On 7 September 2011, Senator Teofisto L. Guingona III met with officials of the Thailand Creative and Design Center (TCDC) at the TCDC Office in Bangkok, and Ms. Pajchima Tanasanti, Director-General of the Department of Intellectual Property (DIP), if the Thai Ministry of Commerce (MOC) to learn about Thailand’s creative economy policy and its benefits to the Thai economy in general. After the meeting, the Senator viewed the books and sample materials displayed at TCDC.

The Senator hoped to learn from Thailand’s strategies, experiences and best practices in the field of creative economy with a view to formulating Philippine policies in the area. He expressed hope that in the future, the Philippines could be as successful as Thailand in enhancing its creative economy industry.

Senator Guingona was in Thailand for a housing forum, which was keynoted by Vice President Jejomar C. Binay and organized by Habitat for Humanity on 6 to 8 September 2011. The Senator was accompanied by his wife, Marivic, and his staff.

Senator Teofisto L. Guingona III (2nd, L) and wife, Marivic (2nd,R), are briefed on the role of the TCDC in Thailand’s creative industry by TCDC officials Mr. Kittiratana Pitipanich (1st, L), Head of Design and Creative Business Development Department, and  Mr. Noppadol Weerakitti, Director of Information Technology and Facility Management at the TCDC Office in Bangkok.

Senator “TG” Guingona views a sample material displayed at TCDC’s collection. The sample is a woven water lily imitation made of plastic material.

Senator “TG” Guingona (2nd, L) and delegation are briefed on Thailand’s creative industry by Director General of DIP and TCEA  Ms. Pajchima Tanasanti (1st, R) at the DIP Office MOC in Nonthaburi.

(photos courtesy of Ms. Princess Tomas-Tayao)