Sinigang Valley and Esquire Magazine hosted the Build 2023 Start Up Festival in Manila, Philippines last March 22-23, 2023. I am thrilled to be able to host it for the second year in a row.
The Build 2023 Start Up Festival took place over 2 days, and it will brought together some of the best and brightest minds in the Philippines start-up world.
The first day was set in Drapers Start-Up House for the plenary sessions, and for the first time ever, we had over 10 pocket event sessions across the city hosted in various offices of our partners.
Special thanks to the following companies to combining their magic to make this all happen! Foxmont Capital, Draper Startup House Manila, Kickstart Ventures, QBO Philippines, Mosaic Solutions, AHG Lab, Kraver’s Canteen, HelixPay, SelvaRey Rum, and VASST Exchange International Inc. #ESQxSVABuild2023 #BuildFest2023
#Proud Friend Moment! My friend Annette released her digital, bilingual children’s books on Amazon last week. Annette is a remarkable consultant, advocate for women empowerment, a singer, and now author. Annette’s books are written in a variety of languages, including English, Spanish, German and soon Tagalog.
Her first two releases are called Rafa Takes Breathes, that teaches children how to practice deep breathing and calmness, while Gerald’s Big Jump, which teaches children how to get back up after a fall and learn new skills.
One of the things that sets Annette’s characters represented with cute and kind animals allow children to see themselves reflected in the stories they read. This is crucial for promoting self-esteem and a positive sense of identity among young readers. Her books celebrate diversity, promote language learning, and encourage inclusivity.