Aloha Boardsports presents: Sari Sari Summer Skate Jam!

Artwork by Jie Briones/Aloha Boardsports Media

The Sari Sari Summer Skate Jam

(Manila, Philippines) Over 6 Days, 4 massive events, and with a gang-load of skaters, Aloha Boardsports will invade the streets of Rockwell and SM Mall of Asia from May 24-30, spreading the “Gospel of Skate”.

     Get ready for an action packed week of skate exhibition, tutorials and contests. The first event, The Aloha Boardsports Mini Skate Park is a 4-day skate park sponsored by Rockwell/Powerplant mall and Jam 88.3. With a 50-peso entrance fee, all ages can skate the Fresh Park skate ramps at the parking level 3, Powerplant Mall.  Safety equipment and complete skate decks will be available for purchase. The event will begin daily from 11am to 9pm, from May 24-27.

Fascinated by a new trick, and can’t seem to master it on your own?  On may 28th bring your own skateboard and learn from the best.  There will be a Free for All Skate Clinic for trickboarding and longboarding. Aloha Boardsports’ team riders Jeff Gonzalez, Otie Tipan, Todd Tessier, and Rasheed Al Rasheed will be coaching the trickboard clinic; Rafe Arcenas and Nicole Wuthrich will be coaching the longboard clinic. Sponsored by Rockwell/Powerplant Mall and Jam 88.3. Finally, you can master that trick with expert coaching from 3 pm - 6 pm, at Plaza Drive corner Hidalgo Drive, Rockwell.

The third event, Volcom’s Sari Sari Skate Stop 2 will be held on May 29.  Following the success of the initial tour stop, held recently at the Volcom Thrilla in Manila, Tour Stop 2 brings another round of competition within 2 divisions depending on age group, from the Philippine’s first ever Skate Tour. Test your skills and vie for cash prizes. Grand prizes for the Open and Junior (16 and under) divisons are P15,000 and 10,000, respectively. Sponsored by Volcom, Rockwell/Powerplant Mall, Jam 88.3, and Purefoods Tender Juicy. The competition is open to anyone and begins at 9 am - 7 pm at Block 9 and Plaza Drive corner Hidalgo Drive, Rockwell.

The event will close on May 30th with the Sector 9 & Jam 88.3 Longboard Marathon/Push Don't Pollute 2. In preserving a greener earth with alternative means of transportation, Sector 9 encourages us to push a skateboard instead of the gas pedal. At the early hour of 6am, a massive race will commence from Lopez Dr., Rockwell to Seaside Dr., SM Mall of Asia. Participants may race on their deck of choice, skateboards or longboards. After the race, there will be a longboard clinic and freestyle competition at SM Mall of Asia. This is a free event sponsored by Jam 88.3, Fresh Gear, Aloha Boardsports, Five-O Skate Shop, Sector 9, and DVS.  Race to win a cash prize from Jam 88.3, or simply join the festivities for a chance to win product from Sector 9 and DVS.

For all events, participants are required to register either onsite, during the day of the event, or at any Aloha Boardsports or Five-O skate shop.

For further information contact: Ede Virata, or visit:

Philippine Indie Surf Rock Makes the Air Waves on NU107 FM...

Pentax K7 with DA* 16-50 f2.8, AF540 FGZ triggered off camera using Microsync in Auto Flash mode

There is a board sport revolution that is taking on a whole new meaning for “subculture” here in the Philippines. Professionals from all walks of life are taking to the water during weekend escapes to surf waves and celebrate life under the sun.

Nikki dela Paz

Buji Libarnes

Architects Buji Libarnes and Nikki dela Paz, shed their office attire for INSIGHT board shorts and Volcom bikinis to engage in the lifestyle of surfing. Combined they are the most decorated duo to win most of the contests held by Manila Surfers’ Association. Together they have blossomed into well-respected mentors for the local surf community, guiding the subculture that is rapidly exploding onto our shores.

Curious about their lifestyle? These Aloha Boardsports team riders will be featured in the maiden issue of Lonely Planet Magazine, as well as the focal point showcasing their lives in Juan Drama’s Indie surf rock video, “The Summer You Were Mine.” A Pinoy first, showcasing local surf talent and original music from a homegrown band. Gab Jover, Juan Drama’s front man and fellow surfer, has been creating local Indie rock with a surfer’s vibe.

Gab Jover of Juan Drama

OPM “surf rock” is an emerging style of Indie music that comprehends the surfing lifestyle. Gab’s song is catchy and nostalgic. You’ll find yourself humming the chorus unconsciously. It creates the mood that is reminiscent of the free and creative lifestyle that belongs to surfers. The song is readily climbing the MYX music charts and is gaining notoriety over You Tube.

The Magazine Show, a lifestyle radio program hosted by model Raya Mananquil and international surfer-photographer Mark Dimalanta on NU 107 FM, every Saturday from 12 noon to 1 p.m., gets personal with Buji, Nikki and Gab about making the very first OPM surf rock video that is rapidly spreading the “gospel of surf.” Listen today for the song’s Radio debut; learn about how the theme of surfing balances their professional lives and why it is so important for the greater good of Pinoy lifestyle.

Lonely Planet Magazine has arrived

It was an honor and sheer pleasure to work on the maiden issue of Lonely Planet Magazine.

I was even more shocked while hosting the launch party on wednesday (May 19th), I was surprised in discovering that I nailed the cover shot.

Issue available at Fine Book Retailers, get a copy of the best travel magazine in all of the Philippine Islands!

Nikki dela Paz & Buji Libarnes, Aloha Freesurfers going for an afternoon surf out at Vistas. KVR.