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, 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. The events are as follows:
- EX Vivo: From Beginning to End, featuring White Wall Poetry, Lakambini, Mellow Submarine, Caffeine and Taurine, April 16 at Almacenes.
- Weekend Market by Viva Manila, April 16-17, 9pm. to 6pm. at Gen. Luna Street (from Anda to Real),
- Sketch Walks with Workshops by Urban Sketchers, April 16-17, 3pm to 6pm, at the Teatrillo and Casa Blanca, Plaza San Luis Complex.
- Schools of Living Traditions by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, April 16-20, 9pm. to 6pm, NCAA Building lobby, Gen Luna Street.
- Street Art by Ang Gerilya, April 16-20, 9am. to 6pm., Gen. Luna Street.
- Letters for the Philippines by Type Kita and Fujifilm at Teatrillo, Plaza San Luis Complex, Gen. Luna Street, April 16-20, 9am. to 6pm.
- Workshops and Demonstrations by Alessa Lanot of Life After Breakfast PH, in collaboration with Abbey Sy and Tippy Go, which includes the following activities:
- Floral sketching and frame loom weaving on April 16, 8am. to 12nn., which is followed by stamp carving and pottery, 2pm. to 4pm. at Barbara’s, Plaza San Luis Complex.
- Botanical water color, 9am. to 12nn. on April 17 at Barbara’s, Plaza San Luis Complex.
- Maker Talks and April 19, from 2 to 6pm. at the Teatrillo, Plaza San Luis Complex.
- Handmade Pattern Design, April 19, 8am., at the Plaza San Luis Complex.
- Pointed Pen Calligraphy Workshop by Stabilo and ZIG Kuretake PH at Casa Manila Patio, Gen. Luna Street, April 17, 1 to 5 pm.
- String Art Workshop by DMC Philippines at Casa Blanca, Plaza San Luis Complex, April 17 3. to 5 pm.
- Palapas Workshop by Craft MNL on April 18, Casa Blanca, Plaza San Luis Complex, 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
- Public Art installations
- Public art installations will include:
- Sixinch at Plaza Roma, General Luna Street, April 16 to 20, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
- SWAP Watch at Teatrillo, Plaza San Luis Complex, 9 am. to 6 pm.
- Screening of Past Sinag Maynila Films by Solar Entertainment at the NCCA Auditorium, April 19, 10am. to 5p.m., with three segments: Swap, Imbisibol, and Bambanti.
- Design Trails by Bambike Ecotours at Casa Manila, April 17 to 2
Also happening during Design Week Philippines is Slingshot Philippines, which features a National Conference on Startups and Innovation, andan exhibit on Philippine startup companies. The Design Center of the Philippines 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 from21-22 April at the Philippine Trade Training Center, Pasay City.
Design Week Philippines coincides with Manila FAME, the country’s premier design and lifestyle event, on 21-24April. 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.