ZSaldua http://zsaldua.com Tue, 20 Jun 2017 14:37:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.4 Why “UltraSlide” is the Ultimate Summer Party http://zsaldua.com/ultraslide-ultimate-summer-party/ Sat, 23 May 2015 18:50:20 +0000 http://zsaldua.com/?p=278 I mean, enjoying a live EDM party while riding down a 500-foot inflatable slide? It. Is. Ridiculous! In the best way, of course. Arriving at the scene in McKinley Hill, I had to fight hard to keep my excitement as I heard DJ David Ardiente spinning his mixes. I got there right on time to […]

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I mean, enjoying a live EDM party while riding down a 500-foot inflatable slide? It. Is. Ridiculous! In the best way, of course.

Arriving at the scene in McKinley Hill, I had to fight hard to keep my excitement as I heard DJ David Ardiente spinning his mixes. I got there right on time to take photos during daylight.

The registration was busy, the food was hot, the drinks were chilled, music was on blast, and most importantly, the gigantic slide was up and running!

I had to grab a beer first, blew a kiss to the DJ, and danced my way up to the top of the slide! I was absolutely psyched! So was everyone else…

A wristband was given to me that allowed me to cut the lines, but I just had to fall in line anyway… because how else would I be able to enjoy this artificial rain?

I saw so many happy faces! We were all equally excited to ride down this long slide non-stop. Finally, it was my turn to get into position…

And yes, they were right! The ride down never stops! It is so addicting you just have to keep on coming back up. Although if you’re a lightweight when it comes to long walks, you’re probably gonna need some breaks in between because it’s 500 feet up that hill. You at least deserve to chill in between trips. Good thing they had these mini pools, because duh, how could they not?!

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People apparently didn’t mind the uphill walk to ride down the slide because I could see a lot of them going for consecutive rounds! Of course I was watching all of this from afar, while I was enjoying a cold drink while on my floater, in my own pool.

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I love how well-coordinated the entire party was. There was an endless array of food choices, booze, accessible air-conditioned portalets, spacious baggage counter, even more space to dance with friends, and only the best DJ’s to play the hottest EDM mixes. DJ’s Ace Ramos with MC Paolo, David Ardiente, Travis Monsod, Mars Miranda, Austin, Mermos, Katsy Lee, and the Zombettes all spun for 2 hours each at this 15-hour party.

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(the UltraSlide crowd at 7pm)

(the UltraSlide crowd at 7pm)

While it seems that the vision for UltraSlide is to merely look like a high-end Beverly Hills pool party, it is actually an event with a heartfelt mission. The brilliant team that composes LIVE Events and Digital Media Corporation created UltraSlide as a giant water slide concept that will be brought to various cities in the Philippines. It was created as an activity to promote tourism in different cities in the country and as a way to bring people together in a fun-filled experience of not just any other party, but a more engaging one.

The first UltraSlide happened on May 23 in Upper Mckinley Hill. It hasn’t been announced where the next tour will be, but I’m getting the feeling that where the UltraSlide goes, everyone goes. I’m sure I will.

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Startup Week http://zsaldua.com/startup-week/ Fri, 22 May 2015 19:19:17 +0000 http://zsaldua.com/?p=293 Manila Startup Week Kick Off @ A Space Manila: Where the Game Changers Come to Meet This week is totally the highlight of this entire month for our team, hands down! This experience was so life-changing that we wish we brought more friends to join us in these events because frankly, it’s not so often […]

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Manila Startup Week Kick Off @ A Space Manila: Where the Game Changers Come to Meet

This week is totally the highlight of this entire month for our team, hands down! This experience was so life-changing that we wish we brought more friends to join us in these events because frankly, it’s not so often that one venue holds such a strong concentration of geniuses.

(photo credit: A Space Manila)

Startup Week brings entrepreneurs, local leaders, and friends together over five days (May 18 – 22) to build momentum and opportunity around your community’s unique entrepreneurial identity. This year it was hosted by Learning Curve, Inc., a company that has proven itself the best in providing platforms and avenues for continuing education. They are the market leader in investment education, pioneering the Money Summit and Wealth Expo. They are also a major partner of global startup movements, which is why they were appointed as hosts for this year’s Manila Startup Week.

(with the Learning Curve team: June Sy [left], Chief Events Engineer, and Heinz Bulos, President)

Being new to the Startup community (especially in the tech category), our initial goal upon joining the Startup Week is to understand the community, the industry, and to know as much as we can about it. And the things we learned were truly valuable. 

KICK OFF PARTY

The Manila Startup Week commenced on May 18, where Learning Curve Inc. hosts a launch party to welcome all startup entrepreneurs to the week-long celebration.

During the first part of the Kick Off, we listened to Ms. Nicole Paterno of 1000 Angels as she told us about the current startup ecosystem. She updated us on the stats that could be crucial information to some startup founders. Our personal favorite is when she showed the categories of industries where the market is saturated and untapped. It just gave such an encouraging message to create solutions to improve people’s lives… in the most creative way as one possibly can. For a social entrepreneur, there is no purpose as fulfilling as that.

(Nicole Paterno of 1000 Angels)

We got to meet and network with the organizers, speakers, and participants. This part was very exciting as we met and chatted with a lot of fantastic leaders and go-getters who created great tech solutions to pressing issues that have been present for a long time. What’s really remarkable here is that these are young minds, but also strong minds.

(Ron Hose: CEO, coins.ph and lead author of World Startup Report)

(with April Cuenca, CEO and founder of FlipTrip.ph)

The thing that was really inspiring was the culture and mindset of this community. One of the startup entrepreneurs said, “If you bring up a problem with no solution yet, best believe that someone in here will come up with a solution next week.” That reflects so much on this community’s drive, desire, and passion.

It was truly a great welcome for the coming week. After the Kick Off Party at A Space Manila came the Startup Grind, Women Who Launch, and Pecha Kucha. Check out how everything turned out in the next entries!

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Pecha Kucha http://zsaldua.com/pecha-kucha/ Mon, 18 May 2015 19:56:48 +0000 http://zsaldua.com/?p=300 PECHA KUCHA @ A Space Manila When we read the synopsis of this event, we knew it was going to be a lot of fun! We arrived and the crowd was already in high energy. The room was packed and filled with endless chatter about great business ideas and people networking for big projects that […]

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PECHA KUCHA @ A Space Manila

When we read the synopsis of this event, we knew it was going to be a lot of fun!

We arrived and the crowd was already in high energy. The room was packed and filled with endless chatter about great business ideas and people networking for big projects that could change the world. Shortly after we arrived, the event starts and the host tells us why we were all gathered together. She then introduces “PechaKucha 20×20”.

The PechaKucha Night (20×20) is a presentation format where presenters show 20 images relating to their business, and discusses each image for 20 seconds. PechaKucha Nights are informal and fun gatherings where creative people get together and share their ideas, works, thoughts, holiday snaps – just about anything, really.

PechaKucha is a form of gathering that started in Tokyo in 2003. Now, it happens in over 800 cities worldwide. In Manila, PechaKucha has been included in the events of Manila Startup Week, having artists, designers, photographers, and social entrepreneurs as part of the gathering. Among the crowd of brilliant minds, seven were chosen to speak about their ventures. And they all talked about pretty exciting stuff! The theme was “Creative Solutions to Social Problems”.

Because this was informal, there was no program. And the speakers had to draw lots to see who goes first. We could feel the pressure from them as they had to present all their work in a fun and rapid format. The first speaker was none other than the founder of A Space Manila himself, Matt Morrison.

Matt Morrison is the founder of A SPACE, Manila’s cowork central for the innovation community, a global tribe of awesome. A former digital nomad (20 countries and counting), Matt traded a successful career in London’s media industry (working for innovators such as the BBC and Grey Advertising) to pursue intellectual independence as a non-corporate business backer and advocate for ethical, value-creating startups. He set up A SPACE as a space that wasn’t Regus, wasn’t Starbucks, and wasn’t an imported concept without a soul.

Matt’s vision about A Space was enlightened. He says, “life is too short to be lived inside a box. But how can you think out of the box when you are constantly attached to one?”

Photo 4After Matt was Birdie Salva.

Birdie Salva is the founder of Curiosity, a Manila-based design research agency. Birdie came from a Philippine industrial design firm start-up, Inovent Inc. as its business development and user research director, where he built up an expertise in human-centered design. He is also a faculty member in the Ateneo de Manila John Gokongwei School of Management teaching the elective “Managing Innovations.”

Birdie’s vision of pooling together the creative ideas of so many people on human-centered and industrial design comes alive in this presentation.

Next was Karen Kunawicz.

Karen Kunawicz is a Philippine poet, writer, pop culture journalist, comic book editor, producer, and former television show host. She is also the founder of The Jolly Roger Rogers, where she heads a crew of pirates, Stormtroopers, and super heroes, all for a good cause.

Karen adds loads of fun and imagination in pursuing good causes and her passion is contagious.

After Karen, Evan Tan took the stage.

Evan Tan is the Regional Director for Southeast Asia of Freelancer.com, and the Administrative Head of The Red Whistle, an organization which aims to spark conversations on HIV and AIDS.

In his organization are HIV advocates who aim to empower and inspire people to come together and help each other in the battle against HIV and AIDS. Using pop culture as a way to change mindsets, they hope to start discussions among the youth so that they will sound the alarm and spread the word that HIV is here — and that it must be stopped.

The Red Whistle is a collaborative platform for artists/individuals/groups to come together and show their support against HIV and AIDS. They are also an agent and partner for brands to show their support to the HIV and AIDS advocacy.

Not only do they spread HIV and AIDS awareness, but they also raise funds to assist their partner HIV organization so they can provide free testing, counseling, and financial support to People Living with HIV (PLHIV) who need it.

The next speaker was Arnold Arre.

Arnold Arre is a renowned and multi-awarded artist, animator, and graphic novelist in the Philippines. He is the author of “The Mythology Class,” “Trip to Tagaytay,” and “Ang Mundo ni Andong Agimat” and his animated short “Milkyboy” has been widely recognized in international film festivals

A memorable take-away from Arnold’s talk was a quote he said: “Don’t be replaceable, be remarkable. In anything you do, aim to be remarkable.”

After Arnold’s presentation, up came Kris Bay and Kitty Ureta.

Kristone Bayoneta, or Kris Bay, is a photographer and film maker while Kitty Ureta is a fashion designer. Both use Parkour, a philosophy and training discipline using free-style movement to help street kids get off drugs.

After the power duo, Ms. Clare Amador

For Clare Amador, the real work of nation building begins where human talent intersects with social responsibility. As assistant secretary at the Department of Budget and Management, she is involved in major governance reforms under President Benigno S. Aquino III’s administration, from organization development within the DBM to fund expenditure transparency across the Philippine bureaucracy. She serves as chief of staff to Budget Secretary Florencio Abad and supervises the Office of the Secretary and its attached units.

She has worked extensively in the field of public service and development, and was founder of YTRIP, a nonprofit organization for responsible and sustainable tourism in the Philippines. She was also the founding chair of the Ateneo de Manila University’s Development Society, a student organization that empowers the youth toward fruitful public engagement.

Then in comes Bryan McLelland on his “Bambike”.

Bryan Benitez McClelland is a Filipino-American environmental consultant, ecoutourism developer and social entrepreneur. While working on his Masters degree in Environmental Resource Management at the University of Pennsylvania, he became involved with Gawad Kalinga (GK), a community development program based in the Philippines. After helping GK kickstart their green building program, called Green Kalinga, he founded Bamb EcoLogical Technology, Inc. in order to have a platform for his socio-ecological enterprise projects. He works with community members of a GK village in Victoria, Tarlac called Bambuilders. Bambike, a premium bamboo bicycle line, is the flagship brand and product of the company. Bambowtie was conceptualized soon after in order to upcycle the bamboo scraps and off-cuts from the Bambike building process. Most recently he established Bambike’s shop and headquarters in the heart of Manila within the historical city of Intramuros, where he also offers guided ecotours on Bambikes. After 7 years of living and working in the Philippines he is still fueled by an obsession for bamboo and social enterprise development. Bryan’s goals are to promote new green economies with appropriate environmental technologies and create jobs for the people that need them the most.

Last but not the least, was Brian Tenorio.

Tehran-born Filipino-American Brian Tenorio is a Manila/New York-based design manager and strategic communications consultant for international organizations and the corporate and social development sectors (ADB, WHO, the Republic of the Philippines, etc.). He is also CEO and co-founder of Kape Coffee Co, and also retired Shoe Designer.

Truly, we absorbed so much inspiration in one night and we couldn’t be more grateful that we were a part of PechaKucha. What a fantastic end to the Startup Week!

We cannot speak for everyone, but after an event like PechaKucha, it would be ridiculous to not feel the need to start something life-changing not only for yourselves, but for the world. Something impactful. Something helpful. Having said all of that, we realize that this is what their vision is. To empower people to change lives for the better.

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Growing Pains http://zsaldua.com/growing-pains/ Wed, 08 Apr 2015 20:00:41 +0000 http://zsaldua.com/?p=306 Starting up a business in the Philippines can be quite the rough ride especially if you aren’t equipped with the crucial information you need to get it going: employment laws, tax regulations, among others. Mr. David Elefant, startup expert and business consultant, addressed all of those topics when he gave a talk entitled “Growing Pains”, […]

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Starting up a business in the Philippines can be quite the rough ride especially if you aren’t equipped with the crucial information you need to get it going: employment laws, tax regulations, among others.

Mr. David Elefant, startup expert and business consultant, addressed all of those topics when he gave a talk entitled “Growing Pains”, last April 8. It tackled the unwanted but needed pains of getting a startup business on track. We picked up so much information on topics like taxation, business models, how to hire, fire, and set employee benefits, important points on the labor code, and much more!

Mr. Elefant’s experience ranges from telecommunications to construction supplies and with 15 years of business consulting experience, he is the go-to guy for queries on starting a business.

We thank A SPACE Manila for inviting us to this very informative talks. “Growing Pains” is one of the seminars included in the _TALKS series at A SPACE Manila.

A SPACE is located at 110 Legazpi Street, Makati. Visit aspacemanila.com for information venue bookings and event updates.

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