99U Local: Manila

We’ve always been a believer in creativity as a catalyst for change, and were thrilled to have brought the New York-based 99U talk series and networking night to Manila to help make ideas happen and connect with Manila’s creative scene.

99U Local Manila

As the legendary inventor Thomas Edison famously said, “Genius is 1% inspiration, and 99% perspiration,” and thus, 99U wants to provide that missing curriculum to help make ideas happen.

We connected some 200 of Manila’s bright, passionate creatives to a community that also cares about the impact of their work on others – be it with their team, society, or the planet on a larger scale.

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The program featured three short talks to inspire, move and make ideas happen, from 3 Manileños in various creative fields, including:

  • Pepe Diokno, internationally acclaimed filmmaker behind Engkwentro, which won the Lion of the Future – “Luigi de Laurentiis” Award and the Orizzonti Prize at the 2009 Venice Film Festival, among other accolades, and Above The Clouds, a Filipino-French co-production that premiered at the 2014 Tokyo Film Festival and was nominated Best Film at the 2014 Singapore Film Festival. He is also chairman of Epicmedia and editor-in-chief at Philippine Stat SUPREME
  • Tal de Guzman, founder and designer of Risque Designs, a homegrown footwear brand and manufacturing company that highlights Filipino craftsmanship in shoemaking, woodcarving and weaving, which regularly exhibits at Manila FAME, one of the Philippines’ biggest design events, and has joined NY NOW in New York. She was also the sole Philippine delegate to the Global Student Entrepreneurship Awards in 2013, held in Washington D.C.
  • Julia Nebrija, urban planner, arts, culture and mobility advocate, who first moved to the Philippines in 2008 as a Fulbright Scholar and returned in 2012 after finishing her Masters Degree in Urban Design from the City College of New York. She is the executive director of VivaManila, and chair of the Inclusive Mobility Network.

The night also included live performances by Reese Lansangan and crwn.

99U Local: Manila may have been a one night event only, but we’re happy to have had the chance to use this as a jump off point for creatives to do impactful work with their skills and talents, and collaborate with other creatives in Manila.

Check out the 99U Local: Manila Meetup group: www.manila.99ulocal.com.
Check out more pics at the 99U Local: Manila Facebook page.

This event was co-presented by 99U, Muni, and the Ayala Museum, and also made possible by Philippine AirlinesBayani BrewV KitchenShutter Panda, and Amplify.ph. For partner inquiries, e-mail us at 99umanila@gmail.com.

Let’s make ideas happen!