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Good Design Award Honors Excellence in Restoration and Community Innovation

Good Design Award Philippines
Exceptional designs that highlight restoration, community engagement, and inclusivity took center stage at the recently concluded 2024 Good Design Award Philippines.

Held at The Globe Tower in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, the event celebrated innovative projects that embody these values.

2024 Good Design Award Philippines Award-Winning Projects

The First United Building in Escolta, Manila, received the prestigious Malasakit Gran Prix Award. Its remarkable restoration and adaptive reuse significantly contributed to urban regeneration recognized this landmark. Originally known as the Perez-Samanillo Building and designed by Andres P. Luna, son of the famous painter Juan Luna, the structure now serves as a vibrant hub for creative communities and a model for sustainable preservation.

Two outstanding projects, The Right to Care Card and The Philippine Textile Table Swatchbook, received Gold Awards. The Right to Care Card is a healthcare proxy document enabling same-sex couples to make medical decisions for each other during emergencies. The Philippine Textile Table Swatchbook by Anthill Fabric Factory showcases indigenous Philippine fabrics through engaging storytelling and interactive features.

Moreover, the Good Design Award Philippines is a biennial program organized by the Department of Trade and Industry-Design Center of the Philippines (DTI-Design Center) to honor exceptional design across various categories. This year’s competition saw a significant increase in participation, with 204 submissions and 84 shortlisted finalists.

Impact and Recognition

Award recipients received a commemorative trophy, a miniature replica of an Arturo Luz sculpture, the Good Design Award Philippines seal, and the opportunity to compete for Japan’s esteemed G Mark. This international recognition paves the way for Philippine design to gain global exposure and fosters trade relations with Japan.

The First United Building Community Museum offers visitors a nostalgic glimpse into Escolta’s golden era as Manila’s premier business district during the early 20th century, further emphasizing the cultural and historical significance of the restoration project.

Furthermore, the Good Design Award Philippines is organized by the Design Center of the Philippines in collaboration with the Japan Institute of Design Promotion, the ASEAN-Japan Center, the United Nations Development Program, the Department of Science and Technology’s Industrial Technology Development Institute, and Globe Telecom. This collective effort underscores the importance of design in promoting cultural heritage, sustainability, and social innovation.

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Written by Marjo Piedad

Traveler | Foodie | CONTENT EDITOR
📍Cebu, Philippines
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