Due to insufficient support from government and academe, Cebu has a gap when it comes to skills in original, industrial design.

“Filipinos in general are very creative. With enough training and conducive facility with the help of all stakeholders, we can definitely reap more. We have a big potential.”

— Kenneth Cobonpue, world-renowned furniture designer, during a forum for industrial design.

In light of this gap, measures are currently being taken to fill it.

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Former Director General of the Intellectural Property Office of the Philippines Attorney Adrian Cristobal Jr., shares his opinion on the developing presence of a ‘creative economy’ in the Philippines.

In today’s knowledge-driven world, creativity and economics combine together to form value and wealth for many organizations and individuals. When previously the discovery and mining of natural resources were the main drivers for growth and development of an economy, now wll it takes is one great creative idea, executed well and profit-prosperity seems to gush forth.

Learn more of Attorney Cristobal’s opinion and the state of the Philippines’ intellectual property rights and protection here



Following the declaration of British Council in naming Cebu as the “Creative City” in the Philippines,  the province has yet to step up in professionalizing the industry and achieve its goal to be the legitimate design capital in the Philippines, or in Asia.

Once Cebu maximizes its creative industry, it can be another powerful economic engine for the province.

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