7 Young Filipino Creatives To Inspire You

by Kat Estrella   |  Apr 13, 2016
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When a professor gives drawing assignments or projects that require you to get crafty, do you immediately think you'll mess it up because you think you're not creative enough? Well, creativity doesn't just mean being good at drawing, coloring, and painting. Creativity is more about being able to express art through different platforms and being able to inspire people through this art of yours. Creativity comes in different forms, shapes, and sizes. Here are 7 young Filipinos who each did something different with the creative bone in their body.

  1. Arriane Serafico (Brand and Digital Strategist, Founder of Wanderrgirl)

Overachiever is an understatement for the founderrgirl of Wanderrgirl. (See what I did there?) Even in her younger years, Arriane was already an overachiever. She was the first completer of the Kumon Math and English programs in the Philippines, she graduated as valedictorian in her high school, and received 100% college scholarship to the Ateneo de Manila University for being part of the top 25 incoming freshmen. She worked as a government employee in the Philippine Senate. She turned down offers from big corporations simply because she wants to make a change. In 2009, Arriane launched her blog which became her platform to start a community of creative women who has a similar mission as hers, which is "to channel and use creativity as a tool for nation-building, and to empower other young people to do the same by making those game-changing opportunities fun and accessible." This community Arriane started has done many things, such as fundraising for typhoon victims, voter's awareness projects,  several conferences, and workshops. Not quite impressed yet? Arriane passed a national law, the Philippine Design Competitiveness Act (RA 10557) that aims to establish a national design policy for the Philippines.


Lesson to learn from Arriane: Creativity can go a long way and make a change in people's lives.

  1. Rosenthal Tee (Fashion Designer)

If you've been on social media lately, then you've probably heard of Rosenthal Tee. Rosenthal was the Filipina who was invited to showcase her collection in New York Fashion Week. Rosenthal first studied in Ateneo, and took up Management Economics. She later on finished her master's degree in Fashion Design Womenswear with disctinction at the Istituto Marangoni in London. She also completed courses in Pattern-cutting at the London College of Fashion and Jewellery Design and Textile Print Design at Central St. Martins College of Art and Design. Talk about designer goals! Besides being a busy bee fashion designer, she's also a professor at the SoFA Design Institute here in Manila.

Creativity tip from Rosenthal: "Always take a look at what's happening around and remember to always research for new inspirations and ideas! Don't be afraid to introduce yourself to people you'd like to collaborate with, who knows? The creative endeavors you might be able to do with these people can take you places."

  1. BP Valenzuela (Singer/Songwriter)

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BP has got to be one of the most successful songwriters I know who made it all on her own. She started out recording and making music in her bedroom. How you might ask is this possible? I think it's because BP realized her passion for music at such a young age. It's not a surprise at all that this girl is going places. Although, this wasn't the future BP saw for herself all along. She was into film and film score back in high school, and she wasn't confident about singing, so she just wrote instrumentally. In 2014, BP released her first EP, BE/EP, which was the aftermath of a breakup. Soon after, she released her first full-length album, Neon Hour.

Creativity tip from BP: "I guess the best thing you can do as a creative is acknowledge that you are constantly learning. You have to be bad before you get good, and not let that put you down before you get better. "

  1. Marika Callangan (Graphic and Layout Designer, Founder of Woman, Create)

Who ever said there is no social relevance in art? Marika, founder of Woman, Create is here to prove you wrong. Woman, Create is a movement that aims to empower women through art, design, and fun discourse. They talk about issues relevant to women like body image and sexuality. The Instagram post above shows works made by mute and deaf kids, and kids with Down Syndrome or Autism. This was one of the projects Marika, along with Woman, Create worked on. Besides Marika's socially relevant campaigns through art, she also does graphic design, layout design, illustration and styling. You've probably seen her works at the Manila Sundance Bazaar.


Lesson to learn from Marika: You can make other people aware of the different social issues in our country through art and creativity.

  1. Pepe Diokno (Film Director, Writer, and Producer)

Pepe Diokno's debut film, Engkwentro won several awards. In 2009, he won the Lion of the Future - Luigi de Laurentiis Award and the Orizzonti Prize at the Venice Film Festival, and a special citation from the Cinemalaya Film Festival. In 2010, he received the NETPAC Award for Best Asian Film at the Jeonju Film Festival. In that same year, Pepe received the Ani ng Dangal Award from the President of the Philippines. Aside from filmmaking, Pepe also writes and takes pictures of his travels.

Lesson to learn from Pepe: You shouldn't be afraid to make that first jump.

  1. Soleil Ignacio (Illustrator and Creative Director)

A lot of people can draw, but this girl can speak through her drawings. Each sketch from Soleil has a different story to tell. Soleil is a graduate of Visual Communication in the University of the Philippines, Diliman. Soleil was working as an Art Director for a magazine when she decided to become a self-employed, and full-time illustrator.  Soleil works on projects both here in the Philippines and abroad. She has worked for Jo Malone London (Philippines), Tory Burch (Philippines), Louis Vuitton (Philippines), Giordano, and Keds.

Creativity tip from Soleil: "Don’t spend too much time on social media looking for inspiration from your favorite artist. There’s so much more the Internet can offer for inspiration; watch artist documentaries, read up on different art movements, research how your idols got to be where they are now. Or go outside! Visit galleries and museums and really soak in the art. Join workshops, creative conferences and talk with like-minded people. That will really help a lot getting out those creative juices!"

Want to see more works of Soleil? Visit her exhibit along with Tokwa Penaflorida and Kay Aranzanso this coming May 11 at  Nova Gallery in Pasong Tamo, Makati!

  1. Abbey Sy (Artist and Author)


Last, but not at all the least, Abbey Sy. All Candy girls are familiar with the creator of the new Candy logo. Would you believe that the skills Abbey has harnessed were self-taught? She never took formal classes on lettering, or even consulted an online tutorial. Abbey is a graduate of BS Advertising Management in De La Salle University, Manila. Today, she manages her own brand Abbey Sy (ABC) as an artist & author. She teaches workshops as well on weekends. Abbey is the author behind best-selling book The ABCs of Hand Lettering & has collaborated with notable brands such as Havaianas, Moleskine & Tropicana to name a few.

Creativity tip from Abbey: "Never stop dreaming and keep creating."

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