In the Philippines, the National Heritage Month is celebrated every year in May by virtue of the Presidential Proclamation 439, Series of 2003 signed by then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. And as declared by the PP 390, Series of 2012, the last week of May of every year is the National Interior Design Week.
It was in 1964 when the Philippine Institute of Interior Designers (PIID) was formed. Since then, a steady growth towards professionalism has been established, making the country become ahead of its colleagues in the Asia-Pacific region in terms of interior design practice. And then in 2018, PIID initiated the National Interior Design Festival 2018 with its three main events namely Pamana, Karunungan, and Kawang-gawa.
The first event, Pamana, was run through a Heritage Tour called “Sagala ng Kulinarya at Kultura: Pamana ng Architectura, Sining at Pananamit” with the goal of promoting cultural heritage. Featured in the said event was the rich cultural heritage of the Southern Tagalog region (Region IV), which allowed participants to survey the existing ancestral homes and the Catholic cathedral which has the longest nave in the whole Asia. Other activities were also held, one was experiencing the art of embroidery with demonstrations from Taal artisan embroiders.
The second event, Karunungan, commenced with a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) seminar dedicated to interior design students and professional interior designers hailing from different corners of the country. The theme of the said seminar was “Rethinking Interior Design in a Borderless Practice” with the objective of deepening the awareness of the practice and profession towards optimizing one’s performance and self-empowerment. Also, the event encourages collaboration and analytical insights in terms of human behavior to improve the quality of life in the existing environment.
The third event, Kawang-gawa, conveys the organization’s Community Service program which was centered on motivating the spirit of the elderly living in nursing home facilities. Through making improvements in their environment with interior design, their basic needs were given immediate solutions.
The celebration was held in Cebu.