Strategic Design x Development

What or how is Filipino Coffee? #kape

What or how is Filipino Coffee? #kape

Filipino Coffee, is warm familiar charm.
ARAW ng KAPE – the Philippines' contribution to the International Coffee Day community

ARAW ng KAPE – the Philippines’ contribution to the International Coffee Day community

The first ARAW NG KAPE in the Philippines -- our country's contribution to the International Coffee Day community!
Determining the LGBT Population of the Philippines

Determining the LGBT Population of the Philippines

The Philippine LGBT Chamber of Commerce (www.diversity.ph) is currently organizing the Philippine Diversity Index report that should determine the LGBT population of the Philippines. The research and survey work for the report will be with a market research firm with input from other LGBT organizations (to provide the LGBT-lens for...
Kape Coffee Co launches newest brew: KX

Kape Coffee Co launches newest brew: KX

Sweet and sentimental, creamy iced brewed coffee. #filipinocoffeeculture
PRIDE Restaurant Week (Launch 2016)

PRIDE Restaurant Week (Launch 2016)

Let's us all celebrate PRIDE and DIVERSITY through great food, drinks, and company!
The Trochus Coffee Dripper by designer Brian Tenorio

The Trochus Coffee Dripper by designer Brian Tenorio

Beyond just our beans, there is our Filipino Coffee Culture – how we prepare, brew, serve, and love our coffee. Kape Coffee Co. and KKK Coffee believe in Filipino Coffee Culture. Designer Brian Tenorio (www.briantenorio.com) captures a moment of Filipino Coffee Culture in this designer handmade ceramic Trochus Coffee Dripper ...
A poem from 2015: 28 FULL MOONS OF A MOMENT

A poem from 2015: 28 FULL MOONS OF A MOMENT

For in my hand, I have, dried in moonlight, a burnt stretch of snakeskin for that pair of shoes you've asked of me that I shall never make regrettably.
27k likes, 1.3k shares ++ The Philippine-flag sunset taken from the next site of KKK Coffee (in Antipolo, Philippines)

27k likes, 1.3k shares ++ The Philippine-flag sunset taken from the next site of KKK Coffee (in Antipolo, Philippines)

Brian Tenorio, CEO of Kape Coffee Company (KKK Coffee in the Philippines) was in their prospective site for their cafe branch in in Antipolo, when he noticed this beautiful sunset.
The LGBT Community prepares a “reverse-forum”, a hack for the 2016 Elections debates

The LGBT Community prepares a “reverse-forum”, a hack for the 2016 Elections debates

So by this new format, we are looking for a president who knows how to listen and understand. Genuine and authentic at talagang may tunay na malasakit.
The Trochus Coffee Dripper by designer Brian Tenorio

The Trochus Coffee Dripper by designer Brian Tenorio

I get so frustrated when we import all these coffee-accessories from different countries but we don't develop our own. That's why I made this TROCHUS COFFEE DRIPPER inspired from a shell in the Philippines. Remember coffee is not just something we drink or is just beans in/from this country. There...
The Story of Philippine Coffee

The Story of Philippine Coffee

The Philippine LGBT Chamber of Commerce (coverage and themes)

The Philippine LGBT Chamber of Commerce (coverage and themes)

The Philippine LGBT Chamber of Commerce is an industry organization of businesses of, by, and for the LGBT in the Philippines. The main bottom line of the organization is good business and national economic development via the efforts of its LGBT members.
Philippine LGBT Chamber of Commerce: plans ongoing

Philippine LGBT Chamber of Commerce: plans ongoing

March 2015 Manila: plans are ongoing in the formation and establishment of the Philippine LGBT Chamber of Commerce (set to be launched by 2Q 2015)
Philippine Design Policy

Philippine Design Policy

Brian Tenorio's main focus of study while with Pratt Insitute's Design Management Program is "Design Policy Initiatives in Developing Countries". This study was presented by him and his group at the Metropolitan Museum (New York City) in March 2010.
Filipino Designers convene in 2015

Filipino Designers convene in 2015

PDS 2015: set to be the country's first industries-driven gathering of Filipino creatives and enthusiasts in Design
The Anti-thesis to Glass Slippers?

The Anti-thesis to Glass Slippers?

Putting on this pair and walking on them would certainly break the crystals and pulverize some to fine dust. So how will it be?
Bamboo Shanks in Men's Shoes: Heritage and Contemporary-thinking

Bamboo Shanks in Men’s Shoes: Heritage and Contemporary-thinking

Google "bamboo shank" and see how this tradition has been revisited too by some of the finest shoe-making houses in the world.
The Mayor's Gala of MARIKINA CITY: Design, City Branding, Heritage, and Style

The Mayor’s Gala of MARIKINA CITY: Design, City Branding, Heritage, and Style

Can DESIGN help revive a contracting industry?
RA10557: Discussion Points/Notes (Part 2) – Philippine Design Policy

RA10557: Discussion Points/Notes (Part 2) – Philippine Design Policy

Who gets to be part of the coming Philippine DESIGN ADVISORY COUNCIL? What about the Council's responsibilities, functions, and influence? THIS IS PART 2 of my personal notes about the recently-signed RA 10557 (The Philippine Design Policy).
RA10557: Discussion Points/Notes (Part 1) – Philippine Design Policy

RA10557: Discussion Points/Notes (Part 1) – Philippine Design Policy

Some of my personal notes about the recently-signed RA 10557 (Philippine Design Policy). Congratulations to the advocates of this bill! And best wishes to The Design Center of the Philippines! Mabuhay ang Philippine Design!
TEDx: Shoes

TEDx: Shoes

Can shoes make us understand better? Designer Brian Tenorio argues that they can. At TEDxXavierSchool, Brian imparts his journey first as a shoe Designer, then as a Designer for development -- an empathic one for progress, for good. Be sure to watch the entire talk. Something interesting might just happen....
I am back/here/staying.

I am back/here/staying.

Dear friends, Only recently have I finally decided to be based again in Manila (at least for the next few years). With that, I am currently starting up several ventures: 1. TV MEDIA: a tv show about design x biz x travel (3Q 2012) 2. CULTURE: “The Last Shoemaker” –...
Save the Pawikan

Save the Pawikan

“Joined the Environmental Science Society (ESS) of the Ateneo de Manila University last January 7 to 8, 2012 for their Turtle Walk at Morong, Bataan. Was with ESS alumni Mishael Dayrit-Fernandez and Jay Salvador. The experience was totally refreshing–something very new to me. It also made me think about the...
Product Launch: LUX MORTEM URNS by BRIAN TENORIO

Product Launch: LUX MORTEM URNS by BRIAN TENORIO

Designer Brian Tenorio again extends his design coverage to yet another aspect of human life -- memory and remembering, as he launches designer urns via one of his lifestyle brands, Lux Mortem (www.luxmortem).
SAVE OUR SHOES / Ayala Museum Design Talks Oct 15, 2011

SAVE OUR SHOES / Ayala Museum Design Talks Oct 15, 2011

Bringing shoe makers, shoe manufacturers, shoe buyers and retailers, and shoe lovers together — meet one another, talk, network, build businesses together! This talk will practically be Manila’s premiere DESIGNER SHOE CONFERENCE for 2011!
HANS ROSLING in MANILA (at his talk at the Asian Development Bank)

HANS ROSLING in MANILA (at his talk at the Asian Development Bank)

Ted Senior Fellow, Hans Rosling, delivered a round of talks in Manila last week, September 16, 2011. After giving a talk...
The Rise of Design

The Rise of Design

By Kara Ortiga via The Philippine Star/Young Star | August 19 2011 It seems today is really the age of design. The value of the arts and good design are beginning to be recognized since the push for a bill by Senator Teofisto Guingona III suggesting the creation of a Design...
World Filipiniana: the New Definition of Global Filipino Design

World Filipiniana: the New Definition of Global Filipino Design

by Brian Tenorio via the Philippine Star | August 29  2009 MANILA, Philippines – I was shopping once in Sydney for a nice coat for my sister. After several hours of going through different stores, I saw this Asian female with a nice top. I asked her where she got her...
The Dawn of Design

The Dawn of Design

By Jose Daniel Castillo via Megastyle.ph | August 11 2011 I’ve noticed that among us Filipinos (myself included) the term design tends to strike a rather exclusivist note. We seem to have this idea that things that have been designed are expensive and excessive, but more importantly that they lack in valuable,...
Can Shoes be Political?

Can Shoes be Political?

by Brian Tenorio via Philippine Daily Inquirer | April 16, 2009 I WAS IN A CAB IN BERLIN once with the taxi driver trying to guess where I was from. After listening to him speculate if I was Japanese, Chinese or even Singaporean, I said I was from Manila. He then...
Bill Filed Creating Design Council

Bill Filed Creating Design Council

By Alex Y. Vergara via Philippine Daily Inquirer | August 14 2011 Following the lead of such Asian countries as South Korea, Singapore, Thailand and even Malaysia, Senator Teofisto “TG” Guingona III filed last Tuesday Senate Bill 2930, creating the Design Council of the Philippines. The proposed Design Council, the...
Brian Tenorio Delivers the First State of Philippine Design(MAR 2011) Greenbelt

Brian Tenorio Delivers the First State of Philippine Design
(MAR 2011) Greenbelt

Proponents of Philippine Design convene as Brian Tenorio delivers a reportage on the current situation...
Ambassadors of the Philippine Brand Exhibit Curated by Brian Tenorio(MAR 2011), Greenbelt

Ambassadors of the Philippine Brand Exhibit Curated by Brian Tenorio
(MAR 2011), Greenbelt

A Cocktail Reception to launch the AMBASSADORS OF THE PHILIPPINE BRAND Exhibition 18 personalities who represent the Philippine Brand to the World, as illustrated by several of the country’s emerging...
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Kapeng Ginto™ (Filipino Golden Coffee)

Kapeng Ginto™ (Filipino Golden Coffee)

Our BESTSELLING coffee at KKK Coffee is our KAPENG GINTO™. I remember when I was young, maybe even before I reached ten years old, my mom would ask me to make her coffee. She taught me how to make coffee and being the visual kid that I was, I never really remembered the measurement of...
What or how is Filipino Coffee? #kape

What or how is Filipino Coffee? #kape

Filipino Coffee, is warm familiar charm.
ARAW ng KAPE – the Philippines' contribution to the International Coffee Day community

ARAW ng KAPE – the Philippines’ contribution to the International Coffee Day community

The first ARAW NG KAPE in the Philippines -- our country's contribution to the International Coffee Day community!
Determining the LGBT Population of the Philippines

Determining the LGBT Population of the Philippines

The Philippine LGBT Chamber of Commerce (www.diversity.ph) is currently organizing the Philippine Diversity Index report that should determine the LGBT population of the Philippines. The research and survey work for the report will be with a market research firm with input from other LGBT organizations (to provide the LGBT-lens for the research, approach, methodology, and...
SOGIE for Leaders -- from the Philippine LGBT Chamber of Commerce and GALANG Philippines

SOGIE for Leaders — from the Philippine LGBT Chamber of Commerce and GALANG Philippines

The Philippine LGBT Chamber of Commerce (www.diversity.ph) and GALANG Philippines kick off their SOGIE for LEADERS series this September 2016. SOGIE is an acronym for “Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Gender Expression”. More details about this program are available at the LGBT Chamber’s website.
Kape Coffee Co rolls out plans for instant coffee -- Kape Mismo!

Kape Coffee Co rolls out plans for instant coffee — Kape Mismo!

Kape Mismo concept and packaging designed by Brian Tenorio. Rolling out 2017.
Consistent and Lunar -- a poem from college, 1997.

Consistent and Lunar — a poem from college, 1997.

Kape Coffee Co launches newest brew: KX

Kape Coffee Co launches newest brew: KX

Sweet and sentimental, creamy iced brewed coffee. #filipinocoffeeculture
PRIDE Restaurant Week (Launch 2016)

PRIDE Restaurant Week (Launch 2016)

Let's us all celebrate PRIDE and DIVERSITY through great food, drinks, and company!
"We are better when we are ourselves" – on re-discovering and developing Filipino Coffee Culture

“We are better when we are ourselves” – on re-discovering and developing Filipino Coffee Culture

“But we don’t romanticize it that way, we don’t say ‘Grown in the shade of the acacia tree, watered by the tears of virgins,’” Tenorio said lightly.

GROWN UP LOVE is just like GREAT COFFEE. Most of us can have only maybe one or two cups a day — so it better be really great coffee. I’ve been at places where I would walk a distance just to have a good cup. Or when served anything else but great, I’d rather decline politely.

Attraction/Chemistry/Resonance

Attraction/Chemistry/Resonance

Was in a conversation recently with a visiting friend and he said that what is important to him is ATTRACTION and not good looks as those are two different things. Thought about that for a bit and I do agree! That and RESONANCE (not just intelligence) and CHEMISTRY (not just personality) because — interaction.