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MaArte oPEN house: Showcasing Filipino Artistry this August

) Red Rivera |

Looking for new decor and style to spruce up your home? Mark your calendar as this coming August 16, 17, and 18, the Museum Foundation of the Philippines (MFPI) is set to hold the MaArte oPEN house.

This event is a celebration and long regarded as the most prestigious showcase for Filipino arts and crafts. This event will feature limited edition items ranging from fashion, home decor, food, fashion accessories, and more!

According to MFPI President, Albert Avellana, this year’s event will offer a different shopping experience from past celebrations. “Instead of The Peninsula Manila’s gallery, the fair will take place in two designated guest floors with exhibitors spread out across forty-one guest rooms, from which they can showcase their pieces and engage with shoppers” he said.

Event organizers took inspiration from the open-door parties from The Squia Apartments, a known enclave of artists, fashion designers, publishers, and other creatives, from back in early 2000s Malate. The exhibitors will be spread out across 29 guest rooms, creating a more intimate space for shoppers and sellers to converse and interact.

MFPI board member Mico Manalo says, “There was a sense of community and openness then. That melding of the creative spirit and hospitality is what we aim to recreate during the fair.“

MaArte oPen House will feature more than 60 vetted exhibitors including Mich Araullo, Randy Ortiz, Gifts & Graces, Aranaz, Haute Home Manila, Micki Olaguer, Riqueza, Antukin, Two Chic, Oscar Mejia Fragrances, Tim Tam Ong, Beyond Borders, D’Oro Barandino, TDLG by Tweetie De Leon, O&M, PioPio, Good Luck, Humans, Creative Definitions, Yvette’s Bags, Iraya Mangyan, Siklo,  Tatsulok –  a special collaborative project by MaArte fair favorites Natalya Lagdameo, Filip+Inna and Balay ni Atong, and more. Upcoming new brands include FDCP members Joel Escober, Lally Dizon, Maco Custodio for Pinoy ManCave, Coco and Tres,  Pika Pika + Pinta, Vesti, and Evangeline Austria. This year’s fair will also feature fine edibles by Auro Chocolates, Green Babes, and Felicisimo Gourmet Homecooking. 

Alongside the annual fundraiser, the MFPI will also hold MaArte Talks, a series of conversations with select business owners who can offer new entrepreneurial tips and insights.

MaArte oPen house is free and open to the general public. It will run from August 16 to 18, 2019 at The Peninsula Manila.  For more information, check out https://museumfoundationph.org/project-category/maarte-fair/