We create interior and architecture designs with emphasis on Mindanao traditional architecture. Swito Architecture Designs is a design studio dedicated to promoting Mindanao Traditional Architecture, cultural identity, pride of place, sustainable eco-conscious methods and peace and healing through participatory architecture. www.switodesigns.comgo to website
Swito Digital Storytelling is a creative collaborative space for ordinary people to express creativity as artists and aspiring artists in various multimedia fields. Our workshops have also been used as data collection method by organizations that want to assess their project’s impact through collecting stories on the ground.go to website
The Balud Artist-in-Residence Program in the Philippines (Balud AiR) is a semi-nomadic platform for artists working in multiple disciplines to continue work on their existing projects, conduct research in Philippine communities, and to present work and network with local artist communities and institutions.go to website
We are makers of Balay Balay 3D Architecture puzzles of Filipino Architectural landmarks, Indigenous houses, traditional spaces and vernacular architecture made for adults and children. Our puzzles take a month to complete and are meticulously painted. All of our products undergo rigorous anthropological and architectural research to replicate authenticity.go to website
Swito Corp is a Mindanao-based social impact innovation hub that empowers businesses to contribute to a prosperous and inclusive society.
SwitoCORP is recognized by British Council Ideation Camp, Google Business Group Stories, Universities and Councils Network on Innovation for Inclusive Development South East Asia, Great Impact SouthEast-Asia and ITU World Young Innovators Challenge 2015.
Founding Partner / Chief Executive Officer
Partner / Chief of Operations
Marben brings to Switotwins Inc his experiences gained in project management, communications, research and writing. As one of the pioneer members of Switotwins Inc, Marben provides reliable delivery in customized training activities on digital storytelling particularly dealing with children. He is currently the Head Coordinator and Head Facilitator of Swito Digital Storytelling.
Marben has facilitated in digital storytelling for school-level outlet of creative expression for children with special needs, child participation for Disaster Risk Reduction and Health and digital literacy for children in remote areas.
Marben is one of the front liners for field training having experiences in SDC Asia. His innate communication skills in the grassroots allows him to easily integrate into the community where crucial interaction is needed for community relations. He seamlessly conducts group discussions and creative exchange to complete storyboarding and sincere narration of stories.
Marben has vast online experience dealing with international and local clients through NOW Outsourcing and search engine optimization for Virtual Overnight, LLC. He also handles the online marketing collateral of Switotwins Inc.
Marben cultivated his intrinsic inclination to grassroots and the social sector through his involvement to several student organizations both in high school and college. He is a product of BS Agribusiness Economics of University of the Philippines Mindanao.
Founding Partner / Chief of Design and Innovation
Rose is an architect and the Director of Swito Architectural Designs and BalayBalay3D Architecture. She is a product of University of the Philippines Mindanao – BS Architecture. Soon after she graduated, she started her architectural career as a technical officer for TAO Pilipinas, Inc. where she gained experience working with the urban poor communities in Metro Manila and implemented people-centered Architectural design.
In 2010, Rose gained considerable experience in design and project management of malls and assembly areas, working for SM Engineering and Design Department. Her experience in Architecture is inclusive as she can combine commercial design with community values to bring out building with social impact.
She co-founded Swito Corporation in 2012 and Swito Architectural Designs in 2013 and became one of the emerging women architects who encourages nation building, empowers individuals and promotes Mindanao Vernacular Architecture. She then headed the Design and Innovation of new brands including Balay Balay 3D Architecture, the makers of 3D toy puzzles of traditional architecture of the Philippines.
Rose is also an advocate of alternative building construction specifically with the use of the ‘old’ and ‘new’ indigenous materials where she incorporates used bottles and tires with bamboo and lumber, upscale junk in building materials and advocating for green roof systems and rainwater catchment. Apart from her social entrepreneurship, Rose leads GBG Women on the Web to encourage women to become entrepreneurs and follow their passions in life.
Angely Chi is a creative writer and interactive visual artist. She currently stands as Project Director of Balud Art Network where she collaborates a network of art spaces and groups in the Philippines. She also co-manages the community press, Balud Books, and is Assistant Director of BalayBalay 3D Architecture.
‘Chi’, as her art friends call her, is one of the pioneers of Switotwins Inc and adds to the artistic vision and network of the group. Her expertise in project management and training has cultivated the storytelling arm of Switotwins. She also serves as project manager and Residency Assistant for The Unifiedfield Nomadic Artist-in-Residence Program in the Philippines.
Chi became researcher for “DAVAO-KUO: The Intertwined History of the Abaca Industry and Japanese Migration in Davao”, Davao Museum of History and Ethnography in 2012. Her considerable knowledge in art transcends beyond visuals as she inputs to Architectural and social realms. In 2010, Chi was exhibit writer for “Grand Churches and Religious Icons of the Philippines”, Davao Museum of History.
Chi has a free-spirit that contributes to the light-hearted atmosphere of Switotwins Inc. She is a product of the BA Creative Writing of the University of the Philippines Mindanao.
We are composed of interdisciplinary and passionate individuals.
Swito Corporation is a social innovation hub focused on giving art and architecture businesses the resources to make their ideas sustainable. It holds art and architecture businesses that cater to products and services with a mission to lift local economy, culture and heritage.
Swito Corp is recognized for its initiatives in the Smart PayItforward, British Council Ideation Camp, Our Better World, Google Business Group Stories, Universities and Councils Network on Innovation for Inclusive Development South East Asia, Great Impact SouthEast-Asia and ITU World Young Innovators Challenge 2015.