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Why Mandaue Foam buys, rather than rents, space

RYAN Uy sits on the connecting sofa which costs P40,000. Photo by NELSON MATAWARAN

If you’re furnishing a one-bedroom condominium unit on a budget, a furniture company can provide the elements for less than P60,000.

Posted: April 20th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Inquirer Features,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Factory output growth slowed sharply in Feb.


Growth of the country’s factory output slowed sharply in February due to the slowdown in production of furniture and tobacco products, the government reported this week.

Posted: April 11th, 2014 in Headlines | Read More »

San Francisco traders, execs keen on setting up firms in PH

An employee works on a machine inside a newly built product distribution warehouse in Cabuyao, Laguna, in this file photo. AFP

A trade delegation comprising of 70 businessmen and government officials from San Francisco, California, has expressed interest in tapping prospective investment opportunities and possibly setting up manufacturing facilities in the Philippines.

Posted: March 12th, 2014 in Latest Business Stories | Read More »

Furniture giants come together at PIFS 2014

The real estate industry in the Philippines has been experiencing an unprecedented boom in the last few years and, naturally, where homes and commercial development lead, the furniture and furnishings industry follow.

Posted: March 2nd, 2014 in Headlines,Inquirer Features | Read More »

Furniture firms expect 10% rise in profit


Local furniture makers expect a 10-percent growth in revenues this year given the robust demand here and abroad, according to the Philippine Exporters Confederation Inc. (Philexport).

Posted: January 5th, 2014 in Headlines | Read More »

Shopping for furniture that is on sale

LIVING room setting with L-shaped sofa set in neutral colors

What is more exciting than shopping for furniture? Well, shopping for furniture that is on sale, of course! I recently discovered that Novamobili, one of the top Italian furniture companies in Europe, has a shop in the country. Their flagship, spacious shop is right next to Fully Booked at the Bonifacio Global City and has an ongoing, up-to-40-percent-off sale on all its furniture. The Novamobili showroom occupies close to 400 square meters in the second floor of Building 6 on Bonifacio High Street at the BGC, and features 100-percent Italian-made furniture designed for modern living.

Posted: December 13th, 2013 in Columnists,Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Inquirer Columns,Inquirer Features,Photos & Videos,Property Guide | Read More »

Manufacturing sector volume rose in August


The country’s manufacturing sector posted an increase in production in August, supporting projections that the economy is poised to sustain a robust growth rate over the near term, largely on the back of strong domestic demand.

Posted: October 11th, 2013 in Headlines | Read More »

PH has shortfall of 2.35M bamboo poles


The Department of Trade and Industry revealed during the National Bamboo Congress in October 2012 that there’s a shortfall of 2.35 million bamboo poles annually to cover the demand for local furniture and handicraft industry.

Posted: July 20th, 2013 in Inquirer Features,Property Guide | Read More »

Furnishings for the global market

DANIEL Latorre Cruz’s functional metalwork: several twisted geometric metal sculptures and their experimental, reinforced concrete counterparts. Their hollowed sections can accommodate accent lighting.

Some 15 years ago, a European furniture distributor told me that the Philippines was known as the “prototype capital” of the world, where furniture samples were done so well for exhibition but could rarely be mass-produced with the same quality level. But 15 years later, we have gone beyond the prototype, and the local furniture industry continues to flourish and penetrate markets at every corner of the world with its beautiful and well-crafted pieces.

Posted: March 22nd, 2013 in Columnists,Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Inquirer Columns,Inquirer Features,Photos & Videos,Property Guide | Read More »

Greenovation at Manila FAME

The furniture sector will showcase anew the excellence and exceptional talents of Filipino designers and craftsmen when Cebu Next and Manila Now join Manila FAME International 2013 at SMX Convention Center in Pasay City from March 14 to 17. This exhibition will feature the latest innovations from well-established and internationally recognized designers as well as young upcoming talents using indigenous and sustainable product.

Posted: March 9th, 2013 in Headlines,Inquirer Features,Property Guide | Read More »

Lucina and a little French country

LUCINA is a newly opened store located at the Paseo de Sta. Rosa Mall

The name sounds Italian but the message is eloquently spoken in French, “Notre maison est votre maison.” (Our home is your home) reads one of the blackboard signs inside the store.

Posted: January 26th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Inquirer Features,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Shopping for the home now has more choices

SEAVIEW Suite at Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort and Spa

As an interior designer, I have seen the rapid and expansive growth of furniture shops and specialty lighting and accessories stores throughout Manila. Shopping for the home has never been more convenient or more confusing, as the amount of choice increases.

Posted: November 10th, 2012 in Columnists,Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Inquirer Columns,Inquirer Features,Photos & Videos,Property Guide | Read More »



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