MaArte at The Pen Is Back. Here's Everything You Need to Know

This year's edition of the fair is all about celebrating the Filipino creative soul.

Just like that, MaArte at The Pen is back. Yep, from August 19 to 21, we'll be able to browse the fundraising bazaar, which benefits the Museum Foundation of the Philippines, and experience the best of Filipino craft and design once again.

This year's edition of the fair is all about celebrating the Filipino creative soul. So, expect traditional Filipino craft and design, as well as contemporary Philippine design in the fields of fashion, furniture, and accessories.

It's been a while since we last got to experience the fair, and the organizers have plenty of new things in store for us. Not to worry, though: we've got all the details you need to know before you step foot in the Peninsula Manila. Here's everything you need to know about MaArte at The Pen 2022.

Where will MaArte Fair 2022 be held?

If the fair's name wasn't obvious enough, the Peninsula Manila will house the much-awaited event. The bazaar will be on the fifth, sixth, and seventh floors, but that doesn't mean the rest of the hotel won't be part of the festivities. More on that later.


Who are the MaArte Fair 2022 participants?

As part of MaArte's mission to bring contemporary Philippine fashion to the forefront, the fair is introducing a section called PHxMaArte featuring the next generation of Filipino designers such as Alexie, BAGASÁO, Basic Movement x Polo Redux, Café City Club, ec / Eustacia, Feanne, HA.MÜ, J Makitalo, Jill Lao, Jude Macasinag, Kelvin Morales, Land of Nod, Lilianna Manahan, Mich Dulce, Neil Felipp, nicolò, RANDOLF, Tropik Beatnik, and Viña Romero, as well as a collaboration with different fashion schools to present the works by CLIO DL by Clio de Leon (De La Salle - College of Saint Benilde), Kill Joy Studios by Eugene Malabad (iAcademy), and Le Ngok by Jiale Zhang (SoFa Design Institute).

The list of participants includes ALLENA, Antukin Sleepwear, COCO & TRES, CREATIVE DEFINITIONS + LAKAT, Ethnique, Filip + Inna, Good Luck, Humans, Maison Métisse, Mich Araullo, PNay, Rurungan Collective, Two Chic, and WYC Wear Your Culture for apparel; Aranaz, Beatriz, Capricho, Cariñosa, LALLY DIZON DESIGN CONCEPTS, Matthew and Melka Accessories by Ken Samudio, TdLG, MCV Designs, Vesti, Yvette's Bags and Beads Collection, Raja Watch Co., Ramir, and Siklo Pilipinas for fashion accessories; Balay ni Atong, Ifugao Nation, La Herminia, and WVN Living for traditional textiles; ITO KISH, OSMUNDO FURNITURE GALLERY, Zarate Manila, and Azcor Lighting Systems for furniture; Gallery Deus, Gallery of Prints, Treasures of Time Fine Antiques, León Gallery, and Unang Panahon Arts and Antiques for heirloom; Beyond Borders Philippines, Cabaña Workshop, Daily Schedule PH, DOMESTICITY - TILIA, Gifts and Graces Fair Trade Foundation, Iraya Mangyan Art, Kassa, Milvidas, Touch of Craft, HOLICOW PH, Bicol Sweetgrass Handicrafts, OLIVER & MAUDE Home, Oscar Mejia III, PINTA + PIKA PIKA, Provenciana, Silahis Center, Whimsy by Silay Export, Inc., and Vallehermoso Helping Hands Foundation Inc. for home accessories; CARO WILSON, Maria Angelica Rare Finds, Micki Olaguer, NLagdameo, Riqueza Jewellery by Erica Concepcion-Reyes, Tim Tam Ong, and Whisenhunt Fine Jewelry for jewelry; Joey De Castro Pottery, ORYOQI Ceramics, and Siegrid Bangyay Pottery for pottery; Auro Chocolate, The Pantry \ Domicillo Selections, and Tsaa Laya for food and beverage.

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What else can we expect from MaArte Fair 2022?

The hotel lobby will feature a special exhibition of fashion designer Salvacion Lim Higgins, known by the acronym Slim, and her work. Dresses from the '50s to the '80s, loaned from the archives of Slim's Fashion & Arts School, will be on display from August 15 to 27.

Slim Higgins and her sister.
Photo by COURTESY.

Don't miss the talks at Salon de Ning which will run daily at 2:00 p.m. from August 19 to 21. On August 19, Sheryl Ebon-Martinez shares her fascination with tea and a teapot's journey. Then on August 20, Nazareno/Lichauco's Rita Nazareno (Zacarias 1925) and Gabby Lichauco (Open Studio) will share their insights about Philippine design and craft today. Mark Lewis Higgins will then discuss the golden age of haute couture on August 21.

Where can I buy MaArte Fair 2022 tickets?

Admission is totally free to the public. There's no need to get tickets, so all you need to do is drop by anytime from August 19 to 21, 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. We'll see you there.



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Paolo Chua
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Paolo Chua is the Associate Style Editor at Esquire Philippines, where he writes about fashion and grooming. Before joining Esquire Philippines, he was a writer at Town & Country Philippines.
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