Design Week Philippines Kicks Off With Conversations On Creative Journeys For Its April 2018 Edition

Published · Thursday, April 19, 2018 06:44 PM

The 9th edition of Design Week Philippines, as organized by the Design Center of the Philippines, kicked off this weekend with its Design Talks focused on the creative journey, a series of creative workshops, and an outdoor film screening at the Creative Environment Intramuros.

Design Week Philippines is a nine-day celebration of design, creativity, and good vibes through a line-up of activities geared towards gathering creative tribes, and engaging them to spark greater collaboration and networking.

DESIGN TALKS. Design Week Philippines gathered in one room five changemakers across various creative fields such as communication design, architecture, fashion, and performance art.  The talks featured Ar. Arts Serrano of One/Zero Design Co., Len Cabili of Filip+Inna, Ligaya Gasataya of ManilaForKids, Jodee Aguillon of Pineapple Lab, and Dan Matutina of Plus63 Design Co., and their stories of how they struggled with failures and eventually gain triumphs inspired aspiring designers, artists, and creative minds in Casa Blanca, Plaza San Luis Complex in Intramuros, Manila on 14 April 2018.

Design Talks speakers and participants enjoy Design Binge-O!, a human bingo game that allowed for socialization while discovering each other’s creative trait.

Creative Leadership Workshop. Insight Media CEO Jay W. San Luis inspired the workshop participants work on their creative confidence through the four freedoms: freedom from fear, freedom to be, freedom from chaos, and freedom to fail. The workshop is in partnership with Acceler8 Coworking.

Creative Workshops. Design Center linked up with the National Commission of Culture and the Arts for holding art booths and workshops, including baybayin writing, baybayin henna tattoo, live sketching, and silkscreen printing, to engage Design Week Philippines participants in an afternoon of creativity, culture, and crafting. Meanwhile, Design Center of the Philippines also offered workshops on air dry clay making and wire art making, as facilitated by crafter Amelia Dequito.

‘Ang Larawan’. Design Week Philippines April 2018 edition’s first night was capped off by a free outdoor screening of Loy Arcenas’ award-winning movie musical hit ‘Ang Larawan,’ and live performances from actors Rachel Alejandro and Sandino Martin. The screening was made possible in partnership with Intramuros Administration. 

In case you missed the opening weekend of Design Week Philippines, you can still catch up to the nine-day creative festivity through other activities under its calendar. Here are other workshops and activities you should not miss during Design Week Philippines:

20-21 April 2018

10:00 AM – 12:00 NN  | iMake History Fortress, Fort Santiago, Intramuros

LEGO Architecture Workshop

Relive your childhood days with LEGO blocks to get creative with. In this workshop, you will learn how to replicate miniatures of your favorite building and structure with toy blocks.

21 April 2018

1:00 PM – 5:00 PM | Plaza Moriones, Fort Santiago, Intramuros

Poetry Writing Workshop

            Unleash your inner wordsmith through a workshop with renowned Filipino poet Allan Popa.

Smartphone Filmmaking Workshop

            Ready your camera phone and mobile video editing app. That’s all you need for this mobile film making workshop with Jericho Catacutan.

Kite making and kite flying

            Calling all kids and kids-at-heart! Take advantage of the summer breeze, and make and fly your own kite at Intramuros.

KATHA: Tula x Sayaw Performances 

            Para sa Sining, a group of artists who envision a collaborative community that champions Philippine art and culture, will merge literature and dance in a night of live and collaborative performances.


Outdoor Night Film Screening

            Join amateur comic book artist Marty save his crush, Sally, from the monsters surrounding her in this free screening of Avid Liongoren’s live-action animated film. Don’t forget to bring your own mats and pillows!

For those who can’t make it to Intramuros for Design Week Philippines, here are partner events that you can check out:

  • Manila FAME, a design and lifestyle trade event, 19-22 April 2018, World Trade Center, Pasay City
  • Nesta’s Creative Enterprise Programme with British Council Philippines, 17-19 April 2018, Philippine Trade Training Center, Pasay City
  • Hollowblock Presents: OTTOMONDI with Pineapple Lab, 14-22 April 2018, Pineapple Lab, Poblacion, Makati City
  • Glug Creative Socials with ASpace, 18 April 2018, _STUDIO Fort, Makati City
  • EUREKA SERIES: POBLACION RE-IMAGINED, 19 April 2018, Acceler8 Coworking, Makati, Philippines
  • South Arts Festival, 22 April 2018, Filinvest Tent, Muntinlupa City

Design Week Philippines runs from 14-22 April 2018, and is celebrated by 43 partners in 16 venues all over the metro. For the complete list of activities, check out and follow /DTI.DesignCenterPH on Facebook.

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 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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