MARCH 2015

The March 2015 edition of Design Talks, held last 15 March 2015 at the SMX Convention Center, gathered 17 speakers to narrate the story of the Maker Movement in the Philippines and to share ideas and initiatives in pursuit of creative convergence. The talks were headlined by Jose Maria Fajardo of the start-up accelerator Launch Garage. Other notable speakers include Awesome Lab Chief Technology officer Nikko Torcita, Craft MNL founders Alexander and Marielle Nadal-Reyes, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)-Bohol Provincial Dir. Elena Arbon, Philippine Communitere founder Sam Bloch, Arch. Carmen Bettina Silao-Bulaong of Escuela Taller de Filipinas, Spark Project chief collaborator Patrick Dulay, IdeaSpace Foundation President Earl Valencia, and President and Chief Creative Officer Leigh Reyes of Lowe Philippines.

Part 1: Meet the Makers
Part 2: Enabling the Makers

MARCH 2015

With the Philippines’ renewed awareness and interest in cultural heritage, the four-hour Architectural Restoration Talk and Tour offered by Escuela Taller de Filipinas, Inc. is very fitting and insightful. Taking the guests to Intramuros and Paco Park, two of the oldest districts and cultural heritage sites in Metro Manila, allows for an up close perspective on the application of maker skills in aid of preservation of the country’s culture and heritage.

MARCH 2015

The recipients of last October Katha Awards include: Twist by Vito Selma (Home Décor), Loopy Chair by Jude Tiotuico of Industria Edition (Furniture), Roma Collection of Ring Stands by Georgina Teng of Alchemista Inc. (Fashion), Marble Tray by Janina Firmalo-Herrera of Marmol Stone Work (Holiday Décor and Gifts), P&B Valises et Compagnie, Inc. (Booth Display), and the Gold Paper Bowls by Jinggoy Buensuceso of MASAECO (Eco-Design Award).

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