Team DJE, acronym for team members Danny, Jojean, and Edward, all came from PSID, won the grand prize of PhP 100,000 during the Amaia Nuvali Lifestyle Upcycling Challenge competition culminated last Sunday, October 25 at Solenad 1, Nuvali in Sta. Rosa, Laguna.
Their entry “Bubble Coral” a floor lampshade inspired home product got the most number of votes (a few points away from Team Bulahao‘s “Chandelier“) from judges Socialite-Philanthropist and Interior Designer Tessa Prieto-Valdes, acclaimed painter/poet and columnist Igan D’ Bayan, and Marketing Had Anna Garcia-Ramos. Both impressed by the works of the winners, judges Prieto-Valdes and D’ Bayan showed interest on Team DJE’s Bubble Coral and Team Bulahao’s Chandelier, respectively.
Upcycling, also known as creative reuse, is the process of turning old and discarded goods or waste materials into something useful and beautiful and with better environmental value. 13 teams of design students, professionals, and upcycling enthusiasts participated the Amaia Challenge and were given the tasks to complete their projects within 24 hours provided, with PhP 3,000 for raw materials that was transported to the site.
The Amaia Challenge was a bid to turn waste materials into more useful resources hosted by real estate developer Amaia Land Corp. last Oct. 17, 24, and 25.
The 13 finalists in the Upcycling Challenge all produced highly creative designs and innovative upcycled household materials out of the plastic soft drink bottles such as lamps, chandelier, sofa bed, and tables, among others, which are all on display at Soledad 1, while their images are showcased on Amaia Land Corp.’s official Facebook page.
Emerging at the top of the podium, Team DJE composed of Danny John Kalinga, Jojean Aguilar, and Johnedel Edward Ogalesco made a floor lamp called “Bubble Coral” out of different sizes of plastic bottles. Coming in second with an upcycled chandelier are Danilo Perez, Charlie Cannal, and Louie Luena of Team Bulahao whose work is among the crowd’s favorite.
Meanwhile, Kia Del Rosario and Jose Masucol of Kneutral Manila bagged the third prize with an upcycled table and storage named “EpitoME.”
Amaia Marketing Head Anna Garcia-Ramos said during the awarding ceremonies last Sunday that the three teams stood out because their works are marketable. “We chose these three because of marketability and alignment with the brand Amaia. These upcycled materials are very simple, modern, contemporary, and, more importantly, in line with the brand’s character.”
The grand winner bagged PhP 100,000 in cash and a glass trophy, while the first and second runners-up both received glass trophies and PhP 50,000, and PhP 25,000, respectively. Meanwhile, the upcycled material with the most number of likes on Facebook will receive a special prize.
Ricky Celis, Amaia Land Corp. president, said the upcycling contest is meant to encourage the public to creatively reduce waste by turning these into useful and aesthetically pleasing products.
“Caring for the environment has always been part of our advocacy. We want a project that would push this cause, so the Upcycling Challenge is really perfect for us. Here in Amaia Steps Parkway Nuvali, we encourage everyone to live a life that is one with nature—to not just enjoy its beauty but also care for it,” he said.
Ayala Land’s Nuvali, which spans 1,750 hectares, is an inspiring model of a green, sustainable eco-community. Built on the pillars of environmental, economic, and social sustainability, community development remains a primary objective of Nuvali in achieving this balance.
Nuvali, which is located in the cities of Sta. Rosa and Calamba, and in the Municipality of Cabuyao in Laguna, is part of the growth corridor of the Calabarzon region. Its campus-like environment integrates a community where residences, business, and recreation flow seamlessly. It is a community where homeowners can proudly raise their families.
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