DWP Creative Environment celebrates art and culture with an electrifying lineup of activities centered in historic Intramuros and Metro Manila universities. Spearheaded by the Design Center of the Philippines, this nine-day festivity includes workshops, competitions, creative activities, and art installations set up in several university campuses all over the city.

Pre-event Competition

Philippine Ethnic Pattern Overlay
15 August - 23 Septemeber 2016

Get to know more of the Philippines’s rich culture and tradition through the ethnic patterns in the country. Select design students are set to research on the different ethnic patterns from Philippines’s major island groups of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. The patterns that are carefully chosen and consulted with the National Commission on Culture and the Arts (NCCA) will be used as stencils for the Philippine Ethnic Pattern Overlay street painting.

On-site activities and workshops

Fancy Up My Kalesa
15-16 October 2016

The kalesa, a luxurious mode of transportation in 18th century Philippines, needs a makeover to suit today’s modernity. Mixing Intramuros’s historical vibe and modern day design, college students from schools around the metro are up for the challenge of giving these horse-drawn carriages a new look.

Handmade Paper Filigree Making Workshop
15-16 and 23 October 2016

Create intricate designs using handmade paper, and turn them into embellishments. Under the guidance of Design Center’s team of researchers, participants will be introduced to the craft of filigree making, using handmade paper made of abaca, corn husks, and water hyacinth.

T-shirt silkscreen Printing
15-17 October 2016

Want to take home a piece of your Intramuros experience? Bring a plain colored shirt, and drop by the silkscreen printing booth for your event souvenir.

EZ Commute
17 October 2016

Student-teacher tandems will try to solve our commuting woes. They will develop concept sketches of train accessories that can make daily commuter experience easier and more convenient.

Make Your Mark
17-18 October 2016

High school students harness their creative juices as they interpret the theme “Ideas Connect” in an on-the-spot mural painting. The activity aims to encourage students to express their artistic sensibilities.

Brush Calligraphy (1-3 pm)
Modern Pointed Pen Calligraphy (4-6 pm)
18 October 2016

Want to brush up on your lettering skills? Join Lifeafterbreakfast.ph for a whole afternoon of free calligraphy workshops that will bring out your decorative handwriting skills.

Baybayin Handwriting
19-20 October 2016

If you want to try a different kind of calligraphy, Baybayin handwriting might interest you! Spend the day in this workshop by CraftMNL. Practice writing with our national script and learn about the Philippines’ writing roots.

Sketch Walks
22 October 2016

Put down your phones and disconnect for a day. Pick up a pencil and paper instead. Urban Sketchers Philippines will teach you how to capture moments, people, places, and their stories in paper through drawing and sketching.

Philippine Ethnic Pattern Overlay Street Painting
15-22 October 2016

Make the stretch of General Luna Street your canvass! Paint over the pavement using stencils of select Philippine ethnic patterns from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. Gather your friends, and make reconnecting with our country’s culture and heritage #squadgoals!

Design Trails

Bambike is set to launch a smaller version of their innovative bamboo bicycles that are perfect for kids’ use. Whether you are a kid or a kid-at-heart, ride around Plaza Roma in bamboo bike, and discover an adventure zone waiting for you.


Get your cameras ready, and watch out for moments where “Ideas Connect.” Capture those event highlights, and upload them on your social media accounts for a chance to win a special prize!

Awarding Ceremonies
23 October 2016

Winners of Philippine Ethnic Pattern Overlay competition, Fancy Up My Kalesa, EZ Commute, Make Your Mark, and Shutterbug will be announced.


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