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Year in Review: 10 Best Designs of 2016

The country’s ten leading artists/designers handpick their best work of the year.

Mountain Spirits
Digital Paint
8.25” x 11.5”


Arnold Arre is known for graphic novels The Mythology Class, winner of the National Book Award in the Comics Category, Ang Mundo ni Andong Agimat, Trip to Tagaytay, Martial Law Babies, Halina Filipina, After Eden, and his animation film Milkyboy, award winner at the 25th Gawad CCP Para Sa Alternatibong Pelikula, the 7th Animahenasyon Festival, and the 30th Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival.


I strive to bring attention to Filipino myths and folklore in my art so that the young generation can appreciate and learn from them. As a child I often heard stories from the elderly about how there are spirits that protect the mountains and that has always fascinated me. This drawing is my interpretation of those tales. The patterns and costumes of these two characters are based on Bagobo and Mandaya textile designs.

Nutri Asia’s Ang Sarap Saya Foodtruck
Adobe Illustrator; Vehicle wrap sticker

TeamManila is a graphic design studio from the Philippines, the brainchild of Jowee Alviar and Mon Punzalan. Founded in 2001, TM has expanded to a team of 50. Clients include CITADEL, Condura, Bridgestone x I Can Serve Foundation collaboration, Fresh Options Meatshop, West Philippine Sea, Sunglass Haven, Serenitea, Villarica, Filscap, SM City Cebu Seaside Tower and Rua Seguridad.


NutriAsia launched their first food truck featuring signature Filipino dishes made more exciting with their products: Mang Tomas, Datu Puti, Papa ketchup, among others. Dubbed as ‘Ang Sarap Saya Foodtruck,’ this project’s design took inspiration from the Filipino jeepney, the most popular means of public transportation in the country. Illustrations of national heroes, animals, sceneries, popular landmarks and heritage sites, street foods, local favorites and Filipino and English signage are presented in blocks.

TM x SMB Merchandise Collection: 125 Years of Beer Stories & Home of the Orig
Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop; Merchandise (shirts, tote bags, tumblers, drawstring bags, pouches and lanyards)

TeamManila is a graphic design studio from the Philippines, the brainchild of Jowee Alviar and Mon Punzalan. Founded in 2001, TM has expanded to a team of 50. Clients include CITADEL, Condura, Bridgestone x I Can Serve Foundation collaboration, Fresh Options Meatshop, West Philippine Sea, Sunglass Haven, Serenitea, Villarica, Filscap, SM City Cebu Seaside Tower and Rua Seguridad.


On its 125th year,San Miguel Pale Pilsen collaborated with TeamManila Lifestyle for a limited line of shirts, pouches, lanyards, tumblers and tote bags. Taking inspiration from the iconic San Miguel Beer bottle and label, the merchandise collaboration is created in hues of black, white and gold with a twist of TeamManila classic design. From the success of San Miguel Pale Pilsen x TeamManila’s first collaboration last February 2015 comes the second release of merchandise themed ‘Home of the Orig.’

Ten Layers of Pleasure
Mixed (Acrylic Paint on Illustration Boards)      
30 x 40 inches

Patrick Cabral is a multi-disciplinary designer and type artist. In 2014, he and his wife released a mobile app game called Pugo, number one in the Apple App Store for two weeks. He collaborated with Jessica Walsh of Sagmeister & Walsh and Timothy Goodman for 2013’s social experiment “Forty Days of Dating.” He has also collaborated designing temporary tattoos for He continues to create typography for Hallmark USA.


The is for The Magnum Pleasure Store Pop Up, which opened last November 17 at the SM Seaside Cebu Mall. The artwork is made up of 10 layers of cold-press illustration boards, painted according to the colors pertaining to ‘layers of flavors’ that could be customized to a Magnum Ice Cream Bar. The process took around 15 days, with each layer meticulously cut and colored.

LOST Page 001
12” x 12″

Rob Cham is a comics creator, illustrator, and friend.You can check out his work on or follow him on different social media platforms @robcham


Lost is my second graphic novel, a follow up to my 2015 release, Light. They’re both stand-alone stories, but Lost was made with the idea that it would be the Yang to Light’s Yin. This page is the first page I worked on, but also kind of the last time where you see these characters kind of happy, or looking forward to going towards the unknown.

Traffic Congestion
Paper Cut    
15” X 20”

John Ed De Vera is a creative director for design at TBWA\SMP. The UST Fine Arts Major has won a number of awards. Not bad for a guy who took up Advertising just because it sounded better than Nutrition and Dietetics. Paper craft is an obvious hobby, which explains the perforation cutter in his bag.


For their July 2016 cover, Esquire Philippines invited me to illustrate traffic congestion. Each element was drawn on a bond paper, transferred on special paper and individually cut by hand. The grayscale cutouts were then mounted on top of each other, depending on their layout and arrangement similar to the process of making papier tole. The more protruded the elements were, the more shadows they would create, adding dimensionality to the whole image.

MetalFest Gong 2016
Posters, websites, merchandise

Pann Lim is the co-founder and creative director of Kinetic Singapore, K+, and Rubbish Famzine. He has earned over 450 industry awards, including the President’s Design Award, Gold Pencils at the New York One Show, Cannes Lions and D&AD. He has judged at the Singapore Creative Circle Awards, the Effie Awards, Malaysia Kancil Awards, Miami Clio Awards, Webby Awards, and D&AD Awards.


For many creatives, winning a Gold, Silver, or Bronze at award shows means winning a ‘metal.’ Kinetic Design reimagined Singapore’s annual creative award show, the Gong Show, as a ‘metal’ celebration titled “MetalFest Gong 2016.” Borrowing from heavy metal’s visual style, tone, and manner, the MetalFest call to entry campaign played up creatives’ obsession with collecting metals. Participating agencies were recast as heavy metal bands, with their logos redesigned in that vein.

UP Fighting Maroons Volleyball Team
Brand Identity Design & Application

Dan Matutina, internationally noted illustrator, is part of Plus63 Design Co., which includes Bernice Yumul, Jo Malinis, Raxenne Maniquiz, and Craig Halili. It’s roster of clients speaks best for its stature: adobo Design Awards, P&G, CITEM, Graphika Manila, Japan Foundation, Industria, International Finance Corporation, Ito Kish, Kalikasan Crafts, Kawi Content, Kushikatsu Daruma, to name but a few.


Last year, Plus63 Design Co., collaborated with designers AJ Dimarucot, Kay Aranzanso and Ralph Guibani to develop the brand identity design of the University of the Philippines’ Fighting Maroons. This year, we designed various tournament uniforms, merchandise and promotional illustrations for the UP Women’s Volleyball Team.

Ready to Rumble

Jason Tablante, is a professional advertising photographer servicing various ad agencies. On his spare time, he shoots superheroes for fun with the help of industry partners and friends.


This is a collaboration piece I did with a Canadian cosplayer visiting the country, art director Paolo de Leon. Make-up and hair is by Sassa Carlos. Styling is by Hannah Kim. Costume is by model Tali Oppelt.

Tree of Joy
840mm x 460 m (33” x 18.1”)
Offset Lithographic Printing using 1 Pantone spot color. Printed on Recycled 220gsm Maple White paper. Suitable for archival use

Thomas Yang, Head of Design at DDB Singapore, has won over 300 regional and international awards at major shows such as D&AD, The One Show, Cannes, Clio, AdFest and The Spikes. In 2011, besides winning The Creative Director of the Year in the Hall of Fame award, he was also one of the top 10 highest ranked creative directors in Cannes.


It’s always a joy to ride but no matter which trail you are on remember to leave nothing behind but an occasional splash. Inspired by the Chinese blow painting technique, the artist breathes life into a river of ink by guiding the flow of its tributaries into the silhouette of a majestic pine tree. Created just in time for Christmas.

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