Manila celebrates Design Week Philippines
The Philippines has become a star in the design scene in recent years. Design icons such as Kenneth Cobonpue and Budji Layug and up-and coming designers Ito Kish, Vito Selma, Stanley Ruiz, and Liliana Manahan have been reaping awards lately for their innovative ideas. To nurture future design stars and world class creative talents, Design Week Philippines will be held on 16-24 April 2016 through various activities in various venues.
Presented by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), through the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), Design Week Philippines is a multi-faceted celebration of the arts and design aimed at fostering creativity and innovations as well as pushing the Philippines as a leading design hub in Asia and globally.
With the theme “Connection,” Design Week Philippines is all about the different ties that bind design enthusiasts of different backgrounds and upbringings to interact and share their creativity with each other.
Highlighting Design Week Philippines is the launch of the first creative environment Intramuros. Positioning the Walled City as a hub that caters to creative entrepreneurs who balance history with contemporary ideas, the launch will feature 13 events, eight venues, and 18 partners. These include a spoken word poetry and independent music festival by Ilvstrados on 16 April; a weekend market on Gen. Luna Street by Viva Manila on 16-17 April; a screening of past Sinag Maynila films at the NCCA Auditorium from 17 April; a demonstration called School of Living Traditions at the NCCA Lobby, street art exhibitions, an exhibit by Type Kita, and public art installations by Alessa Lanot from 16-20 April; and Design Trails by Bambike at Casa Manila from 17-24 April.
Also happening during Design Week Philippines is Slingshot Philippines, which features a National Conference on Startups and Innovation, and an exhibit on Philippine startup companies. The Design Center of the Philippines (DCP) will also put on display innovative products that are design solutions to identified socio-economic and environment issues as part of the exhibition. Slingshot Philippines will run from 21-22 April at the Philippine Trade Training Center (PTTC), Pasay City.
Design Week Philippines coincides with Manila FAME, the country’s premier design and lifestyle event, on 21-24 April. Now on its 63rd edition and considered Asia’s second longest-running trade show, it will feature carefully curated fashion items, holiday gifts and décor, furniture, and home furnishings designed and crafted in the Philippines. Organized by CITEM, Manila FAME is the country’s premier source of high-concept products using indigenous and local materials. Designers also look forward to the event as an exclusive platform for business matching between exporters and buyers. Trade show goers can discover globally-responsive products that celebrate the color and richness of Filipino culture through unique products.