August 17, 2022


Make Somone Happy

Attaining a foothold in the international marketplace

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Filipinos are fabled for handcrafting attractive matters. Like in fashion layout, the footwear marketplace has its reasonable share of outstanding practitioners. At the 7th Filipino Footwear Layout Competitiveness(FFDC), 7 finalists showcased their entries in a digital setting to an impressed panel of judges composed of Department of Trade and Business National Funds Regional Workplace Regional Director Marcelina Alcantara, Sofa Style and design Institute Executive Director Amina Aranaz-Alunan, Charter Intercontinental President Joey Enriquez, Philippine Footwear Federation Inc. Board of Director/Otto Shoes’ Monica Samson-Escano, and designer Zarah Juan.

DTI’s Marcelina Alcantara, in her message, assured that they will go on performing with stakeholders for what ever is far better for the footwear and leathergoods sector: “Please recall also that our determination to you does not finish with this activity relatively, this is just a portion of the extensive-standing partnership amongst establishments.”

Philippine Footwear Federation Inc. Director Typical Roger Py said: “As just one of the founding associates of FFDC, it has always been my mission for Filipino Creativeness to be celebrated not just below but also close to the globe. I’m glad that regardless of the challenges introduced on by the pandemic and latest catastrophes, we are nevertheless ready to force by means of and uphold the continuity of our craft. Genuinely, it is admirable that creative imagination stands robust amid any circumstance. I’m happy that as leaders, creatives and makers, we have tested the potential of our local footwear industry.”

In addition to the privilege of symbolizing the Philippines in the upcoming Global Footwear Layout Competitors in China, there are dollars prizes: P10,000 for the grand winner, P7,000 for the initially runner-up, and P4,000 for the second runner-up.

The grand winner is Carla Apostol, for her entry referred to as “Sierra.” Apostol has certificates in equipment design at Istituto Marangoni (Milan, Italy) and leather-based engineering at Polimoda Institute (Florence, Italy) and a master’s degree in Sneakers and Baggage Collection Structure from Polimoda Institute (Florence, Italy). She also served as assistant designer at Carla Sorrenti (Florence, Italy) and at 3.1 Phillip Lim (New York, United states).

Here are the finalists and their entry descriptions:

Mark Boni R. Marter (Neil and Marter), 27, Antipolo-Marikina. I acquired how to make shoes just this January 2021. I was fingers-on in making my entry, which includes the pattern creating and slicing of each and every piece. When I was designing my entry, information came out about the modernization of jeepneys. The shoes are impressed by the Philippines’ “King of the Road,” frequently referred to as Dyip, which symbolizes the resilience and creative nature of the Filipinos. My entry is also inspired by our Bayanihan spirit.

Ivan Cedric Fabia (Ivan Fabia), 22. As an industrial designer, I am often curious on experiencing new things. This is my very first time to style and design a shoe and I am blessed with this prospect.

From the much lands of the west to the close by shores of the east, this shoe is a celebration of influences that narrates the lifestyle of the Philippines as a melting pot. A fusion of vibrant traditions and various influences from all about the environment.

A showcase of Filipino world-class artwork, expertise and tradition, “Hibla Habi” is a bespoke, handcrafted shoe woven from a thousand stories with fibers from abaca, rattan, buri and tikog (the art of paghahabi), heels made of wood carved from expertise (the art of paglililok) and a toe cap ornamented with brogue styles resembling the artwork of pagbabatok that provides the concept of a person sunshine, a person moon for 1 Earth—harmony and unity for absolutely everyone.

Therese Paman (Reese Paman), 23. I have no shoe-producing knowledge, or at minimum absolutely nothing related to style. I took up industrial design at the School of Saint Benilde. I usually aim on kind and materials exploration.

“Kalinaw” is a Filipino term that stands for tranquility/serenity. My layout was introduced about by the plan that we determine ourselves or appear at factors normally as just “one thing or the other,” never ever each or extra. I needed my design to exhibit what “both or more” seems to be like.

The variety normally takes inspiration from diverse bodies of water which represents how nature can be forceful but mild, dynamic but serene, wonderful but subtle. Dualities that in some way fit alongside one another. Likely with this imagined approach built me recognize that when we opt for to admit the two sides (or all sides), we attain an equilibrium, or a feeling that I know to be peace, tranquility. So, the identify Kalinaw.

Michael Joseph Bawar, 35, Sta. Maria, Bulacan. I took up shoe-producing workshops at Vapor Studios in Makati following higher education.

A “love letter to the trend and structure marketplace in the type of a shoe” is what ideal describes my piece. “Awit ng Mananahi” was named following a well-liked kundiman by National Artist for Music Levi Celerio and functions a base motivated by the lowly bakya (wood clogs) and heels resembling spools created of repurposed lauan (Philippine mahogany) and santol (cotton fruit) wood.

By my sneakers “Awit ng Mananahi,” I hope to give emphasis on the contribution of staff in the design market and emphasize the arms that do the function. I believe my piece is Filipino as it celebrates Philippine iconography and culture (something I often incorporate anytime I work on a design), although at the similar time it’s also world-wide with the information it conveys. Wearable, of course, may perhaps not be for everyday, but if you want to make a assertion why not? I’m basically in the system of building a additional comfortable edition but nevertheless sustaining most of the facets of the shoes.

Janreyk Paler (Janra), 24, second runner-up. “Osang-Queen of the Road” is a reflection of a uncommon jeepney but more than that, the story of the layout was influenced by my parents. My father was a jeepney driver and my mother employed to be a barker. My mother Osang is the most exclusive girl to me, that is why I intended this as a symbol of gratitude to her sacrifices. In my perform, I employed steel sheets as my major supplies and some areas of the jeepney we usually see. I needed to emphasize the rawness of my components to make it stand out and be different. I desired to encourage in my piece that you have to go out of your ease and comfort zone and make the not possible possible.

Joel Wijangco, Malabon, 1st runner-up. “Sister Favorite” is encouraged by and dedicated to my sister, who is a brave and potent lady. It is created of unconventional supplies this sort of as resin, rubber, plastic, metallic, etc. It’s a custom piece. At its coronary heart, it is a very Filipino coronary heart. Other than enjoy of loved ones, there is also our adore for food.

Carla Apostol, 30, grand winner. The overall visual of “Sierra” is informed by mother nature. Black

easy calf from volcanic rocks, white croc-embossed leather from ice and snow, mahogany

suede from wooden, and a monochromatic snakeskin make up the upper. Accents come in antique brass hardware, roughly slash raw amethyst and freshwater pearls. Natural and organic types influenced the floral cutouts, pleating that resembles waves and sand dunes, and of training course bringing into perform the human form by means of the entire body-conscious lacing and front lower-out which would have or else been protected by a regular boot. In addition, I extra a contrasting aptitude with an angled, exaggerated outsole, and a geometric block heel.

I centered on the craftsmanship that would be expected to execute a style and design like “Sierra” successfully. I knew I had sketched out a complicated piece, so Zapateria was the ideal studio and mentor to do the job with, as their specialized knowledge and enthusiasm brought my style and design to daily life with the utmost integrity.