Animation Biz On the Rise in Philippines
Created 11/30/2005 - 00:00
files/pictures/picture-35.jpgAnimation production is one the rise in Mindanao, Philippines with a recent increase in outsourcing to the country and the growing pool of highly-skilled information and communication technology (ICT) workers, an animation advocacy group told the SUNSTAR.
In her presentation at the 4th Mindanao ICT Congress, Ma. Lourdes Gopalan, board member and education committee head of the Animation Council of the Philippines Inc. (ACPI), said that based on current trends, demand for animation services from the Philippines would grow further.
She cited a report from the Department of Trade and Industry that it registered total revenue of $40 million from the animation industry in 2004 with a projected increase to $50 billion in the next few years.
"Competitive advantages of Mindanao and the rest of Philippines in the field of animation are its long year experience, immense creativity, Western behavioral influences in presenting emotions and high-English proficiency as against the competitors from other Asian countries like India and Korea," Gopalan said.
The ACPI is a government organization that promotes Filipino animators in global markets. At present, there are almost 5,000 animators spread throughout the country. Most of these animators work on outsourced projects from Walt Disney, Warner Bros., HBO, Cartoon Network, Marvel Comics, among others.
Opportunities in the ICT industry have provided employment for thousands of Filipinos and have greatly helped pump prime national economy. ACPI said that investments in IT-enabled services are growing fast.