05_19-usec-pcm_game-dev Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Trade and Investment Promotions Group (TIPG) Undersecretary Ponciano C. Manalo, Jr. (center) with (from left), Klab Cyscorpion President Taro Noguchi and ASEAN-Japan Center Secretary General Yoshikuni Ohnishi after the Opening Ceremonies of the 1st Game and Creative Contents Networking Philippines 2014 last May 19 at the Manila Peninsula in Makati City. The event gathered top Japanese game development companies such as KLAB, SEGA/SEGA Cyscorpions, D2C, Pierrot, Artscape, and Ambition to the Philippines to scope out trade and investment opportunities in the country’s game and creative content industry. Manalo noted that at present, the Philippines’ game development and animation industry boasts of exemplary capabilities in 2D (two-dimensional) and 3D (three-dimensional) game development, quality control and assurance and support services, and advergaming development or games and apps for advertising and promotions. The DTI event was co-organized by the Nikkei Business Publications (Nikkei BP), Computer Entertainment Suppliers Association (CESA) of Japan, with Philippine partners Game Developers Association of the Philippines (GDAP), the Animation Council of the Philippines, Inc. (ACPI), and the Philippine Software Industry Association (PSIA). Event sponsors included AJC and PLDT.