Rose is an architect and the Director of SwitoDesigns. She is a product of University of the Philippines Mindanao – BS Architecture. Soon after she graduated, she started her architectural career as a technical officer for TAO Pilipinas, Inc. where she gained experience working with the urban poor communities in Metro Manila and implemented people-centered Architectural design.
In 2010, Rose gained considerable experience in design and project management of malls and assembly areas, working for SM Engineering and Design Department. Her experience in Architecture is inclusive as she can combine commercial design with community values to bring out building with social impact.
She co-founded Switotwins Inc in 2012 and became one of the emerging women architects who encourages nation building, empowers individuals and promotes building and rebuilding with a heart.
Rose is also an advocate of alternative building construction specifically with the use of the ‘old’ and ‘new’ indigenous materials where she incorporates used bottles and tires with bamboo and lumber, upscale junk in building materials and advocating for green roof systems and rainwater catchment. Apart from her social entrepreneurship, Rose leads GBG Women on the Web to encourage women to become entrepreneurs and follow their passions in life.
Working for solidarity and advocacy organizations while studying and soon after she finished college, Pearl gained considerable experience with grassroots communities in the Philippines specifically in peacebuilding, land tenure and enterprise development. She served as Information Officer and Media Liason for Initiatives for International Dialogue and Task Force Mapalad, Inc. and worked as Assistant Coordinator for the Grassroots Documentation Reporting Training for MindaNews.
In 2012, she established Switotwins Digital Storytelling and the Swito Architectural Design in 2013 under the social enterprise, Switotwins Inc along with four other co-founders. In 2014, they created Balud Books, the small publishing and printing industry that would initiate their I Am A Changemakers winning idea “Your Story Your Livelihood.” Since then, Switotwins has grown into the premier digital storytelling venue and story-based design in the Philippines.
Pearl has conducted several digital storytelling workshops both for artistic expression and psychosocial recovery for survivors of violence against women, natural calamities and armed conflicts. She has a reputation of empowering people by encouraging them to share their own voice and reach out to more communities within the local and international sphere.
Pearl now takes responsibility as a trainer for Making Businesses Social for Google and continues to speak in Startup MeetUps to encourage entrepreneurship with social and economic goals. She was awarded Most Distinguished Alumnus for Media Innovation and Social Enterprise by the University of the Philippines in Mindanao.