Schedule and Speakers

We're excited to share the lineup of webinars and roundtables for this year's conference.
Check out the talented artists and skilled entrepreneurs speaking and sharing their tips and strategies on starting and building a successful creative business.

Day 1: October 3

Developing Mindset and Intuition
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (PHILIPPINE TIME)

In this webinar, certified life coach Aurora Suarez will discuss the fundamental steps to starting an intentional and meaningful business that aligns with your values and beliefs. Key topics that will be explored include: developing a growth mindset and giving yourself permission to run a business that works for you.

Announcement: The Intuition part of the talk will be moved to either Oct 24 or Oct 31 because speaker Chinggay Labrador has a family emergency to attend to. We will update the participants via email and thru the website when we finalize the date.

WEBINAR WITH:

AURORA M. SUAREZ

Aurora M. Suarez is a certified Courageous Living life and career coach, writer and speaker. She helps women achievers and creatives get the clarity to discover what they truly want, make courageous choices and take powerful action to change their lives. She invites women to craft a life they love.

She believes in the healing power of deep breaths, gratitude, journaling and self-compassion. She is also the creator and publisher of The Sunday Night Journal and the founder of Write Away Retreats. She has also recently launched her first podcast called Soul Writing Workshop.

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Day 2: October 10

LAUNCHING YOUR OWN PAPER PRODUCT LINE
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Philippine time)

Have a ton of ideas for paper products you want to make, but not sure where to start? Christine Herrin of Everyday Explorers Co will walk you through a process of sorting through your art, figuring out what products to make, and how to get them printed and produced. You’ll also get a few tips on pricing strategies, planning out product collections, and more. Let’s get your creative product-based business started!

WEBINAR SPEAKER:

CHRISTINE HERRIN
EVERYDAY EXPLORERS CO.

Christine is the creative behind Everyday Explorers Co., a line of paper products that inspire people to document the details of their everyday lives. A designer with a background in publishing, she was also named an Adobe Creative Resident in 2016. She currently lives in Berkeley, California.

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Day 3: October 17

THE STATIONERY CAFE + KOKO, ABBEY AND CH
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (PHILIPPINE TIME)

Meet the creators! In this live interview, Abbey, CH and Koko chat with April of
The Stationery Cafe on how this all began and their continuous love affair with paper. 

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THE STATIONERY CAFE
FRESHLY BREWED CONVERSATIONS

The Stationery Cafe is a podcast about everything stationery. We invite you to join us in a virtual cafe journaling session to learn about creators, new stationery, and fun things in the community. Enjoy candid conversations between the co-hosts April and Phyllis, or journaling-related topics with artists and stationery enthusiasts. Sit down and have a cup of coffee or tea with us, and enjoy the wonderful world of creative journaling!

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Getting Started With Production, Logistics & Distribution
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM (PHILIPPINE TIME)

Now that you’ve planned out your product line, your next step is to move into production. We’ve invited key representatives from GA Printing, Lazada Philippines and Blitz Delivery to share their tips and best practices for small business owners.
This roundtable will guide you through the process of getting your product printed, launching on an e-commerce platform,
to sending it out to your customer.

ROUNDTABLE WITH:

Rafael Bauza
MARKETING DIRECTORY, GA PRINTING

GA Printing was incorporated in 1976 as an ancillary service of its sister company, Graphic Atelier Manila (GAMI), in order to facilitate delivery of print collaterals to its clients. GA started its operation with a small duplicating machine to print office stationery – letterheads, envelopes and business cards.

It has since grown to be a medium-sized commercial print shop, employing 65 people and a number of subcontractors. We strongly believe that good quality moves companies forward. This is why for more than 40 years, we have always made sure to provide excellent products and services to our most discerning clients. Through this belief, we have become one of the leading quality commercial printers in the country today.

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Jerry Tieng
CEO, BLITZ DELIVERY

Jerry Tieng is a technopreneur who started coding when he was 12 and founded his first startup right in his bedroom. He designed and developed ERP and HR systems for Top 100 companies.

Since selling digital cameras online in the mid-90's, he has come full circle after starting Blitz Delivery two years ago and several new online stores during the ECQ - selling frozen goods, coffee, and household essentials.

He has a keen interest in helping fellow founders and online merchants in the ecommerce space to help redefine customer experiences as a digital logistics frontliner.

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BESSIE ABADILLA
KEY ACCOUNT MANAGER,
LAZADA PHILIPPINES

Bessie is a Key Account Manager for the Lifestyle team at Lazada Philippines and she has experience in managing sellers & brands under the Music and Books category.
A firm believer of Lazada’s mission in accelerating progress through commerce and technology in Southeast Asia, she is fueled by her passion in helping MSMEs in the Philippines grow their business through the Lazada platform.

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Day 4: October 24

BUILDING YOUR CREATIVE CONFIDENCE
2:00PM - 4:00PM (PHILIPPINE TIME)

In the age of social media and self-promotion, how do artists start sharing their work online? Where does confidence come from, and how can we nurture a better relationship with ourselves as creative people? For this artist roundtable, we’ve invited some of the best Filipino artists and designers to talk about building your creative confidence. Join Dan Matutina, Ian Sta. Maria, Asa Montenejo, Liza Flores and Robert Alejandro as they share insights and experiences on finding inspiration, beating artist’s block and building their creative career.  

ROUNDTABLE WITH:

ROBERT ALEJANDRO

Robert Alejandro is a graduate of Fine Arts from the University of the Philippines, and an award-winning graphic artist, an illustrator, a painter, a crafter, and one of the pillars of Filipino arts and design shop Papemelroti. He is a founding member of Illustrador ng Kabataan (INK), an organization of children’s book illustrators. For a time, he worked as a correspondent for the news program, The Probe Team. He knew, however, that he was an artist since birth, and has also hosted the popular television show “Art Is-Kool”. 

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Liza Flores

Liza Flores is an award-winning illustrator. She has illustrated 20 children's books, including The Secret is in the Soil (2012 National Children’s Book Awards Best Reads), But That Won't Wake Me Up (2012 Filipino Reader's Choice Awards), and long-time favorites Chenelyn! Chenelyn! and Ang Mabait na Kalabaw. She is a long-time member and past president of Ilustrador ng Kabataan (INK). 

Liza is also a professional designer. She's a Fine Arts graduate from the University of the Philippines. She runs a boutique design studio in Manila that specializes in identity design, environmental graphic design and illustration.

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DAN MATUTINA

Dan Matutina is a designer and illustrator. He is a founding partner at Plus63 and Hydra Design Group. He was the recipient of the ADC Young Guns award in 2013. His works have appeared in print, digital and animation.

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Asa Montenejo

Inky Livie is Asa Montenejo, designer/illustrator who likes to create paper goods with a little personality. Starting out in 2007 as an Etsy shop based in California, she has enjoyed working with customers who are drawn to the not-so-conventional. When she came back home to Manila in 2012, she found a new audience for her very Pinoy humor-injected goodies. She gets the greatest kick out of watching people giggle while reading her cards, and notepads, and is always very pleasantly surprised when someone appreciates her Karinyo Brutal gift tags. 

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IAN STA. MARIA

Ian Sta. Maria is the Author and Illustrator of the book, Salamangka. He is also the co-creator and artist of National Bookstore’s best selling graphic novels Skyworld volume one and two, co-creator and artist of the comic book Sixty Six (also known as “Mr. TIno” internationally), co-creator and artist of other titles such as Kadasig and Seven Gifts of the Skygods. He has had more than fifteen years as an advertising creative in Manila before moving to Denmark where he currently works as Senior Concept artist for LEGO.

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Day 5: October 31

CREATING CONTENT FOR SOCIAL MEDIA
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (PHILIPPINE TIME)

Get over your fear of self-promotion! In this session, artist and author Abbey Sy will walk you through building a compelling online presence through words, images and videos. Learn how to plan and create content around what will make your product stand out and share it online through effective storytelling.

WEBINAR BY:

ABBEY SY

Abbey Sy is an artist and author from Manila, Philippines. Throughout her creative career, she has worked on freelance projects, has written and illustrated best-selling books such as The ABCs of Hand Lettering, The ABCs of Journaling, and Always Be Creating: A Field Guide To Living a Creative Life. Her first international title, Hand Lettering A to Z, has been translated to nine languages. She has given two TEDx talks, spoken in Graphika Manila, and facilitated workshops on creativity and making things happen. Currently, she runs Shop Abbey Sy and manages her creative community on Patreon. With her Always be Creating mantra, she hopes to inspire others to unlock their creative potential and move forward with their creative journey.

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Developing Mindset and Intuition
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM (PHILIPPINE TIME)

Tarot reader Chinggay Labrador discusses intuition and how it can be used to improve, develop, and enhance one’s professional life. Key topics that will be explored include barriers and stumbling blocks to using one’s intuition and intuitive practices to incorporate into daily life.

WEBINAR BY:

CHINGGAY LABRADOR
PRACTICAL MAGIC

Practical Magic is all about breaking down the woowoo and making magic accessible to everyone. Through tarot and oracle decks, books, readings, and more, PM teaches people that we can incorporate magic into our everyday lives, if we approach it from a place of self-discovery. 

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