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In an industry that continues to thrive, a community of sharing is what Zapateria as a hub wishes to cultivate. The Collaboratory represents a new breed of designer-makers that uphold the same principles that have been kept sacred by the generations before them. It is a constant cycle of learning for the members and partners that consist of the well-seasoned and the fresh youth, all varying in training and background. 

With this in mind, Zapateria organized the “Collaboratory”: a collaboration laboratory for the creatives that celebrate their diverse identities and allows each of them to learn from one another. 

The Zapateria Collaboratory: First Edition features designer-makers such as Rico Sta. Ana, Maco Custodio, Thian Rodriguez, Roweliza Landicho, Steffy de Mylo, Motherland, Sheila de Jesus, Buddy Tan, Mia Santos, Mara Piñon, and Joco Comendador.