MaArte Fair, the much-awaited fundraising event by non-profit Museum Foundation of the Philippines Inc. (MFPI), is set to make its biggest comeback this coming August 4, 5 and 6. Happening at The Peninsula Manila, the elegant exhibit is the most extensive in the show’s history, gathering together over 100 artists and artisans in a sophisticated display of solidarity and commitment towards helping everyone in the community by celebrating local talents and creativity.
“We are so blessed to receive such a huge support from local artists and artisans,” shares Danny Jacinto, Museum Foundation of the Philippines, Inc.’s President. “Over the years, MaArte Fair has made a name for itself as a destination where collectors, connoisseurs, and fans of local culture can get their hands on rare and beautiful pieces of jewelry, apparel, accessories, and scents. Thankful as we are for this, we want everyone to know that MaArte Fair has so much more to offer. From exquisite delicacies to pottery, leather and—very skillfully made—furniture, this year’s three-day event will give attendees a better idea of just how big and great the local artist and artisan community is, and how their love for their craft translates to the quality of their work.”
Representatives from Museum Foundation of the Philippines, organizers of MaArte at The Pen. From left to right (standing) Trustee Miko Liwanag, Vice President Gemma Cruz Araneta, President Danny Jacinto, Treasurer Max Ventura, Trustee Ivan Man Dy, former Board member Atty. Reggie Dimacuha, Trustee Melvin Mangada, Trustee Blen Fernando. (Seated) Executive Director Tanya Pico, Executive Assistants Elvie Magpayo and Grace Amanon, member Board of Corporate Secretary Atty. Dominador Buhain, former Board member Phyllis Zaballero
With the theme “In Full Bloom”, MaArte Fair 2023 will occupy The Peninsula Manila’s Rigodon Ballroom, 5th and 7th floors. Yes, that’s a total of three floors dedicated to the exhibit! Those accompanying their friends and family to the event can relax and have a drink at The Mantuary, which is located at the iconic hotel’s Balagtas Function Room. The courtyard will also host serve as host to a mini exhibition of plants and flowers as well as Philippine-made motorcycles.
Those looking forward to this year’s MaArTea Talks can head over to the famous Salon de Ning and check out MaArte Fair’s Instagram account for schedules.
“Needless to say, we went all out this year. We did our best because we believe that the Filipino artistry and craftsmanship deserve nothing less. At the end of the day, we would like to remind everyone that MaArte Fair is a fundraiser, and every purchase you make not only helps the artist you’re buying from, but the community as a whole—because a portion of the profit goes into helping us fund our initiatives that are geared towards preservation of our identity as a nation,” ends Jacinto.
Board of Trustees of Museum Foundation of the Philippines. From left to right (standing): Museum Foundation Trustee Miko Liwanag, The Peninsula Manila Director of Brand Communications Mariano Garchitorena, Museum Foundation Executive Director Tanya Pico, President Danny Jacinto, Treasurer Max Ventura, Trustee Ivan Man Dy, former Board member Atty. Reggie Dimacuha, Trustee Melvin Mangada, Milo Bondoc (Seated) Museum Foundation Trustess Blen Fernando, Vice President Gemma Cruz Araneta, Corporate Secretary Atty. Dominador Buhain, former Board member Phyllis Zaballero
Some of the exhibitors to watch out for this year include: luxury handmade accessories brand by mother-daughter trio Becky, Amina and Rosanna Aranaz, Aranáz; proudly Filipino specialty clothing company, Filip + Inna; Visayas-based fashion and home décor curator, Disenyo Del Sur, and; Shepard Life Goods, a family-run, life goods company dedicated to providing high-quality products that are both natural and sustainable.
Some of this year’s MaArte at The Pen exhibitors. From left to right (Standing) Filip + Inna Founder and Creative Director Lenora A. Cabili, The Peninsula Manila’s Grace Lim, Disenyo
Godel, a brand of chocolate whose main goal is to uplift the local chocolate industry. They do this by introducing modern solutions to every aspect of the supply chain–from farming to production, packaging, etc.
Life Goods Shepard is a Cebu-based family-run company dedicated to providing high-quality products that are both natural and sustainable. They offer personal care and home care products that are made from 90% locally and sustainably sourced ingredients.
Len Cabili, founder of Filip+Inna, showcases some of their latest works. Filip+Inna is famous for creating breathtakingly beautiful pieces using ancient techniques of weaving, embroidery, and beadwork from different indigenous groups of the Philippines.
F.A.B. (Fashion+Art+Business) Creatives joins this year’s MaArte at The Pen to help provide their young artists a venue to showcase their beautiful designs.
PiDo’s Garden Designs is known for growing a wide range of rare plant varieties like Monsteras, Philodendrons, and various types of Fortune Plants. Each one is groomed into showpieces that would surely provide any garden an instant facelift.
Disenyo Del Sur, a Cebu-based company that was founded out of the desire to connect, collaborate, co-create and communicate a sense of community among women in the South. The accessories and clothing they create are intended to help modern women integrate local arts craftsmanship into everyday life.
Through funds raised from MaArte Fair, the Museum Foundation has helped provide study grants to deserving individuals, fund shows and workshops that promote the Philippines’ native art and culture, and support projects of the National Museum and museums across the country. Most notably, the organization funded the restoration of Juan Luna’s world famous painting, La Bulaqueña, as well as major renovations done at the National Museum of Fine Arts and the National Museum of Natural History.
MaArte Fair at The Pen will be held from August 4 to 6, 2023. Admission is free. For more information, guests may follow Museum Foundation of the Philippines’ you may visit their Instagram at