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Address: Upper Tingub, Mandaue City Cebu, Philippines
Members Status: Regular
Contact Person: MR. AGUSTIN PALAO
Position: Marketing Director
Phone: (6332) 346.0819 / 346.0821  Temporary number: 511-5688
Fax: (6332) 346.0821

Product Lines: Indoor Furniture

Materials Used: Wood, metal, wrought iron, fiberglass, woven abaca, leather, rattan, wicker, bamboo


Design Ventures exhibited its first furniture and furnishings collections at the Philippine Furniture Fair in Manila in 1990.

Having popularized the use of ceramic tiles on furniture, product research and development has always been the company’s top priority. In 1993 Debbie won for the Design Ventures the coveted KATHA award for Best Product Collection in the Manila fair with her Water Buffalo line in terracotta tiles and metal.

In 1997, she won the Best Product Design for Contemporary in the Cebu Fair, for the skeletal metal frame chaise with stitched leather.

In 1994, Debbie’s Vitruvian chair was chosen to grace the cover of the International Home Furnishings Market Resource Guide, Fall edition, Highpoint, North Carolina.

As one of the Philippine designers sponsored by the Carl Duisberg Gesellschaft (CDG) in Germany for the Advanced Eco-Design Management Programme in 1998, Debbie has continued to pursue her design developments using only sustainable and renewable materials on contemporary lines.

Debbie derives her design inspirations from her Filipino heritage, from her studies of the Malay and other Eastern cultures. Her design philosophy revolves around concepts that mix the linear simplicity of the West with the “wabi-sabi” complexity of the East. She takes responsibility for her designs, considers comfort and purpose as well as other manufacturing concerns on the consistent achievement of quality.

As President of the Designers Guild-Philippines, Debbie takes the designer’s resposibility to his consumers and to the environment seriously and hopes to bring the organization nearer to its mission and vision.

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