Graphika Manila 2012

Last year, I attended my first ever Graphika Manila Conference despite it already been going through for many years prior. I loved 2011’s conference, with Dan Matutina and Mike Friolo topping as my favorite speakers.

This year, it was once again time to listen to creatives making heads turn as I find myself back in SMX to listen to GM 2012.

Joshua Smith of Hydro74
Sudeep Gohil of Droga5

Hydro74’s worth mentioning with Joshua Smith on board. Them hands are just monsters as timelapse videos are showcased on how he sketches.

JP Cuison is also a great mind to behold. Really cool guy who seemed really down to earth of what he did. Personally liked his style, which was very distinct from most I’ve seen.

JP Cuison busy giving out autographs

The talk also included Create PH, Psyop, Droga5, and Gmunk. Of all the speakers though, I totally admired and faved Jerome Austria. Really fun dude to listen to. It’s funny because his intro kind of made him comparable to Mike Friolo, who was my fave a year back. Both of them made awesome names internationally, and both of Filipino descent.

A couple of minutes into his talk, he mentioned something he was well-credit for – “The Bark Side” – a Superbowl TVC which brought in millions of views. From there I’m like “I fucking know what that is!

GM open forum question towards Jerome Austria

I was reading Business Insider’s Top 20 Most Creative People of 2012 weeks back and browsed through names with respective works. One of which was the renowned for “the Bark Side,” and I thought to myself – “Is this the same guy!?!

You have to chase the projects that make you scared, that make you wonder if it will get you fired – Jerome Austria, Graphika Manila 2012 (tweet this)

Confirming it by asking him myself after the conference, it was indeed him. Awesome. I made sure to shake his hands hard enough to rub off that creativity on him and onto me. And just to add up to this awesomeness, he was also included in Business Insider’s latest article – These Are The 50 Sexiest Advertising Executives Alive

Accompanied by friends during the conference
Seeing a familiar face – it’s Dan Matutina!

As always, Graphika Manila inspires a lot of designers and their ambitions to flourish and follow or maybe even surass these guys. So be sure to watch out for it next year!

Bonus: My Bacolod Illustration was featured in the Graphika Manila 2012 Book

Graphika Manila Book Feature


The Creative Nation: Design Para Sa Lahat

I was fortunate to join up on the 6th Graphika Manila which was held just recently in SMX.

Creatives of at least 3000 gathered up to hear the talks presented by the likes of Nico and Katwo Puertollano the dynamic duo (couple) of 27+20, Dan Matutina aka Twisted Fork, the creative mind of Cebu that is Seph Mayol, PJ Anderson of Laundry, Mike Friolo who designed the Pacquiao logo and crest, and Kevin Andrew Smith of Weta Digital who shared the backstage of Avatar.

Monkey Mike! :(|)
Dan surrounded by girls

It was definitely inspiring and very much motivating seeing these people share their knowledge and experience. But at the end of the event (almost), what’s even greater is an advocay towards the creative industry that is being propelled by our own pride.

Speakers Arriane, Brian Tenorio and Jowee Alviar went on to take the stage and break the news of a Senate bill being passed. The movement is called #DesignParaSaLahat, which translates to ‘#DesignForEveryone’. This basically aims to create the Design Council of the Philippines and uplift the nation’s design and creative industry in hopes to make the Philippines stand as an authority and creative capital globally – become the Creative Nation of the world if you will.


Creativity is innate in Filipino blood, people abroad can’t deny that fact themselves. We’ve got so much talent in different fields of art and design and we can compete in the international scene – do you agree? But the sad part of it is, creatives are undervalued in this homeland and we need to change that. Reality bites and we need to bite back with our rich culture.

I make Dan look tall ;p

Are you with us? Make a stand and support the creative industry of the Philippines.

Wouldn’t you like the idea that as a creative, you are identified with a positive notion that you are A Creative from the Philippines? (Filipino designer/artist!? OMGWTFBBQ) LOL. You get what I mean, yeah?


Use the hashtag #designparasalahat on Twitter
Like Design Para sa Lahat on FB
Create a Blog Post for it just like this one
Carry the Filipino Pride as a Creative

Props to the creatives who spearheaded this movement. If there’s anything I could ever do to help out even further, let me know.

Made this based on the actual logo so use as you will to support the movement. The official logo can be found here.

8 Reasons Why You Should Attend Graphika Manila

Graphika Manila is a event where the creative minds of Filipinos huddle up all together in one area to have their creative juices flow and squirt at each other. But seriously, it’s a great place to share and learn a lot more about your field! This year, they will be holding their 6th conference. As a creative individual, why is going an advantage?

  1. 1) Exercise
    Finally! You’re out in the sun (though it might rain). But chances are, you’ll find yourself away from your geeky artist battle station in a dark corner of your room and walking again! Use your legs!
  2. 2) Inspiration
    Speakers in this event are well known and considered authorities in their fields (would GM settle for less?). They are bound to share their stories to help you realize that they all started just like you and that you’re just a step away from attaining a status like theirs or even more!)
  3. 3) Motivation
    From being inspired, you need motivation to haul your ass off that lazy boy and make a move. You’re probably already on your first step. Compose yourself and make it from Point A to Point Success.
  4. 4) Culture
    We can’t deny the artistic culture that holds the Philippines. Have your eyes opened a bit more that you are not alone and you should be proud of what you do. This is the society built with you as a part of it.
  5. 5) Trends
    Alongside culture are trends. Know what’s hot and what’s not and try to adapt in this continuously evolving and adjusting taste of society.
  6. 6) Technology
    What are you missing? Sometimes it takes events like this to know that you’re a bit behind, or maybe there’s an easier way to do what you do, and that there’s a bit of catching up to do to make yourself up-to-date.
  7. 7) Knowledge
    You actually learn something. Chances are, you’ll learn a couple of tips and tricks from individuals who have done methods to earn such conclusion. I came from this ‘graphic event’ before and all they had were tarpauline printers for sale :(
  8. 8) Networking
    Aside from the chance of meeting highly valued speakers in the field of design, you’ll meet other people in the scene in this area! This is a great chance to share, know more, connect, and soon enough, collaborate and establish. It’s time to connect in reality and not just via social networking media :) Plus c’mon. It’s about time you talk to somebody who can relate to your problems regarding that client who wants the logo to look like a poster, yeah?

Awesome right? That’s at least 8 reasons why it’s an advantage going to GM. There’s probably more you could think of – like meeting the designer of the Manny Pacquiao logo (Mike Friolo)! It’s a chance for you to make the rest of the year more fulfilling. Who knows? Maybe next year, you’ll even be a speaker!

For more info regarding Graphika Manila, visit their official website at