3 unmissable events happening in the Philippines this week


A packed series of trade shows will lure leaders in design, furniture and construction to Manila on 9-11 March

A sample of the aesthetically pleasing exhibits this week at PIFS 2017

The Philippines is arguably the “Design Center of Asia,” where some of the world’s oldest and most innovative furniture-making traditions have found habitat.

The islands’ top furniture designers and manufacturers will be gathered this week in Manila to show off their latest wares and techniques at the Philippines International Furniture Show (PIFS). More than 7,000 international buyers, traders and celebrities are expected to gather at one of the most important events on the local design and construction industry’s social calendar.

PIFS has been made possible by the synergy of three major Filipino furniture chambers, namely the Cebu Furniture Industries Foundation (CFIF), Chamber of Furniture Industries of the Philippines (CFIP), and Pampanga Furniture Industries Foundation.

PIFS 2014. Image credit: Philippines International Furniture Show

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The show takes place 9 March through 11 at the SMX Convention Center Manila.

Fans of furniture, fixtures, home décor, and interior design are also expected to descend at the 2017 Interior and Design Manila (IDM) exhibit, happening simultaneously at the SMX Convention Center. Unlike other trade shows, the exhibit is curated to interior designers, with design leaders from Australia, China, India, Malaysia, Singapore and Taiwan set to give expert talk at a conference for continuing professional development (CPD).

The Philippine Finishing and Furnishings Expo (PHILFFEX) will also be joining forces with IDM and PIFS this year. Organised by PHILCONSTRUCT, the affair has been billed as the country’s first trade show to focus on interior and fit-out construction. PHILFFEX will feature short courses, and participating property managers and building administrators are invited to sign up.

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