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The Monkeys Sydney’s ‘The First Digital Nation’ wins One Asia 2023 Best of Show

SHANGHAI, CHINA — The Monkeys Sydney took high honors in the ONE Asia Creative Awards 2023, winning Best of Show for “The First Digital Nation” on behalf of The Government of Tuvalu.

The work, created with Collider Sydney, Thrive PR + Communications, and MassiveMusic Sydney, was also awarded Best of Discipline honors in Creative Effectiveness and Public Relations, and received two Golds and a Merit.

Leo Burnett Group Manila Makati had a strong showing this year. Working with Golden Arches Development Corporation (McDonald’s Philippines) Makati, the agency was awarded three Best of Disciplines wins – in Direct Marketing, Gaming, and Social Media – for “Unbranded Menu” on behalf of McDonald’s.  

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The total wins for Leo Burnett Group Manila — three Best of Disciplines, four Golds, two Silvers, and a Bronze — made it Agency of the Year in the first annual ONE Asia Creative Rankings.

The complete list of ONE Asia 2023 Best of Discipline winners, as decided by a jury of 40 creative leaders from 14 APAC countries and regions, is as follows.

  • Branded Entertainment: Leo Burnett India Mumbai with Prodigious Mumbai “Airtel 175” for Airtel
  • Creative Effectiveness: The Monkeys Sydney with Collider Sydney, Thrive PR + Communications Sydney, and MassiveMusic Sydney “The First Digital Nation” for The Government of Tuvalu
  • Creative Use of Data: CHEP Network Sydney with Sonar Music Sydney, The Editors  Sydney, and The Sweetshop Sydney “Flipvertising” for Samsung
  • Design: VML Ogilvy Japan Tokyo “Milk Manga” for Seki Milk
  • Direct Marketing: Leo Burnett Group Manila Makati with Golden Arches Development Corporation (McDonald’s Philippines) Makati “Unbranded Menu” for McDonald’s
  • Film & Video: SIX inc. Tokyo with good design company Tokyo, Hakuhodo Tokyo, and Hakuhodo Kettle Tokyo “A Train of Memories” for Sotetsu Holdings
  • Gaming: Leo Burnett Group Manila Makati with Golden Arches Development Corporation (McDonald’s Philippines) Makati “Unbranded Menu” for McDonald’s
  • Interactive, Online & Mobile:  CHEP Network Sydney with Sonar Music Sydney, The Editors Sydney, and The Sweetshop Sydney “Flipvertising” for Samsung
  • Moving Image Craft & Production: SIX inc. Tokyo with good design company Tokyo, Hakuhodo Kettle Tokyo “A Train of Memories” for Sotetsu Holdings 
  • Public Relations: The Monkeys Sydney with Collider Sydney, Thrive PR + Communications Sydney and MassiveMusic Sydney “The First Digital Nation” for The Government of Tuvalu
  • Social Media: Leo Burnett Group Manila Makati with Golden Arches Development Corporation (McDonald’s Philippines) Makati “Unbranded Menu” for McDonald’s

“ONE Asia is about more than just recognition. It’s about celebrating the unique tapestry of creativity that spans APAC,” said Kevin Swanepoel, CEO of The One Club. “It’s a testament to the incredible talent, innovation, and cultural depth that thrives in the region.”

ONE Asia Creative Rankings

This marks the first year The One Club for Creativity has compiled the ONE Asia Creative Rankings. The top agencies for the region, with links to their winning work, are:

1. Leo Burnett Group Manila Makati

2. Leo Burnett India Mumbai

3. CHEP Network Sydney

4. The Monkeys Sydney (tie)

4. Thrive PR + Communications Sydney (tie)

6. VMLY&R Ogilvy Japan Tokyo

7. INNOCEAN Seoul

8. Edelman Thailand Bangkok

9. Wunderman Thompson Thailand Bangkok

10. Dentsu Creative Manila Makati 

Other top winners in ONE Asia Rankings are as follows.

The single highest-ranked work was “Unbranded Menu” by Leo Burnett Group Manila Makati with Golden Arches Development Corporation (McDonald’s Philippines) Makati for McDonald’s.

The ONE Asia Rankings for creative individuals was a three-way tie for first between Earl John Diaz, social media manager, Stephanie Tan, art director, and Sofia Tawasil, copywriter, who are all part of the Leo Burnett Group Manila team.

The top-ranked countries and regions are, in order: Australia, Philippines, Japan, India, Thailand, South Korea, Singapore, China, Chinese Taipei, Vietnam, Indonesia, and New Zealand.

ONE Asia is part of The One Club’s renowned Global Creative Rankings, to be announced in early January 2024.  ONE Asia awards won by agencies and brands now gain them international recognition, and corresponding points contribute to regional and global network and holding company global rankings totals.

The complete list of ONE Asia 2023 winners can be viewed here.  Finalists can be viewed here

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