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Will the Philippines become a top creative force by 2030?

Industry veterans, creative communities, and organizations are working together to achieve this goal—and we think it’s possible.

By 2030, the Philippines aims to be a top creative economy in the ASEAN region—at least, that’s the target year that the Creative Economy Council of the Philippines (CECP) has decided on. While there’s only less than a decade left to achieve this feat, it doesn’t seem far fetched. The country abounds with artistic talent, after all, and it’s had many creative breakthroughs as of late.

For instance, there’s Trese and its Netflix debut, introducing original Filipino content to the world and setting the international stage for local artists. Miles away from the metro, La Union’s The Great Northwest flourishes as a coastal commune featuring environmentally conscious and design-forward start-ups. Within the digital space, Filipino gamers and creators have been making waves in the esports and livestreaming arena, respectively.

With such endeavors gaining momentum and inspiring others to join the wave, CREATE Philippines—an initiative by the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM) that builds and champions the local creative community—presents Creative Futures, a special two-day digital conference featuring industry leaders and experts to inspire and discuss the future of the Philippine creative economy.

The online event gathers leaders and experts in the fields of Animation, Advertising, Communication Design, Game Development, Digitalized Creative Content, and Comics and Illustration, among others, to share their stories of navigating the “new normal” and offer insights on how they see their industries advancing in the coming years.

One of the highlights of Creative Futures is the presentation of the Philippine Creative Industries Act. Authored by Congressman Christopher “Toff” de Venecia and filed by the Arts and Culture, and Creative Industries Bloc of the 18th Congress (ACCIB), the bill aims to provide an enabling policy and governance framework that will shape the Philippine creative industry, make it globally competitive, and ensure a sustainable future for the country’s local talents.

A two-part curated program of short films from different regions of the country, presented by the Film Development Council of the Philippines with an introduction from Chairperson and CEO Liza Diño-Seguerra, will also be happening on both the first and second days of the conference.

Running from June 28 to 29, 2021, Creative Futures is directed by veteran writer and editor Erwin Romulo and organized by CITEM.

For more information about CREATE Philippines and to see the full line-up of Creative Futures 2021, register at and follow CREATE Philippines on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.