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15 Fabulous Filipino Finds at ArteFino This Weekend

More than a fair, ArteFino provides a venue for Filipino artisans to showcase locally produced products, concepts, and ideas.
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This weekend, ArteFino stages its long-awaited art and craft exhibit. More than a fair, ArteFino provides a venue for Filipino artisans to showcase locally produced products, concepts, and ideas. No strangers to craft fairs, the three-day event is organized by Cedie Vargas, Armita Rufino, Maritess Pineda, Susie Quiros, and Marimel Francisco.

Expect to find the following Filipino artisans at the debut fair:

1. a-11


a-11 Gallery is nestled in an enclave of 1940s houses, hidden from the hustle and bustle of Manila. The furniture, art and design gallery is known for modern and contemporary pieces with an old world feel. During the fair, a carefully curated array of locally produced furniture will be available.

2. Abre Linea


Abre Linea is the brainchild of high school friends Anna Veloso Tuazon, Claude Rodrigo Canete, and Joy Yu. After seeing the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan, the trio got together to assist with relief provisions and soft loans for survivors.

This eventually turned into a social enterprise, one focused on giving life to local artisanal craftsmanship and the livelihood projects behind it. Abre Linea’s home décor features their signature mix of buri – embroidered ticog – on storage boxes and bariw baskets from Capoocan, and Romblon storage solutions from Baybay.

3. Adante Leyesa


Intricate and statement pieces have become the signature of accessory designer Adante Leyesa. The designer takes hand-crafted bejeweled accessories and puts his innovative spin with the use of modern and contemporary techniques. The unexpected mix creates bold and unconventional pieces made of semi-precious stones, metal chains, intricate beading, local weaves, and wood.

4. Art of Gold


Art of Gold creates handpainted accent pieces such as throw pillows and bedspreads. The company has grown and expanded to painting on wood and metal products, creating pieces that are masterfully crafted. For ArteFino, Art of Gold presents “ferns in blue,” a line inspired by Philippine foliage that’s suitable for both classic and modern spaces.

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5. Filip+Inna


An early admirer of textiles, Len Cabili started Filip+Inna after meeting weavers on a chance trip to General Santos City and Lake Sebu. Filip+Inna is now sold at trunk shows and exclusive boutiques all over the world. The label counts Aerin Lauder, the granddaughter of Estée Lauder as a fan.

Today, Cabili works with embroiderers, weavers, appliquers, and beaders from different Filipino tribes: Ga'dang from Mountain Province, Tinguian from Abra, Ilongot from Aurora, Ifugao from Kalinga, embroiderers from Lumban and Taal, and Mangyan from Mindoro, among others.

6. Fleur Arts

Beginning as an all-occasion premier shop, Fleur Arts picked up a roster of loyal customers for its uniqueness and taste. The shop’s products and services have extended beyond floral arranging and include event styling, landscaping, seasonal décor, and house furnishing.

7. Gabbie Sarenas


Classic, relaxed, and delicately opulent come to mind with designer Gabbie Sarenas’ works. The brand cherishes the forgotten tradition and culture of Filipino technique and artisanship, where each piece is created with heritage in mind.

8. Gifts and Graces


Gifts and Graces is a social enterprise that connects consumers to artisans, creating a chain reaction that preserves the art of weaving and provides livelihood to artisans. Each product is handmade, designed, and crafted by Filipino artisans using traditional techniques with upcycled products.

9. Grace Home


Taking off from a candle creation, Grace Barbers-Baja’s Grace Home creates products to make spaces warm, luxurious, and inviting. Every single item is crafted with no detail spared, all marked with Baja’s personal touch and signature style.

During the fair, Baja will also launch her new venture: Taste by Grace Home, a line of homemade artisanal food products made with quality natural ingredients. Taste by Grace Home currently offers three cheese-pairing jams: Black Grapes and Pistachios with French Butter, Two Tomatoes and Habaneros with Sage, Figs and Almonds with Truffle Honey; dips and spreads: Manchego Curado with Almond Olive Tapenade, Quattro Formaggio with Pink Peppercorns, Organic Chicken Liver Paté with Pistachio Praline; and a luxe cookie dough that you can make in a regular toaster oven, in three minutes flat.

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10. Island Girl


Island Girl is a resort accessory brand proudly made in the Philippines. The brand sources natural, indigenous materials that are handcrafted by the many rural communities in the country. Nature-inspired, Island Girl carries shoes, bags, jewelry and other accessories for the beachgoer.

11. Joey De Castro


For Joey De Castro, pottery started as a hobby evolving into a passion, and ultimately a profession. De Castro is a firm believer in traditional methods, building clay from the ground up. The works on each step of the painstaking process from uniquely preparing and concocting ingredients to creating clay works inspired by his own experiences.

12. Kathy and Kathy Bespoke


Inspired by their hometown, Ilongas Katherine Anne Sarabia-Babst and Kathy Gregorio-Añover set up K & K Bespoke Jewelry. The young entrepreneurs believe in treating each jewelry piece as special heirlooms and keepsakes.

13. La Pomme Living


Apol Lejano-Massebieau’s diffusion line Good Luck, Humans features the Lucky Buttons ottoman made out of miniature buttons and assorted fabrics. The stools are solely made by six women from low-income communities in Las Pinas with each stool hand-cut, hand-sewn, and hand-embroidered.

14. Tali Handmade


Liza Morales Crespo and Marielle de Leon Lazaro launched TALI Handmade after visiting a city jail. Seeing the chance to change lives, they employed the impoverished female inmates and taught them design patterns. For ArteFino, the label is launching its Resort 2018 footwear and handbag collection.

15. Stilo Artefino

A presentation titled Stilo ArteFino will be on view during the three-day event, showcasing the finest samples of art and heart of Filipino life and style. ArteFino invited the internationally-acclaimed jewelry designer Wynn Wynn Ong to serve as Guest Art Director for the special showcase.

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To curate her list of talented designers, Ong asked: "Is their work authentic and original? Is there pride in the craftsmanship of the piece or pieces? Does it incorporate indigenous materials and does it represent the best of local craftsmanship?"

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For Stilo ArteFino, Ong presents Bea Valdes, Borders, House of Sachrijara, Jude Macasinag, Kenneth Cobonpue, Lanai, Lara Fernandez-Barrios, Liliana Manahan, Lilok, Rosanna Ocampo, Tara Soriano, and Wataru Sakuma.

ArteFino Fair is an annual event that will debut on August 25-27, 2017 at the Penthouse, 8 Rockwell.

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