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'Bubble Coral' of Team DJE is Amaia Steps Parkway Nuvali Upcycling Challenge's Grand Winner

One of the problems in the country is  garbage. We see a lot of waste materials are being dumped on the road, lake river, etc. It’s so sad to see these things in our community. Why do something that can help our mother nature? Turn your waste materials into a wonderful creation.

Amaia Nuvali Upcycling Challenge

Tessa Prieto-Valdes, Angel Jose “Anjo” Resurreccion, other judges and winners

In the recent event held in Ayala Land Nuvali, Amaia Land Corp. invited design students, professionals, and upcycling enthusiasts to join the Amaia Steps Parkway Nuvali’s The Upcycling Challenge. Participants created marketable and practical home products from scratch using a selected material—in this case, plastic soft drink bottles.

Each teams were tasked to create home products that must be useful to Amaia homeowners—an endeavor that was consistent with the development’s theme: “Living Re-Imagined.”

Amaia Nuvali Upcycling Challenge Winner

Amaia Nuvali Upcycling Challenge 2015

Tessa Prieto-Valdes and other judges checking each team’s creation

All the creations were really interesting and unique. Most of them are finished products that could a unique decoration in our homes. Participants were each given 24 hours to create home products using selected materials like plastic bottles, soft drink caps, straw, ropes, papers, used metals and woods.

The finalists focused on the concept of upcycling,  the process of turning goods or waste materials to produce something that is often better than original. Instead of buying materials in the store or mall, they used materials that can be found at home. Materials that are already used and can be reused to make a wonderful creation.

Amaia 2015

Amaia Nuvali 2015

Team DJE hailed the  grand winner with their masterpiece, “Bubble Coral.”  They’re awarded P100,000 in cash and a glass trophy. The second prize was from Team Bulahao with their creation. “Chandelier,” who received P50,000 and a glass trophy while the third winner went to team Kneutral MNL for their amazing table “EpitoME, ”who got P25,000 and a glass trophy.

Other teams who joined on this competition include PSIDream, Mirror, Kneutral MNL, 7CM, Get Backers, Team Makati Folks, OCCA Design, Designer Duo, Victorious Secret, UP IndDes, and Companio.

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 to achieve this balance.

Nuvali, located in the cities of Sta. Rosa, Calamba and the Municipality of Cabuyao in Laguna, is part of the growth corridor of the Calabarzon region. Its campus environment integrates a community where residences, business and recreation flow seamlessly. It is a community where you would proudly raise a family.

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