Design Center Emphasizes Commitment To Strengthen Design Sector, Hubs In PH Through Creative Innovators Programme


BY WHATSHAPPENING  
Published · Thursday, June 14, 2018 06:02 PM


Through a collaboration with the British Council Philippines for the Creative Innovators Programme, Design Center of the Philippines Executive Director Rhea Matute emphasized the agency’s commitment to creative industries, specifically to strengthen the Philippine design sector, through the country’s various design hubs, that act as valuable catalysts in the development of vibrant and competitive MSMEs.


L-R: Nicholas Thomas (Director, British Council Philippines), Rhea Matute (Executive Director, Design Center of the Philippines), Nestor Palabyab (Executive Director, Philippine Trade Training Center), Apl.de.Ap (Founder, Apl.de.Ap Foundation), Malaya del Rosario (Head of Arts and Creative Industries, British Council), Joel Santos (Managing Director, Thames International Business School)


During the press conference at the British Council’s new office in The Curve, Matute also said that the Design Center and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) as a whole, throughout the fellowship program, will further allow the agency to create a stronger relationship between the design and business communities throughout the country.

Further, Matute noted that the Design Center aims to provide and eventually strengthen the country’s design ecosystem and in turn to grow the creative economy of the country.


From L-R: Joel Santos (Managing Director of Thames International Business School), Apl.de.Ap, Rhea Matute (Executive Director of Design Center of the Philippines)


“For us at the Design Center, we see design as an integral part to the Philippines’ Creative Economy and that design is math and magic combined,” Matute explained. “It’s not just about the aesthetics… the bigger raison d'être is about providing design solutions to businesses that allow Philippine MSMEs to compete locally and to compete globally,” she added.

Matute also expressed that the Design Center is “bullish” about the Creative Innovators Programme, citing design as a “high-potential industry” in the Philippines.


L-R: Nicholas Thomas (Director, British Council Philippines), Rhea Matute (Executive Director, Design Center of the Philippines), Nestor Palabyab (Executive Director, Philippine Trade Training Center), Apl.de.Ap (Founder, Apl.de.Ap Foundation), Malaya del Rosario (Head of Arts and Creative Industries, British Council), Joel Santos (Managing Director, Thames International Business School)


The Creative Innovators Programme is a first-of-its-kind initiative by the British Council of the Philippines which aims to build the next generation of creative community leaders through a fellowship program for creative and design hub managers. The program will provide fellows with mentorships, management trainings, grants, and networking opportunities in the Philippines, ASEAN, and the UK.


About Design Center

The Design Center of the Philippines, and attached agency of the DTI, is the only national agency for design, and the leading agency committed to cultivating a culture that thrives in creativity, value creation, and innovation.

For more information on Design Center and its programs and services, please log on to www.designcenter.ph. You can also visit the Design Center at the DCP Bldg., CCP Complex, Roxas Blvd., Pasay City or contact them at 832-1112 to 18.






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