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Experience the curious mindset at Benilde Open Design + Art 2024 

MANILA, PHILIPPINES — De La Salle College of Saint Benilde has opened the first Benilde Open Design and Art 2024 exhibit. 

In synergy with De La Salle University and the Embassy of Switzerland, the exhibit showcases the works of creatives from all fields of design and art who were each selected to receive a grant of Php 300,000 to realize projects that have not seen the light of day. 

Only 27 out of 324 proposals were selected to take part in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. 


The 10 grantees of Benilde Open include works by Nice Buenaventura and Costantino Zicarelli, RJ Fernandez, Lyra Garcellano, Aaron Kaiser Garcia, Rambie Lim, Gabe Mercado, Lala Monserrat in collaboration with Russ Ligtas, Geric Cruz, and Jazel Kristin, Issay Rodriguez, Mikayla Teodoro, Michael Vea, and Errol Balcos

There is also a category that features the realized projects of 17 Benilde students called Best of Benilde, who also received the grant and full curatorial support. The grantees are Louisa Ray Cagaligen, Xandrix Antaso Corpuz Jr, Danielle Cusi, Asia Entico, Gela Mae Gamil, Veronica Landig, Pia Maghirang, Earl John Marquez, Rexcel Cariaga and Dars Juson, Camille Jay Pinton, Brian Ilustrisimo Razon, Jonas Roque, Shane Mariel Figuerra, Charles Cedric Quianzon, John Patrick Pascua, Maria Abigail Uson, Akira Watanabe, Liezel Ann Nierves, Glaeor Magne Dominguez, Mariana Julian Bernal with faculty mentor Alejandro Hector Reyes, Jasmine Fiona Tan, and Jasmila Clarisse San

The final works range from video, textiles, puppetry, visual art, apps, augmented reality, sculpture, photography, software, and more. 

Also on exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design (MCAD) Manila are pieces by renowned Swiss artist Heidi Bucher (1926 to 1993). The exhibition Heidi Bucher: and pull yesterday into today, comes to Manila after its two successful shows in Seoul, Korea and Beijing, China. 

Visit Benilde Open Design + Art and Best of Benilde

Exhibitions will run until June 30 at several spaces in De La Salle College of Saint Benilde – School of Design + Arts (SDA) Campus, Museum of Contemporary Art and Design (MCAD) Manila and Hub for Innovation. Weekly free tours for the public will be provided every 20 minutes from the lobby at SDA campus. 

There will also be scheduled public programs, talks including a conversation on Swiss artist Heidi featuring her sons – Indigo and Mayo, activities, and fireside chats on creative courage, grant proposal writing, women in design and architecture, and creative industry unicorns. 

The Benilde Open grantees and Best of Benilde students will also have a lineup of talks and activities on puppetry, psychogeography, performance, fashion, and board games, while Benilde faculty will host a series of workshops on printmaking, prosthetics, intellectual property, and lesson plan design with exhibitions. These are open to students, faculty, and non-Benildeans. 

For more information and schedule of activities, you may visit here or social media. #BenildeLikeNoOther 

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