PIFS is a celebration of globally competitive furniture pieces and for many years has given justice to Filipino innovation, talent and craftsmanship world wide
The Philippines International Furniture Show (PIFS) was held last March 8 to 10, 2018 at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City. This event was a product of the joint efforts by the three main furniture trade associations in the country– the Cebu Furniture Industries Foundation Inc. (CFIF), the Chamber of Furniture Industries of the Philippines (CFIP), and the Pampanga Furniture Industries Foundation (PFIF). This year, PIFS collaborated with three renowned artists in the country to do a special lobby installation as an added aesthetic feature to the show: Dex Fernandez – the artist behind the rounded, many legged "Garapata" character taking over cities across the world in the form of stickers and street art; Robert Alejandro – painter, award-winning graphic artist, crafter, visual merchandiser, and one of the pillars of Filipino arts and crafts shop Papemelroti; and Tata Montilla – an artist with a natural interest on textures and various surface finishing, and abstractions that show his inner sanctum of balance and life's uncertainties. The show also made a special tribute to the late Osmundo Esguerra, a self-made furniture craftsman who excelled in wood work and developing a unique style that combines traditional and contemporary aesthetics to highlight the organic beauty of wood. Esguerra then restored antique furniture and catered to some of the biggest names in the country.