Creative visionaries ‘talk’

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Leaders in the local and international design industry will share their expertise during the Manila FAME event, in line with the celebration of Design Week Philippines (DWP). With the theme “Design for Life,” the four-day, design-oriented series will focus on the role of design in improving lives through its “presence” in products and services.

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Positioning the Philippines as Asia’s design destination, Design Week Philippines has become a national agenda that nurtures the creativity and design capability of the Filipinos to usher in trade opportunities. Under President Benigno Aquino 3rd’s Proclamation 277, the third week of March and October of each year is designated to celebrate DWP.

To further promote Filipino creativity and design, Design Talk was established as the banner event. Design Talk 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.

“Design is ever present in all aspects of our lives—from the images we see, to the products we use and consume, to the spaces we live and work in, and even to the processes we encounter. Needless to say, design improves the overall quality of life,” said Rosvi Gaetos, executive director of Citem.

Some of the notable speakers from the international design industry that expected to grace the event include the famed Alexander von Vegesack, founding director of the Vitra Design Museum, and also the founder and president of the Centre international de recherche et d’éducation culturel et agricole (CIRECA), a nonprofit organization that runs the nature and culture practitioners Domaine de Boisbuchet.

Other foreign guests who will participate in Design Talks includes Italian marketing specialist for sustainable textiles Giusy Bettoni; Cebu-based Costa Rican furniture designer Bernardo Urbina who is the founder of Tacloban Prevails (a group that transforms debris left by Typhoon Yolanda into functional designs); New York-based luxury retail business expert Joseph Boitano; Japanese industrial designer Motomi Kawakami who chairs the Japan Institute of Design Promotions; and top Taiwanese architect Johnny Chiu.

In the local industry, invited speakers include National Commission for Culture and the Arts chairman Felipe de Leon Jr.; artist, social entrepreneur and creative collaborator Jeannie Javelosa; Oliver Segovia, co-founder and CEO of AVA.ph (a curated online boutique for premium brands and experiences); digital marketing expert Donald Lim of ABS CBN; Carl Mamawal, co-founder of Nyfti Bicycles (a convenient folding bicycle that encourages alternative means of transportation); Aisa Mijeno, co-founder of Sustainable Alternative Lighting (an ecologically designed lamp powered by salt and water); Joshua de le Llana, head of Tactiles (a simple and integrated learning tool that encourages interest in electronics engineering among young people); Jen Horn, designer and founder of the shoe brand Tala Luna which promotes traditional weaves from around the country; and lifestyle blogger Alessandra Lanot of Life after Breakfast.

Speaking about the benefits of this lecture to local designers, Gaetos explains, “Design Talks will afford Filipino design practitioners the rare opportunity to learn from design luminaries who have made their mark in the world of design.”

The DWP has also lined up a series of events, such as the Katha Awards (Philippine design excellence awards), Creative Environment (local creative communities and urban development initiatives), Design Tours (special tours around Metro Manila’s design destinations), and Creative Placemaking: Narratives from the Edge (special art installations by DWP partners at the Manila FAME).

DWP caters to Manila FAME show visitors, whether foreign or local, to offer a range of activities that will further promote local design and lifestyle products.

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