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About ArteFino

The Movement

ArteFino is a movement that celebrates the Filipino artisan by creating an environment that treasures creativity and inspired passion. Part of the vision is to become the leading movement that promotes a proudly Filipino lifestyle, where everyone finds a sense of purpose in valuing and preserving our heritage.

Founded in 2017 by Cedie Vargas, Marimel Francisco, Maritess Pineda, Mita Rufino, and Susie Quiros – ArteFino has evolved from its roots as an artisan fair into a movement which seeks to uplift our cultural heritage and put Filipino style on the map. This dynamic group of individuals believed in the potential of local crafts to become world-class and drew from their shared experiences of organizing various artisanal craft fairs in the country to create a new community that focuses on creating awareness for Filipino artisans and their craft.

One Community, One Heartwork

The movement supports Filipino artisans by serving as a launch pad for proudly Filipino products, with a mission to create a new ecosystem that inspires and encourages artisans and promotes sustainable livelihood for communities — uplifting Filipino craftsmanship as a whole.

More importantly, it promises to provide an avenue that inspires connection and collaboration between consumers and artist-entrepreneurs from various industries in order to discover modern applications of Philippine indigenous materials, ensuring that Filipino traditions continue to flourish and endure.

At the heart of ArteFino is an interdependent relationship between artist-entrepreneurs and consumers where, through connection and collaboration, everyone is inspired to continue to reimagine, innovate, and elevate Filipino craftsmanship. Each individual in the community — from the makers, designers, the ArteFino team, to the conscious consumers play an important role in the success of the movement.

Our Purpose and Our Promise

We are guided by our vision of becoming an impact-driven community which celebrates what it means to be proudly Filipino.

Our core purpose is to provide a platform that re-imagines, innovates and elevates Filipino craftsmanship. We promise to cultivate an environment wherein Filipino artist-entrepreneurs and artisans alike can showcase our rich culture through sharing the stories behind their craftsmanship and traditions to a community of socially conscious consumers.

Our commitment is to assist in the betterment of the country, the artisan, the entrepreneur, and every Filipino by showcasing Filipino artisans at their finest as they work with living traditions and put Filipino life and style on the global map.

Our impact is grounded in the awe-inspiring stories behind the materials, methods, traditions and artisans who create products characterized by their unique and ingenious craftsmanship.

Our success lies in promoting a proudly Filipino lifestyle to our fellow countrymen and the world through continuously pushing to broaden the horizons of Filipino culture and style.

The heart of ArteFino is in its mission to give back through the HeArteFino Development Program.

Heart of the Modern Filipino

In the hopes of inspiring more people to get involved in the movement to celebrate Filipino artisans – we’re sharing our journey toward uplifting Filipino craftsmanship. Take a look at this documentary made in cooperation with Security Bank – one of our supporters from the very beginning, and documented by Ms. Concepcion Macatuno and her team. This documentary would not be possible without their gracious efforts. 💖