Cebu’s creative sector gains a foothold to maximize its world-class potential as visual artists are encouraged to help the industry establish connections with concerned agencies.

The Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM) of the Department of Trade and Industry in the Philippines has included the visual arts in its budget, through inviting visual artists to participate in the world trade fairs, and promote their works to the international market.

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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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