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Sat 7 Oct 2006 12:00 AM

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Raphael joins Philippine firms for its Big 5 debut

Philippines-based Raphael Legacy, a company that started as a manufacturer of high-end rattan furniture for the Japanese market, will be participating in this year’s Big 5 show.

With the abundant marble and stone in the Visayas region, the company has started to combine stone with iron, leather, or wicker in its latest designs.

“Our participation in the Big 5 show is more exploratory on our side,” said Charles A Belleza, CEO, Raphael Legacy.

“But we believe that the booming hotel industry in Dubai will open doors of opportunities for our company, and for the whole Philippine delegation as well.”

“Mosaic has been fascinating the world for quite sometime, and it is again getting popular as building and interior material,” added Belleza.

Aside from continuous product development, the company also pioneered the mechanised technique of inlaying stone slices, which makes the firm competitive enough to meet bulk orders on time.

This technique also earned Raphael a utility patent from the Philippines’ Bureau of Patents.

To date, the company has secured four patented processes in the Philippines and one registered with China for its stone furniture.

Raphael’s successful innovation of resurrecting stone fragments into export merchandise earned the company a Design Excellence Award in 1995.

The category of Golden Shell Award is the highest recognition given by the Philippine’s Department of Trade and Industry, through the Centre for International Trade Expositions and Missions.

Along with Raphael Legacy, Philippine companies such as Teresa Marble, a supplier of marble tiles and slabs, will try to forge partnerships with Middle East contractors.

Madeka Stone Development Enterprises will bring its natural stones, slates, wood stones, shell stones, and coco coir.

Light works Resources will introduce the fiberglass as new coverings for bathroom and floor tiles.

While Grace Park International will showcase kitchen systems made of wood.

World Chem Enviro Technologies will offer waste and wastewater treatment technologies and equipment.

This is the first year that the Philippines will be represented at the show.

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