Catch These 9 International Expos in Manila in 2019

Catch These 9 International Expos in Manila in 2019

Have a planner or calendar for 2019 yet? Aside from official holidays and anniversaries, you’ll want to take note of the wave of trade fairs and exhibitions that next year will bring. These major events are important for most types of businesses, giving companies a great chance to connect with potential clients and future business partners. A good number of international expos will be taking place right here in Metro Manila and as early as now, you can take note of the dates of these events.

Here are 9 international expos for you to check out in 2019:

9 International Expos to Catch in Manila in 2019

1. MATA Expo

Feb 2

One Esplanade, Pasay

If you’re into pop culture, advocating disability rights, or simply looking for a new market to break into, this is the expo for you! Organized for the benefit of the deaf, the annual MATA Expo is a social media enterprise that celebrates cultural diversity. Patrons from overseas fly to Manila to promote their brands in front of thousands of event-goers, with some of them even joining the expo’s cosplay contest. Part of this vibrant expo’s proceeds will go to the sign language news channel MATA News Philippines. GreenVAS Communications’ educational access program for deaf children will also benefit from the event.

Find out more by checking out the MATA Expo website.

2. Philippine International Furniture Show (PIFS)

Mar 7 – Mar 9

SMX Convention Center, SM Mall of Asia, Pasay

Looking for an avenue to showcase your brand’s latest sala designs? Or maybe you just need a new table for the board room? Either way, you’ll want to mark your calendar for PIFS 2019. Exhibitors from over 20 countries and more than 80 companies will be putting their finest wares on display, with up-and-coming designers setting up shop alongside established exporters and manufacturers. Aside from finding furniture and lighting in every style imaginable, you’ll see holiday accessories, architectural components, and spa products at this expo.

For more details, visit the PIFS website.

3. PROTECT

Mar 27 – Mar 28

New World Makati Hotel, Makati

Whether you’re a CEO based in Manila, a security specialist, or simply an end user, you should mark this expo on your 2019 calendar. This event includes an international exhibition featuring local and international companies, as well as high-level conferences focusing on pressing issues such as cyber security, CRBN defense, and the relationship between terrorism and social media. You’ll also have the chance to attend free technical workshops and interact with other individuals and groups focused on security and safety.

Check out the PROTECT website for more details.

4. Manila International Auto Show (MIAS)

Apr 4 –  Apr 7

World Trade Center Metro Manila, Pasay

Walk through one of the most dynamic automotive displays in MIAS 2019. With a jam-packed lineup of events, this expo will attract car fans, car clubs, and industry professionals alike. Check out the entries into the Custom Classic Car Competition, browse through a collection display of die-cast miniatures, or grab the chance to test drive the car of your dreams. Be sure to prepare yourself for the smell of burning rubber and watch the Russ Swift Stunt Show!

Visit the MIAS website to find out more.

5. International Food Exhibition Philippines (IFEX)

May 24 – May 26

World Trade Center Metro Manila, Pasay


Welcome to the country’s biggest international exhibition of the booming food industry. The IFEX gives key players in the food industry a rundown of the opportunities in the Philippines, some of which include the strong Filipino snacking culture and skyrocketing retail and service industries. You can get a first look at the newest products in the industry and strike up a chat with the world’s biggest buyers. And since this is a food expo, you can of course look forward to free samples of some of the tastiest treats in Manila.

Visit the IFEX website for more details.

6. Philippines International Beauty Show (Philbeauty)

June 4 – June 6

SMX Convention Center, SM Mall of Asia, Pasay

This expo could be your first step to bringing your beauty brand to the global stage. Philbeauty is the country’s only major trade show for this industry. Visitors can check out the latest cosmetics, fragrances, salon supplies, hair products, and more, while businesses can join a matchmaking session to find their next partners and key buyers. Stay for a while, and you can watch makeup transformations and other live demos from beauty experts based in Manila!

Check out the Philbeauty website to find out more.

7. International Fire and Security Exhibition and Conference (IFSEC) Philippines

June 13 – June 15

SMX Convention Center, SM Mall of Asia, Pasay

Here’s another expo that you might want to visit regardless of your industry. Drop by IFSEC and you’ll meet manufacturers and distributors from over 120 international brands, all aiming to keep the Philippines’ infrastructures secure. Choose from the latest fire-fighting solutions and security systems for your company while seeing firsthand demonstrations on how they work. Prepare a lot of business cards if you’re thinking of exhibiting--there’ll be more than 5,000 channel partners and trade buyers for you to connect with.

Check out the IFSEC website to find out more.

8. Diving Resort Travel Expo (DRT Show) Philippines

Sept 6 – Sept 9

SM Megatrade Hall, SM Megamall, Ortigas, Mandaluyong

Carve out some time to visit the DRT Show if you’re a diving enthusiast or involved in marine conservation. Catch presentations on diving techniques, marine biology, and underwater photography, or note down the details of showcased diving resorts for your next adventure. You might find some brand new diving gear from an international supplier, too! The DRT show enjoys support from diving organizations, tourism boards, dive resorts, and marine conservation associations, as well as coverage from 30 media partners worldwide.

For more details, visit the DRT Show website.

9. Manila International Book Fair (MIBF)

Sept 11 – Sept 19

SMX Convention Center, SM Mall of Asia, Pasay

This expo for bookworms and book industry professionals is now on its 40th run! Whether you collect textbooks or adore foreign graphic novels, you’ll find what you’re looking for among the seemingly endless stalls of the MIBF. Manila-based publishing houses and the academe will be right at home in this expo, as well. Watch out for book launches, signings, contests, and the very popular Fandom Fest.

Visit the MIBF website to find out more.

Excited yet? If any of these 9 international expos sound valuable to your brand, you might want to give the rest of your company a heads up. Who knows, you might just meet a new business partner or bump into your next brand advocate at one of these events!

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