Consul General Mario de Leon, Jr. visits the Philippine booths manned by renowned Philippine furniture designers organized by Kenneth Cobonpue and Budji Layug.

Consul General Mario de Leon, Jr. accompanied a delegation representing seven major Philippine furniture designers, led by world-renowned Kenneth Cobonpue and Budji Layug, which participated in the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) held at Javits Center in New York from May 16 to 19.

On May 18, a dinner reception at the Official Residence of the Philippine Consul General, hosted by de Leon and his wife Eleanor, was held in honor of the Philippine delegates.

At the dinner reception, the consul general said he was pleased by the Philippine participation in the ICFF this year which is the second straight year after an absence of 13 years.

He believes that participation in ICFF is the right move because ICFF provides the right platform for Filipino designers to showcase their unique designs that combine individual creativity with indigenous raw materials.

He also honored the participating Filipino designers in the field of contemporary furniture who continue to reap praise and positive feedback from ICFF organizers and many visitors.

Their fresh take on furniture design has been acknowledged internationally and are much in-demand among high-end clients, and gives the Philippines a positive image and establishes the Philippine brand in contemporary furniture, he added.

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