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TBWA\SMP Executive Creative Director CJ de Silva-Ong joins this year’s Young Lions Design Jury

CANNES, FRANCE — The 2023 Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity is just around the corner, and as part of the festivities celebrating spectacular work from around the globe is the Young Lions competitions. Among the esteemed Jury for the Design category, comprised of some of the best creative minds in the industry, is CJ de Silva-Ong from the Philippines.

Currently Executive Creative Director at TBWA\Santiago Mangada Puno, CJ has long become a significant part of the creative industry. With over 15 years of creating excellent work with TBWA and a body of work that has been recognized both by local and international award shows including past editions of Cannes Lions, CJ is a valuable addition to the Young Lions Design Competition.

“Thank you, Cannes Lions, for another incredible opportunity. It is truly an honor,” CJ said. “I am excited to see the design ideas from young creatives from around the world, from different cultural backgrounds.”


The Young Lions Competitions are showdowns in different categories where a pair of creatives under the age of 30 are given the challenge to answer briefs in a fast-paced environment. With only 24 hours to come up with an award-worthy idea, the Young Lions Competitions are an opportunity for young creatives to show how their creative chops fare when they’re tasked to think on their feet.

As a Young Lions Design Competition Jury member, CJ will be among the creative leaders judging work from young professionals working as graphic designers, specialist designers, art directors, and photographers. The entrants of this category will be tasked to showcase their creative communications skills to the international Festival community by creating a logo and brand identity within 24 hours.

Cannes Lions Festival passes along with accommodation for next year’s Festival will be given to the Gold winners for the Competitions. They will also be recognized during the ​Cannes Lions Award Show.

Find out which ideas take the crown during this year’s Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. The 70th edition of the largest gathering of advertising and creative communications professionals will be held from June 19 to June 23.

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