- Nippon Paint has been in business for over 130 years, and has been Asia’s premiere coatings manufacturer
- The company’s design program has been renamed and relaunched as more Asian countries have joined the yearly competition
- Esteemed architects and interior designers, as well as the winners of last year’s competition, graced the event
What was formerly an exclusive event for leading coatings manufacturer Nippon Paint has been renamed to fit its current description, as more Asian countries have joined the competition where interior design and architecture students come up with innovative ideas to present to the whole world.
Nippon Paint, Asia’s premiere coatings manufacturer, had its humble beginnings in Japan in 1881. The company has only branched out in the Philippines two years ago, whose manufacturing plant is located in Cabuyao, Laguna.
Nippon Paint Young Designer Award, which started in 2008 in Malaysia, has now turned into Asia Young Designer Award. Design students from over 15 Asian countries, such as the Philippines, Singapore, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, India and Taiwan, will showcase their talents that not only benefit themselves but everyone else in the relaunched event.
The designs of these students should follow the chosen theme for the year, and for 2016, it is all about being ‘unconventional, non-conformist, innovative, with a focus on individuality’, as per Nippon Paint Coatings Philippines’ (NPCP) General Manager Michael Chung.
‘Be Bold. Be Free. Be You.’, the actual theme for this year, aims to encourage participants to unleash their true selves with their creations, as well as make designs that would make it easier for everyone to live healthier and more convenient lives.
Winners for each category will win P50,000 cash and a six-month internship program at LOR CALMA & PARTNERS and AIDEA, INC. They will also have the chance to study abroad and have a higher chance of winning the Platinum Award plus $1,000
The relaunch of Nippon Paint’s program was held at The Conservatory at The Manila Peninsula on Thursday morning, where the media got introduced to the judges of the competition and other VIPs.
Olive Cabacungan hosted the short and simple event, and introduced each speaker who spoke briefly and concisely about the relaunch of the competition.
Nippon Paint Coatings Philippines’ GM opened the program with his opening remarks, where he shared the competition’s legacy and shared what happened during last year’s regional finals held in Bangkok, Thailand.
The next speakers were National President of the United Architects of the Philippines (UAP) Ar. Guillermo Hisancha, Executive Director for Education of the Philippine Institute of Interior Designers (PIID) IDr. Vincent Louie Tan and Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) NCR – Director IV Dr. Leonida S. Calagui, CESO III, who left inspiring messages despite the limited time allocated to them.
All of them were invited to come back on stage for a ceremonial activity, where they pieced together the logo of this year’s theme. Judges for both architecture and interior design joined them on stage as well for a photo opportunity.
The winners of last year’s contest, Thomasians Jose Agustin Ricarte for Architecture and Martha Joyce Tomas for Interior Design, shared their journey along with their mentors. It was then followed by a quick question-and-answer portion led by the host herself.
The event ended with a raffle, where two lucky winners got to bring home a pint of Nippon Paint’s exclusive paints.-Kami Media