Real Living (Philippines) - - Editor's Note -

Ce­buanos know how to have a good time. I’d like to think it’s be­cause Cebu is like Manila, only bet­ter. The traf­fic there is wors­en­ing, yes, but it won’t last you more than an hour. Beaches are an es­cape from the en­croach­ing CBDs, but the shores are just 30 min­utes away. The peo­ple are kinder, more ap­proach­able, and very laid­back.

And the de­sign—the de­sign! Good de­sign man­i­fests it­self al­most ev­ery­where in Cebu. Ce­buanos are a lit­tle bit braver and more play­ful with their cre­ations, be­cause noth­ing holds them back. Just check out their tiny cafés decked out in de­signer fur­ni­ture, an­ces­tral homes-turned-din­ing-des­ti­na­tions, down­town graf­fiti that mimic hip art­work, and en­tire build­ings that re­sem­ble origami. Try that in Manila and the con­ser­va­tive client will shake his head, declar­ing his fear that his cus­tomers won’t like it. In Cebu, they don’t think of that; they build a crazy-look­ing spot and crowds rush to it.

The Cebu de­sign in­dus­try is also un­der­go­ing sig­nif­i­cant changes. Fur­ni­ture com­pa­nies that have been long- time in­ter­na­tional ex­porters are slowly open­ing up to the lo­cal mar­ket. This would be a great op­por­tu­nity for the rest of the coun­try to en­joy the great de­sign ta­lent Cebu is known for. And we can def­i­nitely learn a thing or two from them, de­sign-wise— num­ber one: be brave; num­ber two: read the rest of this is­sue!

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