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I.

Introduction

This activity aimed to help the students know more about the following:

coverage of B.S. Interior Design course, career opportunities in Interior Design,

the challenges and gratifying experiences that the profession has to offer and

lastly, advice from licensed interior designers. The succeeding is a list of all the

interior designers interviewed by the groups according to order: Group 1 – Idr. Ivy

Almario (Atelier Almario), Idr. Leo Almeria (Leo Almeria Design Studio); Group 2

– Idr. Angelo Christian Aguilar (ACGA Designs), Idr. Czarina Quaresma and Idr.

Alaina Cabrer (Espasyo Manila); Group 3 - Idr. Giselle Vernice Gargantos

(Adrianse Group), Idr. Patricia Mariell Alba Custodio (PMA Custodio Interior

Design Services); Group 4 - Idr. Wilmer Lopez (Space Encounters), Idr. Karen

Calalec (Paperspace Manila); Group 5 - Idr. Carla Mae Leonor (CLEO Designs);

Group 6 - Idr. Jigs Adefuin (Adefuin Studios), Idr. Kristine Neri (Urban Abode);

Group 7 - Idr. Sky Valdez (freelance), and; Group 8 - Idr. Aaron Paglicawan

(Detalye Design Group), Idr. Nina Sta. Maria (Grupo Sta. Maria).

II. Words of Wisdom / Advice from the Interior Designers

All of the responses from the professionals can be categorized into three

common denominators. First comes the understanding that Interior Design has a

deeper sense than its literal definition. As stated by Idr. Wilmer Lopez: “My

philosophy is that design should tell a story. We as interior designers put the soul

in the space.” and Idr. Sky Valdez: “Architecture is the body, interior design is the

soul”. Idr. Aaron Paglicawan also said that “Interior design is 99% work and just

1% glamour”.

Second is that all the interior designers consider their clients as the center of

their priorities during the work process as the profession is a ‘human-centered

business’. Idr. Ivy Almario stated the importance of humanity that goes into

Interior Design. Her most moving statement for me is: “Work on your humanity

because it will define everything about your life”. She also mentioned that
workers and employees deserve just as much respect as CEOs and high-ranked

officials.

Lastly is the importance of knowing oneself as a person and as a designer.

Idr. Leo Almeria emphasized that every design is a ‘trademark’ of its designer.

He, Idr. Almario, and Idr. Angelo Aguilar focused on how to improve oneself as

an aspiring interior designer. They expressed the significance of “knowing

yourself, your style, and your limits”, and having exposure to art. Idr. Wilmer

Lopez considers innovation as an integral piece in the field. One common piece

of advice almost everyone gave and that struck me the most is: “The biggest

competitor is yourself.” Other people who excel more should ‘set the bar’ and

inspire me to do better. All of them advised us to develop our strengths,

acknowledge / improve our weaknesses, and be passionate in designing. As

Professor Florendo once advised IDr. Kristine Neri: “Treat your recent works as

your masterpiece.”

III. Insights from the presentation

One observation I had was that most of the interior designers that were

interviewed are accomplished in the field, while some are building up their

careers. Regardless, I think they are all exemplary. They each have unique

perspectives that helped them improve continuously and achieve the successful

lives they have today. Each group delivered their best efforts in the presentations.

I’ve seen creativity in all of the videos and skits, although I think that some groups

may have overdone the ‘entertainment’ part. I prefer those that were direct to the

point and relevant to the interview guide questions.

IV. Realizations

After hearing from these successful people who have gone through the same

process, doubts, insecurities and hardships I am going through now, I was quite

relieved to be honest. I started the year full of doubts and fear of what my future

may hold. Interior design was not part of what my parents had planned out for
me; although it was closer to architecture, it was so different at the same time. I

don’t have the heart for the course. I love creating art, but only those that are

framed and hanged on walls. I don’t have the same level of skills as my peers,

nor did I excel at any subject and in fact; I used to try to compete with my

classmates and when I failed, I berate myself. All of these factors (and so much

more) discouraged me and led to anxiety every day. The activity made me realize

what I lack and what I should do. It also encouraged me to pursue the career. I

know I still have to go through a long rigorous path before I could reach success,

but at least now I know that I am going the right track.

The interior designers also made me realize that the course is so much more

than what the books tell us. Interior design is a human-centric field that allows

people to grow in the spaces that the professionals create. To be honest, the

professionals telling their insights led me to imagine myself in the future as an

Interior designer and to my surprise, it wasn’t so hard to do. I concluded that I

want to continuously make art, influence people, be useful to the society, and

love what I do. I also had a new goal: to break the misconceptions about the

course, especially here in our country. I want to show people that Interior Design

is just as important as the engineering, architecture, medicine, or law. I want to

destroy their (including my parent’s) doubts by being successful in my field.

As of now, I am taking the final steps in my decision. I want to be precisely

sure that I won’t make regrets and that I could put my heart into it in the future.
An Individual Reaction Paper
Regarding the Interviews with the professionals
Submitted as a Requirement
for the class ID 10 under
Professor Adelaida V. Mayo

PABUSTAN, JEZI NADINE A.


2018-03772
BS Interior Design
Department of Clothing, Textiles, and Interior Design
College of Home Economics
University of the Philippines, Diliman Campus

Date: December 11, 2018

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