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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 Council of the Philippines, with...
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 nice jacket. She said, “Oh,...
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, worthwhile effect. And reasonably so,...
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 suddenly looked very interested and...
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 first of its kind in...
Designs that Displace Desire

Designs that Displace Desire

by Brian Tenorio via  CATALYST | June 4 2009 John Maeda, in his book The Laws of Simplicity (The MIT Press, 2006), said design could take on one of three strategies: shrink, hide, or embody. While this may be significant these days as we churn out simpler, smaller, and more task-oriented devices and products, we are still creating new things....
We Must Create a Philippine Brand and Identity

We Must Create a Philippine Brand and Identity

by Tanya T. Lara via The Philippine Star | Mar 19 2011 MANILA, Philippines – Last Tuesday, hundreds of people lined up at one of Greenbelt 3’s cinemas to get in. You would have thought it was a movie premiere, but guests who eventually filled up all the seats were actually there for a talk...