Filipino tradition, community, and craftsmanship were on full display at the 2023 ArteFino Festival, sponsored by Security Bank.
The winners of the Maker’s Lab: Totally Upcycled Design Challenge and Stilo Modern Filipino Awards were announced during a cocktail reception at Rockwell, Power Plant Mall, Makati City.
Maker’s Lab: Totally Upcycled Design Challenge 2023
The ArteFino Maker’s Lab: Totally Upcycled Design Challenge 2023 called on Filipino designers to apply their creativity, resourcefulness, and innovation by repurposing “everyday” items into “extraordinary” objects.
Entries were judged on the ability to incorporate this year’s theme: “Heritage meets innovation,” with at least 80% of upcycled material.
The three winners this year were: Ash and Muff (soft rosaries and plush parols), TAGPI (Pagsibol barong), and CatSua (mosaic sandal).
Other criteria included unique design concept, quality craftsmanship, business accountability and transparency, costing and production, and the abilty to appeal to the retail market.
The judges’ panel for the 2023 Totally Upcycled Design Challenge included Nikki Lizares, Sustainability Head at Security Bank; Tracey Castillo, Vice President of Residential and Retail Development at Rockwell Land; Amina Aranez, designer and founder of SOFA Insitute; and Rhea Matute, Executive Director of Design Center of the Philippines.
Security Bank, a long-time partner of ArteFino, sponsored the contest in line with its mission to enrich lives, empower businesses, and build communities sustainably.
Stilo ArteFino Modern Filipino Awards 2023
Security Bank and ArteFino also handed out the Stilo Modern Filipino Award to Reese Fernandez-Ruiz of R2R as the most promising revolutionary brand, for their innovation and impact in preserving cultural traditions while adopting digital platforms and/or technology for promotion.
Past winners included Lakat + Aire (2022) and Anthill (2019).
ArteFino ran from August 24–27, 2023 and returned to The Fifth at Rockwell in Power Plant Mall.
Security Bank credit cardholders enjoyed free entry to the fair when they presented their Security Bank Platinum or World Mastercard and were entitled to 0% installment for three to 12 months for a minimum spend of PHP20,000.