Under its Sikat Pinoy brand, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) through the Bureau of Domestic Trade (BDT) organized its first National Art Fair to exclusively showcase various products of the country’s creative industry.

“In venturing in this fair for the first time, the DTI does not only seek to position the creative industry in the domestic market but also to make Filipinos engage in this promising industry,” DTI Undersecretary Ponciano C. Manalo, Jr. said.

The fair will present the country’s select collection of paintings, sculptures, prints, photographs, literature, music and performing art pieces. It will also offer fine crafts from all regions of the country. It will be held from September 26 to 28 at Megatrade Halls 1 and 2 in SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City and admission is free.

Manalo noted that art collectors and interior designers can select from a wide array of art pieces during the fair. In addition, professional event planners and party organizers can network with performers, musicians, dancers, filmmakers, and other creative experts for their upcoming event requirements.

“With various art pieces displayed in the fair, the DTI expects to expand the market of art pieces of established artists, and at the same time, inspire budding artist and entrepreneurs to start a business in the creative industry,” Manalo said.

The fair will have a special setting by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, on the works of Impy Pilapil and national artists, and on recipients of the Gawad sa Manlilikha ng Bayan or National Living Treasures Award.

At the center of the fair’s site, music, film, dance, theater, literary arts, and museums will have their pieces displayed. At the outskirts, there will be visual arts exhibits by art galleries, art organizations, and non-government organizations. Open spaces will also be provided to encourage networking among artists and guests.

This three-day fair will also present performances by featured artists, talks, book launchings, and film showings.

For details, you may contact the BDT at telephone number 751.3223 and fax number 751.3224, email at bdt@dti.gov.ph, or visit the Facebook page