Feb 2023

03:00 PM - 04:30 PM
Talks Tent, Roofdeck

Design Panel: In conversation with Andy Locsin, Russell Smith, and Christian Salandanan

Andy Locsin, Russell Smith, and Christian Salandanan | Moderated by Tina Bonoan


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Design Panel: In conversation with Andy Locsin, Russell Smith, and Christian Salandanan

Moderated by Tina Bonoan

About the Speaker/s
Andy Locsin


Russell Smith thinks of himself a Regenerative Entrepreneur, committed to promoting the use of
timber grade bamboo for reforestation and business development. Russell is President & CEO of
RIZOME where he leads a team of nearly 100 Filipino and American experts on a mission to help
reforest the Philippines while developing engineered bamboo into a primary construction material.
Russell has deep experience bringing new technology and products to market. He is inspired by
the miraculous nature of bamboo as a structural building material and sees the Philippines leading
the construction industry towards a greener future where bamboo is a reliable alternative to building with concrete, steel and wood.

RIZOME is planting bamboo at scale in partnership with ingenious communities and agriculture
entrepreneurs to develop a robust bamboo value chain across the Philippines. RIZOME’s advanced manufacturing center in Cagayan De Oro City engineers Giant Bamboo into precision finished timber products for the construction industry. Collaborating with engineers and architects, RIZOME is progressing the use of Philippine bamboo into structural panels, beams and lumber products. RIZOME The Miracle Timber is here.


Christian Salandanan is the principal architect at Sangay Architects. In 2012, he won the Archi-World Academy Awards 2 - International Architectural
Student Design Competition in Munich Germany and third placer at World Bamboo Design Competition 2014, Architecture Division in Damyang, Korea.

He also received Ani ng Dangal Awardee in 2016 and Tatler Homes Philippines – Best Sustainable Design MLR Polo, Good Design Awards Philippines – Gold Awardee MLR Polo, Good Design Awards Japan – Awardee MLR Polo in 2022.


Tina Bonoan is an accomplished architect and product designer with comprehensive experience in Architecture and Interiors, furniture and furnishings, houseware and jewelry design.

She is a licensed architect with a degree from the University of the Philippines. While working in the Design Center Philippines from 1984-1987, she broke new grounds in the field of exhibition and product design. From 1988-1994, Bonoan joined Taller Natural, S.A. – Centro de Diseno in Madrid, Spain, where she cultivated a style that imprinted her modernist virtues in interior and furniture design for international clients, primarily in residential, hospitality and institutional projects.

Upon her return to the Philippines, she established a design oriented furniture-export company, Diseño En Asia, Inc., with innovative rattan furniture and natural shell lighting fixtures. In 1999, she embarked on architectural journalism and created the foremost design magazine for professionals, Bluprint, under the group, Mega Magazine Publications , Inc. As its editor in chief from 1999-2002, the magazine occupied the firmament as the premier design sourcebook in the country. During the same period, she founded another publication, My
Home, a consumer magazine on residential interiors. In 2002, she became a design consultant to CITEM ( Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions) Manila’s Manila FAME Gift Fair.

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