Expo opens doors to sustainable future

PHILBEX Cebu opened its doors last Thursday at the SM City Cebu Trade Hall.

With the theme “Shaping Innovations Toward Sustainability,” this year’s Philbex Cebu aims to unite architects, engineers, interior designers, industry professionals, and enthusiasts in its endeavor to promote the value of ingenuity and innovation in shaping the industry into one that is self-sustaining and adaptive to the evolving demands of the times.

As Philbex Cebu moves closer to its silver anniversary, this year’s theme also aligns itself with the organization’s thrust of leading the region’s construction and design trade at the forefront of global ascendance.

From last year’s 105 booths, Philbex Cebu 2018 houses over 120 booths and over 78 exhibitors across its 1,158-square-meter exhibition space.

Apart from various local exhibitors, something new to watch out for are the roster of international exhibitors from countries such as China, South Korea, Malaysia and Singapore.

A highlight of the event is the Architect’s Gallery, a venue that showcases the unique design perspectives and insights into the latest trends by the region’s top architects and their respective firms. Participating at this year’s show are Abadia Architects and Designers, Archiglobal, Inc., Nueast, Arkitecture, Pont Architectural + Design Studio, the Philippine Institute of Architects Cebu Chapter and the United Architects of the Philippines.

Another event is the Projéto Cebu Furniture Design Competition. Now on its third edition, Projéto engages participants with the challenge of creating a studio-type condominium unit that will address a student’s need for a relaxing and work-conducive haven. This year, the shortlisted participants are students from the Cebu Institute of Technology-University, the University of San Carlos-Safad, and the University of San Carlos-Talamban.

This year, Philbex Cebu also brings back the Philbex MiniCons, considered as a platform for the free-flowing exchange of information about innovative solutions that will address issues that concern the industry.

Organized by Worldbex Services International, the 16th Philbex will run until Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the SM City Cebu Trade Hall. Admission is free. PR


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