Design Week Philippines is a multi-faceted platform that brings together creative visionaries from diverse backgrounds and disciplines in a series of programs and events that celebrate design and artistry. It is a celebration of the arts and design aimed at fostering creativity and spurring innovations.

In the 8th edition of Design Week Philippines, the Design Center focuses on rebirth—from old to new, from mainstream to the path less travelled. From its previous edition of Retrospection, Design Week breathes a new life to Intramuros: from a place of old-world beauty into a place where inspiration and culture is rich, and where the most iconic traditions in Philippine Design reign supreme. This edition highlights renaissance, a resurgence of a love of things to incorporate in modern-day design solutions and works.

Design Week Philippines promises a fun-filled, creativity-charged nine-day festivity through its design talks, design tour, creative workshops, installations, weekend market, and more.

Design Talks, a major event component of DWP, is set to feature a morning session on culture and heritage development and creative hub development in Intramuros to aid in the revitalization of the Walled City as a vibrant creative environment, in support of Intramuros Administration’s mandate to preserve the rich, cultural, and historical heritage of the 64-hectare walled city of Intramuros. The AM sessions will feature cultural heritage conservation expert Associate Professor Eric Zerrudo; and geographer and cartographer David Garcia.

The afternoon discussions of Design Talks will tackle experience design, entrepreneurship, and social change and innovation as it gathers thought leaders from incubators, accelerator, startup companies, and aspiring gamechangers who want to transform every Filipino’s life through innovative ideas and entrepreneurship. The Design Talks is set on 16 October 2017 at the Ayuntamiento Marble Hall, Intramuros, Manila.


David Garcia

David Garcia

A geographer and urban planner, his focus is on making maps and plans with cities and communities. Because of the disaster caused by Typhoon Haiyan, he did postdisaster planning...
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Francis Simisim

Francis Simisim

Entrepreneur (2 EXITS) / VC / Investor. Extensive Experience on SaaS, Media, Health, Beauty, Events & Platforms...
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Guiller B. Asido

Guiller B. Asido

Responsible for the development and implementation of policies, plans and programs for the orderly restoration and development of the Historic and cultural...
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Lai del Rosario

Lai del Rosario

Lai del Rosario is an art manager specialising in programme and international partnership development. She has over 10 years' worth of experience in exhibition and project management...
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Miguel Cuneta

Miguel Cuneta

Miguel is a co-founder and the Chief Community Officer of SCI Ventures Inc. (Satoshi Citadel Industries). Founded in 2014...
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Carlo Ocab

Carlo Ocab

Carl Ocab, at 12 years old, started tinkering with the internet. He created information websites and forums. By age 13, he started
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Niña Terol

Niña Terol

Niña Terol is a “communicator, connector, and changemaker” whose 18-year career has spanned the corporate, non-profit, creative enterprise, government, media, and academic sectors...
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Eric Zerrudo

Eric Zerrudo

Director of the UST Graduate School Center for Conservation of Cultural Property and the Environment in the Tropics (UST- CCCPET)...
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The Design Tours, in partnership with Bambike, promises its participants an enriching heritage tour around Intramuros on bamboo bikes. Kids will also get to experience the fun as they ride on bamboo push bikes, specifically designed for toddlers, in a small adventure zone in Plaza Moriones. Bambike will offer 50% discount rates for both adult and kid tours during Design Week.

Online news and feature portal headlines the Design Week Philippines October 2017 workshops. is set to conduct a digital blogging workshop on 15 October at Casa Manila.

Makers and crafters can look forward to a Craft Your Own Beer workshop by The Craft Beer Association of the Philippines; hands-on tassel earring, dreamcatcher, and crochet making workshops by DMC Crafternoons; and a design thinking workshop by the On-Off Group. Workshops will run from 15, and 21-22 October 2017 at various venues inside Intramuros.






Design Week Selfie and Boomerang Challenge

Brighten up Intramuros this Design Week as you unleash the creativity and joy in your orange-themed fashion outfit photos and boomerangs! Pick up your phones, click your cameras, show your swag, and slay inside the walled city with your ultimate poses and smiles!


1. Join Design Week’s closing party this 22 October 2017, Sunday, from 05:00 PM – 09:00 PM at Plaza Moriones, Intramuros, Manila. This competition is open to everyone.

2. Each participant must wear their best orange themed fashion clothes. There should be no displaying of obscene costumes or make-up.

3. Interested participants should sign up at our designated registration booths. Registrants will be given a badge/registration number. Said number/badge will be used as their entry number identification during the contest.

4. Design Week Photographers will officially photos of the participants on the said site and day. After that, participants should take selfies or boomerangs of themselves using their smartphones and upload it on their Facebook accounts with the hashtag #DesignWeekPH #MoreFunIntramuros #WeAreIntramuros. The number of social media likes will be one of the competition’s basis on Projection and Audience Impact.

5. Participants will be judged according to the following criteria:

Adherence to the theme 30%
Creativity 30%
Visual Impact (Costume Proper} 20%
Projection and Audience Impact 20%
(through number of likes in Social Media)
Total 100%

6. All participants will be asked to go on stage to showcase their orange themed fashion outfits. Then, judges will select the top three winners of the competition.

7. The top three winners will be announced within the night and will be featured on Design Week Philippines’ Facebook Page. Prizes will be given to the winners upon declaration.

Partner Events

Open House Intramuros will feature live performances, food and art market, workshops and tours.

14-15 October
@ Baluarte de San Diego in Intramuros, Manila

Creative Confessions is an avenue for young professionals, start-ups and college students who wish to succeed in the creative world, hearing stories from people who have earned their spot in the creative community. Creative Confessions will revolve around the discussion of our guest speakers’ Struggles, Successes, Sacrifices, Vision and Level of Growth.

Talks: Creative Confession
18 October
19 October
@ A Space, Greenbelt, Makati City

CREATE Philippines gathers, connects, and catalyzes creative professionals from the country’s creative and content industries to encourage sharing of innovative business ideas and collaborative opportunities.

20-22 October
@ HallONE, Pasay City

Manila FAME is design and lifestyle tradeshow that promotes the Philippines as a reliable sourcing destination for home, fashion, holiday, architectural, and interior pieces to the global export market.

20-22 October
@ World Trade Center and PICC, Pasay City

Slingshot@ASEAN is a platform for startups, angel investors, incubators, mentors, academe, co-working spaces, and industry experts from the ASEAN ecosystem that features plenary talks by influential keynote speakers, seminar workshops, and breakout sessions with experts on tech entrepreneurship, public and private sector dialogues, startups exhibition and demonstrations, pitching competition, and fellowship networking.
SLINGSHOT ASEAN: Startups and Innovation Summit

20 October
@ PICC, Pasay City

RAW Learning Crafts feature collaboratiive works of 15 emerging designers through the mentorship of Tony Gonzales and Josef Crisanto.

5-29 October
@ Design Center Exhibition Hall, CCP Complex, Pasay City

Pineapple Lab is an arts and performance hub dedicated to finding innovative ways to showcase the works of Filipino art makers, international artists, and collaborators. Located in Barangay Poblacion in Makati City, Pineapple Lab situates itself in the heart of one of Metro Manila’s oldest historic districts and center of business and entertainment.

QLITAN Around Makati: What Happens When You Finally Get the Funding?
(17 October)

Exhibit: Tides by Philippa Langrish
(17 to 22 October)
@ Makati City

BGC Art Mart is a project of Bonifacio Art Foundation, Inc. geared towards offering a venue to support local artists reach a wider market for their products and services particularly in Bonifacio Global City. It aims to provide accessible, original, artisanal and affordable art that is not mass-produced to the BGC community.

20-21 October
@ BGC, Taguig City

Makerspace Pilipinas: Arduino Project Series
22 October
@ BGC, Taguig City

The Federation of Philippine Photographers Foundation, FPPF, will celebrate its 30 years anniversary. It will also be a Grand Reunion for all FPPF graduates, all those who have attended our photography workshops through the years. Come home to Fort Santiago! Meet your batchmates again, your old friends and your instructors.

14 October
@ Fort Santiago, Intramuros, Manila

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