In the province of Laguna, in the northern part of the Philippines, craftsmen of CSM Philippines, Inc. cleverly ply fine bone china and porcelain into home accessories like vases, planters, candle holders, tea and coffee sets; Christmas ornaments; and novelty items. Since 1994, the company has been producing handmade pieces that are much-admired for their exquisite design and fine craftsmanship.
CSM Philippines, Inc. boasts of premium pieces that can be considered collector’s items since they offer products that are handcrafted and often have limited runs. Their products are now appreciated by clients in the USA, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and some parts of Asia.
But Filipino artisans are not just found in the island of Luzon. In the middle of the Philippines is the province of Cebu, where many masterful creations also originate. Take for example the Philippine company Arden Classic, Inc.
Starting out as a small business selling miniature furniture in 1993, Arden Classic, Inc. has evolved into a manufacturer and exporter of hand crafted home décor and accessories. They take pride in their products—handmade creations of their expert craftsmen who work on indigenous materials such as seashells, abaca fibers, coconut shells, and fish skin, and silver-plated solid bronze into elegant pieces.
Because of their admirable quality, Arden Classic, Inc.’s products have made their way into the shops of high-end international brands like Armani Casa, Ralph Lauren under Mikasa, Ralph Lauren Polo, Harrods, Lane Crawford, Neiman Marcus, Cinmar, William Sonoma Homes, John Lewis, and specialty shops in The Ritz-Carlton, and Saks Fifth Avenue.
Truly, the Filipino craftsman is ubiquitous. His dexterous hands continuously create something wonderful for his community and for the rest of the world. Samples of the fine-crafted products produced by CSM Philippines, Inc. and Arden Classic, Inc. will be featured in the ASEAN Pavilion at the Seoul Gift Show, which runs from 20-23 September 2012 in Seoul, Korea. After the fair, the Philippine-made products will be showcased in the permanent showroom of the Department of Tourism-Korea, Suite 801, Paiknam Bldg., Euljiro 1(il)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul 100-191, Korea.
More of artisanal products can be seen in the upcoming Manila FAME, scheduled from 17-20 October 2012, at the SMX Convention Center, Pasay City, Philippines.