Be part of the changing creative landscape.
Positioning itself as the most comprehensive gathering of the country’s design initiatives, Design Week Philippines opens this 12-18 October with its freshest offerings to underline the emerging creative landscape shaping the metro.
Design Week Philippines is a multi-faceted platform that brings together creative visionaries from diverse backgrounds and disciplines in a series of programs and events that celebrate design and artistry. It has its roots from Proclamation No. 277 signed by President Benigno S. Aquino III on October 20, 2011, where he declares the third week of March and October of each year as Design Week Philippines. It has thus become a national agenda that nurtures the creativity and design capability of the Philippines to spur innovations directed towards ushering in of trade opportunities, and positioning the Philippines as Asia’s design destination.
This October, Design Week Philippines recognizes that the millennial mindset, as influenced by smart phones and social networks, has transitioned from a ‘me’ to ‘we’ collective empowerment movement. Ms. Rosvi C. Gaetos, executive director of the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), the exports promotions agency of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), says, “The do-it-yourself has branched out to do-it-with-others and do-it-yourself-for-others since the maker revolution has created design filled with purpose, and as a means of communication and self-expression. Driven by the emergence of these new DIY movements, collaborative creativity sets the foundation for modern-day sustainable communities.”
Gaetos adds, “Design Week Philippines serves as the platform that connects actors, players, and would be players to further strengthen, enliven, and nurture the Philippine design industry.”
Design Week Philippines has three components—Design Talks, Design Tours, and Creative Environment—that will be held inside and outside of the SMX Convention Center in the duration of the event.
Design Talks, the key thought platform on design and creativity, masters and industry movers from various creative industries will flesh out the key values of the maker culture in a three-module forum to provide insight towards the co-creation of a better future.
The formula begins with the combination of the urge to collaborate, the drive to innovate, and the freedom to play, to bring to life a community of shared creativity. Building better sharing communities is made easier through the emergence of maker spaces and incubators, where creative movements of do-it-with-others (DIWO) and do-it-yourself-for-others (DIYFO) have prospered. OmniFab 3D Technologies illustrates how the 3D printing industry presents opportunities for the Philippines to develop high value skills that also benefit other industries, while Korea Institute of Design Promotion (KIDP) share stories about approaching social challenges with wiser solutions through service design. Meanwhile, the ever-shifting demographic, economic and technological landscapes demand a distinct foresight into consumers’ needs. WGSN, IDEO Japan, London College of Fashion and Aarki, Inc. answer this through market intelligence via trends forecasting and analysis, design thinking, and active design interactions. Lastly, embracing curiosity, openness and exploration have allowed creative minds to re-make the world. In line with this, Philrobotics will hold a workshop on building robots from scratch, combining excitement with the rigors of science, technology, and design.
The Philippines hosts the Asia Design Sharing Council Meeting through the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM) and Design Center of the Philippines (DCP) on its fifth year. This program continues to nurture a design neighborhood among ASEAN member countries. KIDP and Thailand Creative and Design Center (TCDC) takes the stage this October to present their own design initiatives, listens to and learns from other members’ creative advancement efforts in preparation for the ASEAN Integration.
The Creative Environment, another component of the Design Week Philippines, embodies the coming to life of the maker culture and the co-creation consciousness. As part of the Creative Environment, the “Urban Art by Millennials” is an interactive live art show in the SMX Convention Center that allows designers, artists, guests and even brands to communicate, connect, and construct with one another through visual arts. This activity puts the spotlight on thread, colored pens, paint, and calligraphy as the media of art for collaboration. Brands DMC, Stabilo, Nippon Paint, and Zig Kuratake partner with Design Week Philippines to bring this collaborative project to life.
Three satellite creative events organized by different creative groups in various parts of the metropolis shall showcase the different aspects of the country’s creative industry as a testament of their commitment to cultivate inclusivity and nurture the growth of creative collectives. The Animation Council of the Philippines, Inc. (ACPI), in partnership with SMX Aura, celebrates Filipino talent in the field of animation as they hold Animahenasyon 2015: 9th Philippine Animation Festival on 15-16 October 2015. Tenants of the 2680 F.B. Harrison Compound, The Henry Hotel, Atelier of Mr. Jojie Lloren, Artelano 11 and Avellana Art Gallery, organized a curated event “Design Open House at 2680 F.B. Harrison Compound,” where they open their space exclusively for select Manila FAME guests and buyers on 16 October 2015. The Asia Cosplay Meet Philippines, as organized by the Norman Goss Training Services in cooperation with Asia Cosplay Meet main organizer Singapore Cosplay Club and in partnership with Intramuros Administration, is set to select a three-person cosplay team that will represent the country in the upcoming Asia Cosplay Meet 2015.
Design Tours will take Manila FAME VIBs (very important buyers) and special guests to Pampanga to witness age old living traditions. Betis, a small town in the province, will be a major stop during the tour for the wood carving tradition of Pampanga. The guests will be taken to the workshop of sculptor Willy Layug, recipient of Presidential Merit Awardee for Ecclesiastical Art, for an up-close and first hand encounter of the art of wood carving; to Betis Crafts to appreciate detailed carving in furniture; and to Prado Farms to participate in a hands-on Steiner workshop. Engaging consumers in an in-depth perspective on these artisanal traditions reinforces craftsmanship as one of the strengths of Philippine design and creativity.
A bigger creative consciousness in the Philippines comes to you this coming Design Week Philippines slated on 12-18 October 2015 at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City. For more information, please visit http://www.designweekphilippines.com.ph.