ECCP Cebu, in partnership with DOST 7, is conducting a workshop dubbed as EKOShare: Fabulation on March 18 and 25 at the Materials Innovation Centre (MATIC) in DOST 7 Banilad S and T Complex.

Francis Dravigny, a French designer known for his extensive material exploration on abaca, is the resource person of this one-and-half-day event. Among Dravigny’s clientele are Cartier, Neiman Marcus, & Sonoma.

Fabulation is a portmanteau of fabric and manipulation. It is an enriching lecture and workshop on the fundamentals of fabric manipulation with a one-on-one consultation session with Dravigny on the use of fabric in product design. Part of the package is a plant tour in Cebu Interlace, Dravigny’s factory. Materials from the company will be used for the hands-on application on fabric manipulation.

EKOShare is a workshop series featuring sustainability in design. It is conducted by the Materials Innovation Centre (MATIC) and managed by ECCP Cebu.

EKOShare: Fabulation is especially crafted for designers and product developers. Students are also welcome as they will definitely benefit from it. Registration fee is P2,000 for ECCP member companies and students. Non-member companies are charged P2,200. This is inclusive of snacks, lunch, and materials. For more information, kindly get in touch with Jam Erauda or Gerald Oporto at (032) 412-1194/253-3387 or e-mail /




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EKO FEST: celebrating Cebu as the sustainable hub of the country

Apart from being the design destiny of the Philippines, CEBU is the sustainable hub of the country! Find out why! DON’T MISS EKO FEST Exhibition on June 15 – 19 at The Northwing at SM City Cebu.

For details please call Hannah Trias Cusi at 032 266-1883 l 253-3387 l 253-3389 or send email to

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ECCP kicks off CONNEXION: An Online Marketing Series

online marketingIn a time and age when people feel helpless without their gadgets, online marketing has emerged as the new promotion and trading platform. ECCP, in its effort to keep the competitiveness of its member companies in this digital age, launches CONNEXION: An Online Marketing Series.

The series kicks off with the first session dubbed “THE WORLD ONLINE” on February 21, 2pm – 5pm at ECCP Cebu Conference Room. The session covers a primer and the elements of online marketing every business must know.

The next sessions of the series cover more specific topics necessary in online marketing:

Session 2, February 28 (2pm to 5pm)
Optimizing Online Visibility

Session 3, March 07 (2pm to 5pm)
The Power of Social Media

Session 4, March 14 (2pm to 5pm)
You Pay Per Click and You Get So Much More

Registration fee is P750 per participant per session for ECCP member companies, and P900 for non-member companies. Sessions are friendly to people who are not tech savvy.

Early bird discounts are given to participants attending all four (4) sessions, and giving payments on or before February 15:

ECCP members
P2,500 per participant for 4 sessions

P3,000 per participant for 4 sessions

Be more strategic in your marketing mix and optimize your online presence! Don’t miss the CONNEXION series!

For queries and reservations, please call Hannah Cusi at +63 32 254.3767 or 253.3389 or send an email to


Experts from the Visayan Electric Company (VECO) are the speakers of the first TECHTALK session of the European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (ECCP) on January 17, 2:00pm to 5:00pm at Conference Room 1 of DOST 7 in Sudlon, Lahug, Cebu City.

TECHTALK is a series of discussions on energy efficiency and cleaner production under the SMART (SME’s for Environment Accountability, Responsibility, and Transparency¬) Cebu Project currently implemented by ECCP. The project aims to promote cleaner environment and crease competitiveness of Cebu’s lifestyle sector represented by Cebu Furniture Industries Foundation, Cebu Gifts Toys and Housewares, and Cebu FAME Foundation.

The first of the series of sessions for TECHTALK is dubbed Electricity 101: Understanding the Electricity Bill.

Topics will include basic concepts on consumer services, components of electricity billing, efficient energy usage, energy saving tips, system enhancement, and demand management.

Henry Schumacher, ECCP Executive Vice-President, emphasizes: “A sustainable approach to doing business promotes a combination of resource efficiency and cleaner production… thus leading to increased savings.”

ECCP is a bilateral foreign chamber that promotes European interests in the Philippines as well as Philippine interests in Europe. It is a business service provider that assists its member companies in trade fairs, trainings, business consultancy and business matching and, events management. It is also a strong advocate of ethical business practices and sustainable development.

Electricity 101 speakers are Louie Collera and Dennis Verallo, Power Systems and Planning Department Officer-in-Charge and Utility Economics Supervisor of VECO, respectively.

The event is open to everyone interested in understanding the electricity bill and how energy savings would contribute to total profitability of business.

A minimal fee of P350 for ECCP member companies and P450 for non-member companies is charged to cover cost of the event. Heavy snacks will be served.

For queries or more information, please call Hannah Cusi at 254.3765, 254.3767, or 253.3389 or send an email to

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EKO Lifestyle Magazine Launched

The European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (ECCP) launched the maiden issue of EKO LIFESTYLE Magazine on November 20 at The Loft Cebu.

The maiden issue of EKO Lifestyle Magazine highlights sustainable products along with designers and companies from Cebu’s furniture, home furnishings and fashion accessories sectors supporting “green” lifestyle and development. It also features an export marketing guide useful for exporters interested in venturing into the green markets, particularly in Europe. The guide presents tips on how to prepare sustainable production processes, the general movement and behavior of green markets and some green credit financing programs available for manufacturers of green products.

The best way to travel the path of sustainability is by sporting it as a lifestyle. PHOTOGRAPHY Patricia Kyle Gillera Mendoza

The best way to travel the path of sustainability is by sporting it as a lifestyle.
COVER PHOTO BY Patricia Kyle Gillera Mendoza

The publication is an initiative resulting from SMART Cebu, a Switch Asia Project co-funded by the European Union and the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development. It stands for SMEs for Environmental Accountability, Responsibility and Transparency and promotes sustainable consumption and production that contribute to a cleaner and sustainable environment.

SMART Cebu is being implemented by ECCP and aims to promote cleaner environment in the island of Cebu and increase competitiveness of the Cebu home and lifestyle industries represented by Cebu Furniture Industries Foundation, Cebu Gifts Toys and Housewares, and Cebu FAME Foundation. It also aims to promote sustainable consumption through green lifestyle.

EKO Lifestyle Magazine is circulated to selected 5-star hotels and resorts in the Philippines, coffee shops and business lounges of international airports and Philippine embassies in Europe.

It is also available for sale in the following Fully Booked stores:
Ayala Center Cebu (The Terraces),
Bonifacio Global City (Bldg. 6),
Greenbelt 5 (Space B1-12)
Glorietta 3 (G/F Glorietta 3), and
Edsa Shangri-la Plaza (Ground Floor West Facade)

For queries, you may do any of the following:
1] Tweet us
2] Like our fan page on Facebook and leave a comment
3] Send an email to
4] Call ECCP at +63 32 266.1883 or 412.67.02

GTH products showcased in Ambiente

Here’s a glimpse of SMART Cebu special setting in the Ambiente show in Frankfurt, Germany, showcasing sustainable gifts, toys and houseware (GTH) products made from natural materials found in the Philippines.

SMART CEBU goes to Ambiente

SMART CEBU will showcase world class sustainable designs from 12 companies in the gifts, toys and housewares (GTH) sector in a special setting at Ambiente 2012.

The Eco Design Training Program with the European designer Mark Braun allows GTH companies to realize the significance of shaping an identity: emphasizing the importance of thinking beyond one’s needs in fusing creativity and sustainability.

Through extensive theoretical and hands on workshops, one -on-one consultancy and online discussions, companies transcend from being mere manufacturers to becoming responsible designers who respect the value of nature — the very source and the provider of building blocks for the products they produce.

With this revitalized thought process, SMART Cebu weaves new possibilities and creates fresh opportunities for a sustainable and lucrative future.

The special setting will showcase sustainable creations carefully developed and skilfully handcrafted by 12 companies using indigenous renewable materials like bamboo, rattan, up-cycled production waste materials or recyclable mono material strategy in metal.

SMART CEBU in IMM Cologne 2012

16 – 22 January

Strategically located at the BOULEVARD where traffic flows to Halls 6-9, the SMART Cebu special setting was part of the International Press Tour organized by IMM Cologne.  The show has good visitor traffic.  Many dropped by the booth, totally impressed by the products.   On day one, the delegates are already in serious discussions with prospective buyers.

Products displayed in the special setting are crafted by furniture companies who are participants of the SMART Cebu Project.