A gathering of storytellers: An invitation to the Philippine Readers and Writers Festival 2016

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On August 26 to 28, a menagerie of writers, readers, authors, photographers, historians, and all sorts of artists will congregate for National Bookstore and Raffle Makati’s Philippine Readers and Writers Festival 2016. On August 26, CNN Philippines Life will host a panel titled "The We and the I: Stories Beyond the Page," where graphic designer and illustrator Dan Matutina, painter, author, and costume designer Mark Lewis Higgins, filmmaker Jade Castro, photographer Shaira Luna, and furniture and interior designer Ito Kish will share how they explore different ways to engage and tell a story through a variety of visual media beyond the written form.

“We tell ourselves stories in order to live,” says the writer Joan Didion, and on August 26 to 28, 2016, various storytellers will come together to narrate how they tell — and live — stories in literature, art, publication, history, fashion, film, design, and photography.

These storytellers will find an erstwhile audience in National Bookstore and Raffles Makati’s Philippine Readers and Writers Festival, to be held in Raffles Makati. The three-day festival, headlined by Pulitzer award winning novelist Adam Johnson (“The Orphan Master’s Son”) as well as international bestselling authors Paula McLain (“The Paris Wife”) and Anna Todd (the “After” series) will treat readers and writers to a wonderland of authors, poets, historians, photographers, publishers, and other breeds of artists willing to impart what they learned from art of storytelling.

On August 26, in particular, speaking for “The We and the I: Stories Beyond the Page,” a panel discussion hosted by CNN Philippines Life, graphic designer and illustrator Dan Matutina, painter, author, and costume designer Mark Lewis Higgins, filmmaker Jade Castro, photographer Shaira Luna, and furniture and interior designer Ito Kish will sit down and share how they explore different ways to engage and tell a story through a variety of visual media beyond the written form.

 

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Dan Matutina, a graphic designer and illustrator based in the Philippines, tells stories through graphic design. His style is characterized as “a combination of angular, graphic shapes layered with hand-painted textures.” Having worked on projects for Google, Pinterest, Airbnb, Samsung, Wired Magazine, Coca-Cola, Havaianas, Heineken, and Uniqlo, to name a few, Matutina develops graphic design entities and systems for brands as founding partner of Plus63 Design Co. Notably, in 2013, he received the Art Directors Young Guns Award in New York for his work.

Mark Lewis Higgins, a painter, author, and fashion educator, most recently designed the costumes for Ballet Philippines’ “Firebird,” a ballet set at pre-Hispanic Philippines. A firm advocate of knowing Philippine history through costume design, Higgins, in 2015, co-authored the book “Fashionable Pilipinas: An Evolution of the Philippine National Dress in Photographs 1860-1960." He is also the co-director of SLIM’s Fashion and Arts School, Manila. As a painter, his works were exhibited at Asian Art in London in 2014 and 2015.

Jade Castro is primarily a filmmaker whose work first became recognized in the 2007 film "Endo," after which he directed "My Big Love" and "Zombadings 1: Patayin sa Shokot si Remington," among others. He also wrote the screenplay for the hits "My Amnesia Girl" and "RPG: Metanoia." Before he was recognized as a filmmaker, he helped put up UFO Pictures, and co-produced "Sarong Banggi" and "Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros" for the 2005 Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival. In 2000, his short film "Hopya Love Me Too" won the Kodak Award, as well as participated in the Cinemanila International Film Festival.

Shaira Luna is a self-taught professional fashion and advertising photographer represented by At East | Jed Root, an international creative talent agency. Her work, which spans covers for commercial magazines to personal art projects as found in her website, displays a dazzling variety of styles: from cinematic and gritty, to clean and dreamy, but always held in place by a sense of nostalgia and longing for the past. She lives in Manila, with a whole floor of thrifted clothes for her self-styled shoots.

Ito Kish is one of the Philippines’ most prominent furniture and interior designers. He is the chief visual storyteller of Ito Kish, which is comprised of of furniture and accessories retailer Kish Stories, interior design services provider Kish Interiors, and original Filipino homeware designer Ito Kish Home. Ito has worked with many prestigious companies all over Asia. His original designs have also received international acclaim, and garnered notable awards.

For the panel, these storytellers will discuss how they make sense of their work and what creative process drives them to tell stories through their chosen medium — whether it be graphic design, film, fashion, interior design, or photography. They will also explore how they situate their stories considering their roots as Filipinos and varying political and social contexts, and in light of rapid technological advances that constantly change the way we tell stories.