiscent of small-scale mining tools

If you missed the chance to visit Manila FAME, the MaArte Fair allows you a do-over. Every product here will have a story to tell. Find works from craftsmen whose learned techniques were handed down to them from generation to generation. Clothing that features fine hand embroidery. Indigenous tribesmen’s fabric or beading worked into something beautifully wearable. Organic food items and local produce. Many products are livelihood projects – such as Akaba’s backpacks made of handwoven textiles – that empower underprivileged rural communities by offering not only stable incomes but education and healthcare assistance. Don’t forget to visit the MaArte Finds  whose designers the chairpersons now consider as MaArte babies.


Cornerstone Pottery’s wares

Milvidas' crocheted items

Milvidas’ crocheted items

On display at the 8 Rockwell Lobby are MaArte Couture, Eternal Summer and Home by Eric Paras, Carlo Tanseco and Rhett Eala. Artisans work together with these designers to create looks that are contemporary Filipino. For more information about the Maarte Fair, visit them here on Facebook or follow them on Instagram @maartefair. See you at the fair!

Wearing Amarie from last year's MaArte Fair; this year's poster and theme

Wearing Amarie from last year’s MaArte Fair; this year’s poster and theme

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