Another great 99designs Meetup: Manila

They’ve done it again!

It’s another amazing 99designs Meetup story from the Philippines. This time – it’s in Manila. The event was meticulously planned and drew in designers from locations as far as three hours away (shout out to Mhel Derillo, who drove three hours to get to the event!)

Meetup leader DenZs (Dennis Sucgang) started off explaining what Meetups are all about, which was then followed by 99designs veterans Peper Pascual and alfredms (Alfred Sebastian), who shared some of their tips and tricks to success on the site. Dinner and drinks followed – a great opportunity for designers to meet each other for the first time offline.

It’s amazing to see 99designers taking time to gather together and share how their participation on the site has enriched their lives. We’re so proud of this community!

Another great video resulted from the event:

We LOVE seeing what 99designers look like in the real world

“This event gave many 99designers from Manila the opportunity to see each other in person, and learn through one another’s testimonials how 99designs really helps us. It gives us the opportunity to develop our personalities, to improve our careers and take our design to the next level. And we believe that there are great opportunities if only we can put our hearts into our craft, with the help of 99designs.”

-Peper Pascual

There was even special swag created specifically for the event. T-shirts were for sale and personalized keychains were handed out to each attendee. We love the effort – and also the legos ;)

Photos courtesy of Jeff Pile and Peper Pascual

Huge thanks to the main Meetup leader, DenZs, who put a TON of work into leading this event.

He also had a lot of help. Thanks to Mary Ramos Pile for scouting the location and taking charge of all the merchandise, Jeff Pile who created the video, Peper Pascual for speaking at the event and giving us some great quotes about his Meetup experience, and Manila Diseño (Julius Mabini) for playing an essential role in getting this whole thing together.

Last, but certainly not least… thanks to all designers who showed for the event, you guys are fantastic! 

For more photos, check out Manila’s facebook album.

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Kaitlyn is part of the Community Team at She grew up in Boulder, CO and went to school at Northwestern University in Chicago. When she's not blogging, she spends her time having adventures and being generally creative. She's all about having new experiences as often as possible!
Kaitlyn Ellison


  1. zenzen


    Reply April 27, 2012 at 10:17 am
  2. Jason Aiken

    To all our friends in the Philippines…

    Thanks for putting this AMAZING event together – you rock!

    I cannot express how meaningful it is for the entire team here at 99designs to see you celebrate the community together and share what 99designs means to you.

    More Power!


    Reply April 27, 2012 at 10:27 am
  3. Nico Strike

    Cool… :D

    Reply April 27, 2012 at 10:34 am
  4. smokan

    nice :) good video

    Reply April 27, 2012 at 4:01 pm
  5. 1234TM

    Congratulations Peper and all of friends in Manila for the great meetup :D


    Reply April 27, 2012 at 4:16 pm
  6. Rocres Aying

    wow! how about here in CEBU?

    Reply April 27, 2012 at 5:52 pm
  7. John Tabasa

    hopefully it will be in Cebu next time..

    Reply April 27, 2012 at 6:04 pm
  8. rotred

    wowww you are amazing guys !!! i love you !

    Reply April 27, 2012 at 6:37 pm
  9. Rocres Aying

    where can i get a 99 design tshirt/s?

    Reply April 27, 2012 at 8:39 pm
  10. Ralph

    I wish I’ll be there to support you Guys Great Great Great Job! Wishing you all the BEST!I don’t know you but for me, you Guys are ROCK! 99 you are the very BEST I’ve known! LIFE CHANGING AND GOOD OPPORTUNITY in individual ARTIST… God Bless and More WINS TO COME!!! LOVE YOU 99DESIGN ^__^.

    Davao Philippines

    Reply April 29, 2012 at 8:16 pm
    • Kaitlyn

      Hey! We love seeing so much excitement and support, thanks a lot :)

      There’s also a group organized in Davao, in case you’re interested:

      Reply April 29, 2012 at 9:34 pm
      • Ralph

        Thanks Kaitlyn I love to join. :)

        Reply April 30, 2012 at 2:37 am
  11. Arfine jalal babu

    I like 99 designs.I want designs service.

    Reply April 30, 2012 at 12:10 am
  12. Bert

    WOW!!! Its nice to know that there is an active group of 99designs here in manila.
    How can we join your group??? :-)

    Reply April 30, 2012 at 12:56 am
  13. The jolyos experience

    Congrats to my fellow Manila 99designers! Mabuhay tayu! Sana di makita ni stalker CE kung sinu si manila… masisira diskarte d:D

    Reply May 1, 2012 at 1:51 am
  14. Vector 5

    Congrats Guys! I’m really sorry I couldn’t make the meet-up. Had a ton of things to do at the studio. Anyway, I wish luck to all of us Filipinos here in 99designs!

    Reply May 1, 2012 at 10:45 am
  15. Edsigns

    Wow… When for Indonesia?

    Reply May 9, 2012 at 7:30 pm
  16. Marc

    Ang cool naman Next time naman :)

    Reply May 17, 2012 at 2:33 am
  17. redpixell

    Next time Bicol naman! :D

    Reply May 18, 2012 at 5:45 pm
  18. chard05

    Mabuhay ang Pilipinas!

    Reply May 18, 2012 at 5:52 pm
  19. emerson ortega

    i am amazed, cool keep up the good work!!!

    Reply May 18, 2012 at 7:11 pm
  20. Ayaz Ahmed Sheikh

    Jason Aiken
    when 99design come feature in Pakistan and meet Pakistani designers
    we all love 99design and our wish to celebrate a party with 99design

    Reply May 18, 2012 at 11:23 pm
  21. Nuruzzaman Sheikh

    What a meetup guys truly missing a meetup!

    Wish you all the success!

    Reply May 19, 2012 at 12:49 am
  22. jestoni bolo luna

    Power to all.. God bless!

    Reply May 19, 2012 at 4:00 pm
  23. bump

    “life changing” start from 200USD logos :D

    Reply May 20, 2012 at 3:35 am
  24. jerry

    wow! its so nice to be there!
    but for now…enjoy! :)

    Reply May 21, 2012 at 4:16 am
  25. svatlana

    I’m here not long ago…But I Like 99 designs)))))

    Reply May 21, 2012 at 5:49 am
  26. makdezign

    Hi Guys,

    When will be the next event here in Manila? I Really want to attend on the next event. 99designs is now my new home and my workplace.. =))

    Reply July 21, 2012 at 1:22 am
    • Allison Stuart

      Hi makdezign. There are no details set yet: Would you like to lead it? Simply plan a spot and time and we will send out emails to let designers in your area know about it. We will also directly email a few designers from the last Meetup so you can have some help!

      Reply July 23, 2012 at 1:32 pm
  27. bobot

    cool guys, when in nueva ecija?

    Reply September 8, 2012 at 9:43 am

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