With the hope to bridge art and industry to develop the creative economy in Cebu, DOST Cebu Provincial S&T Center supports the advocacy of CRISSCROSSINGS: Creative Convergence (CCX 2018) conducted on January 12-14, 2018 at Crossroads Mall Cebu and Materials Innovation Centre (MATIC).

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Building on its first edition held in 2015, the 2018 reboot was a 3-day gathering celebrating creative entrepreneurship, art, design, and maker culture in the Queen City of the South. It is a weekend dedicated to cultivating community, collaboration and creative entrepreneurship. Creatives gathered for the love of their craft and this city to discuss, inspire and celebrate art, design and maker culture in Cebu.

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As one of the main highlights, the event featured a Creator’s Market displaying Cebuano products and services. It hosted various talks and workshops geared towards advancing creative skills.

One of the significant events of CCX 2018 is the TAPOK Sessions where people from different disciplines and backgrounds are brought together to have meaningful conversations that concern the creative sector of Cebu. One of the sessions talked about the development of Cebu’s Creative Ecosystem with distinguished panelists – DOST Cebu Provincial S&T Director Tristan L. Abando, British Council’s Malaya del Rosario and Create Cebu’s Cecilia Martinez-Miranda. The panelists affirmed the importance of the convergence of the initiatives of the government, industry, academe and the other key players in building the a sustainable creative ecosystem in Cebu.

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The great breakthrough for Crisscrossing this year is the participation of the Materials Innovation Centre (MATIC).

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MATIC is DOST’s primary support to the creative industry of Cebu. Developed under the DOST-ECCP Materials R&D Program, MATIC serves not only as a repository of material swatches and resources; it is also a venue of inspiration for design industries, a link to materials and design experts, and access to technology suppliers. It is a haven for product developers, designers, and students to touch, feel, and play around with materials.

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Small and medium enterprises engaged in the production of furniture, home decors, fashion design and accessories, woven products, and bamboo-made products among others, will benefit from MATIC. The upgraded skills of artists and craftsmen will be instrumental in creating unique designs and products that will be more competitive in the world market.

The DOST-ECCP assisted community based macramé bag women weavers of Toledo City , Cebu was also given an opportunity to be featured in CCX 2018. The women group exhibited their products in the Creators’ Market and they also conducted workshop on macramé weaving.

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Cebu’s creative industry penetrates the export markets for many years featuring world-class handmade furniture and accessories by local artists. However, in the advent of technology, a shift from traditional ventures to digital enterprises is happening in the platform of Cebuano’s creativity.

The organizers and partners of CRISSCROSSINGS 2018 believe that the Creative Industries can play a transformational role in driving local socio-economic growth and innovation within Cebu City and across the Philippines as a whole.

In 2008, Cebu City was recognized by the British Council as the Creative Capital of the Philippines and is currently a member of The Southeast Asian Creative Cities Network (SEACCN), a network for creative cities and clusters in Southeast Asia. This network includes representatives from the cities, agencies, specialists, experts, groups and communities. The initial members include George Town (Penang, Malaysia), Bandung (Indonesia), Cebu (Philippines), and Chiang Mai (Thailand). The network was informally founded in April 2014 in Chiang Mai and an MOU was signed in August 2014.

CCX 2018 intends to promote Cebu as an ASEAN destination for culture and the arts as well as contribute to its chances of being recognized as a UNESCO Creative City. This is organized by Create Cebu, a non-profit, non-partisan initiative comprised of art-loving individuals who are passionate about urban revitalization and reclamation, through art (in all its forms) and collaboration. This is also made possible with the support of DOST 7, DTI 7, A SPACE Cebu and the ECCP Cebu.

(Photos by Create Cebu and ECCP Cebu)