Greater opportunities for the country’s creative industry

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The Creative Innovators Programme team takes questions from the media. 
Photo: British Council, 2018, Reginald Sarmenta

Design and creative managers in the Philippines now have a greater opportunity to harness their talents and improve their entrepreneurial skills with the launch of Creative Innovators Programme. Spearheaded by the British Council and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), through the Design Center of the Philippines (DCP), this programme aims to strengthen the country’s creative industry ecosystem by supporting creative hubs managers thus immediately multiplying its impact and contribution to economic growth and create more inclusive and creative communities.

Also made possible through a partnership with the Philippine Trade and Training Center (PTTC), Apl.de.Ap Foundation and Thames International, the Creative Innovators Programme will include mentorships, management trainings, grants, and networking opportunities, not just in the Philippines, but across ASEAN and the UK.

“Through the Creative Innovators Programme, we will be able to push, strengthen, develop and improve the creative industry in the country,” said Rhea Matute, executive director of the Design Center of the Philippines. “It is our aim to provide a venue for Filipino designers to grow not just their creative talents but also their business skills, to be able to contribute to the country’s economy, develop a thriving design ecosystem and a creative powerhouse in the global arena.”

Leading the launch was Nicholas Thomas, country director for the British Council in the Philippines who remarked that creative industries are the heart of the modern economy and that Filipinos, being creative in nature, have shown great potential in succeeding in this field.

Also gracing the event were Nestor Palabyab, executive director for the Philippine Trade Training Center; Apl de Ap, founder of the Apl.de.Ap Foundation; Malaya del Rosario, head of arts and creative industries for the British Council; and Joel Santos, President of Thames International and trustee of the Apl.de.Ap Foundation.

With the creative landscape of the Philippines relying on more hubs everyday, the Creative Innovators Programme aims to provide the necessary training and support in order build the country’s next generation of creative community leaders who will build their respective creative industries and communities.

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