Davao City seen as next animation hub

Davao City

AN ANIMATION company is eyeing to make Davao City as the next animation hub in the country.

Information and Communications Technology Davao President for the Creative sector Ray Rubio said, during the sidelines of the Kapehan sa Dabaw on Monday, January 23, the prospect for the animation industry in the city is huge as there are many existing raw talents in the city.

Rubio, however, said these talents do not have the formal experience on the animation work pipeline. “When you say animation, it is often perceived as an individual work but the actual animation process is totally different.

It’s not a one-man show. It’s a team work,” Rubio said. Recognizing this problem in the animation industry and creative sector in the city, a forum on animation and game development will be conducted by their organization in partnership with Wacom, an animation company based in the Philippines, on Friday at the Ritz Hotel at Garden Oases. Rubio said a Manila-based animation company, who had already visited Davao City, talked to them and expressed interest in making Davao as the next animation hub in the country.

“I [told them that] we have a lot of raw talents (animators) here but there is less opportunity in terms of the skill and talent that they have,” Rubio shared. Wacom Marketing Representative for Davao and Mindanao Andrew Lim had also shared during the same press forum that there is an extreme demand for talents in the creative industry of design and animation and that the number of students enrolling for animation and design-related courses are increasing.

Wacom will also provide the gadgets and products needed for the forum, Lim said, adding the purpose of the event is to give an overview about the industry in the global and national scope. Rubio also said during the ambush interview that there are currently around a thousand animators in Davao but some of them are only working at their homes. A five-year animation organization in Davao called the Davao United Association of Animators and Designers which was founded by Rubio himself also holds around 3,000 members.

According to Rubio, a career in the animation industry is very promising since the compensation for this job is great since a high-level animator can earn up to 25 folds of the average salary of a regular employee in the city. Also for the entry level, an animator can earn around P2,500 to P3,500 salary for every 10 seconds of animation.

Those who wish to join the animation forum on Monday, January 30, may add Rubio on Facebook for inquiries. The registration fee for students only cost P100 and P250 for professionals. The fee will cover the morning and afternoon snacks and the lunch buffet. The event will start at 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. and around 100 seats are prepared for the participants.

Source: http://www.sunstar.com.ph/davao/business/2017/01/23/davao-city-seen-next-animation-hub-521680

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