Why You Do What You Do: Nico and Katwo Puertollano of 27+20 Design
What makes this real-life couple click at work and at play?
They live and love design. Business partners and real-life couple Nico and Katwo Puertollano are the brains behind 27+20, a design boutique for print and broadcast media. Some of 27+20’s noteworthy productions are the music videos for bands Taken by Cars ("Uh-Oh"), Cambio ("You Wear Me Out"), Narda ("Molotov"), and Duster ("Gucci Gang"), as well as the Nescafe Classic "Good Day" commercial featuring Bamboo.
Nico and Katwo have also made their mark in the indie and art scene. Nico grew up in New York City, studied Visual Arts, moved back to the Philippines in 2004, met and married Katwo, and started 27+20. Throughout all these, he’s mounted exhibits, most of which were inspired by urban living. Katwo is known by many for her music. The former vocalist of indie rock band Narda, today, she is the frontwoman of the all-female band Duster.
According to producer Julo de Guzman, "we wanted to to let people know they can make a dent in their own fields here in Manila once they find the ways and resources to make it happen. " He adds, "What I like about Katwo and Nico is their dynamism at work. It is really important to work with people you can trust, learn and feed energy and inspiration from. As Katwo said, you need someone to wake you up from your dreams and consequently give you all the tools to make them a reality. It cannot be done alone."
Watch the video to see why we put the spotlight on Nico and Katwo.
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