I judged Manila FAME International 2011




Last weekend, I was at the Manila FAME International show to see the best in Philippine design – in home furnishings, furniture, holiday and gift items, fashion accessories and more. It was a huge honour to have been asked to be one of the Board of Judges.


The board of judges included Jennie Javelosa, a writer and social entrepreneur; Toby Guggenheim, an American architect; Kenneth Cobonpue, me and Robert Alejandro a graphic and product designer. Also in photo is Stella from Kenneth Cobonpue Inc.


Yes this has been a year of judging some of the most important art and design shows in the country. I really don’t know how to put it without sounding so beauty queenly – but  wow, it truly has been an honour. Thank you for the trust! This year I judged Cebu Next furniture exhibition, Metrobank Art and Design Awards, UP Interior Design‘s idisenyo and now Katha Awards of Manila FAME which brought together Manila Now, Cebu Next and Bijoux Cebu. In the past, I’ve also sat as a member of the board of judges of the British Council to select the International Young Creative Entrepreneur Award.

It is not easy judging creativity and art. I really have a hard time doing it. And I hate having to rate beauty by using numbers. I just try to see everything through the eyes of an editor (I once was, and sort of still am with the way UZ is run). Each competition brings with it so much wealth of experience and new learnings, not just for the contestants but for me as well.

I have to wait for the official release of the results of CITEM’s Manila Fame winners. Then I will share with you my most eye-opening experience in judging so far.




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