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2015 Tokwa Peñaflorida Artist Tokwa is on a roll. “This year is so busy! For the first half, I al­ready had three ex­hibits, two art fairs, and other com­mer­cial stuff,” he gushes. He just had an ex­hibit with artist friends Kay Aran­zanso and Soleil Ig­na­cio in Nova Gallery, where Tokwa whipped up 45 il­lus­tra­tions of male nudes. He was also part of a group show held at the Pineap­ple Lab gallery. He’ll also be in­volved in group shows here and abroad. Come Oc­to­ber this year, Tokwa will have a solo show at Vinyl on Vinyl gallery. Web­site: http://tok­wap.tum­blr.com

2015 Pai Edles and Misty Floro De­sign­ers, Mor­fo­sis This duo is, quite lit­er­ally, all over the place: in Zam­boanga, Pam­panga, Ta­gay­tay, Que­zon City, to name a few. De­sign­ing com­mer­cial, of­fice, and per­sonal spa­ces—from restau­rants such as Pep­per Lunch to laun­dro­mats and even a home in the French Alps (the home­owner saw their works in Real Liv­ing!). De­spite all these, the two man­aged to grow their de­sign firm, mov­ing into a new of­fice (that they de­signed, of course, see May 2016 is­sue) garbed in their sig­na­ture edgy style. Web­site: www.mor­fo­sis.ph

2014 98B COLLABo­ra­tory Artists After three years of this group’s suc­cess­ful col­lab­o­ra­tion with the First United Buid­ing in Es­colta for the Satur­day X Fu­ture Mar­ket @ES­COLTA (SxFM@E), 98B has re­cently hatched another fan­tas­tic idea: The Hub|Make Lab. “The HUB serves as an in­cu­ba­tion space for those who wish to ex­per­i­ment on a more sta­ble and sus­tain­able set­ting,” says op­er­a­tions di­rec­tor Gabriel Vil­le­gas. It caters to startup en­trepreneurs and young artists who want to test their mar­ket with short-term leases. Check out The Hub|Make Lab at 413 First United Build­ing, Es­colta Street, Manila. Web­site: http://www.98-b.org

2015 Joel Salazar and Paul Baes Store own­ers and de­sign­ers, Lucina Home In just a span of one year, Lucina Home has ex­panded to in­clude another branch, this time at the new Sole­nad 3 in Nu­vali, Sta. Rosa, La­guna. Paul and Joel have also been tapped to fix up the fa­mous Ta­gay­tay café chain Bag of Beans. “We just fin­ished Char­ito by Bag of Beans, yung old house na gi­nawa nam­ing neo-clas­sic French,” says Paul. They are also do­ing over the café’s branch near the ro­tunda. Thanks to this duo, there’s another rea­son to head to Ta­gay­tay. Face­book: www.face­book.com/Luci­naHome

2014 Kris Abrigo Artist The ur­ban grit of Kris’s works is no longer lim­ited to just col­lab­o­ra­tions with lo­cal home stores like Heima, Ur­ban Abode, and Space En­coun­ters. Stroll along the streets of Bonifacio Global City and spot his larger-than-life mu­rals of men in hard hats and uni­forms done in col­or­ful geo­met­ric shapes. Kris has al­ready done solo ex­hibits, the lat­est of which was held at the Six­inch Gallery in Ronac Art Cen­ter in Green­hills. And just last month, Kris flew to New York to share his tal­ents there at a street art fes­ti­val. In­sta­gram: @krisabrigo

2015 Justin Uy Dis­trib­u­tor, ADA Na­ture Aquar­i­ums Aside from breath­tak­ing aquar­i­ums that boast su­perb, Ja­panese-style “aquas­cap­ing,” Justin has also brought in a line of pet fur­ni­ture, toys, and other para­pher­na­lia. He also brought in Sphero, a brand of app-con­nected ro­botic balls, which had a big hit with BB8 when Star

Wars launched late last year. Next up: ter­rar­i­ums, Eco­farm Aquapon­ics, 3D Deco Lights, “and many other toys!” All of these items are avail­able at Hobbes & Lan­des stores. Face­book: www.face­book.com/ ADAPhilip­pines

2015 Joseph Ras­trullo Fur­ni­ture de­signer, Ras­trullo De­sign Stu­dio This Budji Layug-men­tored de­sign mav­er­ick con­tin­ues to wow the in­dus­try in lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional fairs such as the In­ter­na­tional Fur­ni­ture Fair Sin­ga­pore and Salone del Mo­bile in Mi­lan this year. In the April show of Manila FAME, Joseph ex­hib­ited his or­ganic Rac­colta col­lec­tion—fur­ni­ture and light­ing in­spired by the Banaue Rice Ter­races—at the de­sign de­vel­op­ment Red Box spe­cial set­tings. In­sta­gram: @jraras­trullo, @ras­trul­lode­sign

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