Arts & Culture

25 Creatives to Watch: The Artists, Graphic Designers, and Photographers

These creatives continue to push the envelope in their fields

Photography: Cyrus Panganiban Pictorial Direction: Nat M. Clave

What's the story behind every photo or craft project? Photos, art, and crafts are products of an artist's passion and vision. This month, we got to know some of the talented individuals who are creating a buzz in their chosen fields.

Sittings Editor: Sunshine Selga-Funa. Interviews by Katherine Lopez, Dagny Madamba, Paula de Guzman, Tala Singson, and AJ Buquid. 

Makeup by Archibald Tolentino, Donald Lapez, Raymond Galang and Donna Congson. Hair by Dhave Grona and Mark Rone.

Ella Lama

Crafter and Doodle Artist

Ella just quit her day job to focus on her craft. She started lettering in 2012, and soon after, she started getting commissioned works. Ella illustrates inspirational quotes through lettering not just to uplift her spirits but also other people’s.

Facebook: Ella Lama

Jelito De Leon


 Jelito works as community manager of home and lifestyle store Craftsmith Living, but on the side, he shoots food, still life, products, and recently, interiors. 

Instagram: @jelitodeleon 

Paco Pili


Vintage with just the right degree of quirk best describes his works, which includes a tire that looks like an egg, legs of a bench with shoes, and boom boxes made of luggage.

Rachel Halili

Collage Artist, Where To Next?

At a young age, Rachel already enjoyed making collages with cutouts from her grandparents’ magazines. She took an interest in photography and in exploring places. From there, she made digital collages of her trips and recognized her passion for it. 

Instagram: @rachelhalili | @wtn_wheretonext

Gino Bueza


Gino first started joining art competitions and group exhibitions while taking up Studio Arts at the College of Fine Arts in the University of the Philippines-Diliman, where his creative focus was Painting. Since 2013, he's been actively joining group shows—one was even held in Singapore—and has had five solo art exhibits in different art galleries.

Katt San Juan


This wedding photographer and the brains behind the popular “The Daykeeper” journal knows how it is to be an inspiration to others. “I try to get my work as largely inspired by nature. More than anything, it’s an attempt to capture the art of the real artist, who is God, our creator,” she muses.

Tokwa Peñaflorida


 A graduate of the University of the Philippines-Diliman and hailing from a family of artists, Tokwa has been making his mark in the diverse local art scene. His works—sometimes dreamy, other times dark and intriguing—have already graced galleries, Art Fair Philippines, and were featured in an Ayala Foundation campaign.

Jamie Catt


This 20-year-old, Manila-based illustrator’s bold strokes and vivid colors stand out in a sea of watercolor creations. Jamie’s prints have already been featured various online and print publications.

Mina Lampitoc

Graphic designer/Illustrator/Photographer

 Mina hones her own style by combining her hobbies and interests like photography and watercolor illustrating in her artworks. She recently showcased some of her works in an exhibit and she also conducted a workshop together with her friends.

Benjamin Abesamis, Corinne Serrano, and Mike Parker


From a unique partnership between a professor and his former students, And a Half Design Studio was established and has been creating remarkable branding that caters to restaurants, hotels, real estate, government agencies, and even local tourism.

Patrick Cabral


Influenced by his uncle who was a calligrapher, Patrick pursued his passion relentlessly. So relentless, in fact, that he even posted on Instagram his dream of collaborating with Hallmark. Three IG posts later, he announced that his dream came true.

Instagram: @darkgravity

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