Pinoy’s design chosen for 2012 Olympic coin
By Danny Buenafe
LONDON – A Filipino graphic designer based in London has brought a rare and distinct honor for the Philippines.
Roderick Enriquez could not believe to this day that his coin design would become one of the treasured mementos for the 2012 London Olympics.
His sporting design was chosen to be printed on millions of 50-pence, the biggest coin circulating in Great Britain.
Enriquez submitted four entries, but his design for the wrestling sport got the nod of the International Olympic Committee.
More than 30,000 people submitted designs to the biggest ever competition held by the Currency Manufacturer Royal Mint.
The designs were anchored on the 31 sports events that will govern the 2012 Olympics.
Of the winners, only Enriquez hails from Asia while most were Brits.
As one of the winners, Enriquez received one gold and one silver coin bearing his Olympic design.
The commemorative coins will become part of the British Museum.
These are now available online but the commercial distribution will start early next year.
Enriquez is willing to share his talents for free even to the current Philippine government.
He is particularly interested to design a new logo for the Department of Tourism, after its previous logo, “Pilipinas kay Ganda,” was shelved due to negative reviews.
Enriquez is also concentrating in designing a commemorative coin that will characterize the much-awaited royal wedding between Prince William and university sweetheart Kate Middleton in April next year.